Game 22: Kings @ Flames, 7:30 MST (Sportsnet West / Fan960)
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11-25-2008, 09:17 PM
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Well not a bad period, but not really a good period either. The Flames just didn't seem to have that jump, that intensity to their game, as they had against Colorado or Detroit. They played very defensively, which is good. Very good. But there was a lot of lazy playing going on. Sloppy passes, standing around in their own zone. You cannot play this way and expect to win against the elite teams and the Flames should be very happy they have a two goal lead going into the second.
There are some high points of course. The forwards were very responsible in getting back into their own zone, and the forecheck of the first line was relentless. When the pressure was on in the King's zone the Flames took a ton of shots. Which is good if they were actually on net. Which was the problem with the powerplay unit in the first. They had great possesion, crisp passes, and alot of shots that were anywhere but on net.
The penalty kill was again flawless, with active sticks and keeping the Kings to the outside. Primeau is so deserving a goal anytime now. At least four times a game he has a glorious chance. Keep working at it bud, and you will be rewarded for the effort and hard work.
The Flames also need to keep a closer tab on the Brown and Kopitar line. Those two have been shooting at will, and thank god Miikka is looking so very steady and comfortable in net tonight. Those two keep getting all the chances they desire, and they will eventually bury one. So for the love of Stanley's Mug, key on those two and punish them when they touch your puck!!!
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