The two teams I’m cheering for this season, the Calgary Flames and the Boston Bruins, had their respective season openers yesterday. They’re the first games of a highly anticipate season, and they were both telling of what we can expect to see over the season.
The Flames played the Washington Capitals, and there was some good news…and some bad news. Staying positive, the offense seemed excellent; the chemistry between the new players was evident, and the Flames jumped out to 3-0 and 4-1 leads. It was the best offense I’ve seen from Calgary in a while, and it was a huge pleasant surprise. The rookies and young players were doing great; Monahan got his first NHL point, Baertschi looked solid, as did the new arrival David Jones, and Lance Bouma played an excellent game as well.
The bad news was the defense, or lack thereof. Calgary blew the two 3-goal leads they had, and ended up losing 5-4 in a shootout. Yes, they got a point out of it, but it was a game that should have netted two points. Stupid penalties were taken, and the penalty kill was not strong; a defensive lapse in the third period allowed Washington to tie up the game and win it in a shootout. Although the new goalie, Karri Ramo, played well, his effort was in vain due to the defensive lapses of the team, and the foolish penalties taken to squander such a lead. It’s been the frustration in Calgary for a long, long time; they’re the only team that can go up 3-0, and still end up losing.
I hope the first game doesn’t set a trend for the Flames, because the lack of a 60 minute game cost them 2 points they should have had. There were some definite upsides, and I hope to see that continue; this will likely be a bleak year for the Flames, given the rebuild they’re in, but I’m still hoping for the best.
As for the Boston game, the Bruins played solid as they always do. I’m cheering the Bruins because Jarome Iginla is playing with them this year. From that perspective, although Iginla didn’t get on the scoreboard, he played really nicely with his new linemates. Boston is definitely a good fit for him, based on his play in the preseason. He did have a fight after he was levelled by some player, showing he’s still got the fire in him. The Bruins won their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (as a Flames fan, I’ll never stop despising that team) by a score of 3-1. They looked really good out there; I’m hoping for the best for them this year, because Iggy deserves his Stanley Cup ring more than anyone else does right now in the whole league.
The Flames are playing again today, this time against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s the second intermission, and Monahan’s netted his first goal (big hopes for him), and the game is tied 2-2. I’ll be posting about the Bruins and the Flames about once a week, or when something out of the ordinairy happens. I hope they both do great this year.
Go Flames go!