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from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
... if you were smart enough to stick around on Saturday night, smart enough to know what the Calgary Flames seem to be capable of this 2014-15 season, you would have been treated to quite the show.
After falling behind 4-2 halfway through the third period to the freak-of-nature Jaromir Jagr, old friend Michael Cammalleri, and the New Jersey Devils, the comeback kids managed to erase a two goal deficit, extend the game in overtime, and prevail 5-4 in a shootout.
Frankly, it was enough excitement to give a guy a few grey hairs.
“Nevermind the grey hair,” said the visibly rattled and relived head coach of the Flames. “I have to get my heart checked. Again, I don’t know how they do it but they found a way again.
“We’re not making it easy but we’re making it interesting.”
Below watch the game highlights plus the Traveling Jagr's were in Calgary too...
I apologize for not posting this earlier today, just been a very busy last few days.
Last night the Calgary Flames celebrated the broadcasting career of Peter Maher who was the voice of the Calgary Flames for thirty-three years..
Here is a short highlight video of Maher and below is the ceremony from last night.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
We've talked a bunch this season about using some of the top teams in the Western Conference as a measuring stick, and if that is the case the Calgary Flames made a bold statement with a comeback win over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.
After falling behind by two goals, the plucky Flames rallied back with three goals in the third period and ultimately prevailed 4-3 in the shootout. That makes four times this season Calgary has gone on to win a game in which it trailed trailed after two periods.
I think we can say now that the Flames are for real. They're riding a three-game winning streak and are just one point behing the Pacific Divison-leading Ducks.
read on for other hockey topics from LeBrun, Custance and Burnside...
If you want to catch the highlights from the game, watch the 16 minute video below...
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Burke, now president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, spent parts of five years as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs before he was fired last year. The Leafs dominate the headlines like no other team in Toronto, and their relationship with the media became a talking point after a blowout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, when winger Phil Kessel told a reporter seeking comment: “Get away from me.”
“Look, it’s a different experience in Calgary than it was here in Toronto,” Burke said on Tuesday. “You have 100 outlets covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. So if they have a game like they had in Buffalo the other night, where they didn’t play particularly well, now those 100 people have to single out a target.
“So 20 of them go after the (general manager), 30 of them go after the coach, 30 of them go after the captain, and the rest go after Phil Kessel because he refused to talk to the media after.”
Burke was the executive who acquired Kessel’s rights for the Leafs, a highly scrutinized trade that sent two first-round draft picks (and a second-round pick) to the Boston Bruins in 2009. Kessel has been notoriously hesitant to speak with the media since he arrived.
“Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?” Burke asked the room.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
If there’s one thing you can be sure of when Brian Burke comes to town, it’s that you don’t want to miss him.
Burke, now the president of the Calgary Flames, co-hosted the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference on Monday, what’s become a can’t-miss media event tied into the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies....
But it was really the Burke show.
Just as when he was president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, Burke appears to say the first thing that pops into his head, followed quickly by the second thing. Sometimes those two things seem contradictory, but no matter, they are insightful, often memorable if not outright entertaining.
Take the fact Burke himself moderated the conference’s symposium on analytics in sports, with guest speakers like Kyle Dubas, the assistant general manager of the Maple Leafs, who is famed for his use of advanced statistics.
As it was pointed out by a few on Twitter, Burke running an analytics symposium is a lot like a Creationist moderating a conference on evolution.
from Torie Peterson of CalgaryFlames.com,
- Mark Giordano leads all NHL defencemen in scoring with five goals and 18 points through 16 games. He is sixth in the NHL scoring race.
- TJ Brodie is third amongst all NHL defencemen in scoring with four goals and 10 points.
- Calgary sits fourth in the Western Conference with a 9-5-2 record and 20 points. Anaheim leads the West with 22 points on the year.
- The Flames lead the NHL in road wins with a 7-3-0 record away from the Scotiabank Saddledome.
One of the main topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed was the play of Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames.
There are more topics too and in my opinion, this segment needs more time!
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
“He’s had a huge impact on how we’ve come into this league,” says Joe Colborne. “He’s been thrown in with a tonne of young guys, all with different styles. But he’s so smart, he thinks the game so well, that he makes the other guys successful by putting them in situations that are good.
“He makes a lot of guys look really good.”
Last winter, for long stretches, Hudler operated with rookies Sean Monahan and Colborne.
Already this season, his playmates are every bit as raw as the predecessors — Michael Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau, Markus Granlund.
No complaints from the 30-year-old.
“Oh, he loves it,” says coach Bob Hartley, laughing, before recounting the scene in his office before last week’s match against the visiting Nashville Predators — the setting of Granlund’s first appearance of the season and Ferland’s first game in the NHL.
Coach Bob Hartley after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 in Montreal.
You can review the hit in this TSN highlight package from the game last night, scroll to the :40 second mark.
added 1:07pm, .GIF is below...
added 3:31pm, watch the hit below...
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