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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 Overtime

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.

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December 6, 2008 1:36 AM ET | Delete
It must be really frustrating as a fan, it seems this inconsistancy has been an ongoing thing since 04 despite numerous changes behind the bench.
December 6, 2008 2:13 AM ET | Delete
It is I have seen this team play very good and bad up and down like yo-yo
December 6, 2008 11:26 AM ET | Delete
I think your assesment of the game last night is a little off. Did the flames come out flat in the first? sure. We still got almost 30 shots on net and battled back from a pair of 2 goal deficits. Are you really complaining about the effort of the Flames to battle back. Isn't that resiliance? Hell, we lose a game at home to Dallas that we probably deserved to win if not for the stellar goaltending of Turco, and everyone is patting the flames on the back but they go out the next game and show some true grit and determination and all you're talking about is how sloppy they were. These games happen. You take the win and then you get ready for the next game. Fact is we are 7-3-0 in our last 10 to say this team has been inconsistent as of late is just flat out untrue. We have yet to lose more than 2 games back to back this season. With the exception of last night, we have not had to go to extra time to get the W. we get our work done in regulation and have not given up late goals. 1 sloppy game does not amount to a skid...call me when we've played 3-4 of those in a row. I really think by your criticisms of the game last night that you are commiting an all too common sin of not giving enuff credit to our opposition. You're completely taking credit away from the Blues by your assertion that all the flames problems last night had to do with inconsistency. the Blues PP is one of the scariest I have seen in the league so far this year. They are the 4th best PP in the league. That's their bread and butter for god sake and they do it extremely well. Can our PK be better? hell yes!! and it has been as early as Tuesday. I normally enjoy your posts FLAMESTR (which is saying a lot because I strongly disagree with most flames fans on this site) but I think you're way off!
December 6, 2008 11:43 AM ET | Delete
also, you mention the flames outshot the Blues 26-25. this is incorrect. the final tally was 30 - 25 in favour of the flames. the flames out shot the blues in the 2nd (13-11) the 3rd (11-4) and OT (4-0) each team scored 2 PP goals. outside of the 1st I don't see how you can say we didn't deserve to win this game? It was an exciting game and we should be so lucky to have watched it and guess what?? we scored more goals than them and played well when it counted most!!
December 6, 2008 12:29 PM ET | Delete
I meant 26-25 going into over time
December 6, 2008 12:34 PM ET | Delete
k, sorry about that then... my point still stands
December 6, 2008 12:36 PM ET | Delete
yes we did jimi we did score the most goals point well taken
December 6, 2008 1:20 PM ET | Delete
WOW!! way to totally discount all the other facts i threw out and dumb me down to 1 point... I guess you were just looking for people to agree with you on this article?? Sorry to dissapoint. Don't let the numbers get in the way of your point
December 6, 2008 1:48 PM ET | Delete
just for fun here's a recap of the points i made:- 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, 6-4-0 previous 10- 31pts on the season (8 better than last year with 5 more wins)- 5 games above .500 at home- .500 on the road- PP ranked 10th, 20.6%- PK ranked 10th, 33.2% (before last night had not allowed a PPG in 7 games)- 6-3-1 record agains the NW division (best in division)- 1 point behind 1st in NW with a game in hand over vancouveroppinions are nice but facts are nicer.
December 6, 2008 2:14 PM ET | Delete
just for clarification the first sentance in my previous post shoulld read: ..."here are some point's i would like to make."
December 6, 2008 3:04 PM ET | Delete
not really use to people reading my blogs that is all
December 6, 2008 3:39 PM ET | Delete
I must agree a little more with JimiRude here. Although the first period only saw two shots make it to net I thought that we controlled the play more and had more puck possesion time. The Blues did a very good job of keeping our shots to the outside. The Flames figured it out in the intermision though and controlled all aspects of the game after that. I thought that was Phaneufs best game so far this year.I am going to say one thing about the Avery suspension here as well. Where is the leagues priorities? I understand the suspension but how can they justify more games to Avery then to players that have taken head shots on other players or bruttle hits from behind? This is the longest suspension yet this year and there are multiple players out with long term injuries as a result of dirty plays. Last night was a prime example of the problems with officiating in the NHL, I wouldn't be surprised if Prust's jaw is broken yet not even a minor call made. Both teams were diving last night so much that I hope they are in the 2012 olympics on our dive team. The players have all gotten used to going down as soon as another players stick is even close to their body. It's STUPID.
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