Tuesday, March 13, 2007

flames v. blues: postgame (aka: i blame playfair)

this was not a good game.
the flames dominated in the first but left the ice after twenty down a goal.
we went up two in the third and allowed an AHL team (essentially.... sorry, jason) claw back for a tie.

and speaking of ties ?
i blame this one on playfair...
did you SEE that outfit ? if there is any merit to the "flames lose when playfair looks like he shops at the sally ann" theory, i predicted a loss the moment he stepped out into the bright saddledome lights... holy crap. what the hell was THAT ?? hideous. i'm seriously considering taking up a "playfair needs a new suit" fund.
who's in ?

aside from his attire, ol'jimmy made me squirm in frustration numerous times during last night's game from his coaching. iggy started the game with lombo and tangs. ten minutes into the second period, he's playing with yelle and friesen. a few minutes later he's back on with tanguay, but now langkow is at centre (can't we leave the second line well enough alone ???). i'm all for double shifting our captain when he's having a good night (which he wasn't), but can we not try setting some lines and let them play together for more than a period ??

and maybe it's just me but zyuzin [who went off with injury, btw, after blocking a shot] should not be playing big boy PP or PK minutes, and tony amonte has no business being on the ice with one minute to go in a tie game. NONE. i don't care how tired Juice is, if the guy's got four points on the night, he's skating in the final seconds... and if you examine the shift chart, he was defnitely due for some ice... but playfair chose amonte...

this guy has GOT to go. too bad sutter likes him. or doesn't feel like coaching anymore. cause now is the time and there is no other coach that can come in this late in the game. get rid of 'im or we're SUNK in the playoffs...

that should not have been such a tight game.

7 comments:

MetroGnome said...

Im starting to genuinely worry about this team's coaching as well. The Flames are making numerous fundamental errors every game and they aren't getting any better.

I think Calgary is getting by right now on talent alone. Discipline and wok ethic have gone right out the window. Watching the Blues players hustles their assess off for Murray, despite the fact they have nothing to play for, was pretty eye opening. Especially in contrast to the Flames, who were equal measures lazy and just plain stupid all night in their own end...

Kyle said...

You're both right about Playfair. It's becoming a bigger and bigger problem.

walkinvisible said...

i hack on zyuzin and warrener alot but realistically, it was regehr who looked slow and sloppy last night. stuart bailed him out a few times, and kipper tried, but failed, on at least one occasion. and huselius --for all his 4 points--was directly the cause for the 2nd st. louis goal (stempniak), as he didn't take his man (stempniak) but chose to take the same man phaneuf was already all over (boyes)... sure now we can score but what the hell happened to sutter-system defense first ?

MetroGnome said...

I give Huselius a pass on the second goal - 1.) Because he had 4 points of his own and is basically the reason the Flames got into OT at all.

and 2.) Because Langkow created that rush thanks to flubbing a rudimentary play in the O-zone. With 30 second left, at the end of shift, Langkow skates into the zone and, rather than get the puck deep, he feathers an easily intercepted pass back towards Juice that is immediately turned around. Then, instead of hustling back to cover for his mistake, both him and Iginla coast towards the bench to change.

Unfortunately, that's the way most of the team played all night (and on many nights now). Needlessly high risk + lax attitude without the puck.

walkinvisible said...

instead of hustling back to cover for his mistake, both him and Iginla coast towards the bench to change.

ie: a gaaaad-daaaamned coaching error. AGAIN.... and you also bring up the thing that pained me the most last night, which was the exiting of the defensive zone... i cannot express to you how many times i said "brutal." but you can chalk that up to coaching as well, quite possibly.

Jason said...

You said it at least a hundred times. It was pretty brutal.

Kyle said...

You said it at least a hundred times. It was pretty brutal.

ha ha ha ha ha hha haha ha!