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Video- Flames/Ducks Game Turned Nasty

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Nothing changed and everything might have for the Ducks, who may want the Calgary Flames more than ever to open up the Stanley Cup playoffs.

A possible prelude Tuesday night ended in the same manner Flames visits to Honda Center have ended for them since Randy Carlyle coached the Ducks the first time. But this 3-1 Ducks’ victory, their 25th straight over the Flames inside their home, saw them pay a potential heavy price.

Cam Fowler left the ice under assistance at 6:09 of the third period after Calgary captain Mark Giordano caught him with a clear knee-on-knee hit that left the Ducks’ minutes-eating defenseman unable to put any weight on his right leg well after taking a shot on goal.

The play, which could be looked at by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for possible supplementary discipline, infuriated the Ducks. Josh Manson took matters into his own hands immediately after Chris Wagner scored a goal by jumping Giordano and pounding on the defenseman.

"You saw our reaction," the Ducks’ Kevin Bieksa said. "Obviously we weren’t happy with the hit. It’s one of our best players. Who knows the severity of the injury? It looked like he was in a lot of pain. We weren’t happy with it so we responded the way we did."

Asked if the hit was dirty, Bieksa added, "It didn’t look clean. Didn’t sound clean."


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President And CEO Of The Calgary Flames Ken King On Getting A New Arena Bulit

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

King clarified his comments in an interview with Postmedia on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Sam Bennett scored an empty-netter to seal a 5-2 victory over the Sharks at one of the oldest facilities in the NHL.

He said they were in response to a question of him using a “threat tactic” as a way of posturing their position to Calgarians.

“That’s not the way our guys operate,” King said. “We’re not threatening people. And furthermore, I think and hope we’re going to get a deal. The truth of the matter is, we would just move. Which is not to be confused as a threat. We don’t think it’s fair to threaten. We think it’s fair for people to decide whether or not if they want a facility … and whether or not they think it’s appropriate. If they do, great. We’ll participate. If they decide not to, well then we’ve, obviously, got to make some decisions about the future.

“It won’t include threats. But it certainly may, at some point, include a clear decision. My entire job and my role in life right now is to ensure that day never comes.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi told reporters Monday that CalgaryNEXT, the proposed hybrid arena-stadium-field house complex in the West Village, is “dead.”


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Jarome Iginla May Have Played His Last Game In Calgary

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...

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The Best Defensive Pair In The NHL

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.


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Video- Matthew Tkachuk Suspended Two Games

Elbowing, the NHL explains...


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Video- Matthew Tkachuk Elbow To Drew Doughty’s Head

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...

added 11:00am,


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Michael Ferland On His Past Problem

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.


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Video- You Make The Call On Sidney Crosby’s Goal

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...



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Curtis Lazar Traded To Calgary

added 2:57pm,


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The Calgary Flames Get Michael Stone From Arizona



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