Game 34: Wild @ Flames, 7:00pm MT - SNET-W(HD) / Fan960
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12-29-2008, 09:46 PM
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A good if some what less structured period for the Flames. They played well enough, but the game was a little too open in the neutral zone and close to a run and gun style that does not favour them. To be fair they gained the zone well, and maintained pressure. That is what makes this a good period. The Flames spent what felt like the lion's share of the period in the Minnesota zone. Of course when they broke down defensively, and it only really happened once, the Wild capitalized and tied it up.
The penalty kill was good, and also very very lucky. Which isn't meant to take anything away as the old saying says "the best make their own luck". But let's be honest. That post saved the game at that point. That goal could have been a total disaster, but with a mighty Ping, it was not. Nystrom and Miikka were both a step above all others on the PK that frame. Nystrom was all over the PP unit, stealing pucks, clearing the zone, and setting up short handed chances. The power play was very Jeckle and Hyde as the first shift was great, gaining the zone and getting setup quickly. Great cycle too. Then the second unit came out and they didin't even gain the zone. Seriously, why couldn't Santa have left a power play unit for the Flames?
Bertuzzi, Langkow, and Bourque have been the Flames best players. It's amazing how when they step on the ice, you can feel the difference in the play and energy. The whole team hasn't looked bad or tired, but these three have been going faster and harder all night. Moss has had a great game as well. He's been making the little plays again and, although not on the score sheet yet, has certainly been a force. I've already said good job, but Nystrom was very good on the penalty kill in the second. He made no mistake in stealing the puck and being in position to make the smart plays.
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