The Calgary Flames did not show up to play the Blues, as the Defense stood around and Kipper bailed out the team. The main concern I have is that this team has been like this all year. I thought they were snapping out of it, then they put on a game like this tonight. They were terrible in the first period, a period that was dominated by the Blues, who came out with a 2-0 lead. I do not like calling out players, but I only call what I see. The Flames were badly outplayed, shooting only 2 shots in the first period. There is no excuse. The Flames penalty killing was not even on, but in fairness the Flames did spend most of the first period in the penalty box. The Blues got goals from Backes and Berglund. The latter was a power play goal.
The second period did not start out much better, as the Flames fail to score on an early powerplay in the second, only getting one shot in the powerplay. I really do not mind the losses; it is the ones that lose like this that are hard to swallow. When you put in an effort like this, it really makes it hard to be a die-hard fan. There definitely have to be consequences with a performance like this. The Flames only had four shots halfway through the game. How do you win a game playing like that? The Flames do get a goal in the second period, as Rene Bourque gets the Flames on board and they finally begin to get life. Curtis Glencross made a nice set-up. I must say, this line has been the Flames' best line in the last seven games.
The Flames played much better in the second period. They might just make this into a game. The penalties became a problem, as the Flames had four penalties in the game, which may not seem much, but the Blues have one of the best powerplays in the League. The Flames had the momentum in the second, but squandered it by taking two quick penalties; one by Dion, the other by Robin, which pretty much cost the Flames the period as Boyes capitalized with a powerplay goal. The Flames penalty kill let the team down as they pretty much left Kipper to the wolves. The Flames have been sloppy. Too many giveaways and too many lazy penalties.
The Flames deserved to be behind this game. It was a very disappointing effort by the Flames in the first two periods. They trailed 3-1 going into the third, and deserved to be. I think I was too hard on Kipper. The Flames pretty much did bail out on Kipper tonight. It makes me wonder if it is time to hold someone accountable. There are too many nights that Keenan’s team lays an egg this season and too many times, Kipper gets the blame for it.
The Flames get an early third period goal to cut the lead to 3-2, which is pretty much luck, because they have no business even being in this game. Iggy gets the early powerplay goal in the third. The Flames come out with seven straight shots in the third period; the problem is that 20 minutes' effort does not win the game. But on the other hand, the Calgary Flames are playing the Blues, as the Flames score a second powerplay goal, with Moss getting the tally. Obviously, Mr. Keenan had some words to say in the intermission. It seems to have paid off in the third period. The Flames fired the first nine shots in the third period. The turning point of the third period was a bad penalty by Glencross, which pretty much took the momentum away from the Flames again. Again, I state: 20 minutes' effort does not cut it. Kipper saves this game, making some terrific saves to keep this game tied. So this games goes into overtime. The Flames get a point when they have no business getting anything. They have only played well for one period, out shooting the Blues 12-4 in the third, out shooting the Blues 26-25.
The Calgary Flames dominated the overtime, it was a only a matter of time when Cammy scored the winner. Yes, I am little hard on the Flames in this blog, but in reality, they only played well for third period and overtime. They left Kipper to the dogs, and the were lucky that Kipper held them in the game. Bottom line, the Flames get two points, but Keenan should not be happy with the effort. On the bright side, Dion and Pardy have very good games. Yes, I was hard on Pardy earlier; he took a bad penalty, but he did rebound with a better effort in the second and third periods.