Wild About Home Cooking
Flames 3 – Wild 0
November 1st, 2005
All it took was the ripping sound of a page off
With the Hallowed month put to bed, the Flames
came out with one of their best efforts of the season in turning back the
Minnesota Wild by a 3-0 score.
Halting a skid, getting the season turned
around, putting something positive in the Calgary dailies. You can only say
"it's early" for so long before it simply becomes too late. The Flames
needed to kick off a key month with a big victory
The Flames put the boots the Wild in the first
period, giving the Wild nothing defensively, and find the net to take the lead.
Things churned into the ice somewhat in the second, before leading way to a
penalty filled third and a Flame victoyr.
1 - Dion Phaneuf -
Still some confusion on
the goal scores in
tonight's game. Some
Sportsnet have Dion
Phaneuf with two goals,
believes his night will
hit the books at a goal
and an assist with
Jarome Iginla tipping in
the second goal.
2 - Chuck Kobasew -
Held off the scoresheet,
but energized and using
his speed all night, the
best player on the ice.
3 - Rhett Warrener -
A one man wrecking crew
on the blueline leveling
Wild players on seven
Tough game to pick one specifically ... Jason
Wiemer lit up Andrei Zyuzin, Dion Phaneuf on Marc Chouinard, Andrei Zyuzin on
teammate Kyle Wanvig, but the honours go to Rhett Warrener on Stephane Veilleux
in the second period when he pounded the young winger into the corner boards.
I'll call this one a tie ... Manny Fernandez
turning back a charging Chuck Kobasew in the first period, and Miikka Kiprusoff
coming up huge on a third period powerplay deflection on Marc Chouinard.
club as a whole for it's
failure to put a
complete 60 minute game
together once again. The
usual culprits; the
powerplay, the penalty
killing, and goal
scoring were all decent,
but a second period sag
almost cost the team the
The team's six blueliners. The Wild didn't get
a sniff all night, as the visitors needed three third period powerplays to push
their shot total above the 20 mark and actually force Miikka Kiprusoff to make a
Darren McCarty made his return to the lineup
after missing the final four road games on the club's unsuccessful five game
gaunt. He added an energetic and physical presence to the team's roster. ... Of
the four players singled out by Darryl Sutter in the papers this week, Chuck
Kobasew provided the most clear response. He was flying out their tonight,
taking the puck wide, finding open teammates, trying wrap arounds. One of his
best NHL level games. ... Funny, I was thinking how bad the Dome ice was again
last night when Roger Millions shared the fact that Saddledome technicians
stated that Calgary was rated 5th in the league for ice conditions in the 03/04
season while Edmonton was 26th. Huh? ... Brent Burns has moved up from time to
time in his career when the Wild have had injuries in their forward ranks.
Watching Mr. Pylon tonight I have to wonder if he's better off staying up there.
Burns was burned wide three times in this game in his "natural"
position of defence. ... Has Calgary had a defenceman since Al MacInnis that has
had a better hockey sense offensively than Dion Phaneuf? It doesn't always take
the howitzer to get the job done as Phaneuf showed tonight in flipping two
wristers toward the paint to give Calgary it's two non empty net goals. ...
Jarome Iginla's third period goal gave the Captain goals in four straight games,
and points in seven straight. ... Jordan Leopold may be pointless this season,
but his play in his own zone is certainly not. The Minnesota product is much
better in his own zone than I personally expected when he came into the NHL.
Great positioning and great strength. ... Jason Wiemer won't be mistaken for a
NHL heavyweight but you have to hand it to the guy for his willingness to mix it
up when the opportunity presents itself. ... Have to also give some credit to
Tony Amonte in answering the bell when Nick Schultz plastered his face into the
boards in the third period. Amonte went straight at Schultz and tossed off the
gloves. To add to the fun he prompted the crowd for a cheer when he left the
ice. Another classic example of why the instigator penalty is just silly.
Columbus on Thursday night.