Flames Win: Hope Lingers for Playoffs

 

There it is again.

Hope – rearing its ugly head.

Just when you think the Calgary Flames are all but done, they once again give you that faint flicker of hope that the improbable might be still possible.

And here we go again.

With a 5-4 regulation win over the Dallas Stars tonight, coupled with a Kings loss and a Coyotes loss, the Flames climb, once again, within two points of the 8th and final playoff spot.

See here:

7

 

 DALLAS

PAC

76

41

30

5

87

34

202

203

-1

22-14-3

19-16-2

7-4

6-4-0

LOST 1

8

 

 PHOENIX

PAC

77

37

27

13

87

31

200

202

-2

19-13-6

18-14-7

6-10

4-2-4

LOST 1

 

9

 

 LOS ANGELES

PAC

76

37

27

12

86

31

175

165

+10

21-14-4

16-13-8

6-7

6-4-0

LOST 2

10

 

 COLORADO

NW

78

40

32

6

86

31

201

207

-6

22-15-2

18-17-4

9-2

5-3-2

LOST 1

11

 

 CALGARY

NW

77

35

27

15

85

32

191

212

-21

21-10-6

14-17-9

3-9

5-2-3

WON 1

 

Tonight’s affair was the second half of the back to back against Dallas. It was a topsy-turvy affair. The Flames were down 1-0 just seconds after the anthems concluded on a goal that most PeeWee goaltenders could stop. There were three goals in either the first or last minute of a period. The Flames scored THREE power play goals igniting what has been a stagnant offence for the better part of two weeks. Needless to say, it didn’t lack excitement.

Goal droughts were broken by Jokinen (8 games), Tanguay (5 games), and Comeau (2,654 games...ok, 15 actual games), and Iginla broke a five game pointless skid by notching two helpers.

The Flames now face the Kings, in the Dome, on Wednesday night. Another must win. Another game of Do or Die.

With four of the remaining five games on home ice, and the Flames home ice record pretty good (21-10-6), your hope meter has likely been injected with a serious boost of morphine. Regulation wins against LA Wednesday night and Colorado Friday night would give an even further jolt to a successful playoff push.

Leave it to the Flames to show up the game after me, and the majority of the city of Calgary, had written them off.

It’s just one game, but the 2011-12 Flame is still burning. Hope is still alive.

However, as a wise man once told me...”Hope is a horrible thing.”

It can truly crush a man’s soul.

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