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Bad Start Continues For Mike Smith

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Well, at least the Calgary Flames know who their starting goalie will be Saturday.

Not Mike Smith.

At the tail end of a visit from the Montreal Canadiens that the Flames were dominating, the veteran netminder let in yet another goal that rhymes with Smitty.

This time it was a weak Artturi Lehkonen wrister from above the faceoff dot that somehow slid under the pads of Smith for the game-winner with under eight minutes remaining.

The Flames were outshooting the Habs 39-22 at the time and couldn’t solve Carey Price for the equalizer, despite a late push.


Watch the goal below in the game highlights package below. The Canadiens won 3-2.

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New Coach, Same Results For The Los Angeles Kings

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Maybe it wasn’t John Stevens’ fault the Kings sat at the bottom of the NHL standings when he was fired last Sunday.

Maybe it wasn’t Stevens’ fault they lacked passion, a shortcoming that general manager Rob Blake cited as crucial when he let Stevens go and installed Willie Desjardins as the interim coach for the rest of the season.

Maybe the problem was — and still is — that the Kings have become a rudderless team that can’t finish and can’t maintain the speedier tempo that’s required to succeed in the NHL. Those flaws are beyond the power of a new coach to fix.

Winger Ilya Kovalchuk, 35, was the Kings’ best player Saturday night in their 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames at a sometimes silent and much-less-than-full Staples Center. That says a lot about Kovalchuk’s desire to have an impact in the NHL after a five-year absence. It doesn’t say much about his teammates’ determination to turn around a dismal start. In being shut out for the first time this season the Desjardins-led Kings looked as uninspired and disjointed as the Stevens-led Kings, and that’s not a good look.


Game highlights are below.

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Not The Best Game For Mike Smith

from Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames arrived at Anaheim’s Honda Center fresh after a few days’ worth of skates plus a day off and plenty of rest.

Heck, they hadn’t played since Saturday’s 5-3 come-from-behind win (their fifth come-from-behind win of the season) over the Chicago Blackhawks. And since that victory, they talked about how their play through the previous five games isn’t sustainable despite having won four straight, scoring a league-leading 28 goals in the third period and nabbing points in all five of those games.

As for the Anaheim Ducks? It’s been a season already worth forgetting with a plethora of injuries, an adjustment to a new faster style of play and, just 24 hours earlier, they suffered a loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

So you know how Wednesday’s 3-2 Flames loss was supposed to go — kick them while they’re down.


Struggling, you say?

While the goal alone wasn’t enough to fault Smith for, it was his entire 60 minutes of work that needed to instil more confidence in front of him. The two first-period goals he allowed prior to that were not shining moments.

The first one came at the 8:37 mark of the opening frame on a blooper of a save attempt on Jakob Silfverberg’s shot which Smith thought he’d stopped between his pads before letting it dribble between his legs.



Catch the game highlights below.

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Video- Duncan Keith Five For Boarding And A Game

Dylan Dube has not returned.


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A Huge Comeback By The Calgary Flames Over The Colorado Avalanche

from Wes Gilbertson at the Calgary Sun,

The building was already buzzing.

Juuso Valimaki provided an added jolt.

With the Calgary Flames still trailing by one in Thursday’s third period, the rookie defenceman delivered a game-changing play on a perfect pinch, crunching Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Calvert to disrupt a breakout at the offensive blue-line.

The puck popped to Flames superstar Johnny Gaudreau, who did what he does — plattered a purdy pass for a teammate.

And then free-agent addition James Neal did, finally, what he’s been doing for years — scored a turning-point type of goal.

Valimaki, though, made it happen, one of several key moments for the Flames en route to an epic comeback in Thursday’s 6-5 triumph over the Avalanche.


Below, watch the game highlights (the Flames scored five unanswered goals in the 3rd)...

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The Calgary Flames Beat The Toronto Maple Leafs But Bill Peters Is Upset With The Refs

from Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Herald,

Bill Peters was, understandably, fuming.

Not over the Calgary Flames’ 3-1 win over the Auston Matthews-less Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena, of course. We’ll get to details on the victory later.

But the issue at hand was the fact the head coach had seen the chain of events with 1:21 remaining in the third period differently than the National Hockey League on-ice officials did.

With Frederik Andersen on the bench and a full-court press by the Leafs, the entire building had thought that Morgan Reilly scored the game-tying goal on Mike Smith. Instead, the puck hit the outside of the mesh — clearly no goal and the play was live.

As such, Calgary retrieved the puck and were able to create a two-on-0, only to have the whistle blown signalling that the play was dead. Meanwhile, the entire building and the gathered Leafs on the ice were celebrating what they thought was a goal.

“They were getting hot there,” Peters said, sarcastically in his post-game media scrum referring to the officials. “They had a lot of momentum going, the refs.”

That wasn’t the only call that Peters wasn’t happy with.


You can see why Peters was upset in the game highlights below...

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A Bad Home Loss For The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

It was the beatdown the Calgary Flames had coming to them.

The beatdown they probably deserved.

Two games in the making, a 9-1 spanking by Sid and his kids brought to light just how bad the Flames have been defensively of late.

Coming off a two-game roadie in which they allowed 85 shots on goal, the Flames finally ran out of goaltending miracles to lose by the biggest margin at home in 18 years.

After David Rittich made 44 saves to steal a win at MSG Sunday, the players called a meeting to discuss how unacceptable their play was defensively.

Two nights later, in Montreal, it got worse.

Then came the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team as opportunistic as they come – a team that rarely turns down a chance to exploit the shortfalls of an opponent.

And, boy, is it clear the Flames have plenty of ’em.

"I think everyone realizes we’re not good enough right now, me included. Not even close," said a seething Mike Smith, who was mercifully yanked midway through the game after allowing six goals on 21 shots.


Game highlights are below.

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Video- Johnny Gaudreau Pulled From The Game By Concussion Spotter

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

At the tail end of a 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins there lay Johnny Gaudreau in a crumpled heap, behind the visitors’ net in obvious discomfort.

He’d been pasted by Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy split seconds after Gaudreau’s breakaway attempt was stopped in spectacular fashion.

It drew an interference penalty, not to mention a crowd, but left Gaudreau wincing as he skated slowly to the bench.

Gaudreau played over a minute in the ensuing power play before a concussion spotter radioed down to Flames athletic therapist Kent Kobelka to let him know Gaudreau was to leave the game to be checked.

He failed to return to the final 10 minutes.


Watch the hit below.

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All Bill Peters

CalgaryFlames.com's Ryan Dittrick sat down with our head coach to discuss his upbringing, the move home, the mentors that have shaped him, and his early impressions of his new team. 

DITTRICK: Well, Bill, we're a few games into the new season and a few months into your move back to Alberta. How are things going for you and your family?

PETERS: It's been busy, but I'm very happy with everything so far. Just trying to get the house settled and get my son into school - he's busy travelling lots, playing hockey - and then obviously our quick trip to China... It's been a long list of things we've had to check off. Things are beginning to settle down now, though. 

DITTRICK: You've coached on a few teams now at this level. What's it been like getting to know a brand new group of guys, each one with a different personality that you surely want to tap into?

PETERS: It's a challenge, for sure, but that's the essence of coaching. You're always meeting new players and learning how you can connect with them on a personal level as quickly as possible. You can't force it; you've got to get into some battles and be a part of some different experiences with one another. That's when you truly learn about each other's tendencies and what makes them tick. So far, it's been good. I'm looking forward to working with this group. I think it's a team that has huge upside, and they're a group that truly cares. They care about the work they put on the ice and they care about each other. As a coach, you can't ask for anything more than that. 


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Video- You Make The Call Calgary/Nashville

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

The Flames scored a goal but it didn’t count because the Predators had too many men on the ice. The Flames did score on the subsequent power play to make up for it.


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