Goal Sinks Flames in
Columbus 3 Flames 2
for that one point
against the 2nd to last
place Columbus Blue
Jackets isn't exactly
shooting for the moon.
the Flames were doing
just that, and
justifiably so to a
certain degree given the
long road trip and a
second game within 27
hours on the sked.
meager goal slipped away
faster than you can say
"they'd better win
in Dallas" when the
puck got away from Dion
Phaneuf and Roman
Hamrlik missed a check
in front of the cage as
the Jackets went on to a
3-2 win on Friday night.
loss puts the Flames
trip record down to
2-3-1 with a big game in
Dallas slated for Sunday
afternoon if the Flames
hope to bring a .500
trip back to Calgary.
to back games are death valley to the Flames and most teams, but in this game
the Flames had a chance to add to their shellacking of the St. Louis Blues and
guarantee a .500 road trip before venturing into Dallas to play the red hot
Stars. I guess it's the path less traveled once again, not a real surprise for
this Flames crew.
Flames for the most part
iced a solid road game
with good chances, they
kept the shots against
under 30, and the better
of the play for most of
the game's 60 minutes.
The Jackets took
advantage of their
which was the difference
in a game that saw the
Flames shoot into the
pads or iron in golden
– Adam Foote. His
usual physically pushy hockey game sprinkled in with three assists on the three
goals and a vicious hit from behind on Calgary's captain.
2 – Chuck Kobasew. Scored
his 19th goal of the season and 2nd in two nights on the trip, and had good jam
most of the night.
3 – Jason Chimera. Ex-Oiler
was in the right spot at the right time to cash in on the game winner with the
clock winding down.
Jacket defenceman Rostislav Klesla caught Marcus Nilson traipsing down the side
boards and rudely planted him into the Flames player bench. Nilson was shaken up
for a few minutes before rejoining the game.
Miikka Kiprusoff had to be quick to get across the crease and stone Rick Nash in
the first period to keep the hockey game 1-0 in Calgary favour. Stephane Yelle's
first period blast called off the iron by the Sportsnet crew would have been the
save of the game if my eyes are right in that the puck hit the butt of the stick
and not the post.
Blown defensive coverage has been the bane of this road trip for a hockey team
that is usually air tight in their own zone. Though a better all round game for
the Flames, the Phaneuf/Hamrlik duo missed their checks on the game winner
sending the Flames away empty handed.
The Jackets. For a team that is eliminated from contention for a playoff spot,
the plucky team brought a huge effort and were full marks for taking two points
away from the Flames. The Jackets have some great pieces in place, and could be
a real challenge when they add a little depth to their roster.
Odds and Ends
The Flames won the battle for special teams on the night, going one for eight
while killing all seven Jacket opportunities. The Flames' powerplay is ranked
9th in the NHL, their penalty kill 12th. Neither number is all that flashy, but
actually quite remarkable when you let your mind drift back to October. ... The
Flames goals against race with the Senators, hurt badly on this seven game road
trip, sits at 2.29 for the Sens and 2.47 for the Flames (in second spot). ...
The visitors got butchered in the face off circle winning only 41% of the draws.
Unless you count one draw and a win for Tony Amonte, all the marksmen were under
water. ... The games in hand count is now even with the Avalanche, which is bad,
but the fact that the Flames only have one game left on this ugly road trip and
still lead their division by three points is in fact very very good. Crazy times
in the old Western Conference standings race. Nobody seems to be jumping up and
seizing the day with the exception of those streaking Ducks. Should the Flames
fall out of first in the Northwest however, they could fall a long way with
Nashville, Colorado and probably Anaheim all pushing them down the standings.
Next up – Gave
seven of seven on this road trip goes at 1 pm on Sunday afternoon in Dallas.
Huselius - Langkow - Iginla
- Nilson - Donovan
- Yelle - McCarty
- Lombardi - Kobasew
Regehr - Leopold
Phaneuf - Hamrlik