Let's make it official

After weeks of uncertainty the Calgary Flames are officially eliminated from Stanley Cup playoff contention. This ends days, weeks and months of faint hope and un-needed stress for most Flames fans who still wanted to believe this team was destined for the big dance. It was the 3rd overall pick in the 2009 draft, Matt Duchene, who officially eliminated the Flames, when he scored the shootout winner in Vancouver tonight. That’s officially; unofficially it was over when the Flames decided to lose nine straight and Darryl Sutter mashed his hand on the big red panic button sitting next to his telephone. Flames fans can at least breathe now. It might not be the sigh of relief they wanted...
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Searching For A Playoff Hero

The regular season is quickly drawing to a close for the Vancouver Canucks and its faithful fans. When the playoffs begin in just over a week’s time each player will take part in the ultimate battle for Stanley Cup supremacy. Certain members of the team will unfortunately be unnoticed and in years gone by their exploits may even be forgotten, while a chosen few might be responsible for creating a piece of history. Every team needs its heroes, who could be talented and skilled enough to help the Canucks during the teams hunt for the cherished silverware? Lets take a look at a few possible candidates. Henrik Sedin: In previous years Henrik has been one half a very successful duo alon...

Flames fall to nemesis. Playoffs in doubt

According to Dictionary.com a ‘nemesis’ is defined as an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome. Well, the Blackhawks are, by definition, the nemesis of the Calgary Flames. A team they have not beaten, in the regular season, since the 2007-08 campaign. A team that ousted the Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, and a team that the Flames have only been able to score three paltry goals on in the last 11 periods of play. This dates back, of course, to the sixth game of this current season when the Flames jumped out to a 5-0 lead 11 short minutes into the contest, only to lose a heartbreaker 6-5 in overtime. The Blackhawks are so deep-...

GRABing A Playoff Spot

The Vancouver Canucks were the 9th team in the National Hockey League to stamp their ticket to the post season. Coming off one of their worst performances of the season, the Canucks managed to outlast the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in the shootout. With the Calgary Flames defeating the Colorado Avalanche earlier in the evening, Vancouver entered this game needing to earn just one point in order to clinch their playoff spot. After getting beat down last night, the Canucks had no time to dwell on their poor performance as they prepared to take on the Ducks, who are desperately holding on to their playoff aspirations. The game began slow in the first with neither team getting on the scoreboard. The ...

Flames improve playoff chances

The Flames won 2-1. The Avs lost 5-2. “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX5jNnDMfxA With the events of tonight, the Flames now sit only two points behind Colorado with a colossal, gigantic, enormous match-up against those same Avs on Friday night in the Mile High City. Miikka Kiprusoff single-handedly won yet another game for the Flames, who have leaned on their goaltender far too often this season. He robbed numerous Coyotes on multiple opportunities throughout the game. That included a flurry of about two minutes in the first when the line of Stempniak-Lombardi-Wolski did everything but score. There was also about a five minute s...

Flickering Flames faint playoff hopes

According to Sportsclubstats.com the Calgary Flames have a 4.7% chance of making the postseason. A slim, faint, flicker of hope, but hope nonetheless. The schedule is not very easy but the Flames have no other options than to run the table for the rest of the season, and even then they need help to get into the tournament. If they win all six remaining games then they have 78% chance of dancing with the big boys. If they only lose one game in extra time, their odds drop to 50/50. What makes anybody think they have a chance of sweeping the rest of the teams? Sundays win in Washington is really the only reason for any sort of optimism. After coming off two of the most crushing def...

And now, the end is near

“You're not, you're not good, Al. You stink.” That was Ty Webb referring to Al Czervik’s golf game in Caddyshack. He might as well have been referring to the 2009-10 version of the Calgary Flames as they all but sealed there playoff fate Thursday night on the Island with a 3-2 loss to the third worst team in the league. With only eight games remaining and only one of those games coming against a non-playoff team, Flames fans might as well come to the realization that for the first time since 2003 their will not be a playoff game played in Calgary. Their powerplay once again failed them when they needed it most, going 0 for 5 on the night. This, against an Islander team w...

Hagman Lifts Flames to Victory

The Flames did what they had to do tonight beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. In the process they once again pulled within two points of the Detroit Red Wings for 8th place in the West. Driving the Flames to victory was Niklas Hagman who had his coming out party wearing the red, yellow and black. Calgary also had two point nights from Iginla and Bouwmeester for the Flames who have now won three of four. For Hagman, it was his second goal as a Flame and his first in 13 games. However, it wasn’t just the goal that made Hagman stick out tonight. He was all over the ice outworking the Ducks players on every shift. There was one shift, late in the third, where he single-handedly created thr...

Is Kyle All Well And Good For Vancouver

Now that Ryan Kesler has been awarded a contract extension, the position of first and second line center will be filled for at least the next six years. So what about the role of third line centre, who could be the best candidate for that job? Kyle Wellwood currently fills that spot. On July 1st he will become a UFA. This season has been rather inconsistent for Wellwood, he has found it difficult to continue the success from last season that saw him score a career high 18 goals, to date he has a total of 11 goals. Over the course of the current campaign he has been stuck in numerous scoring slumps, where he has failed to earn a single point. On more than one occasion he has been with...
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