I’m a bit behind in posting, so I’ll do the last two games together.
Game 4 was excellent. Calgary scored early and often, chasing Eddie Lack from the game. They were content to play defensively the rest of the game, and Hiller came up big in the net when he had to. Special teams were on point. All in all, it was a perfect game for the Flames, and opened up the opportunity for the first victory in a playoff series since 2004.
But game 5 wasn’t that game. I think the Flames tried to stick to what worked in game 4, but they did it at the wrong time. If you’re up by two or three goals, as they were in game 4, then playing defensively will work; you don’t have to worry as much about offense. But if you’re only up by one goal, you can’t play that way. They Flames tried, and failed. Hiller played an absolutely stunning game, and gave the Flames a chance at winning. But when you allow over 40 shots, of course a couple are going to go in. Unfortunately, that was all it took to sink the Flames, simply because they didn’t try an offensive game until much, much too late. So there will be a game 6 for sure.
Am I worried? A little bit, but not too much. Tonight’s game is at the dome, and I’m confident the energy from the fans will be enough to fuel the team through to the next round. If they don’t win today, however, I’d be extremely concerned. Game 7 is in Vancouver, and they have all of the momentum going into it. So while I’m confident the Flames will win tonight, in the back of my head I’m aware that if they don’t, they may have just given the Canucks the series.
Well, can’t wait for the game! I won’t procrastinate on a reaction like I did for the past couple games, and then maybe even drop a non-hockey post before school start. Go Flames Go!