Time Blow Out
Nashville 9 Flames 4
and accountability. A simple phrase and an even simpler concept. A phrase that
the Sutter era of Flame hockey has imbedded in every aspect of their management
and performance on the ice. Stick with it, and good things will happen. Get away
from it, and life becomes all too reminiscent of years gone by....years that
every Flame fan and employee would rather forget even happened.
the most part in the last 2 1/2 seasons of hockey, the Flames have followed the
creed far more often than not. On a Saturday night in Music City USA, the
identity of the team never made it from the dressing room to the ice surface,
and the result was as ugly and predictable as one could imagine. Darryl Sutter,
though he may not say so publicly, will be churning and burning inside after
what can only be described as a debacle.
tenuous hold on 1st in the division, with Colorado 2 pts back, and at press
time, Vancouver and Edmonton 4 pts back. More than all that.... giving all
following clubs some impetus and hope that they can catch the long time
as with it was the whole first 2 periods, the Predators came out shooting from
all angles and cashing in just 46 seconds in. It didnít get any better, and
but for a well-working power play, the Flames would of been staring at a huge
deficit after the first. Instead they snuck out with a 2-2 tie. Then the 2nd
started and the wheels fell off. After trading goals back and forth in the first
half of the 2nd, the PK became their Achilles heel and Nashville put this thing
away with a couple PP goals and a 7-4 lead after 40 minutes. The 3rd was just
more of the same.
Ė Steve Sullivan. Every
time I see this guy play I have to shake my head the Leafs and the Hawks for
allowing him to get away.
2 Ė Mike Sillinger. 4
assists on the night and a nice addition to what looks like a very dangerous
3 Ė Steve Sullivan. Every
time I see him I wonder what it was that allowed both the Leafs and Hawks to let
him get away. Gritty, fast and talented.
In the 1st period, Jordon Leopold helped Paul Kariya take a seat in the
Predators bench when he bulldozed the diminutive winger over the boards with a
thunderous body check.
None. Not one....on either end. Brutal display by both 'tenders, but
particularly Brian Boucher.
Brian Boucher. When his performance leaves a Flame fan longing for the return of
Phillipe Sauve........enough said. Brian, you need to at least resemble an NHL
quality goaltender. You didnít. Embarrassing.
David Legwand, for the 2nd straight game against Calgary, is starting to look
like he is living up to his draft hype of 8 years ago. The guy has decent size,
great wheels and very nice hands.
Odds and Ends
A shout out to Shean Donovan, stop taking penalties, you are not important
enough to this team to be afforded such luxuries as being lazy and keeping your
spot on the club.......A nifty little feature on Predator broadcasts are live
interviews with players as they sit on the bench. It really adds to the
production........What in the hell was Scott Nichol thinking trying to take on
Bryan Marchment?? Scotty you are still a lightweight....Someone is going to have
to work overtime in the NHL offices and re-write the rule book for distribution
before tomorrows game. Punching is now called a deliberate attempt to injure.
Worst call of the year........Rob Kerr my friend, I feel for ya. You are going
to have your hands full on the call-in show after this one.......If this isnt a
wake up call for a team that has been going through the motions more often than
not lately, nothing will work.......The Flames
were a collective MINUS 30(- 30) on the night. That isnít a stat, thats
a freaking temperature reading from Yellowknife......Only Bryan Marchment and
Chris Simon didnít go into negative numbers....There is always tomorrow right?
Next up Ė Tomorrow
in Minnesota and a chance to erase this one.
Huselius - Langkow - Iginla
- Lundmark - Donovan
- Yelle - Amonte
- Lombardi - Kobasew
Regehr - Leopold
Phaneuf - Hamrlik