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The Calgary Flames Are About To Get A Wake-up Call

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Minutes after Thursday’s post-game press release announced Darryl Sutter was returning to coach the Calgary Flames, a front office source succinctly summed up the rationale.

“This group needs a wake-up,” he said.

Not many GMs get to go through four coaches in less than seven years. Then again, not many GMs have overseen a group of players as temperamental as these Flames.

Just a few days after Milan Lucic made an emphatic case for not blaming coach Geoff Ward for the team’s latest woes, Brad Treliving relieved him of his duties.

He did so less than an hour after the Flames pieced together a 7-3 win over Ottawa that married execution with work ethic and accountability.

Those last two traits have been absent for an alarming number of Flames games this year, opening the door for a man whose career has revolved around both. As a player, coach and GM, Darryl Sutter has seen hard work and accountability as the backbone of his success in hockey.

The man who guided Calgary to within two goals of a Stanley Cup in 2004, is back. Boy, is this group in for a rude awakening.

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

On the night Aaron Ekblad overtook the League lead in goals among defensemen, he also matched the Panthers franchise record for points in a game by a blueliner.

* Chris Kreider scored his second hat trick in as many road games and netted just the sixth natural hat trick by a Rangers player since 1989-90.

* Brotherly love was on full display Thursday as Andrei SvechnikovJordan Staal and Matthew Tkachuk each emerged with wins in head-to-head games against their brother.

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Geoff Ward Done In Calgary, Darryl Sutter Replaces Him

via the Calgary Flames,

The Flames have named Darryl Sutter as head coach after relieving Geoff Ward of his coaching duties.

Sutter coached the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2017, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. He has been a head coach in the NHL for 18 seasons with Chicago, San Jose, Calgary and Los Angeles, accumulating a 634-467-101-83 record which ranks him 17th in NHL history for wins and 12th in Stanley Cups won. He has had winning seasons in 15 of his 18 years behind an NHL bench as head coach. Most recently he was named as an advisor to the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff in July of 2019.

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Video- Joachim Blichfeld Suspended Two Games

Illegal check to the head.

 

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Video- Saves Of The Week

Ten saves in total.

 

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Alex Ovechkin Fined For Spearing

NEW YORK (March 4, 2021) – Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing Boston Bruins forward Trent Frederic during NHL Game No. 359 in Boston on Wednesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:30 of the third period. Ovechkin was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


Watch the incident in an earlier KK post.

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Concern In Edmonton After A Three Game Sweep By The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It was supposed to be a measuring stick, this first-place clash with the division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs.

The measuring stick, it seems, may now have to be surgically removed.

How badly did it get for the Edmonton Oilers, losers by scores of 4-0, 3-0, and in Wednesday’s finale, 6-1?

“They embarrassed us three games in a row. That’s a tough one to swallow,” said defenceman Tyson Barrie, pointless in all three games, like so many others.

There isn’t a single element of the sport of hockey that Edmonton can claim to have executed better than Toronto through nine periods of hockey, so thorough was the defeat.

Whether it’s a tangible, like winning battles or scoring goals, or intangibles — like heart — the Leafs had more and did it better.

As such, everything about this Oilers team is open for question.

“It’s very concerning,” said a grave head coach Dave Tippett. “Very concerning that we don’t want to grab the competitive level in a series like this.”

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Game highlights are below.

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Videos Of The Night

The puck is 30 feet in th air when crossing the blue line.

 

 

Alex Ovechkin says hello to Trent Frederic

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Video- Joachim Blichfeld’s Match Penalty Hit On Nathan MacKinnon

via a tweet from Mike Chambers,

"I saw him coming off the ice. He was in the hallway. He seems to be doing good. I think that we get lucky on it. Hopefully, he's feeling good and everything tomorrow but as of right now he seems to be fine" -- Jared Bednar on Nathan MacKinnon

 

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

* The Capitals earned a shootout win at TD Garden over the Bruins, who welcomed back their former captain. 

The League-leading Maple Leafs earned another win over the Oilers at Rogers Place, extending their road point streak to double digits.
 
* Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy can extend his lengthy shutout streak in one of 10 games scheduled for tonight.

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