Have you ever lost your girlfriend to your best friend? Have you ever had your legs waxed? Has you mom asked you “Why can’t you be more like your brother?” Has your boss or your wife told you to get up and go do something?
Think back so you can have an idea on how these two cities feel about each other. I remember in my teens and early twenties that I didn’t care how we did as long as we beat the Oilers. I am sure that our cousins to the North would agree with that
and that they would be fine as long as their Oilers beat Calgary. It reminds me of a love hate relationship without the love.
I remember the times I would be watching the Oilers Stanley Cup parade. It was like getting kicked in the head over and over again. It wasn’t so bad that we lost but the fact that we lost to the Oilers was disheartening to say the least. It was like the Flames would find another way to loose. Being a Flames’ fan was so frustrating as we watched them lose year after year. What made it worse was hearing the excuses the coaches made up for the Flames losing. You know the cliché ones: “We have to put in the full 60 minutes” or my personal favorite “We have to take care of our own zone and the rest will take of its self.” The only entertaining fact would be is watching the coach mumble and fumble feeble the words why we lost again.
What was really amazing is that year after year, the fans would start getting excited and think to themselves this would be the year the Flames go all the way. However, year after year, we would end up being disappointed again.
With that in mind, I thought it would be great to go over some of the very bitter memories and some very happy ones from a Flames fan point of view. As I look back at it, I regret not watching it as a fan and not enjoying it as a fan, instead of putting so much stress into it.
During the Regular Season, the Flames were the best team in the NHL. However, as we all know, the playoffs are definitely a different season.
This season proved to be no different as the Flames were completely dominated by the Oil. Wayne proved why he was the best player in the NHL as he scored the biggest goal of the series in Game 2, which ended up being an overtime winner. It was a tragic loss for the Flames as they never seemed to recover.
I sat there watching in horror wondering why I even wasted my time. The Flames still had not learned that the regular season means nothing if you are not able to back it up in the playoffs.
This might have been one of the best series I had ever seen.
The Oilers took a 3-1 series lead and looked to have the series in the bag. Game Five ended in the Flames favor 5-3 and Game 6 ended on an overtime goal scored by Theo Flury when he intercepted a Messier and went in on a breakaway and scored on Fuhr.
Game 7 was also a classic. The Flames blew a three goal lead and the Oilers had a one goal lead late in the game. The Flames would tie it to send the game into overtime. Tikkanen scored the winning goal on a great shot over Vernon’s shoulder.
This year was heart breaking but at least they gave it their all.
Edmonton fans can turn away if they want to. This series was a classic and the Flames were huge underdogs.
The Flames played their best game of the series defeating the oilers 4-1. In Game two, the Flames blew a huge lead and then ended up tying it late. However, Edmonton would end up winning the game in OT.
The Flames had total control of the series when Edmonton went into Calgary and killed them 7-4. This was Edmonton’s best game of the series.
In Game seven, the Flames took a 2-0 lead in the first period. However, the second period belonged to the Oilers, who dominated the Flames from pillar to post. Of course what happened in the third period was the famous Steve Smith mistake.
After the game, I watched the sports channel and saw those thousands of fans screaming, asking Smith to be our mayor. I was thinking lets do the election first and then elect him as our mayor.
I probably could have mentioned a lot more and I could have made this blog last all night. I could have mentioned the epic battle of vernie vs Furhr or I could have went on and on about the many battles between Calgary’s defense and Edmonton's power forwards.
I could have mentioned the smack talk between the two cities. For example, what is the difference between a bra and the Flames? The answer: the bra has two cups.
Well that is the final word. There is no other game that matches the Flames vs. Oilers in intensity.