Cup Preview? I’ll Take That Result!
1 - Flames 2
December 10, 2005
Many a Vancouver media
personnel/fan made the statement that Friday nights game between the Canucks and
the Senators very well could be a preview of the Stanley Cup final. What’s
that Calgary? You think you’re in that class too? Well so do I. Clearly when a
battle takes place between the top team in the NHL and anyone even remotely
close to them you have a potential preview for the eventual series for the big
Welcome to the West
Ottawa and the top scoring line in the NHL. How do you like our game? The key
for the Flames to find success in this game clearly starts with shutting down
the trio of Dany Heatly – Jason Spezza – Daniel Alfredson. The line has
combined for 125 points so far this season and if you can keep that group off
the score sheet you have a good chance to win. Good thing the Flames pay
attention to these little details.
Regaining the lead in
the Northwest division from the idle Vancouver Canucks heading into a week long
break and the chance to show what they are made of when it comes to facing off
against the NHL elite is all on the minds of the Flames on this night.
Memo to the NHL... We
like to watch hockey. Hockey involves some degree of hooking and placing your
stick near a players body, that doesn’t mean it ALWAYS has to be a penalty.
Watch that first period and someone tell me if any of that was really all that
fun to watch. Not even the Flames getting a power play made it any more
interesting. The first period had the potential for the Flames to continue their
scoring ways after leaving New Jersey on Wednesday night until the penalty
parade started, then it became the Senators game. The second period saw a lot
more flow to the game with the Senators generally maintaining puck possession
but the Flames defence limiting the chances. The third was all Calgary extending
1 – Tony Amonte.
Yes Tony... that pass from Donovan WAS amazing. Tony’s 400th
career goal couldn’t have come at a better time letting the Flames take this
one to OT.
2 – Daymond Langkow. Say what you will about the much criticized
forward but he was stellar defensively and banged in the OT winner to boot.
3 – Zdeno Chara. Being 7 feet tall gives you the right to be third
star... Well if you have the reach of Chara. Many a Flames rush was thwarted by
the swinging stick of the Senator giant.
Jarome Iginla leveling Calgary native, Dany Heatly midway through the first
period as Heatly tried to cross the Flames blueline comes close, but this one
goes to Ottawa forward Chris Niel who demolished Daymond Langkow in the Flames
zone in the middle of the third frame.
The battle between these two titans didn’t actually generate a lot of high
quality save opportunities aside from Miikka Kiprusoff stoning Jason Spezza
alone in the slot late in the first period. However.. this one I’m going to
give to Bryan Marchment. In the second period the rugged Flames blueliner
corralled a lose puck at the side of the net and adeptly fired it behind the
Flames cage away from any danger.
In a game that was pretty much a typical Flames game there wasn’t a lot to
pick out for this wonderful award unless you go with the Flames predicable power
play. Okay.. lemme guess! On this one they’re going to try and set up Phaneuf
for the one timer!
Tony Amonte… Sitting at the side of the net and all of a sudden there’s a
puck on his stick. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO? Well most Flame players
initial reaction would be to fire it right through the crease thereby making
sure that those pesky GOAL things are still hard to come by.. but not Tony
Amonte. He puts those in the back of the net. Where they belong..
The first thing I want to know… why are Bob Cole and Harry Neale split up for
CBC telecasts? Is it an effort by the CBC to help the Leafs or something? I
actually won’t complain about it because I much prefer Neale to Millen. The
next thing on my list of questions has to be about the penalties. Either the
Flames figured out that stick infractions are a bad thing or the refs were told
to ease off on the whole penalty thing. With the mess in Vancouver on Friday
night providing 21 penalties and the same referees for the Flames and Senators
tilt someone might just have said.. HEY LET THEM PLAY! Some interesting things
of note: First Kelly Hrudy likes to draw on the TV while doing behind the mask,
which is vastly superior to Coaches Corner in my humble opinion. Next, Harry
Neale mentioned something about the Flames generating the most opposition icing
calls in the entire league… Perhaps that forecheck is working. Speaking of the
famous Flames forecheck.. it seems to me that whatever team the Flames are
playing must have paid close attention to the Flames style of play. More and
more I’m seeing teams that are trying to play the Flames game.. luckily it’s
the Flames game and not the oppositions! One more thing of note… Can the
Flames coaching staff please encourage Jordan Leopold to shoot? The one time I
actually noticed him shoot when it was a good time to shoot was on the play that
led to Daymond Langkow’s goal. I might venture a guess that the formerly
offensive defenceman is experiencing scoring woes from his lack of shooting.
up – The Bruins next Saturday.. yes
a week with no Flames action! Catch it on the Fan 960 starting at 8PM
Huselius- Langkow - Iginla
Amonte – Reinprecht - Kobasew
Nilson - Yelle- McCarty
Simon - Ritchie – Donovan