Watching the national anthem being sung by Paul Brandt and having the Snow Birds flying over the McMahon gave me goosebumps. I realized that I was watching something that was part of hockey. It was a classic, know as the Heritage Classic. The city of Calgary knows how to put on a show. And a show they did put on. The fans were the greatest , as they realized what they were watching and were proud to be a part of it.
The announcement of the Flames and Canadiens was simply awesome. The feeling was hard to explain. I was more nervous about this game than any other game of the season. It felt like a playoff game. All I know is that watching a game out doors had a feeling all its own. In fact, the whole weekend had that feeling. The weekend started Friday with a Heat game, and continued Saturday with the Legends.
Watching Roberts, Newy, and Lanny really brought back the memories of that 89 team. It was so nice to remember the Flames history, and to listen to the stories of the Flames and Canadiens players. I especially enjoyed watching Lanny and listening to him. Seeing him doing the opening face-off was a nice touch. Saturday itself was awesome for the Flames and Canadiens fans.
As I watched the first period, in which the Flames pretty much dominated early in the game, I felt bad for Gio trying to control the puck during the Flames powerplay. He could not control the puck in the offensive zone. The Flames powerplay looked very good in the first period. On a two-man advantage, there was a nice set up by Tangs to Bourque, and the Flames took a one nothing lead. The ice was not the best, and both clubs took some time to get use to the bouncing puck.
During the second period, the Canadiens threw everything at Kipper but the kitchen sink. I have always wondered about that saying. Who really does throw in the kitchen sink? But I digress. The Habs were basically all over the Flames for most of the period. The Flames scored a great short handed by Babchuck. Bourque scored on a breakaway with a great move on Price, to put it 3-0 in the second period.
In the third period, Kipper continued to shine. The Habs, to give them credit, never gave up. Iggy makes a perfect pass to Tangs on the Flame pp and puts it 4-0. Tangs and Bourque were spectacular this evening. Borque really needed this game, as he has been struggling lately. But the real story had to be Kipper: he made 39 saves for the shutout. 4-0 Final.
As for the event, I will let a follower of mine, Jessica Fisher, whom I also follow, to sum it all up: “Thank you #heritageclassic for exceeding all of my expectations, and then some. Amazing game and amazing day!! @NHLFlames.”
I could not have said it better NHL. You did yourself proud this afternoon and made me proud to be a Flames fan.
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