Flames-Penguins: Calgary Fails to Burn Pittsburgh

Christopher RockContributor IMarch 26, 2009

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 27: Rusian Fedotenko #26 of the Pittsburgh Penguins slides into goaltender Marc-Andre-Fleury #29 after Fleury saved a shot by Andrew Ladd #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks as Hall Gill #2 and Evgeni Malkin #71 defend on February 27, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I just finished watching the Flames-Pens game—and this 2-0 game is full of highlights that are definitely worth four minutes and 22 seconds of your time if you have yet to see them.

With this loss, the Flames give the Canucks even more life in their quest to overtake the once-thought-to-be untouchable NorthWest Division title.

The 'Nucks are now behind the Flames by just three points with a game in hand.

The Flames, in this one, I thought played fairly well against the red-hot Penguins, but after Calgary defeated the Red Wings Monday night, I was looking for a feast of "Roasted Penguins with Frank's Red Hot Sauce". No such luck!

Here are the key points in the video highlights below:

  • At the 1:25 mark, Marc-Andre Fleury made an amazing save on Curtis Glencross, who thought he had a wide open net after a nifty pass from David Moss, who was easily the best Flame on the night. This save will go down as one of the better ones all year.
  • At the 2:15 mark, Malkin takes the puck behind his own blue-line and decides to take control - he weaves and winds his way through several Flames only to be denied by Kipper.

    Amazingly, Malkin ends up with a double-minor penalty as he took Vandermeer's helmet off with a high stick and cut him. He actually could've been also called with a high stick to Kipper at the end of the play.
  • At the 4:00 mark, Matt "I Ain't Gordon Ramsey" Cooke must've thought he was in 'Hell's Kitchen' as he could not convert on sure-shot empty-netter. The video only shows one chance by him, but he actually had a few chances to finish it off.

Click here for game highlights courtesy of NHL Network Online.

Next up for the Flames: The finally playoff-bound Rick Nash and his Columbus Blue Jackets.