The Calgary Flames barrelled through the game at the Saddledome against the St. Louis Blues with a need to win. Considering all the injuries so far this season, considering that they’re in the middle of a rebuild, considering that the Flames are at the bottom of the standings, the team came out against the St. Louis Blues and they won with style!
The first period flew by in a flurry of pressure from the Flames. Even though Shattenkirk scored first to put the Blues on the board, the Flames didn’t give up when the period ended 1-0.
During the first intermission, the Saddledome saluted Jay Bouwmeester, former Calgary Flames defenseman, now playing for St. Louis. For as much as Bouwmeester isn’t a fan of cameras, he took it in stride and gave his all when he waved to the crowd. Welcome back Bouwmeester!
The second period was more Flames pressure with O’Brien stepping up his game and taking shots on net. Hudler scored and it was tied, 1-1. When the Blues answered back with two more quick goals to widen the scoring gap to 3-1, the Flames could have packed it in again, but they didn’t – again.
Calgary didn’t let up at all and the third period was a testament to their hard work and their persistence. Cammalleri quietly made his way to the front of the net and took a wrist shot that ended up in the back of the net. That was the goal that changed the game for the Flames. They kept up the pace with St. Louis. The Flames wanted a win and they fought hard. With barely 5 seconds left in the third period, I leaped off my couch when Giordano scored the tying goal to force the game into overtime.
Overtime was one of the most fast-paced, fun-filled periods of hockey that the Flames have played in a very long time, until a knee on Stajan by Backes ended the OT period.
Colborne scored in the shootout, only to have to wait until the very end, when Berra made a save on Paajarvi, to win it for the Flames with a final score of 4-3.
These are the games that make being a Flames fan fun. These games are the reason why I – a long-time Flames fan – keep holding on. It was a great way to start their Christmas break.
Happy Holidays to all the people in the Flames organization, including their families!