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Game # 15

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FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATIC

Flames continue their habit of third-period game-winning rallies in victory over Blackhawks

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

Call them the Cardiac Kids.

Or maybe the Comeback Kids.

Or perhaps, most aptly, just call them winners.

The Flames erased yet another third-period deficit, scoring twice in a span of 66 seconds to come-from behind and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 Saturday evening at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

On a night they dominated the play and outshot the visitors by a massive margin - 41-15 when all was said and done - they wrote another chapter in this season's tome of Final Frame Frenzied Finishes to secure the win. 

Just two nights after they erased a three-goal deficit to rally from a 4-1 hole in the final stanza against the Colorado Avalanche and post a 6-5 victory, you couldn't fault fans for feeling the déjà vu.

Sean Monahan's second goal of the game tied things up and Michael Frolik's tally just over a minute later stood up as the game-winner, with Mikael Backlund's empty-netter putting the cherry on top.

Matthew Tkachuk also tallied at the end of the second period, putting Calgary within striking distance at 3-2.

The Flames have now scored an incredible NHL-leading 28 third-period goals, showing a flare for the dramatic and a serious killer instinct, improving to 4-1-1 in their last six games.

"It's not ideal to be down in games like we have been, but when you have those guys in here ... we want to win," said Monahan. "We had a lot of good looks and if you play the same way we're playing, you're going to get rewarded and that's what happened tonight."

"It was weird that we were behind in the game after two, playing that way we were," said Tkachuk. "Sometimes that's the way it goes. I liked our reponse in the third. We dominated."

Just 2:14 into the tilt there was a scary moment, when Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith hammered Dillon Dube head first into the boards behind the Chicago net, leaving the young forward crumpled on the ice and eventually having to be helped to the bench by the training staff. He left the game and didn't return.

Keith was given a boarding major and game misconduct.

On the ensuing five-minute powerplay, captain Mark Giordano - who had a goal and four points in the win over the Avs - almost got the homeside on the board first when he beat Corey Crawford but not the post, clanging one off the iron.

But before the penalty expired, Calgary would score with Elias Lindholm wiring a cross-ice, faceoff-to-faceoff circle pass to Johnny Gaudreau who feed it back into the slot to Monahan, who shot into an open cage as Crawford slid past his far post at 4:46.

With Frolik in the box for tripping and then Travis Hamonic for a subsequent hold on the Blackhawks powerplay, Jonathan Toews made good on the two-man advantage poking the puck past David Rittich to tie it up. 

Jan Rutta's point-shot with 29 seconds left in the first period found its way past a screened Rittich to double the Chicago lead.

The Flames had a couple of great chances to tie it up in the second: Backlund just missed getting the handle on the rebound of a Noah Hanifin point shot that fell at his feet beside an open net, and Gaudreau dragged the puck around Brent Seabrook on a one-on-one rush, but put his backhand high over the net.

Brandon Saad scored on a rush of his own at the 12:41 mark to open up a two-goal lead for the Blackhawks.

Tkachuk - who had been buzzing all period - potted his sixth of the campaign when he carried the puck into the zone and snapped a wrister far-side over the shoulder of Crawford with 1:34 left in the middle stanza, Hamonic and Backlund picking up the helpers.

"That's a huge turning point and it's late in the second and I thought guys were good on the bench about it and talked about it leaving the bench and going into the dressing room," said coach Bill Peters, when asked what the tally did to energize the team during the intermission. "They would have talked about it, for sure, down one and going into the third. We've been in that position numerous times. We felt pretty good about our game, obviously. Didn't love the fact that we ended up giving one up early on that (5-on-3 penalty kill), but that's gonna happen when you're playing against good players."

The Flames pushed hard in the third, outshooting Chicago 15-1 with Lindholm missing the net on a couple of glorious chances before Monahan scored when he converted a cross-ice feed from - who else - but Johnny Hockey with just over six minutes to play and start the scoring run in the final frame.

"You've just got to stay with it," said Peters. "That one (Lindholm) chance, I think Seabrook got his stick on it, and the other, I didn't even know where it went. We had lots of good looks. We had some zone time and had lots of good looks. I thought once we got a little more detail to our game, I thought we were real good and didn't give up much."

Peters also shared good news post-game about Dube's condition.

"I think he's going to be OK, I really do," he said. "I think it was the right call to keep him out. He went through the protocol, so he'll enter a concussion protocol now. He ended up with few stitches -- don't know the details on that. I saw him in the room after and he was smiling and giggling, so I'm sure he's fine but you know how that goes, too, and we'll see how he does in the next 48 hours."

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Game # 16

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Getzlaf leads Anaheim to 3-2 victory over Calgary

The Ducks get goals from Jakob Silfverberg, Adam Henrique and Ryan Getzlaf, who nets the go-ahead goal in a 3-2 victory over the Flames.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks appear to be turning things around after a two-week slump.

The Ducks got their second victory in three games Wednesday night as they defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2. Getzlaf supplied the game-winning goal in the third period 27 seconds after the Flames tied it while they were short-handed.

"We've been working hard to close out a couple of these games," said Getzlaf, who scored his second game-winning goal of the season and 49th of his career. "It was pretty exciting. Emotions are high in this room."

The Ducks began the season 5-1-1 but managed only two points in their next seven games before a 3-2 overtime victory against Columbus on Sunday. Anaheim lost to Los Angeles 4-1 on Tuesday, but Getzlaf said it was good to get back on the ice quickly and put that defeat behind them.

It wasn't easy, though. Anaheim led 2-0 in the first but Calgary rallied to tie it six minutes into the third when Mark Jankowski stole the puck from Brandon Montour in the neutral zone and shot it just over Ryan Miller's glove while leading a 2-on-1 rush.

The Ducks, though, were quickly able to seize back momentum. Getzlaf corralled a loose puck in front and directed a backhand through Mike Smith's legs to snap the Flames' four-game winning streak.

"In the end we gutted it out in the third period and found a way," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "I thought we started the right way. We didn't want to sit back and worry about what happened last night. It was more about being in the present."

Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique also scored for Anaheim. Miller made 37 saves and tied Andy Moog (372) for 17th on the career wins list.

"He's a goalie I watched growing up," Miller said. "I used to try to draw his helmet all the time on my street hockey helmet. It's pretty cool to be playing long enough to win enough games to be mentioned."

Calgary pulled Smith for an extra skater with 2:28 remaining and then was on a power play for the final 74 seconds after Rickard Rakell was called for slashing. But the Flames were never able to get a clean shot on goal despite the two-man advantage.

"We had some good looks but I thought we needed to do a little more offensively," Calgary coach Bill Peters said. "I liked our third period but we ended up chasing the game again here today."

Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary, which has won only once in its last 28 trips to Anaheim. Smith stopped 21 shots.

The Ducks got on the board at 8:37 of the first when Silfverberg carried the puck into the Calgary zone and ripped a slap shot for his fifth goal of the season. Henrique gave them a two-goal lead three minutes later when he pounced on a rebound after Smith stopped Josh Manson's shot from near the blue line.

With less than three minutes left in the first, Calgary scored on the power play when Tkachuk redirected Elias Lindholm's drive past Miller.

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Smith is not a favorite of mine in the same way that I dont like broccoli flavored ice cream. I just dont like his obstructionist delay tactics that he uses way too much. Not my kind of guy.

  At least one of those goals against Colorado should have been stopped, two kids scoring their first ever goals the other night was ridiculous.

 

  Last night he went against an Anaheim team that cannot score who was playing their backup goalie. ShoI am not a fan of overaged uld Rittich be given a run of four or five games to see what he can do? I am not a fan of overaged players who suddenly burst on the scene but Rittich looked good in a limited role early last season then when Smith went down the combo of other injuries and frankly other players simply mailing it in he was not so hot down the stretch. This is a talented team and IMHO netminding is the problem, I absolutely give him a shot. Gillies has looked awful in the A this year and Tyler Parsons has been even worse so they are stuck for this year anyway running with the two they have. Rittich deserves the shot.

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Game # 17

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Rittich, Hamonic lead Flames to 1-0 win over Kings

Travis Hamonic scored one goal and that was all his team needed as the Flames took down the Kings 1-0.

LOS ANGELES -- Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich was more than happy to share the credit after getting his first career shutout.

It was a perfectly reasonable position from Rittich after seeing the hard work put in on both ends of the ice by defenseman Travis Hamonic and the Flames.

Rittich stopped 21 shots and Hamonic scored to help the Flames to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

"I get a shutout, but they didn't have too much because our team played pretty good," said Rittich, who has won three straight starts and five of his past six. "I have to say thank you to the locker room because they played really good."

The Flames have won five of their past six games.

Jack Campbell made 35 saves for the Kings, who have been held to one goal or fewer in six of their first 16 games.

The Flames went in front 2:26 into the first period. Hamonic got his second goal, with Garnet Hathaway setting a screen that kept Campbell from seeing the shot to the far post. Austin Czarnik and Noah Hanifin had assists, with Hanifin picking up his third in the past four games.

"I mean, I don't score much, so it was nice. A bonus," Hamonic said. "Glad to help the team out that way, but I thought defensively our group collectively was really good."

Hamonic also played his part to help smother the Kings' floundering offense. He used his body to break up a pass by Ilya Kovalchuk during an odd-man rush in the second period, when the Kings managed four shots on goal.

Hamonic also disrupted a breakaway by Tanner Pearson on the power play in the third period, coming up from behind to delay Pearson from shooting and allowing Rittich to make the save when Pearson did put the puck on goal.

"I think he was the most noticeable guy either way on either team," Flames coach Bill Peters said of Hamonic. "He just found a way to be involved in the game."

The Kings struggled to create chances on a consistent basis, continuing a recurring theme this season. Even when Jeff Carter won an offensive-zone face-off with 44 seconds remaining and Campbell pulled for an extra attacker, the Kings still could not beat Rittich.

"We're getting some shots, but not the shots we want," Kings forward Alex Iafallo said. "We need to get that passion back, that hunger to get to the soft areas and keep making plays."

After beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Tuesday in coach Willie Desjardins' debut with the team, the Kings have lost two straight and scored one goal each in defeats against the Minnesota Wild and Flames.

Desjardins said the Kings would have to be more aggressive on offense, even if it meant getting away from the sound defensive structure that has been the team's identity this decade.

"I think that's the way they have always won, so I think some of the top guys think a little bit more defensively," Desjardins said. "The guys on the other side, (Flames forward Johnny) Gaudreau, (Sean) Monahan, they are always thinking offense. Saying that, I think we have to create some systems that are going to get guys more involved. We got to force ourselves to get up ice and play more aggressive and play more offensive."

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Smith is not a favorite of mine in the same way that I dont like broccoli flavored ice cream. I just dont like his obstructionist delay tactics that he uses way too much. Not my kind of guy.

  With the shutout last niught by Rittich, if Smith bombs tonight you absolutely have to start giving Rittich the lions share, possibly two or three in a row. If Smith goes out and has a good/great game at the least it likely is a time share.

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Game # 18

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Pavelski leads Sharks in 3-1 win over Flames


Evander Kane beats Mike Smith to the far side, then Joonas Donskoi snaps home a one-timer to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead over the Flames.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Evander Kane doesn't know why he keeps putting up big numbers against the Calgary Flames.

Kane had a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Flames 3-1 Sunday night.

The 27-year old forward, in his 10th season with his fourth team, now has 10 goals and six assists in 12 career games against Calgary.

"I have no idea," Kane said. "I've played in the (Eastern Conference) a lot of my career, too, we saw those guys twice a season. For some reason, the pucks seem to be going in when we play against these guys."

Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists, Joonas Donskoi also had a goal and an assist, and Martin Jones stopped 29 shots as the Sharks snapped a two-game skid.

Sean Monahan scored and Mike Smith had 26 saves for the Flames, who had won five of their previous six.

Kane put the Sharks ahead 50 seconds into the game with his sixth of the season. Donskoi scored less than a minute and a half into the second with is fourth.

Jones stopped a penalty shot from Sam Bennett with 7:38 left in the third period with Calgary trailing 2-1.

"It was frustrating because we played so well," Bennett said. "It doesn't feel good not getting the tying goal. I'll try to think of something else the next time."

Under persistent pressure in the third period, Jones had 14 saves.

"Jonesy made some phenomenal saves and you need that, there guy was making phenomenal saves too on high danger chances," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. "Good teams need great goaltending, and he made timely saves for us."

The Sharks were coming off an 0-2 road trip.

"Obviously it wasn't a great road trip for us, so to come back and respond the way we did at home with the big win, that was huge for us," Jones said.

The Flames capitalized on a turnover as Monahan scored a breakaway at 6:02 of the second to make it 2-1. Mark Jankowski assisted Monahan's goal after taking the puck away from Erik Karlsson.

"I thought we generated some good looks in the third, we just weren't able to put them in," Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. "We didn't go to the net. They were more committed to putting the puck on the net and forechecking than we were."

Pavelski scored an empty-netter in the final minute.

"It feels good to be home," Pavelski said. "Right from the first ceremony tonight there was good energy in this building, I think the players felt it, and responded well too."

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      I try not to read into it much after the first game...
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      @yave1964    Don't forget, new coach/system as well...   I have also never been a fan of smith, but then again, i also thought Leland Irving was gonna be the stud in net for 10+ years, lol.
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      Getzlaf leads Anaheim to 3-2 victory over Calgary

      The Ducks get goals from Jakob Silfverberg, Adam Henrique and Ryan Getzlaf, who nets the go-ahead goal in a 3-2 victory over the Flames.

      ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks appear to be turning things around after a two-week slump.

      The Ducks got their second victory in three games Wednesday night as they defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2. Getzlaf supplied the game-winning goal in the third period 27 seconds after the Flames tied it while they were short-handed.

      "We've been working hard to close out a couple of these games," said Getzlaf, who scored his second game-winning goal of the season and 49th of his career. "It was pretty exciting. Emotions are high in this room."

      The Ducks began the season 5-1-1 but managed only two points in their next seven games before a 3-2 overtime victory against Columbus on Sunday. Anaheim lost to Los Angeles 4-1 on Tuesday, but Getzlaf said it was good to get back on the ice quickly and put that defeat behind them.

      It wasn't easy, though. Anaheim led 2-0 in the first but Calgary rallied to tie it six minutes into the third when Mark Jankowski stole the puck from Brandon Montour in the neutral zone and shot it just over Ryan Miller's glove while leading a 2-on-1 rush.

      The Ducks, though, were quickly able to seize back momentum. Getzlaf corralled a loose puck in front and directed a backhand through Mike Smith's legs to snap the Flames' four-game winning streak.

      "In the end we gutted it out in the third period and found a way," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "I thought we started the right way. We didn't want to sit back and worry about what happened last night. It was more about being in the present."

      Jakob Silfverberg and Adam Henrique also scored for Anaheim. Miller made 37 saves and tied Andy Moog (372) for 17th on the career wins list.

      "He's a goalie I watched growing up," Miller said. "I used to try to draw his helmet all the time on my street hockey helmet. It's pretty cool to be playing long enough to win enough games to be mentioned."

      Calgary pulled Smith for an extra skater with 2:28 remaining and then was on a power play for the final 74 seconds after Rickard Rakell was called for slashing. But the Flames were never able to get a clean shot on goal despite the two-man advantage.

      "We had some good looks but I thought we needed to do a little more offensively," Calgary coach Bill Peters said. "I liked our third period but we ended up chasing the game again here today."

      Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary, which has won only once in its last 28 trips to Anaheim. Smith stopped 21 shots.

      The Ducks got on the board at 8:37 of the first when Silfverberg carried the puck into the Calgary zone and ripped a slap shot for his fifth goal of the season. Henrique gave them a two-goal lead three minutes later when he pounced on a rebound after Smith stopped Josh Manson's shot from near the blue line.

      With less than three minutes left in the first, Calgary scored on the power play when Tkachuk redirected Elias Lindholm's drive past Miller.

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