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Iggy Ignites, but Flames lose late

From satisfaction to utter shock. What just happened? Did that just happen? Did I just witness that? Surely, some of the many responses from shocked Flames fans after they blew a late two goal lead in Detroit to lose 5-4 to the Red Wings. But really, they didn’t do the things necessary to win the game. They took too many bad penalties (see Stajan tackling Filppula near the end of the game) and when they were HANDED an opportunity to close the game out, they decided to take the conservative route instead. Let me explain. The Flames were awarded a 4-minute power play mid-way through the third period when leading 4-2. The casual fan might think to just play it safe and don...

The trade that didn't change anything

I’m baaaaaaaack!!!! After spending a week talking about whether Man U could really win the premiership this year or whether the England victory over Australia will really shake the foundation of the rugby world, I am back in North America to talk about the sport we all know and love: ice hockey (or at least that’s what everyone kept calling it over in jolly old England). Every time I mentioned hockey some guy would say, “Oh yeah, I just came from the pitch from a great hockey game.” And I would respond, “Field hockey?” and he would say, “Yeah, what in the bloody hell are you talking about?” Well, it’s time to talk some ice hockey. I’m tired of waiting in this da...

Round and round we go

Do you remember the scene from National Lampoon’s European Vacation when the Griswold’s enter a traffic circle and then gets stuck in it and goes around and around and around and around, unable to break through and drive in another direction? Well, the Calgary Flames are the Griswold’s and are stuck in said traffic circle. With every gut-wrenching 2-1 loss, with every failed power play, with every game where the players say, “We had a really good first period, and then kind of let up.” The same trivial excuses day in and day out: The players haven’t bought in; they weren’t battling hard enough; the power play can’t find ways to score. It’s a tad monotonous isn’...

Remember, remember the month of November

“In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate.” Is that Jarome Iginla? Well, it’s entirely possible. A man who is both chastised for what he doesn’t do, but loved for what he does. It’s a fascinating situation to be in and now that November is upon us it is historically Jarome’s, and the Calgary Flames time to shine. Let me explain. Despite the Calgary Flames losing their third in a row, at home, on Wednesday night, there is reason for hope in this city. After blowing leads in four straight games, three of which resulted in losses, the Flames now head out on the road for the majority of the coming...

Flames fall from grace

This past week has been an interesting one in the world of the Calgary Flames. It has been a week of blown chances, missed opportunities, and horrendous defence. The Flames went 1-2 over the seven day span beating Edmonton, and then subsequently losing to Colorado and Washington. They blew a 4-1 lead to the Oilers, only to salvage the win in a shootout. They blew a 3-1 lead to the Avs – eventually falling 6-5. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Washington, before allowing an avalanche (seven) of goals in the next 25 minutes of action. These are not exactly defining characteristics of mentally strong, defensive minded hockey teams – something Calgary was supposedly thought to be. The...

Flames Problems Have Changed

Well, at least the problem isn’t scoring goals anymore. The Calgary Flames, after averaging less than two goals for their first half dozen games, have become an offensive powerhouse reminiscent of the 84’ Oilers – averaging nearly four and a half goals per game. It’s simply ironic that once the Flames start scoring, the defence decides to take a break. They have allowed 10 goals in their last two games. The defence was horrid, but the goaltending wasn't much better. In his first home start as a Calgary Flame Henrik Karlsson allowed six goals on 33 shots. It wasn’t his finest performance and definitely didn’t instil a bunch of confidence in the team, the coach, or his f...

Flames Ignited

Who the hell are these guys and what did they do with the Calgary Flames? You know who I’m talking about right? The team that finished 2nd last in goal scoring last season and was averaging less than two goals a game heading into Friday night -- yeah that would be them. Well, something happened to change the tides and now the Flames are looking like world beaters every time they hit the ice. This team has scored 10 goals in two games and outscored their opponents by four in both affairs. One reason for the surge in goal scoring has been that every line now seems to be creating chances. Bourque is ‘red-hot’ as Peter Loubardias said, since coming back from his injury. He has a...

Farm Boy Theory

"You don't have to worry about that. He's not going down there to get confidence. But he's an awesome kid. He's a farm kid, and you know clearly what direction he's going.” -- Darryl Sutter’s comments regarding TJ Brodie and his demotion to the AHL. The question I pose is this: What is it that makes farm kids such good hockey players? Are they seemingly tougher from growing up on a farm, or has all the time herding cattle and riding horseback made their hockey sense super innate? Does Sutter know every farmer in the world? Is he possibly stereotyping ALL farm kids? Any follower of the team would know that this has been common theme with the Flames ever since Sutter took over...

Same Pile of...

“SHUT UP! Enough already, Ballstein! Who cares about Derek Zoolander anyway? The man has only one look, for Christ's sake! Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigra? They're the same face! Doesn't anybody notice this?” – Mugatu This is how I feel. The Calgary Flames are Derek Zoolander. Derek Zoolander is the Calgary Flames. Regardless of the grammatical nightmare that is that last sentence one thing remains – the 2010-11 Calgary Flames are eerily similar, if not the worse, to the 2009-10 version of the Flames. It’s the same look every single time. Dump and chase. Grind. Shoot from the perimeter. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... The Flames were shutout five times last year and the f...

Quick Hits

Heading into tonight’s game with the perennial bottom dwelling Florida Panthers, the Calgary Flames are faced with a few interesting decisions. 1. Which veteran defenceman will suit up in place of Adam Pardy: Sarich or Staios? Well I have to believe Cory Sarich gets the nod here but I have been wrong before. I personally don’t like either option and would rather see Matt Pelech recalled but that is not going to happen just yet. Both Sarich and Staios are very similar in style. Sarich provides possibly steadier defence, while Staios might provide you with a little more offence, but either way both players are interchangeable and might I add very overpriced at this current juncture....