The Calgary Flames missed a glorious opportunity to get back into a playoff spot in the Western Conference on Thursday night.
The Flames in fact lost to the 29th ranked New York Islanders 3-1 in Uniondale. John Tavares scored the game winning goal for the Islanders at 3:04 of the third period.
Even though the Flames headed into tonight’s action on a four game winning streak, they shouldn’t be too pleased with not just tonight’s game but Tuesday’s as well. Forty-eight hours ago they needed a shootout winner from Jarome Iginla to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time in three games this season. That means the Flames are 1-2-1 against the two worst teams in the NHL. If they miss the playoffs by a very slim margin, they will have to look back on their losses to Columbus and the New York Islanders as the primary reason.
The Flames are currently one point back of the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference with Dallas having two games in hand. The Flames continue their seven game road trip tomorrow night in Ottawa. So far they are 2-1 after their first three games.
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Jeremy Freeborn, “the Sports Fanatic”, literally watches any sport, any time. Jeremy is a freelance writer for Prospect Magazine, Hockey Calgary, Where Magazine, Blaze Magazine and www.examiner.com. Over the last fifteen years he has also completed a practicum at TSN Sportscentre, worked five years as a tour guide at the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum, was a technical operator at Calgary’s FAN 960, and also spent time working as the Editor and Writer for GO! Magazines. Through “Any Sport Any Time”, Jeremy will let you know what he will be watching when it comes to sports every Friday, and then give you a weekend summary every Monday. Throughout the week he will also give you his comments and opinions on some of the more hot topics and interesting storylines from the Calgary area and beyond.