Thursday, October 27, 2005


Flames Game Morning After the Night Before

Here's the Fenwick utes, brushing their teeth in anticipation of last Thursday's Battle of Alberta II. I see now that my oldest still had a pretty good shiner going. Suggestions that it might be the result of a little sweater-over-the-head "discipline" would be WAAAAYYY off-base.

Last night's result v. the Ducks was obviously disappointing--it was a bad omen to hear that Ozolinsh had been scratched. Nonetheless, the Flames carried the play in the first period only to emerge trailing 1-0. Iginla had another strong game (not coincidentally, in another game that the broadcasters were describing as quite physical--that Vishnevski seems fairly impressive). He scored the goal to make it 2-1, then rang another ear-stinger off the post.

The dreaded late penalty, X2, made the game look more lopsided than it was, not to mention fouling the Flames recent PK% and Kipper's GAA. You may have noticed the late penalty was a major factor in two other games last night as well. Both San Jose and Nashville tied their games on PP goals with 20 seconds left on penalties called with 40 seconds left; then Nashville got another PP 13 seconds into OT, but gave up the 4-on-3 shorthanded goal for the loss.

The best Flames meta-news right now is clearly that Iginla seems to have woken up. It's important for the Flames to take 2 points in Phoenix tonight (8PM MDT, radio only again). Like I expect Nashville to prove over the coming weeks and months, you can't make your season in the 1st month, but you can sure as hell dig yourself a big hole. Go Flames.

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