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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
What we didn’t know, expect or even think we were going to get was a Calgary team that didn’t show up for Games One and Two in Detroit.
Those outings were so pitiful that one well-respected hockey pundit called for the dismissal of head coach Jim Playfair and the return of Darryl Sutter behind the bench.
As if that would make a difference.
With all due respect to those who see the Flames having a hope of a chance to recover in this series via something as radical as a coaching change or even a few wins in the friendly confines of the Saddledome, let’s face facts.
from the Calgary Sun,
In two games, Pavel Datsyuk has potted two goals for the Detroit Red Wings.
His linemate, Henrik Zetterberg, has fired 11 shots on goal and is a plus-3 despite failing to collect any points.
The other linemate, Tomas Holmstrom, has a helper, fired six shots on goal and caused havoc, setting screens in front of Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
In comparison, the Calgary Flames’ top line has combined for ... well, not much.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Now let me get two big disclaimers out of the way before I address what’s wrong with the Flames.
First, I am not offering any predictions here or going by any ‘insider information.’ Secondly, I rarely, if ever, want to throw a head coach under the bus. The ultimate responsibility of a team’s performance lies with the players on the ice.
Having said that, if I were general manager Darryl Sutter and the Flames’ ownership, I would look long and hard at replacing Jim Playfair going into Game 3.
Is it dramatic? Absolutely.
more... and I thought the same thing today, but dismissed it because people would have thought I was crazy.
from the Calgary Sun,
After the Flames were handed a 3-1 loss today during the second game in series against the Detroit Red Wings, fans who hit the town to watch the contest at Calgary watering holes described their team’s performance as anywhere from disappointing to shameful.
“It’s very disappointing,” said fan Andrew Potocki.
Potocki said he hopes the Flame’s outstanding home record will lead to wins when the series moves to Calgary but he fears his team is too far behind to mount a viable come-back.
“If we don’t pull off game three on Tuesday, we might as well just pack it in,” he said.
The Wings are finally playing playoff type hockey, but remember, it isn’t a series until a road team wins.
This series is not over by any means, we will see a different Calgary team at home on Tuesday.
added 4:48pm, Just a little note, but with Lidstrom’s two goals in this series, he ties Larry Murphy for 5th all time for goals scored by a defenseman in the playoffs.
1. P. Coffey: 59
2. D. Potvin: 56
3. R. Bourque: 41
4. A. MacInnis: 39
5t N. Lidstrom 37
5t L. Murphy: 37
from the Calgary Sun,
The disappointment Jim Moss felt was quickly washed away and replaced by pride….
“It’s a feeling I wish all parents could experience,” Jim Moss said. “I guess they do in their own way but when you see your son in the same arena that Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman played and skating with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay, it’s pretty special.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I hope happens on a regular basis.”
It’s been an exciting week in the Moss household in the Detroit suburb of Livonia.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
What the Flames need is to find a style that blends their speed and skill with the edge they used to have.
“We want to be a hard-working team that comes at you and doesn’t give you anything free,” said Tony Amonte.
Fine in theory, but unless they work together to create that scenario there are too many free rides for the opposition like the one Detroit got in Game 1.
Let’s not mince words—the Flames were humiliated.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
So, imagine what was running through the mind of the Calgary GM as he watched the likes of finesse players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg knocking his Flames off the puck in the game’s early going.
Or, as he saw Red Wings pest Tomas Holmstrom annoy Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for much of the game without fear of retribution.
An interesting stat at Red Wings Corner,
The Red Wings had 37 hits in their Game 1 win over the Calgary Flames, Thursday. It was the highest hit total this season for the Red Wings and just the 15th time in 83 games that Detroit has had as many as 20 hits in a game.
Oh, I see those Calgary Sun writers are laying odds,
- Most likely Red Wings occurrence:
2-1—Tomas Holmstrom sets up outside crease.
3-1—Hasek stutters during interview.
4-1—Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby yap at Iginla.
5-1—Mike Babcock scowls after game.
- The longshots:
40-1—Kristian Huselius pitchforks a defender.
60-1—Henrik Zetterberg finds a corner.
70-1—Henrik Zetterberg finds a barber.
80-1—Robert Lang backchecks.
from George Johnson at ESPN writing about the Wings/Flames series…
Among those who believe Hasek may be vulnerable is left winger Kristian Huselius, a revelation this season after piling up 34 goals and 77 points. After all, The Dominator, for all his brilliance, has a reputation for being, uh, somewhat erratic.
“He didn’t face a lot of shots this season,” Huselius said. “We’ve got to change that. We’ve got to get in his face, throw a lot of traffic in front, screen him. He won’t like it. We want to upset him. Make him work. Wear him down.
“He’s a great goalie. He’s won a Stanley Cup. But he’s old.” Huselius smiled. “And maybe when, as you get older, it’s easier to get p—-ed off.”
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