GaudreauWatch Day 90…  (whelp)

The game I attended on Monday was the Flames vs Oilers preseason one at the Saddledome (final score 2-1 for the visitors). It was fun, I went with my daughter and we enjoyed watching the action and seeing Harvey the Hound. Here’s a photo:





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General Fanager

I just saw FlamesNation announce this news:

It’s a very comprehensive site, taking a look at it now.

Also, it’s Day 75 of #Gaudreauwatch

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September 8, 2016 is Day 68 of #Gaudreauwatch

good grief.



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Gaudreauwatch Day 50 has come and gone…

Well folks, restricted free agent and budding superstar Johnny Gaudreau’s contract expired on Canada Day, July 1, 2016. He has yet to sign again with the team. Therefore August 21 was Day 50 of #Gaudreauwatch for Calgary Flames fans.

I’m not worried (nervous laughter)…


At least #Monahanwatch came to an end a few days ago.


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St. Patrick’s Eve spectacular at the Dome: Flames vs Jets


Two days after a wild affair against the St. Louis Blues where the Flames’ Michael Frolik scored two short-handed goals the Calgary Flames hosted the Winnipeg Jets. Plenty of retro Teemu Selanne jerseys were worn in the stands. Coach Bob Hartley chose to add Dougie Hamilton’s brother Freddie Hamilton to the starting lineup. He was brought in as an emergency call up.

Early in the first period the Winnipeg Jets thought they had scored but the referee called it a no goal due to a Jet making contact with Joni Ortio when the goalie was still just barely in his crease. The Jets issued a coach’s challenge which took about 5 minutes to review. It apparently knocked the Jets off their game for the rest of the period as the Calgary Flames  scored 3 times. Throughout the first period the Flames worked hard, playing like the team that was chasingg down a playoff spot a year ago this week.


Mikael Backlund scored first. Then Michael Frolik took a puck that bounced from Backlund and scored. And late in the 1st period, Monahan scored.  The second period had the Flames in a mode where they were protecting the lead and did so effectively except for a mistake by Ortio where he mishandled his attempt to clear the puck from behind the net. The Jets pounced and scored to make it 3-1. The Jets could not grind out or luck into any more goals and the Flames’ captain Giordano completed the scoring late in the 3rd period for a 4-1 final.

All in all it was entertaining to see Harvey the Hound in green suspenders and a green hat on St Patrick’s Day and he shot some t-shirts to fans with a t-shirt gun. With their 2016 playoff hopes dashed weeks ago, players of both the Flames and Jets indicated they are playing for jobs with the team next season rather than tanking and the result was an entertaining game for all.



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Flames vs Sharks, March 7

I just realized I had written a post about the game last week.

I arrived late, missing the Brent Burns shot that got past  Joni Ortio early in the game. There were many, many chances by the Flames to even up the game but the Sharks’ goalie Martin Jones was a brick wall. We decided to leave early and were already on the C-Train when I saw texts confirming the Flames’ Colborne tied the game up and that Pavelski scored in Overtime. All in all, not a bad game given that the Flames had 47 shots.



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Flames retro night eyewitness report: Senators vs Flames

It was Hockey Night in Canada and Retro Night at the Saddledome when the Senators visited on February 27. The opening video had clips from the 1980s to now and the Flames wore their previous third jersey: white flaming C on red.

Throughout the night there were hilarious retro graphics, music and videos.  The fans booed Phaneuf whenever he had the puck.  It was a tied game or a game with a narrow 1 or 2 goal margin. All these factors made the game much better live than it probably was for Flames fans watching it on TV.

There had been changes to the team since the last game I attended a week ago. Hudler was on his way to Florida having been traded away for two draft picks. Granlund was also traded away and Shinkaruk, the player the Flames got for him, was with the Stockton AHL team. Bollig and Jooris were dressed.

2 goals by Gaudreau helped the Flames post a 4-2 lead.

But the Flames broke down defensively. Ortio was exposed in net and there were lots of turnovers and loose pucks available for the Senators to pounce on. No matter had bad the Flames play defensively was there was hope every time Johnny stepped on the ice that he’d get his hat trick goal to win or tie it (until the empty better). Senators stormed to a 5-4 lead and got an empty netter to seal a 6-4 win.


Check out the retro look to the scoreboard in the photo!

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