Flames/Canucks Post-Game: Letdown is an Understatement

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Scoring Chances

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The Other Side 

 

Flames down early

Third period disaster

When will it end? 

Well, after a rough start to this game the Flames managed to keep it close through two periods of play. Then, the wheels fell off just over a minute into the final frame when Mason Raymond scored shorthanded, setting off a string of four unanswered Canucks goals--two of which came on the powerplay late in the game. The Flames were undisciplined, neglected defensive assignments in their own zone and in the middle of the ice, and only managed 20 shots on net in their own building. Mark Giordano took a puck to the face and Brent Sutter sent five defencemen out on a powerplay. Oh, and Curtis Glencross might be suspended for his crosscheck to the face of Keith Ballard. Apparently this is a trend amongst Flames players this season. 

The Flames actually out-chanced the Canucks at EV, but this game was lost on special teams. If they'd scored on the powerplay they had to open the third period to tie things up, this could have been a very different game. Instead, they allowed a goal on a shorthanded odd-man rush. Despite killing off a five-minute penalty in the second as a result of Glencross' infraction, the Flames' PK wasn't up to snuff against the league's best powerplay, which was bound to break through eventually when given so many opportunities. The home side's powerplay was simply dreadful, as they had only three shots with the man advantage and allowed a shorthanded goal along with multiple other quality opportunities while down a man. 

We were so depressed after this game we broke out the haikus in the Game Thread comments. Read on for tonight's offerings. 

glenX is a dumb guy
sometimes he plays silly games
kiprusoff tried hard

gio was leaking
the canucks scored seven goals
terrible effort.

-walkinvisible (x2)

Fuck my life, Flames suck.
No effort from anyone,
depressing to see.

-Justin Azevedo 

Where is Rene Bourque?
He used to score lots of goals
The Jackman cometh

-mike_H

On to the next one, and it doesn't get any easier from here, as the Flames take on the Wild again on Friday before paying a visit to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday evening. 

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