Calgary Flames History Repeating Itself…?
I took all the superstitious steps that I usually so during Calgary Flames games last night but, to be honest, I didn’t have a lot of hope against the Stanley Cup winners from two seasons before. I took my place, in my fav chair in front of the television, and I kept my fingers and toes crossed during the first period. When the Kings broke out and scored first, after Glencross took a tripping penalty, I knew it was about to become a really long game as my heart fell a little. The first period came to an end with a score of 1-0 for the Kings and I realized that, even though we didn’t get any goals, the Kings only netted one shot and the Flames had kept up to them rather well.
The Return Of Mike Cammalleri
The second period started off with a bang as Cammalleri proved that he was ready to be back in the lineup by scoring his first goal of the season. The Staples Center in LA may not have been cheering but my house was loud enough to make up for it. Cammy showed up and he played hard every shift. I had missed his signature move of dropping to one knee as he takes a shot on net. And then Monahan showed up again and kept his point streak alive as he potted yet another goal in his time with the Flames. There’s still a small part of me that is afraid that the Flames will make the bad decision of sending him back to OHL – but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’re smart enough to keep Monahan on the Flames. The Kings tied the game in the second with a score of 2-2.
Flames Give Fans A New Hope
As the Flames fought for their positions on ice, rushed the Kings net, and gave a great effort in the third period to hold off one of the best teams in the league, hope flared inside of me and a smile was plastered on my face as I considered how well they played all game. Cammalleri and Monahan seem to have a rare chemistry on ice that’s fun to watch. The entire team stepped up their physicality against one of the toughest teams in the NHL. And then all of this hard work and perseverance paid off with less than 30 seconds on the clock when Brodie snapped a shot at the net and won the game for the Flames. The Flames burned the Kings in the final minute of play with a score of 3-2.
A Few Player Stats
Juri Hudler – with two assists against the Kings, Hudler is now the only player in the NHL who has points in every game with 4 goals and 11 points so far this season.
Sean Monahan – with six goals in eight games, this 19 years old is quickly proving that he deserves a permanent spot on the Calgary roster. I hope Hartley, Feaster, and the rest of the organization can see what a true asset Monahan has become in such a short time. Let the kid stay! Let him show what he’s got because I’m convinced it can only get better.
Mike Cammalleri – Cammy won seven of nine faceoffs, and these faceoff wins have been lacking on the team for the better part of our first few games. With Cammalleri back, hopefully we can keep this new trend going and it will lead to more scoring chances.
My 1 Star
Cammy. He’s back and he’s better than before. He snipes when he shoots, he sneaks up behind opponents in their own end and fights for his position, and he’s the catalyst in so many great plays. He was a force, a presence, and a welcomed addition back into the lineup.
Calgary Flames at Phoenix - Pre-Game Prediction
The Flames take on the Coyotes tonight in Phoenix and I have a feeling that one of two things will happen – the Flames will burn another team with a great win or they will fizzle out and lose badly. I don’t think this will be a boring game at all. If Smith can make a flawless play as he did in his previous game, his goalie-scoring tactics could be something for the Flames to fear. Both teams have a pretty even record so far this year so I’m sure it will be an interesting game regardless of who wins.