Old Same Old
Fire Blanks Once Again
November 19th, 2002
|No Go: Chuck Kobasew and
the Flames come up empty once again.
Is this stuff scripted?
The Flames seem to just be reading
lines from a cue card as they follow the same pattern game in game
Play well for stretches, .... disappear
for stretches, all the while pushing a losing streak to five games ...
and a six game streak where they've managed just two goals.
The Flames actually showed game in the
first period, killing off a two man advantage for the Cup champs and
showing their own five on five.
However, as the period moved to a
close, the Wings, on a powerplay finally got on the board when Igor
Larionov busted between Jordan Leopold and Petr Buzek to put the Wings
up by a score of 1-0.
The Larionov goal was all the Wings
The Wings iced the game away in the
second period when they popped two goals in a 41 second span (Darren
McCarty, Sergei Fedorov) to put things out of reach.
The third period was pretty much of the
same with the Wing adding insult to insult to injury, scoring to more to
make it a rout.
The Flames have now lost six in a row
including an overtime loss in Manhattan 12 days ago.
The team simply can't score.
The ebb and flow of a hockey season
suggests a winning streak followed by a losing steak; it's only natural.
However, the Flames have less room to
play with along these terms, being a club that missed the playoffs for
six straight seasons. Any one slide could mean a season - they simply
have to turn it around - and now.
Next up the Flames host their upper
province rivals in the Edmonton Oilers. The matchup is simply perfect.
The Oilers could toss a fatal egg in
the team's face, possibly sealing the fate of coach Greg Gilbert and
sending the season down a death spiral that can't be recovered from.
The Flames could hand the Oilers a
loss, re-find their scoring prowess and never look back.
Time will tell.
Kirk Maltby -
Plugger nets a
goal and two
hat trick ...
and a fight,
Curtis Joseph -
Through up a
flying with a
in a mix up on
Yelle to the
box for two
Devereaux on a
two on one set
up by flashing
his glove hand
and coming up
know you're in
the Wings top
have played a
of over 2100
rookie squad (Lydman,
and a bantam),
less than 500
took the Wings
in the face
by a count of
41 to 31.
were led by
(7 for 9) and
for 11). ...
The ice time
break down for
the depleted Flames
out with Toni
25:19, 25:09 respectively).
Petr Buzek and
took a back
and 16:16 respectively.