Wednesday, April 23, 2008

San Jose dumps Calgary

There wasn't a ton of coverage of the fact Jeremy Roenick sat for Game 6, but it was a bit of an interesting sidebar heading in that he would be back in the lineup Tuesday. Ron Wilson had said his grizzled veteran looked tired and needed the rest, despite playing scant minutes, and even though he only picked up a little more than 11 tonight, they were big ones.

Two goals and four points for a guy most didn't see playing beyond a hideous last season in Phoenix.

On the Calgary side, you don't win a lot of Game 7s when you're doubled up on the shot clock, but Miikka Kiprusoff's mediocre season turned into a mediocre postseason. Ultimately, that's as much to blame for the loss as anything.

The fact we saw Curtis Joseph twice in this series speaks volumes.
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10 Comments:

At 1:52 AM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Doc Nagel said...

This is almost the kind of season and playoff that ruins a goaltender, one way or another - either because he loses confidence, or management loses confidence in him. Do you see a chance of that happening with Kiprusoff? Mighty big contract extension they gave him last October...

 
At 1:57 AM, April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much of a window does Calgary have left to win it all? At some point, they have to start to thinking about retooling.

James Gunner

 
At 4:01 AM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Steve said...

At some point, they have to start to thinking about retooling.

They've got plenty of tool left in them yet.

 
At 8:48 AM, April 23, 2008, Anonymous Rachael said...

TSN was interviewing Roenick about what it's like to play in Game 7, and he brought up losing to Tampa in the ECF, I dont think he was going to allow his team to have that feeling. Good to see that he's still got a bit left in him.

 
At 8:56 AM, April 23, 2008, Blogger mike w said...

The fact we saw Curtis Joseph twice in this series speaks volumes.

I think that says more about Mike Keenan than Kiprusoff.

 
At 9:06 AM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Aaron said...

I don't think Kipper was bad and I'm not sure he should've been pulled, but he wasn't great either. He was fighting the puck and I found one thing interesting. In one of the previous games Nabakov was standing up looking for a loose puck in front of the net and Drew Remenda mentioned that all Warren Strelow goalies are taught to stand up to find the puck. All series but especially in game 7 Kipper was going down to find the puck and it burned him on the back-breaking Pavelski goal. I wonder if Calgary's coaching staff has tried making some changes that either haven't worked or weren't needed, or if Kipper has gotten sloppy with his fundamentals.

 
At 9:08 AM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Lars said...

Keenan should go. It was his pettiness and poor judgment that put Cujo in goal, instead of going with his better player. Sutter has gone from Playfair to Keenan and either he makes a change to get a coach more familiar and knowledgeable about today's game and players, or go himself. Enough of the retro-coach. Management, and more precisely coaching, is responsible for this loss.

 
At 9:58 AM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

It was his pettiness and poor judgment that put Cujo in goal, instead of going with his better player.

Cujo had a 0.76GAA with a .970SV% over four periods.

 
At 2:11 PM, April 23, 2008, Blogger Pyronite said...

As a fan of neither the Sharks nor the Flames, I can agree with Chemmy. The better goaltender in this series was the one who played four periods, without a doubt.

 
At 2:16 PM, April 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keenan has no system or any kind of structure. That's why Calgary players had so many meetings with coaches. And coaches couldn't agree even between themselves how they should play.

Keenan is quick to throw Kiprusoff under the bus but for crying out loud Flames were totally outplayed.

I quess Kipper was at fault last year, too, when Detroit peppered him with forty shots per game.

Look around a bit. Is it goalie or is it team (skaters+goalie)? Luongo, Brodeur, Kiprusoff, Giguire, Backstrom... they all suck.

You think that Philly could use Kiprusoff even though they went to second round? Or Luongo?

Calgary needs a real coach, not some egoistical yesterday's news. In the end it's Sutter's fault that he wants to be loyal to Playfair and now Keenan who gave him his first coaching job.

Calgary was outshot by 2-1 margin and that's the real problem.

 

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