Post-Season Fever

The 2010-2011 NHL regular season is slowly dwindling down to its last few games and the exciting news is that the Flames are still within reach of a playoff position. With 5 games remaining in the regular season, Flames fans in Alberta and across the rest of the world are clenching their teeth in what looks to be a rather exciting finish to the season.

On Sunday, the Edmonton Oilers played host to the Flames in what turned out to be one of the most exciting games of the year. Down 4-1 to Edmonton at the start of the third period, it looked as though the Flames season might have come to an end but the Flames did not give up. At 5:55 of third, Jarome Iginla scored his second powerplay goal of the game to get the Flames back within two goals. Curtis Glencross then added to that total by scoring on the breakaway to make it 4-3. Steve Staios topped off the comeback as the Flames tied the game and won the shootout to gain a precious 2 points in the Western Conference. I could not have imagined a more exciting game although I almost had a heart attack when Staios tied it up. They’re not done yet!

In terms of games remaining, the Flames have the following games left to play:

March 30, 2011 – Anaheim Ducks

April 1, 2011 – St. Louis Blues

April 3, 2011 – Colorado Avalanche

April 6, 2011 – Edmonton Oilers

April 9, 2011 – Vancouver Canucks

The Flames next opponent, the Anaheim Ducks, should be an exciting game to watch. With 5 games left to play, the Calgary Flames currently sit in 9th place with 87 points in the Western Conference and Anaheim is in 7th place with 89 points. A win on Wednesday by the Flames in regulation, assuming Chicago and Anaheim lose to their respective teams on March 28th, would put Calgary in 8th place ahead of Chicago and in a tie with Anaheim. The Flames have not had much luck versus the Ducks lately so it will be extremely important that they work hard for an entire 60 minutes and avoid any costly penalties.

Looking forward to a win on Wednesday and one step closer to a playoff position. Go Flames Go!

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