Another great one, boys

183859681_18bfa445c6_m.jpgWow. Just wow. Amazing thing is, I’m sitting there watching the third period and even after Yelle scores, I know the Flames are going to find a way to lose. It’s great to “come out a blazin'” in the the third and fire a bunch of shots at Mikael “Wasn’t Even Good Enough For The Leafs” Tellqvist, but shots don’t win games. Goals do. So do the little effort plays — like getting out to the point to block shots, which Iginla didn’t do on Boynton, which led to the Reinprecht goal.

As for OT: Nice strategy, Jim, that really worked out. Fourth quarter of the season isn’t the greatest time to be tryin’ stuff, y’know?

Whatever, I can go on forever. Bottom line is this: Even if they continue to win enough at home to make the post-season, 7-16-7 is the record on the road now. The Flames will not have home-ice advantage, and will not win a playoff series.

Incidentally, I loved the Buffalo-Ottawa brawl tonight, because both teams showed they were ready to do whatever it takes to establish position and win games. Did you see Dion’s little “oh well” stick slap after the OT winner? It’s like he expected to lose. Can you imagine Playfair, or any the other blue-hairs behind the Flames bench, showing any kind of emotion? Surely you remember the Sutter-gets-suspended debacle against Anaheim Nashville (morning edit: as I noted in comments, I was drunk with anger last night and couldn’t get things straight) right before the ’04 playoffs. Tell me that wasn’t a team-builder.

And the worst part? The next three are at home, so everyone will once again be fooled into thinking it’s all OK.

It isn’t all OK.

Of note: The steak I ate tonight at legendary Toronto eatery Barberian’s. Delicious.

The broadcast: Kudos to Ryan Walter for calling out Iggy on not getting putting in the effort to get to Boynton on that third period goal, and to Roger Millions for correctly identifying that the Flames looked “panicked” on a horrible shift late in the third. But why is it that “home team first” Sportsnet can’t get a Flame right after the game to explain why his team is learning disabled? I think the canned, NHL-produced feature during the second intermission was enough Shane Doan for the night, OT-winner or not.

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~ by duncan on February 23, 2007.

9 Responses to “Another great one, boys”

  1. Are you another T-dotter? That’s crazy. That’s like, five of us in the Flames blogosphere?

  2. Are you referring to the Nashville game at the end of the season where we put Rhettsky up on the RW just so we could start a brawl, and then the NHL started the 5 minutes and under fighting suspension rule (or as I call it, the Sutter Clause?)

  3. Leanne — I am in Toronto. It is crazy.

    Kyle — Nashville it is. I was drunk with anger and a) refused to do my research, and b) remembered incorrectly. Although can you blame me for mixing up my southern expansion teams?

  4. I was at that Nashville/Calgary game. If I remember clearly, the brawl was pretty much the high point of that game.

    And dunno – I think that sort of team ugliness did demonstrate the grit which later proved so useful in the playoff run. We didn’t get to the finals on skill. We did on pure stubbornness.

  5. Whoo! T-dot Flames bloggers unite!

    As for OT: Nice strategy, Jim, that really worked out. Maybe he was blinded by the pastel-ness of his suit/shirt combo.

    And the worst part? The next three are at home, so everyone will once again be fooled into thinking it’s all OK.
    It isn’t all OK.

    Maybe we need to start a pact and call each other out if we reach for the rose-coloured glasses.

  6. Duncan, don’t worry about it ha ha, I was just making sure. There was a huge brawl versus Anaheim in a December game one or two seasons previously.

    I keep hoping we’ll go with the Regehr, Warrener, Oliwa starting lineup. At least in OT.

  7. Maybe we need to start a pact and call each other out if we reach for the rose-coloured glasses.

    I say that everytime one of us predicts a road win, everybody writes ‘bullshit’ in their comments section…

  8. I keep hoping we’ll go with the Regehr, Warrener, Oliwa starting lineup. At least in OT.

    A fiver of Prust, Godard, Primeau, Regehr and Phaneuf could do some real damage against any team, given the green light. Not that I’m in favour of such things.

  9. […] on the surface, this seems like an achievable goal, doesn’t it? But let me quote myself, once again: And the worst part? The next three are at home, so everyone will once again be fooled […]

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