Well, another Calgary Flames season is in the books. This past season was hard to take in. Perhaps the brightest spot for me came on December 27th when the Flames hosted the rival Edmonton Oilers in another installment of the Battle of Alberta...and my wife and I were there!
First off let me start by saying my wife is a... *throws up a little in mouth* Oilers fan. So right from the get go I am doomed. Either the Oilers win which upsets me...or the Flames win which upsets her, and we all know... Happy wife, happy life!
For those of you who have not been lucky enough to attend a game, I shot the following video to set the mood...
The 1st period started out great. It was a good game up until around four minutes left when Benoit Pouliot opened the scoring. Less than two minutes later Pouliot made it 2-0 with his second of the game. At that point I began to think we were doomed.
Things got better thanks to good old Johnny Hockey! Johnny Gaudreau scored about three minutes into the second to cut the lead in half. The atmosphere and electricity in that place when he scored was insane! The atmosphere only lasted about five minutes until Teddy Purcell scored to extend the Oilers lead to 3-1.
At this point my wife was a happy camper and I wasn't doing too bad because it was a good game still. Back and forth action and good chances. After all, these two teams have some of the best young talent in the league right now.
Cue the mood swings...
Two minutes after Purcell extended the Oilers lead, Matt Stajan scored a short-handed goal to bring the Flames back to within one. Then four minutes later, Captain Mark Giordano scored on the power-play to tie the game. The electricity was back in the building! Then three minutes later Johnny struck again for his second of the game and the Flames' third unanswered goal to take the lead.
The third period was pretty wide open, with both teams exchanging chances and a couple great saves from both Karri Ramo and Cam Talbot who replaced Anders Nilsson after the 2nd period.
With two minutes left, Captain Mark Giordano scored his second of the game on the power-play to seal the deal.
Final score, 5-3 in favour of the Flames. After it was all said and done, my wife and I agreed it was a great game.
Read the Matchsticks Game Recap.