Flames beat Oilers!!!

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On April 1, 2008, the Calgary Flames played the Edmonton Oilers for the last time before the Playoff season begins….AND THEY WON!!!!! (3-2) 😀 Finally!!! It felt like it has been forever since the Flames have won a game and it might be a rather short season for the Flames if they do make the Playoffs.

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A few weeks ago they were doing so well, sitting in a third position.. and now they have dropped to seventh… not sure if they are going to be able to pull is out of their hat for this year….knock on wood. I don’t know about Mike Keenan, he has his moments that’s for sure…but I just get the feeling that he hasn’t been on top of his game this year. The Flames have been up and down so many times…and it feels as if when they are down he isn’t the one that picks them back up. Oh well, can only say so much, I will get off my soap box and just wait and see what happens.

The Flames next game is on Thursday April 3 against Minnesota Wild.

FLames vs. Blues

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March 10, 2008, the Calgary Flames played the St. Louis Blues and won 7-3. Considering the on and off of the flames, this is not too bad, and the fact that they won….seemingly so easily, makes a person wonder if they are going to make the playoffs, and actually be able to do something once they are in it.

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Jarome Iginlascored his 365th, passing Theo Fleury atop the team’s all-time list. The Flames’ captain one-timed a pass from Kristian Huseliusand had the puck go in off the backside of Blues defenseman Eric Brewer and behind Manny Legace at 18:27 of the first period. Alex Tanguayhad two goals and Huselius, Matthew Lombardi, Marcus Nilson and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Flames. Brad Boyes scored twice and David Backes added one for St. Louis.

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Calgary now heads out on a four-game road trip as the leader in the Northwest Division. A 7-1-2 run has them one point up on Minnesota and two ahead of Colorado.

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A few season ago we saw the Flames barely on the cut of making the playoffs. The Flames were playing the Oilers waiting to hear on another game that would tell them if they would have to overcome the Oilers or if they could take one more loss before the Playoffs started. Well, guess what? They didn’t win the Edmonton game, got into the playoffs and didn’t do anything with it. It was practically an embarrassment to Calgary. But every team has its highs and lows.

Next Game: Wednesday March 12, 2008 in Washington, against the Capitals.

Flames game….record breaking

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On March 1st, 2008 the Calgary Flames played the Phoenix Coyotes, and won 3-1. It was a good game….it had its moments….but not one to go in the record books. The Flames were definitely focused going into the start of the game…and it showed. Jarome Iginla scored with 1:23 gone, the first of two. Iggie reached 40 goals for the third time in his career. The game wasn’t that exciting…..not a lot happening besides just plain, good old hockey. Although I did find it kind of funny that in the third period when Phoenix pulled there goalie….the Flames made three shots on an empty net and missed all three times!!! Seriously….if they can’t hit an empty net….then maybe that’s the reason they are having trouble scoring with a goalie in it….just kidding. 

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I was also impressed with how Curtis Joseph (aka. Cujo) played. Joseph made 16 saves for his 448th career victory, moving him into fourth place on the all-time list. He is really starting to grow on me as a goalie….much better than what’s his face from last year… He seems to really be able to play with the flow of the team…and I’m hoping to see him play a little more this season. He also played the previous night when the Flames played the Ducks.

On a roll…but will it last??

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On the last game that the Calgary Flames played, against the Minnesota Wild,they won. It is actually surprising to check the score and not see an huge defeat. But, wait, hold on now, this makes three in a row for the Flames. Calgary has won four straight – including three in a row over division leaders – and six of eight. The Flames have beaten Minnesota four straight times.

….But how long is this winning streak going to last?? What happened to the Flames to make them get their act together?? was is Darrel Sutter?? is he the only one that can get the Flames back on their game….or is it head coach, Mike Keenan….has he finally been able to get them to work as a team?? Who really knows?? 

 I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens….Next game is Tuesday February 26, 2008 against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Flames…on a roll??

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  On February 12, 2008 the Calgary Flames played the San Jose Sharks and won! Tied at the end of the third period…the Flames won it in overtime. This is the second win for them in a row, won the previous game against the Oilers…. are they going to be on a roll when it comes to being on the road??

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When I first started to write this I was being hopeful. But after the last two games, maybe the Flames are going on a losing streak. And not just any losing streak, a brutal one…losing big time to the L.A. Kings (6-3) and Anaheim Ducks (4-2). This is just starting to get embarrassing….they aren’t playing as a team at all…and as hard as Miikka Kiprusoffis trying, he needs the defensive players to work together and do their job….cause if they don’t…this happens and he gets screwed.

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 Hopefully Mike Keenan, the coach of the Flames, will have some choice words for them and get them back where they should be. But they cannot keep doing this, especially since the Playoffs are right around the corner. After the horrible game against the Edmonton Oilers, the game on Feb 4, 08, Darryl Sutter had a closed door talk with the Flames. Then the next game that they played, against the Phoenix Coyotes, and won. Then they won their next game, against the . So what is it that Sutter can say that puts the Flames back into working order that Keenan can’t?? Maybe they need to swap coaching notes.

What Happened to the Flames?

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Last night the Calgary Flames started their road game vs. the Edmonton Oilers. What happened to the team that played the Sharks?? Where did they go?? Losing 5-0 to the Oilers, THE OILERS!!! That is just the worst possible thing I can imagine. They’ve played them many times before and have won against them, so why lose 5-0!?!? Really? Is it that hard? Plus the Flames were on the road, which usually gives them the advantage, but not this time apparently. Ever since the game they played against the Stars, they seem to be off their game. Why? What changed between the two?? Was it too much time off?? or did they just get soft between the games?? Any comments are more than welcome. Part of the problem, or at least I think, is that Kipper wasn’t in the goal. I’m not saying that Curtis Joseph isn’t a good goalie, but when facing the Oilers, where was Miikka Kiprusoff ?? I understand him needing a break, but seriously what was the coach thinking!!

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Can You Believe Owen Nolan!!

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On Wednesday January 30, 2008 the Calgary Flames played the San Jose Sharks. Winning 5-4, the three goals made by Owen Nolan were incredible, and let the flames to a victory. But the talk of the game was the hat trick used by Nolan to secure the lead of the flames. Owen Nolan was on fire!! It was hard to believe that I missed that game, but watching the goals of the week on Global, I was lucky enough to watch two of the most beautiful goals made by this increasingly talented hockey player. The first was a miss communication made by the goalie of the Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov, when he was shooting the puck to one of his players down the ice, he miss-interpreted the shot and sent it right to Nolan, who basically had an empty net, which he then sent the puck flying into!! The other goal was the hat trick used by Nolan to secure the 5th and final goal for the Flames that night.

Also, Nolan also showed that he can still fight with the young boys as he got in a fight with Sharks player Mike Grier ,the assistant captain to the Sharks. And this wasn’t just any school yard fight, Nolan was using uppercuts on Grier, really getting him where it would hurt. This wasn’t a sissy hockey fight as sometimes they usually are, this was Nolan pounding away at Grier. IT WAS AWESOME!!!! Who ever said aged mattered was wrong!!! According to team mate Dion Phaneuf, “Age is just a number, he always says that, and he showed tonight that he still has lots of game in him.” Owen Nolan still has many year left in him as a hockey player, and as long as he still makes goals like he has been, he won’t be let go any time soon.

Here is a video of Owen Nolan fabulous night. Check it out, or you’ll wished you had.