Saturday, March 1, 2008

flames v. coyotes postgame: redemption

all i wanna say is: the bad luck has GOT to be over now....

the bad karma associated with the disallowed goal by voros the other night should be officially cancelled out by the TWO goals the flames had called back tonight. apparently goalies outside the crease are not fair game, and a bit of coincidental contact by jarome not only had a goal nullified, but provided the captain with a two-minute rest in the sinbin. the second goal, the regehr dump in/boyd deflection, seemed indisputably over the line to me (but i don't work in toronto). finally, lombardi and huselius (aka: the wonder twins) both rang the post tonight, and then completely missed the empty net twice. to put it simply: this will not continue to happen. it actually makes me think that the both of them might just be due for a hell of a streak in the postseason....

speaking of confusion, in the final period lombardi got called for crosschecking. in effort to pull one over on the refs, and knowing conroy was gone for the night, dustin boyd skated to the box, leaving #18 on the ice ready to PK (nice try, dusty, but people don't get penalties for receiving crosschecks). the bonehead CBC latenight guy, who was not jim hughson, pointed out that the flames bench would be better to keep lombardi in play "as they're short centremen." comments like that tick me off to no end. sure, conroy's not around and he's major on the PK, and yeah, it would be a huge drag to kill penalties without lombardi as well, but DUSTIN BOYD IS AN EFFIN' CENTREMAN. and so is primeau. and yelle. and smith. and we all know that langkow is too.... so why not just tell the viewing audience that lombardi in the box would be detrimental to the flames because two of their top penalty-killing centremen are now unavailable to kill penalties....

pardon the outburst. sometimes it just gets to me...

good outing by the flamb├ęs tonight, starting tough and pressuring through the end of the game. cujo had a solid match, warrener made a decent statement on wanting to stay in the lineup (kudos to keenan for not pairing him with regehr), and the iggy/phaneuf duo were as clutch as always. with conroy out, lombardi got some time on the second line and (i must say) he's looking outrageously good right now. the kids really stepped it up: nystrom and boyd both had good games. i hate to say it but if we play like we did most of tonight, we're gonna have a good run.....

:)

other notables: it was heartwarming to see doan cheering on his puck magnet between periods. lombardi had the hit of the game when he took out the linesman. iggy tied theo's goal total for #1 on the flames alltime list, and cujo beat terry sawchuk to take over the 4th alltime NHL goalie wins with 448 (not 488 as all the sports channels keeps quoting). oh, and keenan benched a 3.6 million dollar defenseman after he'd played over 450 straight games.... and good on'im. i'm loving keenan a wee bit more every day....

1 comment:

MetroGnome said...

One of the strangest games I've ever seen.

Im fairly impressed with the team the last 3 games. They've played well, despite injuries, the flu and some of the worst luck I've ever seen. Huselius and Lombardi are playing good hockey and Phaneuf and Iginla are looking like juggernauts. If they can keep this up and get Tanguay back (and Sarich sorted out), they have chance to claim the division.