Canucks Win 3-2 in OT, Snuff out Flames Playoff Hopes

Thomas Drance
April 01 2012 12:40PM


The so called "French Connection" celebrate the games opening tally against the Flames last night.
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Canucks came back from a one goal deficit in the third period, and managed to stick a stake into the heart of a once bitter rival, with an OT victory over the Flames. Calgary's overtime loss (combined with Phoenix's confident handling of business against the Ducks) mathematically eliminated them from postseason contention.

For the Canucks, it was their sixth straight victory, as the team has refused to lose since suffering an OT loss against the hated Blackhawks. The Canucks are now first in the West, a full point clear of the Blues, and control their own destiny. If they can win out (and their remaining games are against Anaheim, Edmonton and Calgary) they'll guarantee themselves home-ice advantage through to the Finals.

A more thorough recap, chance data and the statistical three stars after the jump!

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Nation Radio - March 31, 2012

NationRadio
April 01 2012 11:12AM

Because even Lowetide needs a break now and then, we decided to go with a bit of a "best of" clip show this week. Past segments featuring Sean Brown, Todd Nelson and Skip Krake are included. Fret not folks, LT will be back soon to talk about the MPS recall fiasco (amongst other things)...

This is Nation Radio.

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Chicago Wolves v Abbotsford, March 30, 2012 - Gamer and (some) data

Patrick Johnston
March 31 2012 06:49PM


Steve Reinprecht and the Wolves were in tough against Akim Aliu and the Heat this week
(Photo: Matt Hyndman)

Their man advantage was finally an advantage, but it wasn't quite enough to power the Chicago Wolves home from Abbotsford on Friday night.

Scoring goals on the powerplay has been a struggle all season for the Wolves, but their two-game Fraser Valley series was truly exceptional. Chicago's league-worst powerplay exploded for three goals against the Abbotsford Heat on Friday, nearly pushing them to a win.

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Are blocked shots really valuable?

Cam Charron
March 31 2012 11:51AM

If you're going to quote blocked shots in analysis, make damn sure that you're looking at an overall percentage of shot attempts blocked rather than the raw number of blocked shots.

And even then, it still may not matter.

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Game #78 Preview - Going for it!

Thomas Drance
March 31 2012 11:45AM

There was a time, not too long ago, when the continued mediocrity of the Calgary Flames would have brought me great joy. With a generational talent in Jarome Iginla wasting the twilight of his career on a club poised to finish tenth in the West in perpetuity, it now just makes me sad. 

The Flames decided - yet again - to "go for it" (it being the postseason) this year, despite having a relatively barren cupboard of prospects and absolutely zero shot of making any noise once they got there. To the surprise of no one, they now sit three points out of 8th with only four games remaining. They're not good enough to make the playoffs, and not bad enough to enjoy the full benefits of their suckiness. Who knew there were Flames in purgatory?

To make matters worse, the Flames roster is so well laden with knaves  possessing no-movement clauses that it recalls the Nights Watch who man the great Wall of Westeros. Rebuilding this Flames club is going to be a long-march through the desert, so I understand why they're reluctant to make that choice (I understand it, but still think it's stupid) -  but why must they be so determined to ensure that Jarome Iginla never hoists a Stanley Cup? It just seems cruel.

A more thorough recap of tonight's game, underlying numbers for both clubs and the three keys after the jump.

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