Jackets Overcome by Flames

February 24th,2009

Wednesday, 02.25.2009 / 3:24 AM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

It was supposed to be a physical and playoff type atmosphere tonight.  It was far from that as the CBJ played an outstanding first period of hockey as the score was tied 1-1.  Steve Mason was shaky on the first shot his way as he gave up a rebound to Mike Cammelari who fed it backdoor to a wide open Jarome Iginla at the :45 second mark.  It did not take long to counter as Williams and Umberger combined for RJ’s 21st of the season, a career high.  Williams now has 4 assists in the last 4 games, as he continues to show some continuity in his offensive prowess.

 

The star of the first period was Kristian Huselius who alone could have deposited not one, not two, not three,  but four scoring chances against his former foes. He razz led, he dazzled he made more moves than a checker board, but came as dry as a night with popcorn and no Pepsi……that would come back to haunt this team again.  The same old story arose again for this team as they had their opportunity to bury the opposition and did not do so.  It would be a different story this year.  In years past the opportunities never did arise.  This year, there have been so many chances to flat out dig, kill and then bury the opponent that the frustration builds.  It builds with frustration yes…..but with optimism, knowing the skill is finally there to get to the Promised Land. 

 

What is it going to take?  From my vantage point, it deals with the “Want and the Hunger to Score”….given the example tonight it can be an obvious conclusion that the best players for Calgary wanted to be part of the decision of the game.  Iginla had 2 goals and 2 assists….Cammelari had a goal scorer’s night as well as he collected a goal and 2 assists.  It appeared that every time in the offensive zone when Calgary had the puck, they converged to the net with a purpose.  The CBJ do have nights liked that, but tonight it was obvious, Calgary had a want and the CBJ did not.

 

Between period 1 &2, Daryl Sutter the GM of the Flames came in and talked a little hockey talk.  Both of us were surprised at no penalties and the lack of aggressive and in your face play.  The game continued in that fashion in the 2nd until Marc Methot took a minor penalty…then it was game on.  Dion Phaneuf score on a rocket from 50’ as David Moss the U of Michigan product set up shop in front of Mason….from that point it was downhill and trees in the way of open fields of success.

 

Disappointment prevails tonight.  It was a “woulda coulda if” scenario. The good thing is…24 hours, with a practice under the belt and hopefully a want to score, no matter what attitude in place.  The PP must move its feet on the transition up ice…the best players have got to finish when given chances and the goaltending must be the best.  It is not asking for much is it?  This is the NHL and that is what it takes to get to the Promised Land!!

 

Stay tuned!!

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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