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Flames Back to old times.

Posted by Randy on October 29, 2010 at 12:38 AM Comments comments (0)

The Calgary Flames honour Craig Conroy as Craig receives his silver stick. Craig Conroy gives a great speech thanking the fans. The first period turns out to be hard hitting contest as both teams had powerplays galore.  The Flames continue to play hard, but I really like the speed of the Avs, who had the Flames hemmed in a couple of times in the first period. The game's first goal comes on the powerplay, as Hagmen opens the scoring on the powerplay.  The Avs push the play after the goal and they get a powerplay goal of their own as the great power forward


Chris Stewart scores his 6th of  year. One of the Flames' strengths this season has been the support scoring, as the Flames have had all four lines going.  Tim Jackman scores late in the period to give the Flames a 2-1 lead. Nice play by Sarich.


The main concern is the Flames trying to keep up with the speed. Generally a pretty good period. The Flames did take 3 penalties, and the Avs went for 1 for 3. I love the Flames' play in their own zone when they are caught in the zone. They never panicked; the forwards continue to support the defence.


The Flames continue to have trouble controlling the speed of the Avs in the second period. Tanguay takes a lazy hooking penalty. Sarich tries to make room for the forwards and takes an interference penalty. The Av's powerplay is really struggling in the second period  The Avs really could have taken control of the game, but they didn't.  Iggy then takes the puck and sets up Stajan.  Budji should have had that one.  The score is 3-1.  The Flames' third goal really helps the Flames pick up the play. Karlsson is really looking solid again. So far he is there when needed.  The Avs pounce on a bad play as O'Really sends Stewart on a breakaway, and the Avs are right back in the game.  Stewart gets his hat trick and the third goal of the game, as the Flames are guilty of losing the play again.  Stewart now has 8 goals in the season. This game turned into a wild game as Olli scores late in the period.  Chris Stewart is putting on a show with the trick.


Again, the worry I have is the Flames making too many slip-ups. They are getting into this bad habit of letting their opposition back in the game. I will say this: it's nice to see the offence this year; but the defencive lapses allowed the Avs back in the game.


The Avs end the game early in the third as the Flame continue have trouble keeping up the speed. The Avs tie it as Brandon Yip puts up on the green light.  I am very impressed with the Av's speed. They are a great young team. The Flames have to shore up the defence as, the as they blow their 2nd game in a row.  But it has been a fun game to watch. I love the Flames' new-found offence, but they have to curb the mistakes. This is the second straight bad third period as the Flames seem to run out of gas in the third period.  The Avs score their  5th in the third period, as Galiardi scores the goal. Karlsson has a weak third period, and so do the rest of the Flames.


What must the Flames do after the loss?  They have run into this problem of taking their foot off of the gas. They have to play a full 60 minutes  in order to be a contender.  They are making too many mistakes. They have to shore up the defence. Iggy continues to struggle, but it is early yet, and it is only one game. I'd hate to hear the fans after the game.  

 

 


The Flames tie the game with a sick move as Tenguay continues to be one of the best free agents of the year.  These two teams put on a show for the fans. They are really getting their money's worth. The Flames kill another penalty. The penalty killing is awesome tonight.  They are doing a great job.  


The Avs win the game on a late goal by Winnick. A wild game 6-5 Avs.  Karlsson had a  bad third period. I can just hear the Flames fans. Relax; it's only one game.


Avs win 6-5

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 




 

 


 

 


 

 



Flames Back to old times.

Posted by Randy on October 29, 2010 at 12:38 AM Comments comments (0)

The Calgary Flames honour Craig Conroy as Craig receives his silver stick. Craig Conroy gives a great speech thanking the fans. The first period turns out to be hard hitting contest as both teams had powerplays galore.  The Flames continue to play hard, but I really like the speed of the Avs, who had the Flames hemmed in a couple of times in the first period. The game's first goal comes on the powerplay, as Hagmen opens the scoring on the powerplay.  The Avs push the play after the goal and they get a powerplay goal of their own as the great power forward


Chris Stewart scores his 6th of  year. One of the Flames' strengths this season has been the support scoring, as the Flames have had all four lines going.  Tim Jackman scores late in the period to give the Flames a 2-1 lead. Nice play by Sarich.


The main concern is the Flames trying to keep up with the speed. Generally a pretty good period. The Flames did take 3 penalties, and the Avs went for 1 for 3. I love the Flames' play in their own zone when they are caught in the zone. They never panicked; the forwards continue to support the defence.


The Flames continue to have trouble controlling the speed of the Avs in the second period. Tanguay takes a lazy hooking penalty. Sarich tries to make room for the forwards and takes an interference penalty. The Av's powerplay is really struggling in the second period  The Avs really could have taken control of the game, but they didn't.  Iggy then takes the puck and sets up Stajan.  Budji should have had that one.  The score is 3-1.  The Flames' third goal really helps the Flames pick up the play. Karlsson is really looking solid again. So far he is there when needed.  The Avs pounce on a bad play as O'Really sends Stewart on a breakaway, and the Avs are right back in the game.  Stewart gets his hat trick and the third goal of the game, as the Flames are guilty of losing the play again.  Stewart now has 8 goals in the season. This game turned into a wild game as Olli scores late in the period.  Chris Stewart is putting on a show with the trick.


Again, the worry I have is the Flames making too many slip-ups. They are getting into this bad habit of letting their opposition back in the game. I will say this: it's nice to see the offence this year; but the defencive lapses allowed the Avs back in the game.


The Avs end the game early in the third as the Flame continue have trouble keeping up the speed. The Avs tie it as Brandon Yip puts up on the green light.  I am very impressed with the Av's speed. They are a great young team. The Flames have to shore up the defence as, the as they blow their 2nd game in a row.  But it has been a fun game to watch. I love the Flames' new-found offence, but they have to curb the mistakes. This is the second straight bad third period as the Flames seem to run out of gas in the third period.  The Avs score their  5th in the third period, as Galiardi scores the goal. Karlsson has a weak third period, and so do the rest of the Flames.


What must the Flames do after the loss?  They have run into this problem of taking their foot off of the gas. They have to play a full 60 minutes  in order to be a contender.  They are making too many mistakes. They have to shore up the defence. Iggy continues to struggle, but it is early yet, and it is only one game. I'd hate to hear the fans after the game.  

 

 


The Flames tie the game with a sick move as Tenguay continues to be one of the best free agents of the year.  These two teams put on a show for the fans. They are really getting their money's worth. The Flames kill another penalty. The penalty killing is awesome tonight.  They are doing a great job.  


The Avs win the game on a late goal by Winnick. A wild game 6-5 Avs.  Karlsson had a  bad third period. I can just hear the Flames fans. Relax; it's only one game.


Avs win 6-5

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 




 

 


 

 


 

 



Flame Blank Sharks

Posted by Randy on October 25, 2010 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Flames have their best period of the season as Bourque scores twice, and Connie, and Iggy.  Bourque's second goal of the period was a powerplay tally as the Flame were flying high. The fourth line scored maybe the best goal of the night as Meyer sets up Connie. The Flames could do no wrong as they scored on the first two shots of the night while chasing Antti Niemi out in the first period. The forwards are continuing to come back into the zone and are giving the defence a target to pass the puck to in order to get it out of the zone.

 

I have to mention the back pass by Tangs to Iggy.  It was one of the best I have seen this season. It was one of the best passes of the year. A perfect pass right onto the stick of Iggy, who makes the perfect shot, a wicked blast that no-one could have stopped.


Bourque's first goal was on the powerplay. It really set the mood of the game. Hagmen makes a perfect side-to-side pass for a one-timer for the hottest forward, Bourque. Really, Antti had no chance on the goal. It was a great play by Hagmen.

 

Rene Bourque's second goal was again set up by Tangs. Bourque takes the pass over the line and snaps it through Nittymaki. That is one goal Antero Nittymaki would like to have back. But that does not take away from the play made by Tangs.

 

The defence is staying in their zone, not getting caught out of place. Sarich continues to hit everything in sight and Jbo is playing his best hockey as a Flame. Jbo continues to pinch in at the right time; he is reading the puck perfectly. Ian White looked good on the powerplay tonight, especially shooting from the point and keeping the puck low. The defence was looking up, never panicking tonight, and getting the puck out of the zone. They were fantastic. Rarely was there a puck thrown through the middle,  it was always along the boards.

 

Let's talk about Gio tonight. He was blocking the puck like no one's business, getting in front of the puck constantly. The defence was constantly hitting the SJ forwards, keeping them clear of the net. They really kept a handle on Thorton, Heatley, and Marleau; and when you do that, the Sharks really had no answer.

 

Let's talk about Kipper. He is really on top of his game. He was technically sound tonight. When he was called on, he was there. It was not often, but he made two outstanding saves on Hearter in the second period. He also made a great toe save off of Little Joe.  Kipper is really on top of his game right now. His strength is his position. He is always ready for another shot when it comes. He is seeing the puck like he has never done before. He is reminding me of the '04 Kipper.  It might also have to do with the back-up. The Flames have a solid back-up in Karlsson this season.

 

The forward story continues to be the skating of the group. The best line of the night  was the fourth line of the night. The energy they had went through the whole building. They caused havoc on the Sharks' defence all night. I swear, 90 percent of the time, they had the puck in the Sharks' zone.

 

Craig Conroy played his best game of the year tonight. He was skating like he was 20. He was constantly moving towards the net; that was the key to the whole Flames' game. If all else fails, shoot the puck towards the net. He was moving like a house on fire, especially with the penalty-kill. Craig was showing lots of hustle tonight, putting pressure on the Sharks' defence throughout the night.

 

Stefan Meyer was great tonight. He made perhaps the best play of the game, passing the puck for a one timer for Connie.  He and Connie were on the same page all night. Each always seemed to know where each other was. Meyer's physical play was very good, doing it smart, getting in the Sharks' faces, but never crossing the line. I really like his energy and his style. He never gives up, and he didn't tonight.

 

The best forward continues to be Rene Bourque, who was again using his shot to put the puck in the net. He seems to know where the puck is, and he knows exactly how to get into position to shoot the puck. He was outstanding. He is very hot right now, but what makes it more impressive is that he works in the back end just as much as he does in the offensive zone.


 What I really like about the Flames' play right now is the speed of the team. They are constantly forcing mistakes, and right now they are capitalizing on them. The forwards are taking the hit to get out of the zone. The defence is playing very physical, hitting everything and playing positionally sound. I have never seen the Flames play as soundly as they did tonight.  4-0 final Flames.

Flames Pound Jackets 6-2

Posted by Randy on October 22, 2010 at 10:08 PM Comments comments (0)

The Flames had their best period of the year as they score three goals in the first period. Hagmen scores off a rebound from Bourque's shot. Ian White scores on a one-timer pass from Stajan and the Flames take a 2-0 lead.  Dorsett scores the lone Blue Jacket goal of the period.  


 The second period was mostly dominated by the Flames, who continued to force the play. The forwards have had the legs tonight, and more importantly they are using them.  The Flames continue to roll our four lines, and the second line was out-standing in the game. The Flames get the only goal of the period,  started by a great poke check by Regehr, poking it to Backlund, who sets up Bourque as his speed forces the Blue Jackets' defence to backtrack and allow Bourque to score a one-timer.

 

During the third period, the Flames were at times guilty of playing back, as the Blue Jackets did force the play. The Blue Jackets score their second goal on a great shot by Jan Hejda, as the Flames get caught back-tracking  But Iggy makes a great pass to Tangs, who scores on a one-timer -- just a fantastic pass by Iggy.  Bourque gets his hat-trick goal on a great shot from a loose puck in the front of the net.

 

The key point to this game is the best players came to play. It makes it a lot easier. When the top 6 forwards come to play, this team will be successful. Their forwards continued to use their legs. They came back to support the defence in their own zone.  A key to success was the forwards coming back to the defence, giving them a target to get the puck out of the zone.  A complete game played by the Flames.

 

I have to talk about the Dmen tonight. They were a force hitting the forwards of the Blue Jackets. They were constantly in the right place, clearing out the front of the net, making things very easy for Karlsson. They were a force in the defensive zone, and pitching in at the right time in the offensive zone.  6-2 easy win for the Flames.

 

The Best  Forwards

 

Olli

 

Olli had his best game of the season. Two assists.  His skating showed hustle. Olli was smart with the puck and rarely threw the puck away. I really liked his skating tonight, working for the puck. He has been doing some floating, but that stopped. He got the message when Sutter benched him in the third in Detroit.

 

 Hagmen

 

Hagmen was dangerous all night.  He was constantly on the net.   He forced the Blue Jackets to take penalties. He played with a chip on his shoulder. There was one play in the second period when Hagmen stopped the icing, almost resulting in another goal.  Hagmen scored a great goal off of a rebound from a shot from Bourque.


Bourque

 

Bourque was outstanding feeding off the second line, which which was the best line on the ice. He was  constantly glued to the puck, and what a shot he scored on with the third goal of the game. He was a force all night, doing what he has to in order to be successful. When you go to the net, good things will happen.  It was Bourque 's best night as a Flame as he got his Hatrick.


 Backlund


 Backlund made the best play of the night when he skated in with Bourque and set Rene up with a great pass. When Backlund skates, he is a terrific player. He was great on the penalty kill.

 

 

Flames Pound Jackets 6-2

Posted by Randy on October 22, 2010 at 10:08 PM Comments comments (0)


The Flames had their best period of the year as they score three goals in the first period. Hagmen scores off a rebound from Bourque's shot. Ian White scores on a one-timer pass from Stajan and the Flames take a 2-0 lead.  Dorsett scores the lone Blue Jacket goal of the period.  


 

The second period was mostly dominated by the Flames, who continued to force the play. The forwards have had the legs tonight, and more importantly they are using them.  The Flames continue to roll our four lines, and the second line was out-standing in the game. The Flames get the only goal of the period,  started by a great poke check by Regehr, poking it to Backlund, who sets up Bourque as his speed forces the Blue Jackets' defence to backtrack and allow Bourque to score a one-timer.


 

During the third period, the Flames were at times guilty of playing back, as the Blue Jackets did force the play. The Blue Jackets score their second goal on a great shot by Jan Hejda, as the Flames get caught back-tracking  But Iggy makes a great pass to Tangs, who scores on a one-timer -- just a fantastic pass by Iggy.  Bourque gets his hat-trick goal on a great shot from a loose puck in the front of the net.


 

The key point to this game is the best players came to play. It makes it a lot easier. When the top 6 forwards come to play, this team will be successful. Their forwards continued to use their legs. They came back to support the defence in their own zone.  A key to success was the forwards coming back to the defence, giving them a target to get the puck out of the zone.  A complete game played by the Flames.


 

I have to talk about the Dmen tonight. They were a force hitting the forwards of the Blue Jackets. They were constantly in the right place, clearing out the front of the net, making things very easy for Karlsson. They were a force in the defensive zone, and pitching in at the right time in the offensive zone.  6-2 easy win for the Flames.

 

 


The Best  Forwards


 

Olli


 

Olli had his best game of the season. Two assists.  His skating showed hustle. Olli was smart with the puck and rarely threw the puck away. I really liked his skating tonight, working for the puck. He has been doing some floating, but that stopped. He got the message when Sutter benched him in the third in Detroit.

 

 

Hagmen


 

Hagmen was dangerous all night.  He was constantly on the net.   He forced the Blue Jackets to take penalties. He played with a chip on his shoulder. There was one play in the second period when Hagmen stopped the icing, almost resulting in another goal.  Hagmen scored a great goal off of a rebound from a shot from Bourque.


 

Bourque


 

Bourque was outstanding feeding off the second line, which which was the best line on the ice. He was  constantly glued to the puck, and what a shot he scored on with the third goal of the game. He was a force all night, doing what he has to in order to be successful. When you go to the net, good things will happen.  It was Bourque 's best night as a Flame as he got his Hatrick.


 

Backlund


 

Backlund made the best play of the night when he skated in with Bourque and set Rene up with a great pass. When Backlund skates, he is a terrific player. He was great on the penalty kill.

 

 


Kiper is Prefect Flames down Preds 1-0 in OT

Posted by Randy on October 19, 2010 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The First Period

 

The Calgary Flames andNashville Predators play a solid first period as the teams beat eachother black and blue. Cory Sarich continues to smack people around. Iwas impressed with the Preds' speed. At times they forced the Flamesto panic. The Flames did come close early, as Hagmen gets robbed byRinne, but J.P. Dumont gets robbed by Kipper to match it. The Predshave a powerplay, which basically gets killed by Kipper. The Flames continue to have problems with scoring as they not take advantage oftheir breaks. Defensively, they play pretty solid as Jbo comes toplay. Hagmen is the Flames' best forward in the first period, and the second line as a whole was our best line.

 

The Flames played apretty good road period, but Rinne looks hard to beat, as does Kipper. The Flames still having trouble offensively. The Flames'penalty kill continues to be pretty solid. I love the solid hitting,as Cory Sarich was hitting everyone in sight. I thought it was asolid road period for the Flames.

 

The Second Period

 

The Flames were outplayed in the second period and could have easily fallen further,if not for Kipper. The Flames took too many penalties as the Preds could not take advantage of the power-plays. Cory Sarich has somecompany as Jbo picks up his play. The two of them led the defencewith their play. The defensive zone coverage was outstanding. The  problem is offense. The Flames fail to show any creativity, and often have problems generating offense. But the second line continues toshine. Olli is playing a little smarter tonight. Kipper will give Martin Erat nightmares with an outstanding save. The Flames are playing terrifically in their zone. They might be giving up a lot ofshots, but the second chances were kept to a minimum.


The major concern was that they were taking too many penalties. But penalty killing bailed them out. The Flames have to generate some offence. The Flames were showing some good speed, although they were caught out of place a few times. Kipper was there to bail them out. The best forward of the game continues to be Hagmen.

 

The Third Period and Overtime


 The third period was achess match. Both teams played close to the perfect defensively. The Preds are getting the better chances. The third line on the Flames begin to turn the tide with scoring chances as Bourque, Glencross,and Backlund begin to fight back with some solid shifts. The Flamescontinue to play solid defensively. Kipper is a rock out there. Their offensive game picks up. The Flames' third period was theirbest period. The F lames again have to kill another powerplay late inthe third period Glencross tries to crowd the net, interfers with Rinne, and takes 2 more minutes in box. The 5th powerplayfor the Preds was like the first four: unsuccessful. Sarich continues to be sound defensively, and is a rock out there. Tangs continues tokill penalties for the Flames, even though he struggles offensively.He was solid defensively, as was the entire team. Iggy struggled alittle tonight, but he did use his strength, going in front of the net. The first line was struggling against the checking line of the Preds, who did a solid job of suffocating them.


Stajan hits the post inthe last minutes, and the Flames almost score in regulation. But the Preds fire back in the last few minutes and they also come close. If not for Kipper, the Preds would have won. Finally, in overtime, Rene Bourque goes to the front of the net and with hard work scores on a rebound. Kipper gets the shutout. Kipper was outstanding, as was Rinne. This game could have gone either way. Bourque continues to show that good things happen when you go -to the net.

 

Randy

 

Flames news

Posted by Randy on October 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM Comments comments (0)

The Flames have no excuses for why they almost  lost this game; simply because of mental breakdowns. The defence has to start playing physical. There are way too  many nervous players trying not to lose the puck.  Don't play not to lose. Stop playing like you're afraid. The Flames have to win with adversity. They have not done it yet this season.  The Oilers open the scoring on a backhand goal by Hemsky.  The Flames even it up when Stajan sends Tanguay on a breakaway. He ties the game with a great shot.  Let's not even talk about the powerplay (but that 5-on-3 was a statement on how this team is playing right now.)


The Flames give up an early goal as Penner's snapshot goes off of White. There was a improvement with the play. They had some emotion. Coming back for the second time, the Flames tie with  Morrison scoring the second goal, jumping on a rebound.  Olli the enigma is again struggling. Getting taken off of the front line has to sting.  The Oilers' third  goal was particularly disheartening, because the Flames stood around and watched Magnus Paajarvi poke at the puck until he poked it right in. There is no excuse for allowing forward to stand in front of the net and to poke at the puck until it goes in.


Iggy really has to start leading this team. He has to be the man Curtis Glencross and Tim Jackman continue to be. The best forwards on this team will not be successful.  The Flames put Staios on the powerplay to make a statement. I hate to say this the statement should have made a long time ago.  


The third period was one of the best. The team played. The top 6 forwards finally showed up. Hagmen scored on a great set-up by Morrison. This is how this team can be successful. The major improvement was the work ethic. They beat the Oilers to a pulp. The goal by Hagmen put a fire under the team, and the Flames never looked back  The fourth goal by Iggy was set up on the powerplay by a great pass by Tangs.  It suddenly clicked and the Flames started hitting everyone in sight. More importantly, they started moving their legs and moving with the puck. The defence stopped being caught flatfooted and were led by an inspired Cory Sarich. He might not have been mentioned as one of the three stars, but he was the best defencemen on the team.  Kipper made up for the bad second period with a solid third period, making the saves when he had to.  I have to give Iggy credit, he played like a house on fire in the third period.  The Flames fired 18 shots at the Edmonton goal, a great relief from the fans' point of view. Tangs scored an empty net goal as he beat the clock. Alex Tanguay played his best game of the year as a member of the Flames.  The final score was 5-3 Flames.


There was somepositives in this game. Glencross was terrific. If half of theforwards could get his determination, it would totally make this teama contender. Alex Tanguay got his first two goals of the season.Tangs showed some emotion.


I know I was hard onthe Flames. For two periods they were awful. I think they wouldagree. But the 18-shot third period gives Flames fans some hope. Justmaybe they are beginning to turn this around.


There are all sorts ofrumours that the Flames are one of the most busiest teams in theLeague trying to shake things up. There is talk that Sutter is notgoing to sit idly by if the Flames continue to struggle. They are notpanicking, but they are constantly finding ways to improve this team.If the team does struggle, the Flames will do a major deal. There aresome hints that something is going on, but I wonder if Sarich hascooled down the talk a bit with his play this game.

 


Randy

Injury Update

Posted by Randy on October 15, 2010 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

irst of all, the Flames kept us waiting for one of those team meetings that went an hour late. I wish I could have  been a fly on the wall during that meeting.  The practice  itself  started out with  the first 15 minuets of skating. Not a bag skate, just skating from one end to another.  The next segment was split up for two-on-one drills with the  defense passing the puck to the forwards, getting the puck out of their own zone. Karlsson looks like he is biting at the bit to get his chance to play.  He looked quite comfortable trying to ease the tension on the rink today.


The most interesting part of the practice was that the players were all business.  They looked like they had some unfinished business to fix. The players were trying to keep it  the tension down, but there was a feeling of frustration in the air. At this time, there is no real panic yet, just concern to get things back on track.

 

 


Injury Update


David Moss says he is close, but would not suggest a time.  I think  that he could be only a week or two away.


Adam Pardy is 6-8 weeks away.  He is still in a sling .


Rene Bourque  – I did not get to see him today, but I was told he is two weeks away.


Kotalik is still hoping away.  It does not look like he is coming back anytime soon. 


No update on Langkow. I am really concerned that he might not be back for the season.  I have no confirmation on that; just  speculation.R


Randy



Flames Woeful Panthers Blank Flames 3-0

Posted by Randy on October 15, 2010 at 12:32 AM Comments comments (0)

The Flames come out firing and looking good, doing some great break-out passing, as Ollie gets robbed. Steve Staios gets robbed early as the Flames, full of speed, seemed to have some legs tonight. The front line looked great in the first period, but Dvorak jumped on a rebound to kill any momentum the Flames put together. Dvorak rips a screen shot, and boom, its 2-0. The Flames giving up two early chances. Sutter gets robbed by Volkoun, who has been fantastic in the first period. The Flames look good, but the Panthers take advantage of the breaks they are given, and the Flames do not. Staios looks shaky as the Panthers begin to take the play a little. The Flames do well killing their penalty as they fend off the Panthers twice in the first period. Even though the Flames only got 6 shots, they had plenty of jump.


The Flames continue to have problems scoring, and Volkoun continues to shine. The Panthers seem to hem the Flames in. The Flames really have to start developing some kind of scoring. The Flames continue to excel on the penalty kill. On the downside, they continue to take silly penalties. But the Panthers have seemed to really bundle the Flames up in the second period. The Flames get their first powerplay but it really struggles, and the crowd begins to get ugly. On the bright side, Jackman and Glencross have been good. The Flames have really slowed down in the second period. The Panthers have smothered the Flames in the second. A long season is in the future if the Flames offence continues to struggle. This Flames team is going to have a long, long season if they do not start skating.


No skating and no emotion throughout the second period. The powerplay was awful, not organized at all. I would go so far as to say that the powerplay did not even know what they were supposed to be doing. They are playing like they have no direction and have no system. When they do have the puck, they either are too busy trying to be fancy with the puck, or throwing it away trying not to make a mistake. The Flames right now are a slow, slow hockey team. They are really having trouble controlling the Panthers’ speed.


The third period can pretty much be defined as the Panthers’ perfect road period. The Flames have to get some kind of emotion in this game. It all starts with the first line, and continues down to the fourth line. The Flames have no offence right now at all. No push whatsoever. This powerplay is laughable. They have no idea what to do. They cannot even get into the zone. Shawn Mattias scores to put it 3-0 as the Panthers pretty much put this on ice. The problem is Staios with Brodie did not go well. The call to bench might of been questionable. The big guns are really struggling right now, and I am talking the top 6 forwards. When your best forwards are Jackman, Glencross, and Connie, that is a major concern offensively. The only good news for the fans who were watching the game was the final siren finally going off. 3-0 Panthers over the Calgary Flames.


I would write more, but it would be pretty pointless. I would just say the same thing again and again. In fact, I could have mailed this blog in before the game started and not missed a thing.

 



Leafs This Week (1)

Posted by RaihanH on October 11, 2010 at 5:19 PM Comments comments (0)


Here is the first installment of my “Leafs This Week” blog. Recapping all things Leafs this past week.

 


Roster Cuts:

 

GM Brian Burke issued the final cuts from the training camp roster this past Monday. Forwards Luca Caputi, Nazem Kadri, and Cristian Hanson were sent down to the AHL Marlies along with defencemen Korbinian Holzer and Matt Lashoff. Many were surprised as to why John Mitchell made the big club despite struggling in the pre-season. Burke admitted both Hanson and Caputi performed well enough to crack the big club over Mitchell. But unfortunately, that’s how the salary cap world works nowadays. Mitchell has a one way contract, while Hanson and Caputi held two ways. The biggest surprise from Leafs camp was the strong play of Tim Brent. Thus, Brent locked down he third line role and is flourishing. Jay Rosehill and Danny Richmond were also cut while Mike Zigomanis remains with the team centering the fourth line.

 

Opening Night:

 

Opening night on Thursday say the new Maple Leafs Square filled with fans anxiously tailgating to kick off the season with NHL Faceoff featuring the Leafs vs. the Habs from the Air Canada Centre. The improved Leafs hung on to the extended lead provided by the skill of Clarke MacArthur in the third to take advantage of a banged up Habs squad. Tim Brent, Phil Kessel, and Clarke MacArthur registered the three goals that paved the way for Jean Sebastien Giguere to lead the Leafs to victory in the dying seconds of the third period. FINAL SCORE: Canadiens 2 - Maple Leafs 3.

 

Battle of Ontario:

 

Saturday night saw the first installment of the Battle of Ontario where the Leafs would take on the Sens who were coming off a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres the night before. Once again, the young Buds didn’t take long to crack the scoresheet. Just over a minute into the game, Nikolai Kulemin buried the first goal of the hockey game off a dime pass by MacArthur. The exhausted Senators continued to get run over by the young Leafs on the scoresheet, as Phil Kessel and Clarke MacArthur made it 3-0 Leafs. The Buds continued to pressure the Senators throughout the game. Late in the third, a series of scrums and fights broke out including the much anticipated Colton Orr vs. Matt Carkner. In a pretty even dispute, Orr would take the fight wrestling Carkner to the ice first. Kris Versteeg registered his first goal as a Maple Leaf off a bullet shot from the point from Tomas Kaberle. Jean - Sebastien Giguere had a quiet night in goal, but was solid. FINAL SCORE: Senators 1 - Maple Leafs 5.

 

Next Week:

 

The Leafs will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, then head off to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers. Brett Lebda is expected to make his return by Friday the earliest, but is not a sure bet to crack a roster spot. Catch the second “Leafs This Week” blog next weekend recapping the Leafs week to come.

 

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Eww What is that Smell

Posted by Randy on October 8, 2010 at 1:33 AM Comments comments (0)

The injured Flames walk into Edmonton, as Kotalik is put on long-term with Lankow, Sutter gets  brought up, and Conroy gets benched. On defence, Satios and Sarich get the boot for Pardy and  Brodie.


 

In the first period, the Flames stood around were out-hit, out-played, and basically stunk up the joint.  They looked very tentative. It was like they were very nervous, fighting the puck.  Of course, old reliable was in net.  Kipper was outstanding. It should have been over in the first few minutes. Brule put the puck in early, as the Oilers took a 1-0 lead on the powerplay.  The Flames were having trouble with the Oilers' power.  The defence and forwards were standing around too much.  You have to be impressed with the Oilers' speed. The Flames could not keep up to the Oilers' forwards.  There were too many scoring chances for the Oilers.  They should be ahead by a lot more.  It was an embarrassing first period by the Flames. Kipper makes 18 saves in the first period.


 

The biggest problem in the first was that the Flames were having trouble dealing with the speed of the Oilers' forwards. Defence was playing nervous too much, fighting with the puck.  I would even say hanging on the puck to long, forwards not shooting the puck enough hanging on to the puck to long.  They looked more like the rookies than the Oilers. Oh, by the way, when you take 5 penalties in one period, this is not a good thing. I can imagine the colourful language in the Flames' locker room in the first intermission.


 

The Flames finally started playing in the second period. Maybe they were not told that there was a hockey games on until the second period. The hitting was there, the skating was there, the first line first shift seemed to set the tone for a bit.  Jbo looked awful, he was giving away too many pucks. Kipper had to have his eyes in the back of his head.  Even though the score was still only 1-0, the Flames were still trying their best to make it worse.  The normal stupidity in this games, the fisticuffs, really did not help the Flames at all. Yes, they had a better second period, but there were still way too many  giveaways.  Yes, most people would call me a fuddy duddy, but I really hate the fighting. Sutter decides to have a fight with Frasier, but again, this really does nothing for the Flames.  


 

The Flames' powerplay continues to struggle. They are really having some problems with the faceoffs.  What is really frustrating if you are a Flames fan, is that the powerplay has been bad for years. Again, the Flames are doing way too much passing.   The only reason why this game is not worse is that Kipper is standing on his head.  The end of the second period pretty much tells me that the Flames aren't interested in this game, and Jbo needs to start using his head, along with the rest of his teammates.


 

The Flames did have a better second period, but basically they are playing the Oilers' game. They are letting the Oilers get in their heads. There were way too many giveaways by everyone -- Jbo does a brutal one, and I won't even try to figure out what Olli was doing when he threw the puck away and Hall almost scored on his giveaway. Way too much thinking and not enough shooting the puck. They were making things too complicated. The powerplay is going to be a sore spot this season.  It looks toothless in this game. On the bright side, the Flames did have a better second period and they were only down one goal going in the third.


 

The Oilers score a highlight goal that pretty much puts the Flames away, on a great rush by Eberle. Hemsky then shoots a shot past Kipper. That was the first goal he probably should have had, to make it 3-0. The Flames really spent too much time chasing the Oilers. They are making the Sutter experiment  a nightmare. But this is only one game, and it was not the Flames' night. Eberle puts it 4-0. The Flames are mailing this game in in the third period. This is only one game, but I think Brent Sutter had a coronary on the bench, and I will not even say what Daryl was doing.  Again, this is only one game, but there is not too much to be positive about this game. Final 4-0 Oilers.  A rough day to be a Flames fan.


 

Time to regroup. We have to learn to stop running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Our powerplay has to start clicking; what I mean is, maybe start shooting.  The defence has to stop getting caught flatfooted so much.  They have to watch where they are passing. On  the bright side, T. J. Brodie looked right at home. He was probably the best defender out there.  This is one that Sutter has erase out of his mind, and just maybe start thinking about which players he can get for a solid defender.

 

 

 


Eww What is that Smell

Posted by Randy on October 8, 2010 at 1:33 AM Comments comments (0)

The injured Flames walk into Edmonton, as Kotalik is put on long-term with Lankow, Sutter gets  brought up, and Conroy gets benched. On defence, Satios and Sarich get the boot for Pardy and  Brodie.


 

In the first period, the Flames stood around were out-hit, out-played, and basically stunk up the joint.  They looked very tentative. It was like they were very nervous, fighting the puck.  Of course, old reliable was in net.  Kipper was outstanding. It should have been over in the first few minutes. Brule put the puck in early, as the Oilers took a 1-0 lead on the powerplay.  The Flames were having trouble with the Oilers' power.  The defence and forwards were standing around too much.  You have to be impressed with the Oilers' speed. The Flames could not keep up to the Oilers' forwards.  There were too many scoring chances for the Oilers.  They should be ahead by a lot more.  It was an embarrassing first period by the Flames. Kipper makes 18 saves in the first period.


 

The biggest problem in the first was that the Flames were having trouble dealing with the speed of the Oilers' forwards. Defence was playing nervous too much, fighting with the puck.  I would even say hanging on the puck to long, forwards not shooting the puck enough hanging on to the puck to long.  They looked more like the rookies than the Oilers. Oh, by the way, when you take 5 penalties in one period, this is not a good thing. I can imagine the colourful language in the Flames' locker room in the first intermission.


 

The Flames finally started playing in the second period. Maybe they were not told that there was a hockey games on until the second period. The hitting was there, the skating was there, the first line first shift seemed to set the tone for a bit.  Jbo looked awful, he was giving away too many pucks. Kipper had to have his eyes in the back of his head.  Even though the score was still only 1-0, the Flames were still trying their best to make it worse.  The normal stupidity in this games, the fisticuffs, really did not help the Flames at all. Yes, they had a better second period, but there were still way too many  giveaways.  Yes, most people would call me a fuddy duddy, but I really hate the fighting. Sutter decides to have a fight with Frasier, but again, this really does nothing for the Flames.  


 

The Flames' powerplay continues to struggle. They are really having some problems with the faceoffs.  What is really frustrating if you are a Flames fan, is that the powerplay has been bad for years. Again, the Flames are doing way too much passing.   The only reason why this game is not worse is that Kipper is standing on his head.  The end of the second period pretty much tells me that the Flames aren't interested in this game, and Jbo needs to start using his head, along with the rest of his teammates.


 

The Flames did have a better second period, but basically they are playing the Oilers' game. They are letting the Oilers get in their heads. There were way too many giveaways by everyone -- Jbo does a brutal one, and I won't even try to figure out what Olli was doing when he threw the puck away and Hall almost scored on his giveaway. Way too much thinking and not enough shooting the puck. They were making things too complicated. The powerplay is going to be a sore spot this season.  It looks toothless in this game. On the bright side, the Flames did have a better second period and they were only down one goal going in the third.


 

The Oilers score a highlight goal that pretty much puts the Flames away, on a great rush by Eberle. Hemsky then shoots a shot past Kipper. That was the first goal he probably should have had, to make it 3-0. The Flames really spent too much time chasing the Oilers. They are making the Sutter experiment  a nightmare. But this is only one game, and it was not the Flames' night. Eberle puts it 4-0. The Flames are mailing this game in in the third period. This is only one game, but I think Brent Sutter had a coronary on the bench, and I will not even say what Daryl was doing.  Again, this is only one game, but there is not too much to be positive about this game. Final 4-0 Oilers.  A rough day to be a Flames fan.


 

Time to regroup. We have to learn to stop running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Our powerplay has to start clicking; what I mean is, maybe start shooting.  The defence has to stop getting caught flatfooted so much.  They have to watch where they are passing. On  the bright side, T. J. Brodie looked right at home. He was probably the best defender out there.  This is one that Sutter has erase out of his mind, and just maybe start thinking about which players he can get for a solid defender.

 

 

 


Opening Night

Posted by RaihanH on October 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM Comments comments (0)



After a long summer, its finally opening night. The Leafs will take on the Montreal Canadiens for the second straight year to lead of the season live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Here is a look the Leafs lineup for tonight:

Versteeg - Bozak - Kessel

Kulemin - Grabovski - MacArthur

Armstrong - Brent - Sjostrom

Brown - Zigomanis - Orr

Beauchemin - Phaneuf

Gunnarsson - Komisarek

Kaberle - Schenn

Giguere - Gustavsson

Five new Maple Leafs will be making they’re regular season debuts for the Leafs: Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong, Clarke MacArthur, Mike Brown, and Mike Zigomanis. Meanwhile, the Leafs will also have a healthy Mike Komisarek and Phil Kessel to start the season. Jean Sebastien Giguere will start in goal tonight.

The Habs will be without Michael Cammalleri due to the suspension. Roman Hamrlik, and Andrei Markov will be out with injuries while despite being plagued by the flu, Carey Price will start in goal for the Habs. Matt Lashoff cleared waivers earlier today and will be assigned to the AHL Toronto Marlies.

NHL faceoff will be airing live from Dundas Square in Toronto at 4pm ET, be there or be square! Enjoy the game tonight Leafs fans, it should be an interesting year. Signup to nhltalk202 and let me know who you think will bury the first Maple Leafs goal of the year. What are your predictions for the game?

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Philadelphia Flyers Preview 2010-2011

Posted by Jim on October 7, 2010 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)




It seems just like yesterday that the Philadelphia Flyers were playing the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals! The Flyers losing in game six on a hard angle shot by Blackhawk forward Patrick Kane through the pads of Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. Well, that’s in the past now and it’s time to start the 2010-2011 season. It was great to see the Flyers in the finals, but it was even harder to see them lose.


Today the Flyers will open the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It will be the start of what looks like a very promising year for the Flyers. The Flyers are trying to become part of a handful of teams that lost in the Stanley Cup Finals the year before and then win the Stanley Cup the following season. I believe this year’s version of the Flyers is better than last year’s but that doesn’t mean an automatic parade down Broad Street. It is a very long season and anything can happen.  This franchise has made some interesting decisions this summer that will help this team in the long run.


The offense I believe has gotten stronger with the addition of Nikolay Zherdev. Zherdev has always had the talent to play in the NHL, but its more about his mental make-up that hasn’t let him blossom into a star. I believe finally he has learned, after playing last year in the KHL I believe Zherdev is back in North America to show the critics he can produce and help the Flyers towards their goal of a Stanley Cup. He has shown during the preseason that he is able to find the back of the net. This Flyers team has a potential for eight 20 goal scorers. This list of eight includes Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, Ville Leino, James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, and Zherdev. That is some serious depth that this team posses. I really think the third line has a chance to be the best of the three lines. One reason is JVR has bulked up and looked really good this preseason. If Giroux plays like he did last year in the playoffs he will do very well. Though the Flyers did also lose one player that I think won’t hurt them as much since they have Zherdev and that is Simon Gagne. He was huge during the playoffs and showed when healthy he is still an elite talent. It’s just that he never seemed to stay healthy for a full season. Gagne will be missed. Though offense won’t win you championships; defense is also a key part to any team’s success.


The Flyers had two very good defensive pairings last year. They had Matt Carle and Chris Pronger along with Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. While the third line last year was ok during the regular season come playoff time Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette relied heavily on the top two pairs. The goal during the off-season was to improve the defense. I believe they have done so. They went out and got two veterans that have proven themselves in the league in that of Sean O’Donnell and Andrej Mezzaros. These two are definitely an upgrade over former Flyers Ryan Parent and Lukas Krajicek. Also, unlike last year if an injury was to occur they have depth at the blue line with Oskars Bartulis and newly acquired Matt Walker. They will help solidify the defense and help whoever is playing in net for the Flyers this season.


The biggest unknown is the goaltending situation for Flyers, but yet again it’s the same question every year. Yet, the Flyers still find ways to win games with journeymen in net. The Flyers re-signed Michael Leighton after he helped carry the team through the regular season and majority of the playoffs once he was healthy again. The Flyers expected him to be their number one goalie this year as well. It just so happened that Leighton got hurt during preseason and will miss an undetermined amount of time to begin the season. Therefore, fan favorite Brian Boucher will start the season in net for the Flyers. The intriguing part of this is the Flyers have a rookie Sergei Bobrovsky who will back-up Leighton. Bobrovsky has played excellent hockey this preseason and may very well be the goalie that Flyers fans are looking for. He is being praised for his speed in net. I believe he should be in the AHL playing more to help him get adjusted to the North American game better since he played in the KHL last year, but the Flyers need him now and well he has impressed me enough to warrant some playing time. If and when he starts a game it will be interesting to see how he does. Though, I also believe that the Boucher will do a good job in net for the Flyers.


Only time will tell how well the Flyers will be this year. I expect an excellent season from the boys in the orange and the black.


On kind of a side note, I’m saddened to hear that Ian Laperriere may miss the entire 2010-2011 season due to post concussion syndrome. The man is a warrior and it will not be the same without him sacrificing his body to help his team win.

 

 

 

 

Flames Notes.

Posted by Randy on October 6, 2010 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

So what does this Brendon Morrison signing say?  Well, first of all you can pretty much take it to the bank that Langkow will not be back this season. You must also realize that Backlund was not consistent enough for the Flames to consider as a top 6 forward. I wonder how long Stajan is out for. Does this mean he gets put on the shelf for a long time? This also throws up the warning that the Flames are very thin up the middle.  Thin enough to experiment of with Moss as center. Sure, he has done it before, but it's a asking a lot of Moss to make the adjustment.


 

So why did the Flames sign Morrison?  No, you cannot use the excuse that Management has lost their minds! There are several options; the most obvious being Moss, Lankow, Kotalik, and Stajan. Yes, I think that Stajan is the biggest, because the Flames did not think that Backlund was consistent enough. Which means they think that Morrison is consistent enough. The next reason is that Morrison is versatile. He can pretty much play all forward positions. When the Flames get healthy, Morrison can easily be moved to the third line.  The Flames really love the fact that Morrison can play wing and center. He is a cheap replacement with some skill. The last reason is probably the most obvious one: Morrison is the best option out there, given the Flames' cap situation.  

 


So that begs the question: Is Sutter's cap decision in question here? If we didn't have so many NTC's or NMC's, would we be in such a jam? Would the Flames trade Regeher if he did not have an NMC?   T.J. Brodie has basically made the team, which means there is a something brewing. So who is on their way out?  


 

There are rumours of Sarich being on his way out.  I know it's a business decision, but I have really like  the way he is playing. There are rumours of Regeher going to LA, Boston, and Washington. There are rumours that Staios will be on waivers soon too. To that you can add  the rumours of the Flames trading White before he dumps them. All of these rumours are because of the best-rookie-since-sliced-bread T.J. Brodie.


 

The Flames say they don't need another top 6 forward, and I am not so sure that I disagree with them. Yet my sources tells me different, I  know what happens when I predict things, but this recent story in the Calgary Herald makes me thinks my source might very well be right:


http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/Flames+Sutter+puts+Brett+waivers/3628732/story.html


 

I have been told about and asked about these rumours and more. This suggests to me that the injuries are a lot worse than they are telling us. Where there is smoke there are Flames.

 

 

 



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