Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/10/13 at 10:51 AM ET
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Forget the crowd, anyone in Canada watching on TSN could see the kid is the real deal, including Canadian golfer/Flames fan Graham DeLaet, who tweeted last night about how “special” Monahan is. Less than two weeks in, scoring seems par for the course for the youngster who now has three goals and five points in four outings to lead the team.
“I don’t learn very much about him anymore, I just pinch myself wondering if I need to check his birth certificate,” head coach Bob Hartley said with a smile after his crew survived a late surge by the Montreal Canadiens to hold on to a 3-2 win.
“The poise he’s showing for an 18-year-old. He’s having fun and bringing passion and excitement. He’s a pretty special kid. It seems every game we’re changing actors but racking up points. It’s a long season — no sense being cocky. But this is huge.”
Nothing seems to faze this club or the former Ottawa 67’s captain, who routinely faced off against Tomas Plekanec and played perhaps his best game so far against the storied Canadiens in a building ramped up with energy.
added 12:47pm, from Pierrre LeBrun of ESPN,
"I told the players, 'If you read what they wrote about us, (1) we’re lucky to be in the league, and (2) if you read every single thing they wrote, you might want to retire,'" Flames head coach Bob Hartley told ESPN.com over the phone from Calgary on Thursday.
But as opposed to focusing on wanting to prove people wrong, Hartley told his players to prove some people right. The right people.
"Jay Feaster and Brian Burke believe in us," he said, referring to the team's GM and president of hockey operations, respectively. "Let’s prove them right. I said to the players, 'In life, I’ve always tried to prove people right those who believe in me. Your detractors, you can prove them wrong, but personally I want this group to be a positive group. I’d rather we go and prove our fans, our families, our sponsors right. We play for ourselves.'"
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