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The Edmonton Oilers Lose To The Calgary Flames In The Battle OF Alberta

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The predicted playoff atmosphere was in place with the first playoff-volume ‘Go Oilers, Go’ recorded in the second minute of play.

And for a while there, it was like the first Flames-Oilers game of the season here, when Mikko Koskinen served up a shutout and Connor McDavid scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Despite Koskinen stopping all 16 shots in the first period Saturday, and making one of the most incredible saves of the season with a behind-his-back glove-hand grab that was so close to being over the goal line behind him that it required a video review, it all came undone in the second period as the Flames scored the first three goals of the game.

That didn’t mean the Oilers or the atmosphere went away.

Edmonton scrambled back into the game to make it 3-2 when Koskinen made another five-bell save on a breakaway and Milan Lucic went down to the other end to score his fourth goal of the month, double his 2018 total and draw the Oilers close.

The crowd was with them to the end.

But a loss is a loss and for the first time since the Oilers moved into their new downtown hockey palace, the Flames were allowed to leave the place with a win.


Game highlights of Edmonton's 5-2 loss to Calgary can be watched below.

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Video- Feature On Johnny Gaudreau

via Sportsnet,

David Amber sat down with Johnny Gaudreau to talk to the high-scoring Flames forward about his close-knit family and his favourite moment (so far) in the NHL.


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Big Road Win For The Buffalo Sabres

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Jack Eichel would not be denied. His Buffalo Sabres teammates felt the same way from puck drop Wednesday night in Scotiabank Saddledome.

With the puck on the blade of his stick and the game on the line, Eichel passed over a line change and skated slowly through the neutral zone. He then picked up his pace into the right faceoff circle and fired a wrist shot over David Rittich's shoulder.

That goal 1:10 into overtime gave the Sabres a 4-3 win over the Western Conference's top team, the Calgary Flames, and snapped a three-game losing streak. Eichel's 16th goal of the season drew Buffalo to within two points of the second wild-card playoff spot, but it meant so much more to all involved on the visitors' side.

After allowing seven goals two days earlier and winning only six of their previous 21 games, the Sabres realized the type of performance it will take for them to beat the NHL's best in the season's second half.

"We really had the mindset we were going to win no matter what," Eichel said. "When that’s going down the bench and the whole team is feeling that way it’s a good feeling. It definitely helps you."


Watch the game highlights below.

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Johnny Gaudreau Keeps Scoring

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

It was symbolic of just how well things have been going for Johnny Gaudreau of late.

Opening the third period of a 2-2 game with his sixth breakaway of this four-game road trip, Gaudreau’s shot seemed to be absorbed by Blackhawks goalie Collin Delia before it somehow squirted through his pads and into the net.

It came a few hours after Gaudreau opened the scoring with a gift of a rebound into an open net, and one day after attending the dramatic playoff win by his beloved Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field.

Everything is going Gaudreau’s way, which makes sense given he’s dominating games like that kid McDavid is accustomed to.

It’s an appropriate comparison as Gaudreau’s 13 points in his last five games put him two points ahead of the Oilers captain in a scoring race the fired-up Flame now sits third in.

He is, quite simply, the talk of the league.

Deservedly so.


Watch the game highlights below.

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Video- Good Goal Calgary

Credit the ref for not blowing the whistle.


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Videos- Nastiness On Display Between The Calgary Flames And San Jose Sharks

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The Sharks were angry Tkachuk hit Erik Karlsson high late in the night, causing bleeding.

Sam Bennett was steamed he’d been hit in the groin by goalie Aaron Dell.

It was a late hit in the final minute by an emotional Bennett on an unsuspecting Radim Simek, followed immediately by a Bennett-Barclay Goodrow fight, that had the Sharks really simmering. And the crowd rockin’.

“Predatory,” said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer of a clean, hard hit that will be looked at by the league as it was clearly late.

“It’s kind of gutless at the end,” added Joe Pavelski....

Evander Kane tried ringing the bell first, by jumping Tkachuk late in a frustrating loss that ended his night.

“He hits our best defenceman high in the face, Erik Karlsson’s bleeding,” said Kane of a game that was 5-4 Flames early in the third.

“At that point in the game it was close. And then there’s a lot of chatter. The game’s changed a lot from when I came in 10 years ago. There wouldn’t be as much talk. There’d be a little more action. I wanted to kind of make sure there was a little bit more action than just talk.

“I saw the replay (of the Bennett hit). Boy, it’s funny. Like I said, there’s a lot of talk and then I leave the game and guys get a little taller out there.”

more and below, videos of the action plus game highlights of Calgry's 8-5 win over San Jose...

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Michael Frolik Caught In The Middle

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

There shouldn’t have been a 14-person scrum around Michael Frolik Monday morning....

However, Frolik became a talking point because of a tweet out of left field (California actually) from Frolik’s agent, Allan Walsh, making a dubious suggestion Flames coach Bill Peters has it in for his client.

“Many people in Calgary have been reaching out asking why Michael Frolik is a healthy scratch,” Walsh tweeted on Sunday, after Frolik sat out Saturday’s overtime loss to Vancouver.

“Keeping one of the teams [sic] most efficient and versatile forwards in the stands marginalizes and devalues a great team player. Head coach’s attempt to run a good player out of town?”...

The colourful power agent throws grenades, leaving everyone else to deal with the shrapnel.

It’s his way of trying to shake up situations his clients aren’t happy with.

read on

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The Calgary Flames Scored Two Short-Handed Goals But Lost To The Vancouver Canucks In OT

from Wes Gilbertson at the Calgary Sun,

Penalty problems?

The opposite, actually.

The Calgary Flames notched a pair of short-handed goals Saturday, surging into the league lead for damage done in an outnumbered situation.

Trouble is, the Saddledome hosts couldn’t score in any other scenario in what turned out to be a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

“We’re more concerned with killing the penalty when we’re on the penalty kill,” Flames head coach Bill Peters had stressed after Saturday’s morning skate. “The short-handed goals for are a bonus, but that’s not a focus, by any stretch of the imagination. We’re not relying on that.”

On this night, a pair of short-handed strikes weren’t enough. Despite that rare double from Mark Jankowski and Travis Hamonic, the Canucks eventually prevailed on Alex Edler’s back-door one-timer — credit Brock Boeser for a smooth setup — at the 3:06 mark of the bonus session.


Game highlights below.

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A Comeback Year For Sean Monahan

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

Sean Monahan isn't taking his good health for granted while he's building an NHL career-best season with the Calgary Flames.

The 24-year-old center scored his Flames-leading 21st goal of the season in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. Monahan reached the 20-goal mark in Calgary's 32nd game (Dec. 12), his fastest in six NHL seasons. He's on pace for 47 goals, which would easily eclipse his NHL career high of 31, which he accomplished in in 2014-15 and matched last season.

That he was able to score 31 goals and finish with an NHL career-best 64 points in 2017-18 before being shut down for the final eight games of the season was a tribute to his tenacity. By mid-April, Monahan had four different operations -- a wrist reconstruction, two hernia procedures and groin surgery.

"Not a lot of guys knew what he was going through," defenseman Travis Hamonic said. "That just shows what kind of leader he is, what kind of player he is, what kind of person he is.

"He keeps his mouth shut and shows up to work every single day. He did it that way and still had a heck of a season last year."


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Evening Line- Craig Berube

via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,

Berube: "We were terrible in the first period. Every player. Terrible … I don't know how you're not ready to play. We won two games, we're feeling good, ready to roll, and we've got a team (Calgary) that played yesterday afternoon in Minnesota.

Berube cont'd: "A real good opportunity to make it three in a row and start feeling good. And we just lay and egg. No good. Couldn't make a play, couldn't check, no composure, no team play."

The Blues lost 7-2 at home to the Flames today.

added 6:38pm, Watch Berube post-game below.

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