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Open Gameday Thread: Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks

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Calgary Flames
@ Anaheim Ducks

Monday, Feb 6, 2012, 7:00 PM PST
Honda Center


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I’m not really sure at what game we’re all supposed to start panicking throwing in the towel giving up on the season looking ahead to October, but I think we’re really close.

If you’re on the side of those who feel the Ducks have a chance for the postseason, this game might be one of the most important…and then Wednesday’s game, Friday in Detroit to start a super long road trip, the month of March…you get the idea.

The question is, do THEY get the idea? I know we’ve been hearing them talk about the importance of winning since the beginning of the season and thanks to their fine efforts in the month of January, they’ve given us a spark of hope that I don’t think many were prepared to receive. However, it is hard not to question the stability of these Ducks after that awesome overtime loss to Columbus on Friday.

For those of you who are hoping for Anaheim to continue on with their amazingly disgusting brand of hockey, a potentially earth shattering trade deadline and the chance at a super high draft pick, well then I guess you’ll be secretly hoping for a Ducks loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames this evening.

No matter what destiny you feel this team is headed for, the positive aspect for both arguments is that this season is still undecided. Barely. Bruce Boudreau claims he does the math everyday and that both he and the team still want to win. I suppose we’ll have to see how true that statement is over the course of the next few games.

Here’s what I want. I want to finish this season feeling like the team gave it their all. I’ll have to disregard the first half of the season when reflecting on this year, of course, but I want to feel like when all is said and done I can say, "you know, they really fought for it out there." I want to feel like, even though this team isn’t the best team, they actually tried to be better than they were. They showed up to battle and, even though they were bested, they were still a group to be proud of. Yes, January made this bitter pill of a hockey season so much easier to swallow, but I’m really hoping the Ducks can still add a bit of sugar.