All Things Flaming C
by Scooter Kelly on 12/23/11 at 03:00 PM ET
Younger, faster, stronger; the mantra of the new look Flames. It’s that time of year when Sutter’s studs make their move to prominence. Fortunately they are in the hunt at this point in the season. After suffering through a 4 game losing streak, (2 rouge points) the C of Flame have knocked off 2 of the so-called jocks of the Western Conference. Minnesota was the 1st to take the knee and the awe-inspiring Detroit Red Wings were felled 3-2 last evening.
While the game was clearly in hand through 2 periods, a fluke flipper-snipe from Ian White made the fans squirm in their Wranglers;but alas, they stole the victory once again on the strength of 2 goals from Scoreface Glencross. He narrowly missed the hat trick empty netter late in the 3rd, thus saving the fella’s toupee affront me from being tossed onto the ice. Calgary is getting a reputation for their inconsistency, No really? yet they always seem to find their path against the top end teams. The squad had a much different look with Tanguay out with his mystery ailment and Bjork Bork Bourque on game 2 of his 2 part suspension for smashing Brent Seabrook from behind. Enter Greg Nemisz and Paul Byron. Wee Paul is a fireplug out there and brings excitement each shift even though he looks like maybe he should be delivering your milk. Greg Nemisz of his 1st round draft pedigree had rather pedestrian results last night though hopefully he can find some of the offensive success he has had in the AHL thus far.
The anemic powerplay continues to sputter along but were 1 for 3. The creativity is starting to show but one has to question why it has taken so long. Rumblings of Lord Gio of Giordanoville’s superhuman healings can only help the powerplay upon his return. Once threatened to losing the rest of the season, number 5 is already skating and waiting on an MRI to see how far off he is from lacing them up with his fellow warriors.
The Flaming C, a constant state of flux. The one constant is they retain the title of best looking and most intelligent fans in the NHL. Another fact is that they have a wonderful Alumni presence at each game. Jeff Shantz, Perry Berezan, and my wifey’s favorite Joel Otto were seen and accessible for discussions and fan pics. I will have to agree, Mr. Otto is a handsome lad.
The Flames flew out for Van City after last night’s tilt and they have nothing but excitement for tonight’s matchup. Their dominance of the Canucks remains a pipe dream and one can only expect another hung dog effort from the C of Flame. At least they have an excuse if they indeed falter. Back to back games means they can mail it in tonight? I think not. What better way to hit the Xmas break with a jaw dropping effort and 2 points out of the Rogers Center. There was talk of throwing Leland Irving in for his 2nd career start, but we’ll have to wait and see what the jovial Brent Sutter has in mind.
As the time is near of eggnog and family gatherings, let all take a moment and reflect on what’s really important-the Flames reaching the big dance. If we can raise a toast and give a heartfelt Tebow-like prayer, perhaps we can buoy the fellows on to continued success in the New Year. A win in Vancouver will show that you all are on board.
Lotsa love for Leeman,
Scooter Crisp (Best Coach ever)
P.S. Another stellar event from the Jumbotron community, though the smooch cam better find me next time.
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