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Video- Is This Goaltender Interference?

You make the call...


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Johnny Gaudreau Needs Protection

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Now a British resident whose exposure to the NHL is limited to morning highlights, the former Flames enforcer took to Twitter after seeing Gaudreau leveled earlier this week by the Leafs’ Leo Komarov.

“How bad does Johnny want a guy on the team to stick up for him? Poor little guy,” wrote McGrattan, quickly adding an addendum. “Back in the day, we would send Komarov back to Russia with a broken face eating ketchup sandwiches.”

Okay, a step back.

This is not a piece suggesting the speedier and more skilled game of today is worse off due to the disappearance of frontier justice-servers like McGrattan. Gaudreau did, after all, snap out of a lengthy scoring funk with an overtime winner Thursday night over the host Ottawa Senators that was his first goal in 12 games.

What it does point out is that the role toughness plays in protecting players of Gaudreau’s size and ilk is very real and is having a significant impact on the way Gaudreau has played this year.

While many wonder whether the weight of a new contract or some personal issues are chiefly responsible for his struggles, it says here teams figured out the best way to neutralize him is to physically abuse his 159-pound frame every chance they get.

read on

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Video- Glen Gulutzan On The Calgary Flames “Pathetic” loss To Montreal

Glen Gulutzan after the Calgary Flames lost 5-1 to the Montreal Canadiens.


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An Impressive Rookie Season For Matthew Tkachuk

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“He’s bold, but he’s not cocky,” Flames’ coach Glen Gulutzan said. “If you spend any time around the kid, you realize he’s very humble. But he’s a competitor and confident in his game.”

Tkachuk was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft. The third and fifth players, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Olli Juolevi, were immediately returned to junior. The fourth, Jesse Puljujarvi, was sent by Edmonton to the minors for further development.

But Tkachuk found a home in Calgary on a line with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik – and that trio has been the one constant in an up-and-down season for the Flames.

Two Saturdays ago against the Edmonton Oilers, Tkachuk had a nine-game point-scoring streak end.

No other NHL rookie – not Auston Matthews, not Patrik Laine, not Zach Werenski – had scored points in nine consecutive games.

And while those three, along with two other Leaf rookies, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, have been all the talk in the Calder Trophy conversation this season, Tkachuk is second in rookie assists, second in rookie plus-minus and fourth in overall rookie scoring, with 30 points, eight back of Matthews. The Flames play the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday night, the start of a three-game Eastern Canadian road trip.


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An Ugly Win By The Vancouver Canucks Extends Their Winning Streak To Six

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Turns out, goals win games, and goaltending too, not hitting and, for one game anyway, not shots on net. The Canucks had just 13 of those, a season low. The Flames had 46, a season high.

Managing 33 fewer shots is the most in Canucks’ history for a Vancouver win.

“We’ll take it,” Luca Sbisa said. “But it wasn’t pretty.”

Maybe not, but the goals did come easy. Loui Eriksson scored while attempting to pass. A Nikita Tryamkin shot toward the net somehow found Markus Granlund’s stick, and tipped in.

Ryan Miller was out of his mind good, and he had to be. The Flames continually crashed into the slot, whizzing more than 45 shots toward the Canucks veteran goalie, many from in tight.


Watch the highlights of Vancouver's 4-2 win below...

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Big Game Tonight For Both Calgary And Vancouver

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Well, what a difference five weeks make.

On Dec. 1, neither the Calgary Flames nor the Vancouver Canucks were giving anyone much to be positive about, ranked 10th and 12th respectively in the West and spinning their wheels. Today, as the two teams mark their season’s halfway point with a home-and-home Friday and Saturday, both are edging towards contention — especially Calgary.

Vancouver has won five in a row, and a sweep of Calgary will move them ahead of the Flames by a point. Calgary has won five of its past seven games — 11 of its last 15 — and since Dec. 2 they lead the NHL in powerplay (35.7%) and are fourth in penalty killing (89.1%). This from a team that was ranked dead last on the PP early in the season.

If the Flames sweep both games they would be, at worst, within a point of Edmonton, a team they’ve been chasing since Day 1 this season. Calgary gets Edmonton on Hockey Night in Canada the following two weekends, but it’s these two games against the Canucks that could really separate the Flames from the bottom half of the Pacific.


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Possible Destinations For Jarome Iginla

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

... Iginla still has a stature in the game that his current scoring production doesn’t necessarily undermine and if Edmonton isn’t a good fit, then there are other possibilities as well.

The Chicago Blackhawks, a three-time Stanley Cup champion since 2010, always add a veteran piece at the deadline and would make a logical landing place. So, for that matter, would Los Angeles, where Darryl Sutter is the coach and had Iginla as the linchpin on a team that got to the 2004 Stanley Cup final....

You cannot even rule out Calgary as a destination, because the Flames could absolutely use a physical presence on the top line to help Johnny Gaudreau get a little extra space and time on the ice.

So there will be options, and while Iginla is careful to say all the right things – that his focus at the moment is helping the Avalanche win games and turn their season around – the trade deadline will be here sooner rather than later and it’s important to know ahead of time, for family reasons among other considerations, what is possible and what isn’t.


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The Calgary Flames Lead The Pacific Division

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Herald,

The first-place Calgary Flames.

Just a few weeks ago, that seemed beyond far-fetched, almost impossible to imagine.

After Saturday’s 6-2 shellacking of the Winnipeg Jets at the Saddledome, it’s a reality.

That’s right — the Flames, having now extended their winning spree to six consecutive contests, are perched atop the Pacific Division standings.

“I think we worked hard to get there, and it’s a great feeling,” said Flames centre Mikael Backlund. “Now, we just have to keep pushing. We can’t get satisfied. We just have to push ourselves to get even better. I think we have a lot of potential on this team and if we can keep pushing each other, I think we can do really well this year.”

This has all the makings of a December to remember for the Flames.


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Brian Burke On All The Dougie Hamilton Talk

Where have you been Brian Burke?


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The Calgary Flames Still Have A Shot At The Playoffs

from Eric Francis at Sportsnet,

The Calgary Flames returned from their longest road trip of the season Tuesday morning just two points out of a wild card spot.

Despite a horrific start that has seen the club struggle to find any sort of identity or consistency under Glen Gulutzan, just one win separated them from the west’s top eight. And while history suggests those outside the playoff bubble by U.S. Thanksgiving are long-shots at best to play in the spring tourney, it says here the Flames will be in that playoff mix come April.

Here’s the logic:

If this team can remain that close to the pack without the help of any of its top five players, surely things will turn when the stars start showing up. It’s unconventional thinking from a columnist, who over the years, has been called everything but an optimist when it comes to the Flames.


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