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Jarome Iginla’s Path To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Eri Duhatschek of The Athletic,

On the day that Jarome Iginla made his NHL debut for the Calgary Flames – April 21, 1996, in a playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks – Claude Vilgrain was just getting back to town after a year of playing for Herisau SC of the Swiss B League. Whenever Iginla has spoken throughout his career of the athletes that influenced him as a young boy growing up in St. Albert, Alta., he almost always names three: Grant Fuhr, Tony McKegney and Vilgrain, the handful of Black players that were forging a path to the NHL that he would eventually follow and culminated Wednesday with his selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

But Vilgrain was also well aware of Iginla: How he’d been drafted in the first round by the Dallas Stars in 1995 and then had been traded later that year to the Flames. Vilgrain, who played for Canada in the 1988 Olympics and lives in Calgary, was so curious about seeing Iginla for the first time that he got off an airplane from Switzerland and went to the Saddledome so he could witness Iginla’s NHL debut.

“I wanted to be there for his first NHL game, so I bought a ticket right behind the net,” said Vilgrain. “Eddie Belfour was the Chicago goalie. I wanted to watch Iginla’s play along the boards because that was my game too – playing along the boards.”

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Video- Brad Marchand Being Brad Marchand

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The gesture? Predictable.

The timing? Ridiculous.

If you think David Rittich’s stick flip provided unnecessary ammunition for the Edmonton Oilers last month, consider what Brad Marchand did to fire up the Flames Tuesday night.

Midway through a tight contest that saw the Flames leading 1-0, Marchand converted a shorthanded breakaway to send the crowd at TD Garden into a frenzy.

Instead of proceeding to the Bruins’ bench, the Bruins veteran immediately skated towards Mikael Backlund to deliver a stare down and a few choice words.

It was akin to a post-homer bat flip, showing up the opposition when they’re at their most vulnerable and frustrated.

A crowd of unhappy Flames gathered, including Milan Lucic and Backlund, who shared their displeasure with today’s version of the Little Ball of Hate.


Watch the Marchand goal and aftermath below.  Calgary won the game 5-2.

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Calgary With Two Trades


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Compete Level Questioned In Calgary And Edmonton

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Geoff Ward spoke earlier this week about the importance of bringing more anger to the rink.

On Thursday night he was one of the only ones who practised what he preached.

Following yet another evening full of uninspiring hockey from his club, Ward unleashed seven minutes of fury directed at a team that has lost three in a row at the most inopportune of times.

“It’s about compete and how hard you want to compete,” said Ward following a 3-2 Calgary Flames loss to the Nashville Predators after which he dished on his team’s engagement of late. “At the end of the day, if there is a loose puck, are they getting it or we getting it? Right now, we’re not getting it enough. Say what you want but we need to be way, way more desperate.”


from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

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Mark Giordano Out At Least A Week With Hamstring Injury


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Afternoon Line- Milan Lucic

Lucic was not involved in any of the battles between the Flames and Oilers although many would have liked him to.



Plus this...



added 3:28pm, Lucic continued...

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The Battle Of Alberta From Both Sides

from Robert Tychkowski of Edmonton Journal,

The Battle of Alberta is back, baby, and the rest of the NHL can eat its heart out.

Just when it looked like the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames couldn’t top Thursday’s classic return to the provincial rivalry, they doubled down on the intensity and emotion in Saturday’s rematch, throwing back to the glory days of the ’80s with 11 goals and a second-period line brawl.

When it was all over, and the last of the gloves had been picked up and names had been called, the Oilers avenged three previous losses to Calgary this year by laying a lopsided 8-3 beating on the dumbfounded Flames.

“Old time hockey,” grinned Oilers forward Sam Gagner, who was at ground zero when all hell broke loose. “Those are the fun ones, obviously. I like the way our guys stuck together. I thought our game was great pretty much the whole way through.”


from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Sure enough, the Oilers got a chance to retaliate with a stick flip of their own.

It came with 24 seconds left in the second period, a split-second before the first goalie versus goalie fight in the Battle of Alberta’s history.

Yep, you read that right.

Despite all the bad blood flowing for decades between north and south of this great province, it took a matchup between goalies who switched sides this summer to come to blows.

With Cam Talbot throwing blockers into the face of Alex Chiasson as part of an old-school melee in the Flames end, Mike Smith skated to centre ice with hopes of attracting a dance partner.


Watch the game highlights below.

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Video- The Battle Of Alberta Takes It Up A Notch


added 2/2/20 at 12:04am, longer version below, penalties added below too...

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The Calgary Flames Win This Round Of The Battle Of Alberta

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

It was the perfect resolution.

Everybody won.

Late in the first period of the most anticipated game of the NHL season, Matthew Tkachuk gave Zack Kassian, the fans, and the hockey establishment exactly what it wanted.

A fight.

With Kassian.

The winner: hockey

Less than a minute after lightweights Sean Monahan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins provided a shocking undercard to get the joint jumping, Tkachuk and Kassian dropped the gloves after a brief discussion before the draw.

In less time than it takes to ride a bull, the two wrapped up a spirited exchange that saw Tkachuk off balance after missing with an opening right. Five furious lefts from Kassian failed to do any damage, ending the tilt with a respectful nod of approval from the big Oiler.

Turtle no more.


Below watch the game highlights of the Flames 4-3 shootout win plus the best of hits and fights.

added 4:53am, video below of Mark Giordano clipping Connor McDavid's leg...

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All Eyes On The Battle Of Alberta Tonight

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Does George Parros really need to show up in Edmonton on Wednesday to police the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames?

And does the NHL need to double down to sending player safety and discipline director Parros by now also deciding to send NHL officiating director Stephen Walkom for a highly-anticipated but definitely unsanctioned cage match at Rogers Place that has managed to set itself apart from all other NHL game this year? They are scheduled to go to Calgary as well on Saturday.

Isn’t it in the best interest of the coaches involved to police their own teams without the visits by Parros and Walkom, especially when it comes to the expectations of fans expecting Zack ‘The Attack’ Kassian and the Oilers to be putting on the foil and the Flames to be showing up to be looking after Matthew ‘The Turtle’ Tkachuk, after the incident at the last meeting?

A veteran referee crew is expected to work the game.

You’d think the arrival of Parros and Walkom telegraphed the return of Ogie Oglethorpe, Tim ‘Dr. Hook’ McCracken, Mad Dog Madison and Clarence ‘Screaming Buffalo’ Swampton.


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