Calgary Flames – Game Recap
After a disappointing road trip, winning only one game against the LA Kings, the Calgary Flames returned home to host the Capitals on Saturday, October 26th.
There’s a lot to say about the energy in the Saddledome this season because the team looked re-energized and rested as they took over the first period. Barely over a minute into the game, Kris Russell, the 5’10” 173lb defenseman, scored at the 1:04 mark. Hudler, who has been going strong so far this season, scored soon after to give the Flames a quick two-goal lead. McGrattan took a roughing penalty and the Flames killed it off with ease. I assumed it was pure luck that they did so well during the PK because Calgary’s special teams have shown recently that they need some work. A shutout was not to be as Chimera netted a goal to put the Caps on the board. Cammalleri reinstated Calgary’s two-goal lead as Holtby was yanked from the Capitals net. The Flames finished the period when Cammy took a slashing penalty and put the team on the PK. The period ended with a score of 3-1 for the Flames.
As the second period took off, we saw Washington slowly creep back to life as the Flames tried to kill off the Cammalleri penalty from the first period. Calgary’s PK looked good again as the penalty came to a close. Washington had a burst of life as a bad giveaway by the Flames landed the puck right onto Ovechkin’s stick and he carried it down the ice to take a shot on net. Luckily, Karri Ramo was in full form in Calgary’s net and stopped the puck from going in. Soon after, a bad error by Galiardi cost the Flames heavily as the Caps scored to make the score 3-2. With something to prove, the last few minutes of play was all Calgary again as they pressured the Washington net. Jones ended the period with another Flames penalty as he sat in the box for tripping.
The third period started on the PK again with a score of 3-2 and I had a feeling that our PK was about to take a nose-dive as the clock started to count the period down. Luckily, I was proven wrong and the Flames killed off yet another penalty. The last period was owned by Colborne and his linemates as the 6’5” 213lb forward forced himself into every play during each shift. More often than not, the puck hit his tape and he made smart plays to get the puck down the ice and into the Caps zone, leading the Flames to many shots on net. After taking some pushing and shoving from Olesky, Colbourn must have felt the need for payback because his faceoff win led to Cammalleri’s second goal of the night. Stajan and Glencross each buried the puck as well in the third period, which led the Flames to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
My 1 Star
Karri Ramo. His stellar saves, especially in the third period kept the Flames on top of the Capitals throughout the game. He stayed with the puck in every play, he read the plays very well, and, when he couldn’t see the puck, he used his instincts to help the Flames stay in the lead all night long.
Although the offensive players still have some work to do when it comes to their defensive play, they looked much better in their own end during this game. Even though Calgary took a few penalties, many of which were not necessary, the PK team looked alert and ready to defend instead of lost and disoriented like the past few games.
The highlight of the night was the Cammy, Colborne, Galiardi line which has been outstanding in last few games since Cammalleri returned from his injury. They control the puck well, carry the puck into the oppositions zone, and create opportunities to take shots on net.
The Calgary Flames host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, October 30th. But I won’t be able to watch that game so all my faithful readers will have to wait for my recap until after the game against Detroit because October 30th is my son’s birthday. For my son’s birthday, he has asked me to watch the Bruins game with him instead of watching my Flames – and who am I to deny a little boy on his birthday!