Before Game 6: Playing the optimist

As the Flames stand tonight, as they like to say, ON THE BRINK, I am heartened by a few things.

  • As much as I called “Sharks in six” for this series, the Flames have made these six games via a far different route than I had anticipated — in other words, not via the “let Kipper win two by himself” strategy. Better than anticipated contributions from the entire defence corps outside of Dion Phaneuf have allowed them to truly compete. And without a bizarre and frustrating lack of finish, they might have even won this series by now.
  • The Flames DID play their best game in Game 5, and were unlucky not to win. The same could be said for the Sharks earlier in the series, but that’s not the point; the point is the Flames show signs of improving as the series goes along.
  • Miikka Kiprusoff hasn’t stolen two games yet
  • Jarome Iginla doesn’t seem in favour of losing, and will BOTH speak and take action. A couple of weeks before the end of the season, I specifically requested that both he and Robyn Regehr speak up and ask their team what went wrong. That’s exactly what happened before Game 5. Bonus points for yelling at Rich Preston, who from what I can tell is the most useless, winless, pointless assistant coach in the National Hockey League.
  • Boston. That shit is crazy, and crazy shit can happen anywhere.

Lovin’ the 8 p.m. eastern start tonight, as I’ve been fighting off illness for two weeks now as I stay up till 1 a.m. every second night. ‘Course, I’ll happily be sick for two months if things end well.

I don’t often make predictions here, but I’m liking the pride this team is showing right now, and I’m believing there are a bunch of players on the Flames who are due for good games/goals — Kiprusoff and Phaneuf at the top of the list. Plus, Ryane “the extra E’s are for effort” Clowe is due for a bad game. The math looks good for a Flames win.

Here’s hoping.

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~ by duncan on April 20, 2008.

11 Responses to “Before Game 6: Playing the optimist”

  1. Come on, guy. Sacrifice to the hockey gods…

  2. Bonus points for yelling at Rich Preston, who from what I can tell is the most useless, winless, pointless assistant coach in the National Hockey League.

    Ha ha ha ha.

  3. maths: not my strongsuit. which is why i didn’t believe we’d do it last night… but MAN did we EVER do it…. awesome, awesome game. PURE effort by pretty much everyone on the ice (including eriksson, who just can’t help sucking). juice had his best game in months. lombo was UNSTOPPABLE. primeau/nystrom/moss were acceptably decent. i figure not-dressing godard was the best move by keenan all year long….. fingers crossed for the same play in G7….

  4. Eriksson was good outside of his apparently required ridicupinch that (I think?) led to the infamous Michalek 3-on-1.

    Speaking of screwing up badly, how about Vlasic on the Langkow goal? Mark Lee was blabbing on about how he’s been their steadiest defenceman through the series and leads in ice-time, but I think he’s seemed tired on occasion, and prone to losing the puck on an aggressive forecheck. Not that Vlasic isn’t a player, but I think he’s a tad overrated right now.

    Godard not playing: I might have to look up the Flames’ record this year with him out of the lineup … actually, I think MG might ahve already done that …

  5. Eriksson was good outside of his apparently required ridicupinch that (I think?) led to the infamous Michalek 3-on-1.

    Very good point, an absolutely rediculous and pointless pinch attempt. The warm glow of the win washed away my memory on that one.

  6. eriksson was average at best, and BY FAR the worst flames’ defenceman on the ice last night (vandermeer included). i have more confidence with HALE pinching than bubba (though i don’t see the point whatsoever with haler going in offensively)….

  7. Hale’s favourite offensive play: Angle it past the charging winger into the corner to start the cycle. If they kept count of that, I’m sure he has more career those than career shots. And I bet Eriksson has more pinching fuck-ups than successful pinches OR goals career.

  8. Also: Eriksson and Godard couldn’t be this year’s Zyuzin and Amonte more if they tried. In fact, I’m going to create a new “Blog whipping boys” award with links to all our best dissings. Nobody steal my idea!

  9. It’s a miracle they won last night but then it seems they were imagining themselves in the Shark Tank. Sometimes it takes a pane of glass falling on the ice to wake them up with lots of skanks and kids who know nothing about hockey banging on the glass. They still have to do twice as good as last night if they want to make it to the quarter final.

  10. Godard not playing: I might have to look up the Flames’ record this year with him out of the lineup

    Incredibly, the Flames were 2-6 without Godard this year. Obviously correlation has nothing to do with causation in this case.

  11. Incredibly, the Flames were 2-6 without Godard this year

    maybe that’s the stat keenan kept coming back to, thus keeping godard in the lineup far, far too long…

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