Tuesday, October 24, 2006

 

Flames Game Night

[LARGE PICTURE WITH DUBIOUS CONNECTION TO TONIGHT'S GAME AND/OR OPPONENT, WORTH A MINOR LAUGH]

So, I watched the 3-2 L to Boston last Thursday on the PPV (verdict: Charlie Simmer is pretty good if a bit unoriginal, Roger Millions is good overall but still uses the word "footrace" too often and focuses too much on the officiating). And you know what? For all the angst I heard on Friday morning ("Where's the effort? Where's the desire? 'Cause I didn't see it), I thought the Flames looked like the better team, and not just by a hair.

The vaunted puck battles, puck possession, zone play, etc. were all in the Flames favour. Also, Tanguay looked like the guy he's supposed to be, as did Kobasew, and Lombardi looked like the guy I've been saying he is since Sept.'05 or earlier. Iginla still hasn't looked as good all year as he did the first 5 shifts in the opener against EDM (where I was thinking, Oh Yeah, they may have the scoring depth, but we still have The Man), but he's still good even when he's not that good.

That said, losing to Phoenix at home tonight (in the absence of a ridiculous, huge performance by Quimby) would just about mean panic time, legitimately. It's fine to talk about how the boys look when it's Win Some Lose Some like last season, but Lose Most can't go on, and won't. (Fascinating possibility suggested at Five Hole Fanatics: Sutter speaks, not to call out the players but to call out the coach.)

I doubt we see a blowout win tonight over the Coyotes, but one that's convincing enough. I'm going to forego Millions & Simmer & $11.95 tonight in favour of Peter Maher & assembling baby furniture & karma. Let's say 3-0 (Iginla, Lombardi, Amonte). Go Flames.

Comments:

Wow, your predictions are as outlandish as Andy's:

Flames win... fab!
 


[LARGE PICTURE WITH DUBIOUS CONNECTION TO TONIGHT'S GAME AND/OR OPPONENT, WORTH A MINOR LAUGH]

I love it, Matt.
 


We didn't have those crumby pictures up to start a post back in the day anyways, and that's the way we liked it dangnabbit!
 


Woo. Le GG sure beat the snot out of McCarty.
 


It turned out to be a blow-out in the third period.

And six goals from six different players? That's offence for ya.

Phoenix is rapidly becoming a laughing stock.
 


Phoenix is rapidly becoming a laughing stock.

Becoming?
 


It's amazing how well the Coyotes bring players out of slumps. That Amonte goal had shades of the Amonte of old.

And who was it that said "Gretzky is bringing back 80's offence to every rink in the NHL"? Cause that was gold, can't remember who said it but I thought of that last night and laughed out loud.
 

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