After a 6-1 beat-down on Thursday in which they were out-everythinged by a faster, stronger and deeper Ducks team, many are convinced this is finally the end for Calgary.
However, just like the previous six times this season when the Flames were left for dead -- only to spark back to life, it would be naive to expect anything different to happen this time.
In the scene, a cart with bodies piled on it is being pulled through the muddy roads of a village. As the cart-master (Eric Idle) shouts, "Bring out your dead", the bodies of deceased family members are hauled out of houses and tossed on the cart.
Man: Here's one.
Old Man: I'm not dead!
Man: Nothing! Here's your ninepence.
Old Man: I'm not dead!
Cart-master: Here! He says he's not dead!
Man: Yes he is.
Old Man: I'm not!
Cart-master: He isn't?
Man: Well, he will be soon. He's very ill.
Old Man: I'm getting better!
Man: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
Cart-master: I can't take him like that! It's against regulations!
Old Man: I don't want to go on the cart.
Man: Oh, don't be such a baby.
Cart-master: I can't take him.
Old Man: I feel fine!
Man: Well, do us a favor.
Cart-master: I can't!
Man: Can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
Cart-master: No, gotta get to the Robinsons, they lost nine today.
Man: Well, when's your next round?
Old Man: I think I'll go for a walk.
Man: You're not fooling anyone, you know. (to Cart-master) Look, isn't there something you can do?
(they both look around)
Old Man: I feel happy! I feel happy!
(the Cart-master whacks the old man on the head with his wooden spoon. The old man goes limp.)
Man: Ah, thanks very much.
Cart-master: Not at all. See you on Thursday!
Those two minutes perfectly captures how the Flames season has gone to this point. Every time you think they're dead, it turns out they're not. It's this stubborn never-quit mentality that has got them this far and we're sure to see that from them again.
After returning home and feeling good from the road-trip, Calgary wins just once in the first four games of a five-game home-stand. While they outplay the Canadiens, outshooting them 38-19, the shootout loss is deflating. Now they have red-hot Nashville (6-1-2) coming in on Halloween night and a five-game road trip on the docket after that. It was a nice start but time for reality to set in now.
Dead for the 6th Time - Game No. 75, 4-2 loss in Minnesota
Dead for the 7th Time - Round 2, Game 1, 6-1 loss in Anaheim
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