Anyone else getting sick of this? The Flames will give you a solid performance and you can see the potential upside of this team, then they will roll into Los Angeles and lay another stinker. Somehow the Flames are only six points out of the playoffs but if they don’t pull off a win in Anaheim tonight they could be as far as ten points out of the big dance by the end of the weekend.
The Calgary Flames just showed how fragile of a team they were last night after Matt Stajan clearly kicked the puck into the net six minutes into the game. How on earth they needed five minutes to review that is beyond me. After the disallowed goal the Flames lost all their momentum, and the Kings who didn’t play their best game by far dominated the Flames until the end of the second period. The only reason it wasn’t 5-0 after two periods was once again the stellar play of Miikka Kiprusoff.
I have to think Brent Sutter had to have taken the paint off the walls in the visitors dressing room after the second period because the Flames did come out stronger in the third period. It was too late of course and the Flames dropped the game 2-1.
Cory Sarich was awful in the game. There is no other way to say it. And the news could be worse for the Flames defense core. Mark Giordano left the game towards the end of the third period with an undisclosed injury. Losing Giordano for any length of time could be another nail in the coffin of the Flames.
Henrik Karlsson will likely get the nod tonight in Anaheim. Lets hope he can pull off a little bit of magic and keep the Flames in the game long enough to pull out two points. Though the Flames should be fairly well rested since half the team took last night off in Los Angeles.
Here is a scary thought. If you were to take Sarich, Staios, Jokinen, Hagman, and Kostopoulos off of this team would the Flames be any worse? Probably not and it would free up a little over $13M in cap space. If there is a better example of Darryl Sutter’s mismanagement of this team, I would love to see it.
One final thought on the game last night. Rene Bourque should get the $2500 fine from the league today. He clearly speared Drew Doughty at the end of the game. While it wasn’t vicious, it was certainly a cheap shot. And good on Kings G Johnathon Quick for feeding Bourque a stick and blocker in return! Of course Quick should have been penalized as well, but I like it when a goaltender sticks up for his defensemen.
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!