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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
In the end, Jarome Iginla got the goodbye salute he deserved, Drew Doughty got revenge, the kid got what was coming to him and the fans were treated to a night of bad blood and brilliant theatre.
And then, to top it all off, Iginla delivered a subtle message to the youngster responsible for stirring up so much emotion.
“I don’t know if I agree with all of it – I’ll just leave it at that,” said Iginla, 39, of Matthew Tkachuk’s pre-game pot-shot at Doughty.
“He’s had a good rookie season and he’s playing well. He’s an important part and it looks like he’s going to be a good player, but it would be nice just to see the battle on the ice as opposed to the other stuff.”
Setting up their first meeting since a blatant Tkachuk elbow on Doughty drew a suspension and a declaration by the King the kid is a dirty player, the Flames winger poked back Tuesday, saying how disappointed he was with Doughty’s whining.
The Kings didn’t appreciate it one bit and wasted no time making that clear.
Below a few videos from the game...
from Travis Yost of TSN,
What has been the best blueline pairing in hockey this year? Well, that’s easy.
It’s Dougie Hamilton and Mark Giordano.
I have raved about the Calgary Flames quite a bit this year. One of the reasons I’ve been sold on this group as a playoff team is how talented they are on the blueline.
There is significant value in having a pairing that can absolutely obliterate the competition for 20 minutes or so a night at 5-on-5. The Flames have that in spades with the Hamilton/Giordano pairing. Add in the very talented T.J. Brodie picking up minutes down the lineup and you have a blueline that’s getting the job done.
The data on the Hamilton/Giordano pairing is remarkable. They’ve already racked up 800 minutes together, which is impressive when you consider the fact that this pairing wasn’t always a thing. To start the year, head coach Glen Gulutzan deployed Hamilton with young Finn Jokipakka, while Giordano saw minutes with the likes of Brodie and Wideman.
Elbowing, the NHL explains...
via Bo Hamby of LA Kings Insider,
Doughty, on the hit he took from Matthew Tkachuk in the first period:
He’s a pretty dirty player, that kid. To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don’t know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. I can’t tell you for sure, so I’m not going to really say if I think anything should happen, but whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it’s going to hurt for a little bit.
Doughty, on whether Tkachuk’s hit was the result of anything earlier in that shift:
It’s just that every game I’ve played against him basically, me and him get after it a little bit. Obviously, partially that’s my fault, too, because I like to get under peoples’ skin, too. He’s a young guy in the league, and I don’t think he necessarily meant to hurt me or anything like that, but he did.
Watch the elbow from Tkachuk below...
from Eric Francis at Sportsnet,
On a rare day when Micheal Ferland isn’t surrounded by a horde of media-types asking about his latest heroics as an unlikely addition to the Calgary Flames top line, he sits in a quiet corner of the dressing room, reflecting.
Happy, healthy and engaged to the mother of his 10-month-old daughter, his life and his career are moving in a far better direction than they were three years ago.
Back then his life was dominated by a rage he fueled with alcohol, jeopardizing everything he has today.
“I just couldn’t have two beers — I’d want to keep going,” said a candid Ferland, 24, of a drinking problem he developed shortly after he started drinking at 15. “I was a pretty aggressive person. I was always trying to pick fights. It was pretty dumb. Thinking about the stories now, there were just a lot of embarrassing moments. All the dumb stuff I ever did I was always drunk. When I went out I would just do dumb s–t.”
Caught up in a hockey culture in which regular nights out on the town as a Brandon Wheat King turned into sloppy incidents, the hulking winger was regularly lectured by team owner/coach/GM Kelly McCrimmon, who’d heard plenty of reports about Ferland’s antics.
from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herad,
...when playing the best player in the world and the defending Stanley Cup champions are coming at you, you have to expect a late push. It happened with 3:31 remaining, when Crosby battled with Mark Giordano in front of Flames goalie Brian Elliott and eventually willed in a goal to knot the action 3-3.
The Flames challenged goaltender interference.
But, heck, even Elliott knew that one was counting.
“You’re not getting that call,” Elliott said. “It’s 87. I don’t really understand the goalie interference and I’m a goalie, so it’s always up in the air.”
more on the Flames 4-3 win, their 10th in a row...
Watch the game highlights below...
Alex Edler with his Nick Lidstrom impression.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
In the midst of a second period in which the Flames fell behind 4-0 to the second-worst team in hockey, Johnny Gaudreau found himself on Matt Stajan’s checking line with Grindin’ Garnet Hathaway.
When asked what the Flames former leading scorer did to earn the punishment coach Glen Gultzan was short.
“He turned the puck over in the neutral zone there,” said Gulutzan, clearly unhappy with no. 13’s play.
“We’re trying to play direct when it was 1-0.”
With word he had a meeting with Gaudreau earlier in the day, Gulutzan was asked if such a turnover was discussed with him.
“We’ve talked to all our guys about playing a certain way.”
Asked if such a move seemed extreme for a play-making forward whose forte is creativity and taking chances, he bristled.
“I don’t think it’s extreme,” he said.
“We need points. It was 1-0.”
Below are the game highlights of Calgary's 5-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes...
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