Marc Crawford is terrible. First he says Penner is quick, then when there was a battle in the corner he says "He gets in the muscular battle in the corner" then he can't even find a word to say how Cammy is one of the most dangerous players on the TEAM and says "Cammalleri is one of the most dangerous players in the Calgary organization"
A much stronger period by the Flames. They were more physical, smarter on the passes, and everyone was skating very hard. With two notable exceptions, but that will come later. The fore check was very much in evidence in the second creating pressure, and getting golden chances without count. I guess my one beef in the second was the number of turnovers the Flames gave away. Thankfully they were very good defensively and covered up very quickly.
The penalty kill was, as I love to say, perfection. They again pressured the puck well, causing the Oilers to make plays faster than they wanted to. Which of course created turnovers and they Flames made no mistake in clearing the puck out of the zone. Also of note was that everyone had active sticks in the passing lanes again. The power play. You know how Stella found her groove? Well the power play should go talk to her. They had great possession for the first half, but Greentree couldn't find anyone to feed the puck to and then when he did find Phanuef, Dion missed the pass, and it slipped away. After that the PP unit just never got organized again. I know the Flames are in 17th or some such, but it sure feels like they should be in 30th with the man advantage.
First the bad. Dion Phanuef and Todd Bertuzzi. These two, while being a touch better in the second, are stil suckling on the hind teat. Bertuzzi was killing plays again, and when he was given a free goal, he missed the net. I feel sorry for Greentree and Lundmark for being on his line. Dion can't seem to handle the puck at all, and just seems shaky out there. He almost looks like he's got a small nagging injury, perhaps in the wrist. Maybe I'm just trying to find an excuse for him too. Speaking of Greentree and Lundmark, those two have been great. Actually they've been playing as if they were in the NHL all season. Good Job Daryl for developing such great talent. Cory Sarich is amazing. That play to bring the puck all the way up the ice, bounce it off the boards to himself, then freeze Roloson with the faked shot, and finally slip it to Iginla for the tying goal, was sheer Awesome, sprinkled liberally with groovy and lightly sauced with magnificent.