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camp is a time for working on those fine details of
your hockey game.
Getting to know
teammates, getting to know systems, and making sure
everyone is on the same page when the puck drops for
real and the season opens.
The Calgary Flames
were handed a large serving of humility in Edmonton
on Thursday night, dropping a 7-4 decision to their
The most concerning
fact of the game was the special teams group as the
Flames surrendered six powerplay goals on ten
chances, and tossed in an Oiler short handed goal
for good measure.
For their part the
Flames struck three times with the man advantage on
11 tries and could actually boast a 1-0 decision
with five on five play in this wild affair.
A general lack of
attention to detail, a disregard for discipline, and
yet another shaky performance by Jamie McLennan will
have coach and general manager Darryl Sutter in less
than a stellar mood when he leans over his telephone
for tomorrow's waiver draft.
This wasn't the
greatest game in which to judge individual talent,
but the events that unfolded may play a huge role in
the team's final roster.
First off Steve
Reinprecht left the game after the first period with
what appeared to be a shoulder injury. If he is out for
any great deal of time, the Flames will likely be forced
to keep Matthew Lombardi to start the season.
came over from Colorado via Buffalo this summer, was
recovering from summer shoulder surgery, a fact that
the average Calgarian only learned a day or so
before camp, making one wonder if the Flames
themselves knew of his status.
The club gets
served a serious blow if they have to rethink their
With that we move
on to other players that made or failed to make
It was a very
difficult game to judge defensive defenceman as
every goal against was scored on special teams.
Two of the bubble
three dressed in the game with Jesse Wallin and
Steve Montador enjoying similar minutes in the 20
minute range. Montador picked up two assists to
bring his camp total to four. Wallin was held
Montador was on the
ice for four Oiler goals and two Flame makers on the
night, while Wallin actually managed to avoid the
carnage and only see one goal each way from up
Andrew Ferrence had
a spirited night, fighting Raffe Torres after the
latter hit Martin Gelinas from behind.
played his most spirited game of the preseason,
making it back to back games for the young Russian.
He led all Flame shooters with four shots and picked
up an assist.
Chuck Kobasew and
Blair Betts continued to make their cases, with both
notching a goal during the proceedings, their 5th
and 1st of the preseason respectively.
Robert Dome, also did his magic chipping in two more
assists to bring his point total to eight in four
didn't hit the scoresheet but saw a lot of action
and fired two shots at Ty Conklin.
Television announcers tend to cut goaltenders slack,
but I won't.
It may be a
perfectly justified statement to say that the Flames
played poorly in the first half of the game and that
Jamie McLennan was under siege.
It may also be true
to state that he didn't have a chance on most of the
shots he let in.
Yet neither of
those facts do an effective job of masking the fact
that McLennan yielded seven goals on only 25 shots
tonight. The Flames were out shot 14-6 through one
period and trailed by a score of 3-0. From that
point on the Flames had a 24-11 edge in play but
only managed to scare up 4-4 in goals.
A goaltender has to
be the difference, not the excuse. With the waiver
draft scheduled for 10AM tomorrow morning, it's hard
to say what Sutter has in mind, but this performance
couldn't leave a great favourable impression for the