Flames Don't Like Disneyland
14 straight losses in Anaheim and counting.
The happiest place on earth has been the exact opposite for the Calgary Flames for the better part of a decade as they came up short yet again against the Anaheim Ducks losing 3-2 in a shootout.
Down 2-0 going into the second period, the Flames managed to claw back and tie the game on Alex Tanguay’s 6th and Jarome Iginla’s 20th of the season. This is Iggy’s 13 straight season and 14th of his career with 20 goals or more. Consistent to say the least.
They were buoyed yet again by the Gumby-like play of Miikka Kiprusoff who single handily killed off a 5 on 3 for the Flames making freak like saves at every passing moment – not to mention getting help from his two best friends, the posts and the crossbar.
Tonight was his 11th straight start and has allowed a total of 19 goals over that stretch. He is playing out of his mind right now and the only reason the Flames are even remotely in contention right now. Without him, it’s over. Plain and simple and everyone knows it.
They had their chances to win it late with an opportune power play chance with less than five minutes to go, which might go down as the WORST power play attempt of all time. They failed to ever gain possession in the Ducks end and then proceeded to take a too many men penalty with 30 seconds to go in the man-advantage. It was hilarious and horrifying all at the same time.
Then, in OT, Tanguay and Iggy got a two on one. The entire world knew what Tanguay was going to do and yet he still managed to get the pass across but Iginla just missed high.
Then, in the shootout, Mike Cammalleri, Iginla, TJ Brodie, and Krys Kolanos all had chances to end it but failed to do so.
Finally former Flame Niklas Hagman roofed it on Kipper forcing Mikael Backlund to score. He tried some version of the infamous Peter Forsberg one hand backhand deke but failed to slide it by Hiller giving the Ducks the extra point.
They got one.
They needed two.
The effort is there, but the scoring is still like pulling teeth for this team. Any matter of line juggling doesn’t seem to matter right now. It would seem as if they are missing Curtis Glencross’ energy and goal scoring prowess a little more then they might let you believe. Not to mention Stempniak going down and David Moss being out as well, not to say that those guys were lighting it up, but might be better options than journeyman Kolanos for your second line.
Next up are the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, and then the Phoenix Coyotes the following night, who are a point up on the Flames in the standings. Every game is a must win. So, I won’t state the obvious, but it looks as if Kipper might get the night off in either San Jose or Phoenix, meaning that Leland Irving will get a chance at redemption from his last start in which he allowed six goals on 21 shots in Boston.
Note: The Flames now rank 27th in the league scoring with an average of 2.34 goals per game. It’s going to be a short lived playoff push if those numbers don’t improve. I don’t care how good Kipper is.
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