The FAN 960 Flames Zone

The Flames outplayed, outhit, and outshot the Sharks tonight but fell 2-1 to the visitors. It’s easy to say the Flames should have won the game, but the bottom line is they didn’t. The game of hockey is about results and the Flames were the losers in this one. The talk will be about how well they played, and rightly so, but they did not produce enough offence to win and even though they outchanced San Jose, they fell short. Offensively, they got the shots, but were unable to get rebound chances because of the strong play of the Sharks in front of Evgeni Nabokov, and also because the Flames did not battle hard enough for loose pucks. The Flames have scored 4 goals over the last 4 games and need to find some scoring. Jarome Iginla scored tonight but that was his first goal in 7 games. Jolli Jokinen has now gone 7 games without a goal and Mike Cammalleri is pointless over the last 4 games. I don’t mean to single out those players as being the reason the Flames are struggling, but when a team is having trouble finding the back of the net, you have to look at the scorers to produce. Should the Vancouver Canucks win their game tomorrow night over the Minnesota Wild, the Flames will find themselves second in the NW Division and as my buddy Rob Kerr likes to say, the Flames will now become the hunter instead of the hunted. That could be the best thing for the Flames as they will have to play desperate hockey the rest of the way, and I believe that’s when the Flames are at their best.


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