Posts Tagged ‘Calgary’

Flames are 4-1-1 in their last six games. This week, they’ve beaten Vancouver and San Jose in regulation time. Mikka Kiprusoff is back between the pipes. Flames are now within striking distance of the playoffs. Indeed all is well for Calgary at the moment.

It’s no big secret how the Flames are getting it done. Their best players, with the exception of Alec Tanguay who remains second in team scoring with 17 pts in 21 games, are all producing right now. Jay Bouwmeester and Dennis Wideman are the workhorses on the blue line each logging over 25:00 minutes per game. Mark Giordano does the heavy match-up lifting.

Flames have their measuring sticks out for this game. Catching the Canucks and Sharks during a dry spell is one thing. Beating the second best team in the league gives credence to their recent hot streak.

For our Ducks, the Flames represent the challenge that good teams win the games they’re supposed to win. The fact that Calgary is going well only adds to the adversity.

Back on January 21, our Ducks beat Calgary 5-4. The game wasn’t as close as the score would suggest. What we did see that night is that these Flames aren’t quitters. They started the season winning just 5 of their first 15 games but are now back in the playoff hunt.

Our Ducks have shown they can also rise to a challenge and find ways to win. My hunch is that our depth prevails in a very spirited game.


I was able to join the game with about 9 minutes to go in the 3rd. Caught some of the second on radio. Retired Hockey Mom needed a couple of cortisone shots for a fibromyalgia flare-up. Major owie.

Ducks took a point out of the barn of one the NHL’s hottest teams tonight. Our guys took more from the Sharks tonight than any of Phoenix, Vancouver, Colorado, Edmonton and Calgary had done. For those looking for a measuring stick, there you go. What I saw was smart, accountable hockey. This team continues to impress with its ES dominance. Our guys also showed great discipline by limiting the Sharks to just two PP’s.

Matt “Homeboy” Beleskey who was just 2:45 away from his first winning goal since 2009-10 said, “If we bring that game every night, we’ll be in good shape.”

What our Ducks didn’t do was put the Sharks away when opportunities presented. Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan each had the game on their stick late in regulation time. We went 0 for 4 on the PP.

Every guy in that room knows we let one get away tonight. It’s not one you hang your head over though. It’s one you suck up and use to motivate yourself to the next level.


I don’t have time to draft an original pregame post today. You can check out Anaheim Ducks Preview or just read it here:

Flames seek quick bounceback against Ducks

John Kreiser  – Columnist
1 GP 1
1 W 0
0 L 1
0 OT 0
2 P 0
1.000 P% 0.000
7.00 G/G 1.00
3.00 GA/G 4.00
100.0 PP% 33.3
50.0 PK% 66.7
26.0 S/G 32.0
29.0 SA/G 29.0
50.7 FO% 39.1
Date Vis/Home Final
Apr 7, 2012 ANA@CGY CGY, 5 – 2
Mar 2, 2012 CGY@ANA ANA, 3 – 2
Feb 6, 2012 CGY@ANA ANA, 3 – 2
Jan 12, 2012 ANA@CGY CGY, 1 – 0

DUCKS (1-0-0) at FLAMES (0-1-0)


Season series: It’s the first of three meetings between the teams, who don’t see each other again until the Flames come to Anaheim in early March. The teams split their four games last season, with each going 2-1-1.

Big story: It’s Game 2 of 48 for both teams, but they come into this one feeling markedly different about themselves. Anaheim could kick back Sunday after routing the Canucks 7-3 in Vancouver the night before and watch the Flames get off to a good start against San Jose, only to have the Sharks score three times in the second period on the way to a 4-1 win.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Teemu Selanne continues to defy Father Time. At 42 years and 200 days, he had a pair of goals and two assists in the victory at Vancouver, making him the oldest player since Gordie Howe in 1971 to get four points in a game. He did it all in just 15:08 of ice time, more than two minutes below his average last season.

“It’s an amazing thing. You don’t expect it but it happens,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times via by phone Sunday. “I know he can play better. He’s had better nights. But everything he touched was gold [Saturday] night. It was great.”

Selanne, who was playing his 1,342nd career game, moved past Dale Hawerchuk and into 18th spot in all-time scoring with 1,410 points.

“He is so good with the puck, knowing where other people are. He’s scored [667] goals: he knows what to do with it,” Boudreau said. “But like everybody else, I’ve seen him with more energy and skate better but it wasn’t because of his age. It was because it was the first game, with no preseason.”

The Ducks also helped themselves by connecting on all three of their power plays, though they allowed a pair with Selanne in the box.

Flames: The sellout crowd at Scotiabank Saddledome had plenty to cheer about in the first period of Sunday’s season-opener — the Flames led San Jose 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes, and only 15 saves by Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi kept the score close. But the last two periods were another story — San Jose scored three times in the second period and added a late power-play goal to spoil the night for the Flames and their fans.

“We had our chances and Niemi played well,” said Lee Stempniak, who scored Calgary’s only goal. “We hit a post early on. Those are all things that I think contributed but for us, we stopped skating and things sort of fell apart. To me that’s the issue.”

Getting right back onto the ice might be a good thing for the Flames.

“You leave that game behind and look forward to the next game and focus on that,” center Mikael Backlund said.

Injury report: Anaheim may have defenseman Cam Fowler back in the lineup after he missed Saturday’s game with the flu. … The Flames were without new additions Roman Cervenka and Jiri Hudler on Sunday. Cervenka is out with a blood clot, and Hudler is nursing an abdominal injury before returning to the Czech Republic to attend his father’s funeral. Defenseman Anton Babchuk is still out with a shoulder injury.