Calgary Flames: Fall to Sharks in Shootout
Failing to take advantage of a great effort from goalie on out and failing to take advantage of a bad ‘non goal’ against the San Jose Sharks in OT, the Flames fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Sharks to kick off a three game road trip.
It was the Flames third of four straight games against Pacific division opponents (better get used to that as the Ducks game last Thursday was also the first against the Pacific division all year – quite strange).
This also marked the third straight game the Flames failed to register more than a single goal. Remarkably they are 1-1-1 over the three games thanks in large part to Miikka Kiprusoff who has been a brick wall lately (not that he hasn’t been the Flames MVP over the entire season, but it’s been magnified of late).
Tonight, Kipper was unbelievable, making countless saves on Sharks players including a ridiculous trio of saves in the second and an even more ridonkulous glove save in the last minute of regulation to save a point for the visitors.
The single point moved the Flames within three points of 8th place Minnesota and ten points clear of 13th place Edmonton (just thought I’d let you know where you stand Oiler nation...yet again).
The Flames fall to 1-3 in shootouts this season with the loss tonight.
Tonight saw the official re-uniting of Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri on the Flames top line. And man, did they look good, especially #12.
I might even say that this was Iginla’s best game of the season in terms of impact on the game. He was extremely physical all night long registering a team high five hits. His puck possession was un-canning as he was incredibly tough to knock off the puck all night. A reason for that is his feet were moving all night long. This is yet another example of how Iginla has still a ton to offer and that he is a STILL an elite player in this league. The definition of power forward should just be a video of Iginla in the third period of tonight’s game versus the Sharks. He was that good.
Unfortunately, he, like most of the Flames players of late, was snake bitten and couldn’t bury the puck when they needed it most.
The team needs to figure out how to score some goals because after exploding for six against the Devils a week ago, the Flames have scored all of three in three games.
As for Cammy’s second game back in Flames colours, he looked better and seems to finding that chemistry with Iginla that he had back in 2008-09. He had a couple of great chances in the game and actually got into a bit of a fight (well, more of a holding match) as the OT ended with Marc-Eduard Vlasic. I’m still on a high from getting him still, so nothing bad to report and I believe he will come around.
Besides the goal scoring woes, I would say that the effort might have been one of the best all season and very encouraging for Flames fans going forward. If they play like this every night, they will win a lot of games. But, then again, that’s the issue with this team – playing consistent night in and night out.
It’s been the sticking point for the last half decade I’d say, almost since Darryl Sutter left his spot behind the bench. No other coach has really gotten a consistent effort out of the team. Ironic, isn’t it?
The Flames also lost Curtis Glencross tonight to a lower body injury. No word on how severe but it was serious enough for him not to return to the game. Sure hope it’s not serious as Glencross has been arguably the Flames most consistent player night in and night out and would be a huge loss to the team.
The road woes continued for the Flames who haven’t won away from the Dome since December 27th, when they beat the Blue Jackets in a shootout. They are 8-14-4 on the road, and 0-4-2 in their last six.
But, if they play like they did tonight, against the Kings on Thursday, then that streak should end, hopefully.
And one final note to do with Iggy’s shootout attempt. I know the slow thing worked last time, but if you watched both Handzus and Burns’ goals, they came in with speed and I would guess that a higher percentage of shootout goals are scored when a player comes in with speed. Shootouts have never been his thing, but maybe next time try moving your feet...not like I can say much as I probably would have tripped and shot the puck in the corner, but I digress.
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