Flames Burn Punchless Panthers

Is there help on the way?

Not much to say about this one as the Calgary Flames got contributions from newcomer Ales Kotalik, who scored, and assists from Niklas Hagman and Ian White.  Mark Giordano scored the other goal for the Flames giving them a 2-1 victory over Florida.

The Flames played an excellent road game.  Tight checking, persistent forechecking, and made the most of the offensive chances that they had.  If not for Panther goaltender Tomas Vokoun, the score certainly would have been worse as the Flames had 40 shots on goal.

Florida was basically “manhandled”.  A term used by head coach Peter DeBoer after the game.  I myself couldn’t agree more as watching this fiasco from my seat was extremely frustrating.  It seemed as though most of the sixty minute contest was played in the Panther’s zone.  The Calgary forecheck was almost impossible to get away from, in addition to the Panthers inability to successfully get the puck out of their zone without chipping it off the glass, made it a long  night.

This would be the third consecutive game that a Panther forward did not score a goal!  The lone Panther goal was scored by defenceman Dennis Seidenberg.  This now makes 10 goals in the Panthers last nine games.  They were only able to muster 13 shots on goal as Mikka Kiprusoff was rarely tested.

Rostislav Olesz had a couple open net opportunities, but since he’s not the shaprshooter everyone thinks he is, of course blew his chances.

The Panthers are playing all thier games now as if they are trying to hold a lead.  They virtually have given up their aggressive forecheck, and are taking absolutely no chances offensively.  With Tomas Vokoun playing as well as is has been of late, you would tink that the Panthers would have the confidence to play with more desire and be willing to be more desperate for scoring goals.

Too logical.

Not sure about you, but it’s time to get some help!

This team and organization is in desperate need of reevaluating their position right now.  They way we’ve been losing games is unconscionable.  The last time we made the playoffs Bill Clinton was president.  That was ten years ago!  Is there any correlation to the fact that we also had a superstar-goalscorer on that team?  Since he has been dealt away, we have not replaced that role and thus have continued to miss out on extra hockey!

Next up, the Atlanta Thrasher’s tonight in Atlanta.  Only good thing about this is no Ilya Kovalcuk.

Thanks for reading.


Tags: Ales Kotalik Calgary Flames Florida Panthers Ian White Tomas Vokoun Mikka Kiprusoff Niklas Hagman

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