Game 26: Flames @ Blues - 6:00 MST - SNET-W / FAN960
(14-10-1, 29 PTS)
Team Leaders Stat Player Total
Points Jarome Iginla 29
Goals Jarome Iginla 12
Assists Jarome Iginla 17
PIM Brandon Prust 70
Plus/Minus Curtis Glencross 4
PP Goals Jarome Iginla 7
SH Goals Craig Conroy 1
(10-11-2, 22 PTS)
Team Leaders Stat Player Total
Points Brad Boyes 20
Goals Brad Boyes 12
Assists David Perron 13
PIM David Backes 73
Plus/Minus Patrik Berglund 9
PP Goals Keith Tkachuk 8
SH Goals Andy McDonald 1
Lost in the furor over Sean Avery's pre-game comments Tuesday about Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf and his girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, was a 3-1 loss to Dallas that ended the Flames' three-game win streak.
It was just Calgary's third loss in its last nine games.
Moss has six goals, but three have come in the past four games, and he has a two-game goal streak heading into Friday's game. Moss has a goal and an assist in three lifetime games against St. Louis.
Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff played well in the loss, allowing two goals or fewer for the fifth time in his last seven starts, and enters this game 10-0-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average in his last 11 starts against the Blues.
Keep playing hard boys; Turco ain't here tonight. Our top line needs to get going and Phaneuf needs to get his head out of his ass. We've lost a few times since the San Jose game but at least we played solid defensively. Kipper needs to continue playing well; consistency starts with him. Let's go out and get the job done tonight.
A crap load of injuries for the Blues. McDonald, Oshie, Kariya, Hinote, and Johnson are all on the IR.
Big game tonight I a stoked for 5 when I get off work. Big game for the Flames. I hope Mikka worked on his rebound control a little this week as both Dallas goals were off of big juicy rebounds. Hopefully we see the Mikka who smothers the puck and the defense help him out if there is a rebound by clearing the front of the net.
Lazy. The word for that period. The Flames simply weren't in the game that period. Prust certainly tried to get his team into it emotionally, but to no avail. Bad passes, not skating, and a complete lack of commitment on the puck and the Flames find themselves behind, yet again. This team is looking more like the Flames of October, and not the Flames of the past 7 games. If they want success they simply must return to the energetic play and strong forecheck of those aforementioned games.
The penalty kill was flawless the first time, and completely taken advantage of the second time that period. The first pk was what we are used to seeing. Solid puck presence, blocked shots and aggressive play in the offensive zone. The second PK was all Blues all the time. The Flames simply didn't get into the shooting lanes, and didn't pressure the puck carrier at all.
I'm going to call out a couple players. First off Dion. Seriously buddy, get it together! You can and must play better than this. Lazy penalties like that will not endear you to anyone. Miikka, I have told you before and I'll tell you again. Rebound control is key. That first goal is your fault. Not totally as Mr Iginla should have actually cleared, but you send that rebound out to the boards instead of right onto the Blues player's stick, and well that goal never happened.
Last edited by Lanny'sDaMan: 12-05-2008 at 08:56 PM.
A much improved period in some respects. The Flames showed alot more jump, and emotion. They played the neutral zone very solidly and the forecheck was amazing and resulted in a goal. On the downside the Flames got mauled by penalty trouble that period. To be fair to the Flames though, I personally felt the officiating to be a tad one sided that frame. I also tend to agree with Dion, that both of those trips should have been called. And yes Miikka I would have called that interference on Perron too.
The PK unit was so-so. They played suitably, but not amazingly. A few lucky bounces are the only reason this game is as close as it is as Mikka could have gotten burned a few more times. And the score is no where near indicative of Miikka's skill as two of those goals he had no chance at what so ever. It was very nice to see everyone blocking shots as much as possible, but the PK unit needs to get back to the aggressive, smart stick play they used to go 19 straight.
The powerplay again showed us a few moments of sheer brilliance, and no goals. I have no idea why they can't seem to find the back of the net, as they seem to be doing everything right. Shots on net, quick tape to tape passes and solid puck possession, but no goals. The Flames are certainly making Mason look much better than he actually is.
I know I have moaned and whined on this, but for the love of Stanley's Mug, come on refs. Just a touch of consistency, not only game to game, but period to period. Is that really so much to ask? Is it not still tripping in the second the same as it is in the first? Is not a hit 4 second after the puck left the player still interference? I tend to believe so. And I also hope Prust is ok, having left after that mid ice elbow, that was predictably uncalled.
Let me just say, this team is halarious. First, it was on the face off left from Kipper. Glencross gets kicked out and Connie comes in. Aucoin was on the left side of the face-off circle and moves in front of Kipper just incase. I found that halarious lol. Then it was Prust losing a bet against Cammy at the end of Ot and he was giving Cammy the money lol, then Iggy just pushes him out of the way. I love this teams chemistry on and off the ice.
Anyways, a good comeback win and we played about 40 minutes of the game and it was good enough for the win.