A Tough Test In The West: Calgary Flames Fall to Chicago Blackhawks 4-1

Svyato RovenchukSenior Writer IApril 4, 2010

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25:  Forward Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames skates against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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This was not exactly the result the Flames were hoping for with this one. The Flames had a win in mind going into this meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks and they came out on the losing end of things. They fell 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the Western Conference best teams. I agree this was a tough test, but it was also a chance for them to prove themselves and all they proved is they can’t handle a top team. If they can’t handle them now, how can they handle them come playoff time? Better yet how can they even make it into the playoffs if they can’t win games?

Tough game, tough loss, tough all around. The Chicago Blackhawks felt so comfortable with this game they even started back up Antti Niemi, sadly it did work in their favour. Cristobal Huet got the night off and they still managed to get out of their game with a win. Some discouraging play for the Calgary Flames tonight and there is no way this is going to help their playoff run.

The Colorado Avalanche now have 2 games at hand. Which means 2 chances for the Avalanche to pick up 2 points and pull ahead of the Flames for sole possession of 8th. Flames fans better all be praying for Colorado losses or we might as well call it a season. To be honest the season has been quite mediocre and I think there’s only one real reason we are not in the basement of the Western Conference with our rivals, the Edmonton Oilers. That reason, Miikka Kiprusoff.

Let’s face it, Jarome Iginla has been very un-Iginla like this season. He hasn’t been producing at full potential, his play has been really disappointing to many. Especially considering he is usually in the Top 10 for scoring in the NHL.

Rene Bourque has been a bright spot for the Calgary Flames this season. The Flames forward is second on the Flames scoring sheet behind Jarome Iginla. His progress in Calgary has been well noted. Who knows, maybe in a few years he’ll be scoring at the same level of the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, etc. Hopeful Flames fan right here.

First let’s break down the travesty that was this hockey game. I use the term, “hockey game” lightly. I would more or less call it a massacre. I mean it’s not a 9-1 loss, but it’s not exactly something to be proud of either.

2: 56 into the first period the 0-0 tie had already been broken by the Chicago Blackhawks. Tomas Kopecky scored the goal for Chicago to make it 1-0 Blackhawks. Ouch, not exactly the start Calgary wanted. The assists came from Niklas Hjalmarsson and Ben Eager. Would things get better or worse for Calgary with this early wake up call from the Blackhawks?

The answer would be worse. It took Chicago some time to add to their lead, but they did. Just before the end of the first period, the Blackhawks added another goal on the board to make it 2-0 in favour of the Blackhawks. At 19: 06, Troy Brouwer scored the goal for the Blackhawks to continue to build on their lead. The assists came from Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane. With that the first period ended with Chicago up 2 goals to none.

The second period would have much of the same. The Flames did a good job of keeping Chicago off the board for a while, but they wouldn’t be able to keep it going forever. At 15: 32, Patrick Kane scored for the Chicago Blackhawks to make it 3-0 Hawks. The assists came from Brent Seabrook and Antti Niemi. Ouch, well I think it’s safe to say Chicago won it.

Calgary would get one back though. At 16: 34 Ian White would score on the rush to make the score 3-1 still in favour of Chicago. The assist came from Mikael Backlund. Well cutting the lead back to 2 goals was a good thing on their part. The second period would wrap up with the score still 3-1 in favour of the Blackhawks. Would it get any better for the Flames?

Nope, at 17: 14 the Blackhawks would add one more goal on the board to make it 4-1! Dustin Byfuglien scored Chicago’s goal, beating Kipper up high to extend the Chicago Blackhawks lead. The assists came from Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. With that the game would wrap up ending 4-1, with Chicago winning it.

You got to think that Colorado was watching this somewhere letting out a sigh of relief. The Avalanche are also in action tonight, against an opponent equally as challenging, the San Jose Sharks. The score for that game is currently 3-2 in favour of the Colorado Avalanche. The second period just wrapped up and if Colorado can keep San Jose off the board in the third they will get the 2 points and create some space between themselves and the Flames.

Bad night for Calgary, the only thing that will save it is a San Jose win (Colorado loss). Obviously San Jose is capable of the win over Colorado. Let’s hope it comes in regulation too. We don’t want the Colorado Avalanche to even pick up 1 point tonight because that 1 point could make a huge difference in the end.

Calgary Flames’ next 5 opponents of the NHL season:

Tuesday vs. San Jose Sharks (4/6/10)

Thursday vs. Minnesota Wild (4/8/10)

Saturday vs. Vancouver Canucks (4/10/10)



Three more games are on the schedule for our Calgary Flames, two of which are going to be tough to win for Calgary. San Jose, who is currently playing Colorado, is the best team in the Western Conference. That is a tall order for the Calgary Flames, but they did beat them the last time the two teams met so a win is definitely a probable result for the Flames.

Minnesota should be a walk in the park for the Calgary Flames, but the Flames have struggled with the Wild as of late. Dropping multiple games to one of the worst teams in the entire NHL. Let’s hope they turn things around for their final meeting with the Wild this NHL Regular Season.

Last, but not least comes the clash with our bitter enemies, the Vancouver Canucks. Words cannot explain the hatred felt between us and our Northwest rivals. We will have great motivation going into this hockey game, but something tells me we will not be leaving the game a happy squad and as happy fans.

With that I am done with this recap of the Flames loss to Chicago. Hopefully we wont hear the word loss more than 1 more time this regular season. Unless we are talking about the Avalanche and the word loss, then by all means shout it out to the heavens! Flames fans keep watching because this is going to come down right to the wire. Go Flames Go!

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