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A Six Point Night For Johnny Gaudreau

from Wes Gilbertson at the Calgary Sun,

On a night that everything seemed to go his way, this could have been Johnny Gaudreau’s biggest challenge.

The Calgary Flames superstar winger had just busted out of his scoring slump in a massive way, notching a hat-trick — including the game-winner on a penalty-shot — and a trio of assists to power Tuesday’s hosts to a 9-4 victory over the injury-depleted New Jersey Devils at the Saddledome.

Now, in a jubilant locker-room, a team staffer handed Gaudreau a half-dozen pucks for a photo opp.

Gaudreau fumbled for a moment with all that evidence but eventually managed to squeeze all six, a juggling act not many guys will ever have to worry about.

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Watch Gaudreau talk about his night below.

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Afternoon Line- Eric Francis On Mike Smith

 

Below, you can watch the gaffes below, I started the highlight pacakge at the first one.

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Iggy’s Night

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Standing at the top of the circle from which he’d scored so many of his goals, Jarome Iginla looked up at the saddle-shaped roof with a glint in his eye.

There were no tears. It wasn’t that type of ceremony.

Although he played the game with a raw emotion no coach can teach, Iginla warned a day earlier he wasn’t the sentimental type.

With his 10 and 12-year-old sons (Joe and Tij), his 14-year-old daughter (Jade) and wife Kara by his side, they watched his no. 12 ascend to the rafters. The C of Red had risen several times earlier in the night to welcome the longtime captain back to the city in which he gave everything for 16 years. But the sustained roar that accompanied the finality of a highly-anticipated jersey retirement was a moment no one in attendance will forget.

Nor will they forget the parting words of a man who capped the 57-minute ceremony with a riot-inducing promise.

“We look forward to many, many cup runs ahead,” said the 500-goal man of a team that may be better now than he ever played on.

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If you missed it last night, watch some of the ceremony here.

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Video- #12 Goes To The Rafters In Calgary

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Jarome Iginla has his number 12 jersey raised to the rafters as the Calgary Flames honour the legendary player.

 

 

added 10:00pm, Watch Iginla's full speach below.

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Video- A Well-Deserved Honor For Jarome Iginla

via TSN's YouTube page,

Jarome Iginla’s accomplishments as a Flame are well documented, leaving the franchise as its leader in goals, points and games played, but what has truly left a lasting impression is Iginla’s humility and his respect for others. Jermain Franklin has more on the legacy he left in Calgary ahead of his No.12 jersey being retired Saturday night.

 

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LA Kings Trade Oscar Fantenberg To Calgary

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Oscar Fantenberg, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Fantenberg, signed by the Kings May 3, 2017 has appeared in 73 regular-season games over two seasons with the Kings, posting 12 points (4-8=12) and 21 penalty minutes.

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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

Tampa Bay Lightining won the game 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the battles?

 

 

Below, James Neal losses a tooth ot two and Marc-Andre Fleury with the bad goal of the night.

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Video- Brian Burke On A Few Topics Of The Day

Brian Burke on a few topics including the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.

via Sportsnet,

 

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David Rittich Should Not Have Been Pulled Last Night

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Just like that, Big Save Dave was reduced to Rapidly Removed Rittich.

Thirteen minutes, six shots and two bad goals into a highly-anticipated showdown with San Jose, David Rittich was given the Mike Keenan treatment by coach Bill Peters Thursday night.

Yes, both goals were uncharacteristically sizeable lapses by the typically stable sophomore. But no, he never should have been given the hook. No way, no how.

Given how razor sharp he’s been all season long to catapult the Flames to tops in the west, he deserved the chance to make amends. His teammates likely wanted the same, as they’ve previously cherished the chance to bail him out as the team did in Philadelphia a month earlier....

This wasn’t the way to handle the team’s most important asset this season.

That was made clear by the way he skated ever so slowly to the bench with his head down, clearly stunned, frustrated and embarrassed by his two gaffes. More humiliating was being forced to give way to backup Mike Smith in front of a Saddledome gathering that had yet to see Rittich lose a single game in regulation at home this season....

More to the point, one wonders if Rittich will be able to forget it.

“The coach pull[ed] me and after [the] second goal it was maybe [the] right thing,” said Rittich when asked if he was surprised by the hook.

“I’m going home to sleep and I want to be ready for the next practice and game and be better than tonight.”

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Below, watch the two bad goals Rittich gave up last night and the game highlights of Calgary's 5-2 loss to San Jose.

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The Calgary Flames May Be Canada’s Best Shot For The Stanley Cup

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Even now, with the team sitting comfortably in first place in the Western Conference and one of its players in the conversation for the Hart Trophy and another for the Norris Trophy, the Calgary Flames might not be the biggest hockey story coming out of Canada.

Heck, with the daily drama coming out of Edmonton, they might not even be the biggest story in Alberta.

As Connor McDavid would tell you, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“Hopefully we’re overlooked,” Flames GM Brad Treliving said in a phone interview. “We’re just the little guys down here in Calgary. There’s lots more interesting things to talk about. We’ll just try to fly under the radar here.”

Well, maybe not overlooked. But under-appreciated, for sure. Few saw this coming after Calgary missed the playoffs last year thanks to a nasty stretch where the team lost 17 of its final 24 games.

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