The Push Is Over: Flames Fall To Sharks 2-1, Avs Beat Canucks 4-3 (SO)
With a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, Calgary’s playoff chances flashed before their eyes. If Colorado could beat Calgary’s rivals, the Vancouver Canucks then they would clinch the last playoff spot and keep Calgary out. Sadly that is exactly what Colorado managed to do. They beat the Canucks in the shootout with Matt Duchene scoring the winner for them and giving the Avalanche that last playoff birth.
A terrible night in hockey when a team like the Calgary Flames is not going to be in the NHL playoffs.
I know I’m going to sound like a broken tape recorder talking about Miikka Kiprusoff, but the guy really deserved the playoffs this year. He was one of the NHL’s best goaltenders this season along with guys like Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Ilya Bryzgalov, etc. He really carried Calgary on his shoulders at many times and for that he should have been rewarded with a trip to the playoffs at the very least. Calgary didn’t accomplish that, they found themselves on the very outside of the table as they were locked out at the No. 9 spot.
Before I go on, let’s recap the Flames night with the San Jose Sharks.
San Jose would get on the board first scoring in the first period. Rob Blake scored on the power play to make it 1-0 for the San Jose Sharks. The goal came at 10: 15 with the assists coming from Ryan Clowe and Jason Demers. With that the Flames game got that much harder. The first period would wrap up with the score 1-0 for the San Jose Sharks.
In the second period the Calgary Flames game would take another hit. San Jose added another goal in the second period to make the score 2-0 for the San Jose Sharks. Jamie McGinn scored San Jose’s goal at 5: 47 to make the score 2-0. The assists came from Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. With that the second period finished with the score still 2-0 for the Sharks. The Flames had some work ahead of them in the third period.
They would their playoff dreams some justice as they scored in the third to cut the lead to 2-1. At 4: 20, one of the bright spots of the Flames season, Rene Bourque scored to cut the lead to one goal. Definitely a beatable margin now. The assists came from Jay Bouwmeester and Matt Stajan. Sadly, that’s as close as they’d get to San Jose as the Sharks took the game 2-1.
This was discouraging, now what they were counting on was a Colorado loss and a loss they did not receive. Here’s a quick breakdown of the scoring in the Canucks/Avalanche game:
- Colorado goal: Darcy Tucker (1st period), no assists
- Vancouver goal: Daniel Sedin (1st period), assists from Sami Salo and Alex Burrows
- Colorado goal: T.J. Galiardi (1st period), assists from Carl Stewart and Paul Stastny
- Vancouver goal: Mason Raymond (2nd period), assists from Alex Edler and Sami Salo
- Colorado goal: Paul Stastny (2nd period), assist from Carl Stewart
- Vancouver goal: Daniel Sedin (3rd period), assists from Henrik Sedin and Alex Edler
- Shootout winner scored by Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche
Calgary was out of the playoffs for the first time in 6 years, you know this is going to mean change. Likely starting with Darryl Sutter and maybe even going as far as booting Captain Calgary, Jarome Iginla. I know this sounds crazy to most Flames fans, but tell me what good did he do this season? And you know he will draw big things from other teams, a perfect combo would be a 1 forward, 1 defenseman, 1 prospect. I think Iginla would be worth something like that, he obviously provides a great leadership role on the team and can put points on the board, but it just might be time for the Flames Captain to be a Flame no more.
Although the playoff push is over there is one more thing Calgary needs to get done. In the last game of the regular season they play the Vancouver Canucks. They are not only the Flames biggest rivals, but also cost them a chance to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. What needs to be done on that night is a good quality win for Calgary, that will help them make up for a lost cause before they begin the process of moving forward.
So Flames fans it looks like our team is done, but I have a feeling with some big moves this summer, both on the staff and on the ice we will be back in the playoffs as soon as next season. We have a formidable squad with good scoring and a good defense. And do not forget our golden boy of this season, Miikka Kiprusoff.
Now it’s time to just sit back and watch.
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