I think it’s safe to say that the Calgary Flames playoff dreams are potentially coming to an end. The Flames are 6 points out of the NHL Western Conference playoffs. Colorado, who currently sits 8th in the Western Conference has a total of 89 points while Calgary only have 83 points to their name.
Unless by some miracle the Colorado Avalanche wind up losing most of their last games, the Calgary Flames are as good as done. However there is some silver lining in all of this. The schedules for the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche will both be rough on them. Calgary also has to take advantage of a game when they actually play the Colorado Avalanche. A win there would do great things for them.
Before we go looking ahead to the future though let’s take a look at what happened with the Flames when they faced the Boston Bruins.
It would take Boston some time to score the first goal, but they got it. At 14: 08, Dennis Seidenberg scored Boston’s first goal of the game and I guess it would end up sparking them for the rest of the hockey game. The assists came from Dennis Wideman and Mark Recchi. The power play goal helped Boston get the momentum on their side. They would close up the first period with the score 1-0 for the Bruins.
Another early power play goal in the second period would help Boston get a 2-0 lead over the Calgary Flames. At 1: 29 David Krejci scored put the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff to make it 2-0 for the Bruins. The assists came from Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk. The Bruins were not done picking apart the Flames yet.
At 6: 15 Boston added another goal to make the score 3-0 for the Bruins! Zdeno Chara beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a power play goal to continue to build the Bruins lead over the Calgary Flames. The assists came from David Krejci and Milan Lucic. The second period would wrap up 3-0 for the Boston Bruins. This looked like a big blow to the Flames playoff dreams and it would only get worse for Calgary.
In the third period Boston continued to abuse Miikka Kiprusoff. Patrice Bergeron scored on Miikka Kiprusoff to make it 4-0 Boston! The assist came from Dennis Wideman. You might as well have called it a game. There was no way Calgary was going to come back from this. The goal came at 4: 24 into the 3rd period.
Boston managed to add one more to make it 5-0. Mark Recchi put the puck in the back of the Calgary net at 5: 51 to once again extend Boston’s lead. This would finally end Miikka Kiprusoff’s miserable night. The assists came from Marco Sturm and Patrice Bergeron. With that the third would wind down with Boston keeping the shutout and the immense lead as they took the game 5-0! Putting this in the nicest terms I can think of, Calgary got their asses kicked terribly.
Yesterday there was some juggling in the NHL Western Conference. The red hot, Detroit Red Wings made the leap from 8th place to 6th place. The 7th seated Colorado Avalanche would fall back into the 8th seat and now the playoff fight for Calgary is different. To me this is a blessing in disguise though.
As already mentioned the Colorado Avalanche have a schedule that is equally as hard the Calgary Flames’ one. If this was Detroit, they have a generally light schedule and they are hot at the moment so if they kept playing like this they would most likely make the playoffs and not Calgary. Colorado at this point in time is probably around the same level as Calgary is. By that I mean if you compare the two talent wise, they’ll be around evenly matched. Dare I say it, but Calgary might even have the edge over the Colorado Avalanche.
Let’s compare for a second.
When it comes to goaltending, both have been phenomenal this year, but if you have to give it to someone it will without a doubt be Miikka Kiprusoff. The man has played one of his best seasons in all of his career. The man is definitely going to be up for the Vezina Trophy this year. So if anyone has to play a big role during the last few games, it has to be Miikka Kiprusoff.
The offense needs to contribute too. Although defense will be key in the playoff push, the offense needs to contribute too. Guys like Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque, Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman as well as others need to contribute as often as possible. They need to find those open ice opportunities and get those pucks in the back of the net. That will be another key to success.
Calgary Flames’ next 5 opponents of the NHL season:
Sunday vs. Washington Capitals (3/28/10)
Wednesday vs. Phoenix Coyotes (3/31/10)
Friday vs. Colorado Avalanche (4/2/10)
Sunday vs. Chicago Blackhawks (4/4/10)
Tuesday vs. San Jose Sharks (4/6/10)
The most important of those games will definitely be the game against the Colorado Avalanche themselves. That’s a game where they can have control over whether the 8th place team picks up any points or not. You don’t always get those kind of opportunities handed to you and when you do you definitely have to take advantage of them! Well the time is now for the Calgary Flames!
Every game is just as important as any other. 1 loss could be the difference between the Stanley Cup Playoffs and sitting at home watching as the others play. Calgary does usually qualify for the playoffs. They haven’t missed them in a while so this would definitely be a sad thing in the Sea of Red. Despite their usual early round exits we keep faith that they’ll come back next year and do better. Not qualifying for playoffs practically kills all that faith. So Calgary sharpen your skates, tape your sticks and get to practise because us Flames fans want to see us some Calgary in this year’s playoffs!
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