The obvious statement is that a 7-2 loss at home against the Capitals may have been the worst game of Hockey I have ever witnessed. The 2nd period will for sure hold a title of the worst period of all time, maybe of any club.
Getting past the obvious though there may be some things that are more disconcerting. After what has to be a low point in many of the Flames' careers, they came out incredibly flat for the third period. Not to say they weren't giving some effort but not the kind of effort you would expect from a team who just allowed 6 goals in a period. At some point you have to wonder where the desire is.
The players that I thought played well tonight were Glencross, Backlund, Morrison, Hagman, Tanguay and the 4th line. Glencross continues to be a player that is showing some serious jump and Backlund is proving he belongs at the very least in a defensive role. The other guys I mentioned showed battle and a willingness to take some punishment.
Iginla is a huge massive concern right now, there was not one point where he even looked interested in playing. After the 4th goal the old Iginla would have punched someone but he was just skating around playing with his mouth guard. Iginla is letting his actions state he wants a trade, that's what I see right now, a guy who wants out.
Bouwmeester... man this guy drives me nuts. After waiting behind the net for 20 second while the players changed he makes an incredibly poor choice in throwing the puck off the boards and having it end up in the net. That was lust a plain dumb play. Sarich looked good until he scored on himself but in the split seconds of the game I'll give him a break on that, it happens. Just like Iginla being tripped my a goalie stick and getting an interference call...it happens. They still should have won at home.
That group of Backstrom, Ovechkin, Semin and Green is down right scary. Ovechkin gets scoring chances on half shots, he's so much fun to watch it was worth the pain.
I have to think that given the outcome of the game, the serious lack of push back, the dropped leads, the lack of leadership and the privileged disposition some players (Iginla) have that there is a trade coming.
After two games and a couple losses I wouldn't normally say that, a trade is a pretty big deal for the players and their families, the management take it seriously. However there is some pieces not fitting here and something has to give.
I remember a time where if you win in the dome then you had a scar or bruise to show for it, now teams are walking in and out with their Staples easy button.