This was going to be a tough game for the Calgary Flames. They had a tall order as they went up against the best team in the entire NHL! On the same night, Colorado didn’t have much easier of a game either. They went up against the Western Conference’s number 1 team, the San Jose Sharks. So both teams had very tough games in front of them. The two would come out with different results that would end up benefitting Calgary, no doubt.
Before we go on, let’s see what Calgary did right in their win against the NHL’s top team and it’s poster boy, Alexander Ovechkin.
Calgary would score first in this one. 2: 33 into the first period to make the score 1-0 for the Calgary Flames. Ales Kotalik beat Jose Theodore for his first goal in a pretty long while. The assists came from Rene Bourque and Mikael Backlund. So with that Calgary jumped ahead early and were not ready to stop yet.
At 8: 28, Calgary added another goal to make the score 2-0 for the Flames. Ian White scored a power play goal to extend Calgary’s lead. With that, Jose Theodore’s night was over. In came Semyon Varlamov. The assists on the goal came from Jarome Iginla and Mark Giordano. You think the period would end with that? You are sadly mistaken.
At 10: 34 Calgary would score yet again to make the score 3-0 Calgary Flames! This time it was Jay Bouwmeester who scored for the Flames. Thanks to him Calgary was sitting in a very comfortable position. The assists came from Rene Bourque and Mikael Backlund. 3-0 Flames, how could things get worse for Washington?
Well maybe this is how. The Flames added one more goal in the first period. Niklas Hagman scored past Semyon to make the score 4-0 Calgary! The assists came from Ian White and Matt Stajan. Damn, talk about bad first periods. The first would end just like that, with the score 4-0 for Calgary. Washington didn’t need to improve their game plan, they needed a wing and a prayer!
3: 49 into the second period, Washington would start off things on the right note, they scored a power play goal to make it 4-1. Alexander Ovechkin scored his 46th goal of the season to give the Capitals some hope. The assists came from Mike Knuble and Nicklas Backstrom. So it looks like Washington was not down and out just yet, or were they?
At 17: 34 the Calgary Flames would restore the 4 goal lead. Rene Bourque scored a back hand shot to make the score 5-1 Flames! The assist came from Craig Conroy. Damn, big game and Calgary certainly rised to it. The second period would have one more goal for us.
At 18: 51 the Capitals once again managed to cut it back to a 3 goal lead. David Steckel scored the goal for the Capitals to make the score 5-2 for the Calgary Flames. The assists came from Quintin Laing and Jeff Schultz. With that the second period would wrap up, with Calgary still holding a comfortable lead over the best team in the NHL.
In the third period, the Washington Capitals would cut the lead to two goals. At 4: 48 Mathieu Perreault scored a power play goal for the Washington Capitals to make the score 5-3. The assists came from Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin. However that’s as close as Washington would get, Calgary won the hockey game 5-3, picking up a very crutial 2 points.
The Colorado Avalanche were also in action that night. They were playing the San Jose Sharks in a game that had to be won too, so they could hold off the Flames in the West. They did not. The San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 and helped out the Calgary Flames in the playoff push. San Jose, I salute you.
Thanks to the Sharks only 4 points now separate the Northwest Division rivals, Calgary and Colorado in the battle for 8th place in the Western Conference. It will be a pretty close race, but in the end I think Calgary is capable of getting the playoff spot in this one. The Flames have been playoff teams for so long now, it wouldn’t be the same with them sitting on the outside and not fighting for another Cinderella Stanley Cup run.
Calgary Flames’ next 5 opponents of the NHL season:
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)
Thursday vs. Minnesota Wild (4/8/10)
Notice Calgary’s game on Friday? That’s right, they are going to be playing the Colorado Avalanche. Out of all games coming up for the Calgary Flames, that one will definitely have the greatest impact on their run to the playoffs. If they beat Colorado they not only gain 2 points, but also make sure that Colorado doesn’t.
With the exception of the Minnesota Wild, the Calgary Flames have a tough schedule ahead of them. It includes top teams like Phoenix, Chicago, San Jose and Vancouver! That’s no joke, that’s a huge challenge. If they can take this head on and get the wins, it would really show the NHL what they’re made of and show them that come playoff time, they can be the underdog no one expects to go far, but they will.
If that is to happen there will be no doubt that Flames nation will be happy and that the Flames staff can rest assure their jobs are safe. Sadly I can’t say the same for them if they miss the playoffs this season. I can see a few key people getting fired come off-season if they are going to be sitting at home during the playoffs.
Well Calgary Flames fans there are 6 games left for the Calgary Flames and I think we all know they’ll need as many wins as they can get if they want to be in the chase for Lord Stanley. So to the Sea of Red I say only one thing, Go Flames Go!
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