Post-Game Avalanche VS Flames Break Down
The Flames win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver tonight, 4-2!
First period was anything but good! Flames came out flat and quickly took a penalty. The Avalanche capitalized and took an early 1-0 lead. It seemed to wake up Iginla and he became very noticeable in his next few shifts. I felt Stajan hurt Iginla in that period by being easily pushed off the puck and being a step behind. Flames had a great chance by Bourque who rang one off the post but that was as close to everything the Flames fans could be excited about! It was an average first period, with no real offensive pressure by Calgary, except for the late power play.
Second period had a great start with a power play goal by Glencross! After the goal the Flames controlled play for a little bit. But then more penalties came and the Flames stopped moving their feet! Flames penalty kill was great and kept the Flames a float! Although, for the rest of the period the Flames played some lack luster hockey. I really do not understand how this team goes on its heels so fast! The Flames showed they had skating issues with the young Avalanche but they also didn’t make it tough for the Avs to gain the offensive zone. At the end of the period and after Kiprusoff got knocked over, the Flames showed some emotion and we got to see Backlund’s mean face (if you can call it that),
The third period started off with an extra penalty only given to the Flames for that scrum at the end of the second period. Colorado scores on a play where Moss couldn’t clear the zone and the hopeful comeback began…and it came to fruition! A great effort by Moss and a beautiful spin move shot by Hagman, resulted in a rebound that Backlund buried! Moss redeemed himself in some sense and overall had a great effort full game! And that effort was later paid back with a goal with 4 minutes to go in the third period. The Flames moved their feet more and the line of Moss, Backlund and Hagman really lead the way! Overall the effort and will to win in the third period was there and although it was not a full 60 min game, the Glencross empty net goal sealed the Flames victory!
Overall the team struggled the first period and most of the second period. They didn’t deserve to win per say but neither did the Avalanche! So let’s hope we can build off of the third period and the play of Moss and Kiprusoff (as always) and turn this ship around. Iginla was better and was noticeable at times, same goes for Bouwmeester who I felt for most of the game was one of our better players regardless of the one mishap he had! Now Phoenix is next where Karlsson will probably get the nod!