Friday, March 20, 2009

Whoops! Bit of a letdown there, eh?

Well-deserved boos from an uncharacteristically Montrealish crowd at the end of that 3-2 loss to the Blues. That's a hugely crappy third-period performance by the Flames against a team playing its sixth period in two nights.

Especially when the two breakdowns that led to your goals against in the final frame came off a horrible shift from your first line, and an embarrassingly bad goal allowed by your No. 1 goaltender. Kiprusoff has to have that puck along the ice.

Similarly, Keenan has to make sure Jim Vandermeer and Cory Sarich are nowhere near the ice in the last two minutes, and Jordan Leopold has to learn how to pass the puck along the blue-line when his goaltender is pulled in the final 60 seconds.

Other things I noticed tonight:

• Andy McDonald: What a player. The Ducks would love to have that guy right now.
• Dion Phaneuf: Still looking awfully sad for a $6.5 million player. Now he's lost his fundamentals AND his confidence.
• A one-off CBC show called "Easton Meets West": It's about "a Toronto-born family that moves to Calgary next door to tried-and-true westerners"? It's reverse Duncan — I totally PVR'd that shit after tuning in for a few minutes during intermission. Hilarious! Alas, whether it's good or not, it's done.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

CP's having a bit of a meltdown so I decided to come here for some more rational discussion.

Disappointing result to be sure. However this was no Toronto or Tampa Bay. Aside from I'd say four or five shifts on the night, the Flames were actually really solid in their own end. We definitely outchanced the Blues and got unlucky with the crossbars and posts. If one of those went in, we'd probably be talking about an outstanding 3-1 effort for the good guys right now.

Kent W. said...

Anon is right. Flames probably deserved that one.

I also agree with you about Phaneuf though - sheesh he doesn't just look bad relatively to expectations right now...he looks downright terrible period. Brutal.

It's funny that Kipper put in that kind of performance after the row I had at my place over the wins/SV% thing as well.

duncan said...

Definitely not a Toronto/TB, agreed. This was disappointing for different reasons — good teams have to be able to play mistake-free in the third, especially a good team's best players. But I'm not panicking about the Flames' ability to win here. Those things can be fixed — even Kipper. (I hope.)

duncan said...

Also, pleased to be The Home of Rational Flames Discussion. WI, what say we add that to the site header?

Mike H. said...

Didn't catch the game but saw the highlight reel. Looked pretty soft when it was condensed down to 30 seconds. Time to organize a hit on Elisha, that qi-sucking vampire.

Totally unrelated... I happened to be in a high end children's book store yesterday and saw a poster for a new hockey based kids book called, "Wendel and the Great One". I'm pretty sure its a love story.

walkinvisible said...

Also, pleased to be The Home of Rational Flames Discussion. WI, what say we add that to the site header?

killer.... if you're smart enough to do it, i'm in.

a new hockey based kids book called, "Wendel and the Great One". I'm pretty sure its a love story.

hahaha awesome... i wish it was called "iggy, olli, and squid" but whatever... oh, and mike ? stop reading the blogs and enjoy your vacation... ;) x