Now that I've watched the game, let me say:
• Despite the blanking, Kipper lost the game for Calgary, not the short bench.
• Pelech looked good, Negrin looked green
• Jokinen and Iginla are now officially terribly linemates, and need to be broken up immediately and permanently. If it was up to me, these would be the combos:
Van Der Gulik-Boyd-Nystrom
It's a wee bit sad that you have to protect Jokinen, Bertuzzi and Cammalleri with responsible players, but that's the story. Langkow's the only centre who can work with Iginla at this point, and he needs a guy like Moss on his line to create the space he needs. Need to hold a lead at the end of the game? Reunite Conroy/Moss/Glencross.
(Of course, that fourth line is assuming some defencemen get healthy at some point, which I suppose is being optimistic.)
The joke that has been the last five games calls for drastic measures on your lines, no? Since when did the Keenan blender lose power in the worst of times?
• Bertuzzi has to get hurt for the Flames to win a playoff series
When the Flames played the Wings a couple of years ago, I called the series for Calgary with my top reason being "Detroit has Bertuzzi." Dude is unbelievably bad, and fans are unbelievably blind to be so fooled by a one-in-10 success rate for ill-advised passes.
But hey, what the hell do I know.