The good news in the Game 7 loss to the Sharks was the Flames showed enough character to take the series against a favoured team to the limit, especially when they trailed after five games.
The bad news is they were thrashed when it mattered most.
What happened to the Flames? What were they missing in their lineup to put them over the edge and wins a playoff series? Have your say in our forum.
Move to pull Kipper stinks
The Flames need a good puck moving defenceman in the lines of a Brian Campbell and 2 or 3 forwards that can score and create offence. I would use Tanguay as bait, he was invisible the whole series.
Scott, 2008-04-23 12:27:54
I'm no fan of Iron Mike and the way he treats goalies, but last night he was 100% right in pulling Kipper, and maybe he could have done it sooner.
Bottom line though is that the Flames simply got beaten by a better team. When you are outshot two to one and you are playing well, you are just outclassed. The fact that someone opened the coffin and Roenick stepped up and scored 4 points was the difference really. Pull Kipper earlier and if Tanguay's shot off the post goes in and the Flames could have won, but that's hockey and they did well. Be proud, go golf.
Rick W., 2008-04-23 11:37:43
They need to improve there offence during the summer.
All these people bashing the Flames look like Leaf fans bashing the Sens. They are jealous no doubt.
Taking the Sharks to game 7 showed lots of heart and character.
If the Oilers and Leafs had a leader like Iggy then maybe they might make the playoffs again.
Steve, 2008-04-23 11:14:58
If you exclude Phaneuf (who was a no-brainer since he played for Sutter's brother down the road), the team has no "prospects" on their NHL team, in the AHL or in Junior who will make any kind of difference.
They would have been better off trading #1 picks at the deadline then drafting what they currently have. Fire everyone in the scouting dept. and start over - while Iginla still has some years left in him.
John, 2008-04-23 03:32:03