January 9, 2008
January 2, 2008
Hey A's fans...
please check out my article on the Top 15 Relief Pitchers in the AL West...thank you!
Greetings, Ron. I realise you are probably gearing up more for the Habs than the Flames, but still...
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is M MacDonald Hall, and I am the Bleacher Report Calgary Flames Community Leader.
Here's a quick Flames update, as the team played their first preseason game tonight:
Flames Preseason Game #1: FLA (3) @ CAL(2).
After a scoreless first period, the Panthers took a one goal lead early in the second when LW David Booth scored. Calgary would respond with an impressively offensive 25 minutes of play, going ahead 2-1 on goals from Dustin Boyd and Jarome Iginla.
At 10:14 of the 3rd, Florida tied it up on an Rostislav Olesz, and Jay Bowmeester locked the win with a marker five minutes before the buzzer. The Flames showed bursts of offensive and defensive flair, but the plays which reslted in goals were slipshod, such as scrambles for pucks behind their net. Despite this, Curtis McElhinney looked solidly positioned most of the night. Both sides allowed penalties, but only Calgary was able to convert with the man advantage.
Molson 3 Stars:
* 1st-CAL #41 Dustin Boyd (1G-1A)
** 2nd-FLA #4 Jay Bowmeester (1G, GW)
*** 3rd-CAL #45 Jaimie Lundmark (1A)
Shots: CAL - 26, FLA - 25
Newcomers John Negrin and Mikael Backlund looked relatively comfortable. Started off slow and sloppy, but evolved into a fairly intense "meaningless" game.
Last year's opener was a 3-0 loss to Florida...at least there's some improvement! Tomorrow they play in Phoenix, and they'll have another crack at the Panthers again in Florida this week.
Feel free to contact M if you have any questions or comments for the Flames page. Also, check the Flames page and M's archive regularly for more Calgary Flames and NHL Northwest updates. Take care and enjoy the season.
I just wanted to let you know that Bleacher Report has launched out of beta with an updated look and feel and some great new features. Check out the "Game On" link in the header to find out more.
Next week we'll be launching the site to the world with some public announcements—and it'd be great to get a contribution from you between now and Tuesday to make Bleacher Report's launch a success.
Let me know if you need any help with ideas or have questions. Have a great weekend Ron!