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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.
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added 3:31pm, watch the hit below...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“There’s a bunch of kids here; it feels like Romper Room, but that’s okay,” said Hartley.
Hartley joined the Flames two years ago after winning a championship in the Swiss League with Zurich, reuniting with general manager Jay Feaster, with whom he’d worked previously in the Colorado Avalanche organization. Feaster was subsequently replaced by a new regime in Calgary, featuring Brian Burke as director of hockey operations and Brad Treliving as GM.
Normally, this can create an awkward situation, and Hartley is on the final year of his original contract, with no clear sense of what happens next. In training camp, Hartley was okay with the arrangement and understood that for all the good things that have been accomplished here in the past little while – mostly how the Flames have forged a new hard-working identity after playing for years as a tired, old squad – the bottom line in professional sport is winning, and Calgary didn’t do enough of it last year. So he’s trying to navigate that fine line – balancing the need to develop players with the goal of winning NHL games.
“Leaving Zurich, part of the talk was this team had to go through a rebuild – and you can’t go through a rebuild if you don’t show confidence in your young players,” said Hartley.
“For me, it’s a very easy equation. If you put tons of pressure on those kids, they’re going to crumble. You don’t give them a chance to succeed. So we’re giving them challenges and they’re having fun and they’re working hard. We’re making everything possible.”
Tinordi did receive two for kneeing and no report from the Flames on Stajan.
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