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    Calgary Flames 2018/19 Season Chatter




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    Pettersson scores 1st goal, Canucks beat Flames 5-2

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Elias Pettersson had one thought when he hit the ice before his first NHL game -- stay upright.

    The 19-year-old Vancouver Canucks' center said he knew about the league's tradition of initiating rookies with a solo skate during warm-ups, but hoped his teammates might make an exception.

    "Maybe I thought they would forget it because it was lonely, not that fun," he said. "My only focus was not to fall."

    Not only did Pettersson stay on his feet, he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot and also had an assist in the Canucks' 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

    Nikolay Goldobin, Brendan Leipsic, Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte also scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 shots.

    Pettersson opened the scoring with 6:12 left in the first period, picking up the puck in the neutral zone, springing into the Calgary end with teammate Derrick Pouliot on a 2-on-1. Petterson kept the puck and fired a wrist shot into the top of the net.

    The goal brought chants of "Petter-sson" from the crowd.

    "Everyone on the team congratulated me, including the coaches. And then I didn't expect a standing ovation from the crowd. So that was amazing," said Pettersson, whose parents were among those in attendance.

    Teammate Eric Gudbranson said Pettersson, who led the Swedish hockey league in scoring last season with 56 poi8nts in 44 games, was `an absolute stud' in his NHL debut.

    "One of the most impressive things about him is how responsible he is and how competitive he is," Gudbranson said. "If he turns the puck over, he's right back on it and he takes it away from you. He doesn't give up anything. He plays the game incredibly well."

    Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan had goals for the Flames, and Mike Smith finished with 18 saves.

    Even Smith had kind words for Pettersson.

    "He made a great shot, he put right in the top corner. I got a piece of it with the glove, but yeah I have heard quite a bit about this young kid and he let her go and hit the perfect spot there," Smith said.

    Pettersson then got an assist on Goldobin's goal in the third period. Pettersson got the puck in front of the net and passed it off to his teammate, who tipped it in at the side to make it 2-0 at 1:52.

    Nearly 30 seconds later, Leipsic sneaked a puck into the same spot to put the Canucks up 3-0.

    Tkachuk then caught Markstrom too far out of the net and buried the puck to put the Flames on the scoreboard at 3:08. Defenseman Noah Hanifin got a secondary assist on the play for his first point with Calgary after being acquired from Carolina during the summer.

    Virtanen responded by getting a breakaway and sliding the puck in past Smith as he fell to the ice to make it 4-1 at 5:46.

    Monahan pulled the Flames within two again as he ended a battle outside the Vancouver crease with a wrist shot that slipped through Markstrom's legs and into the net at 8:08.

    "Not enough pace, and not enough execution on it and not enough desperation," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "At one point, I think through 40 (minutes) we were 1 for 7 on faceoffs on the power play, so it's an important part of the game."

    Vancouver's Motte got a pass from Markus Granlund and put a long shot into the empty net with 47 seconds to go to cap the scoring.
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    Lindholm scores twice, Flames beat Canucks 7-4


    CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters is seeing a payoff for moving newcomer Elias Lindholm onto the Flames' top line.

    Lindholm scored his first two goals with Calgary and the Flames scored four unanswered goals in the third period for a 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

    The Swede, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade at the June draft, scored a power-play goal that was the eventual game-winner at 14:28 of the third period.

    With Canucks forward Nikolay Goldobin serving a slashing penalty, Lindholm beat goalie Jakob Markstrom on the short side off a cross-ice feed from Johnny Gaudreau.

    Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, joining Lindholm, who added an assist, in a three-point game.

    "Most guys take some time to fit into new systems but he was able to slot in right away," Peters said. "The line with him, (Sean) Monahan and Gaudreau has a lot of potential heading into this season."

    Flames captain Mark Giordano and Monahan also scored for Calgary (1-1-0), with Austin Czarnik and Michael Frolik adding empty-net goals. Matthew Tkachuk had four assists.

    "Monny's a goal-scoring center and Johnny's a play-making winger," Peters said. "It used to be your center made plays and your winger scored goals, so they've got that a little bit flip-flopped. That's fine."

    Flames starter Mike Smith made 16 saves for the win, while Markstrom had 30 saves in the loss.

    Elias Pettersson scored two goals and assisted on another for the Canucks, who beat the visiting Flames 5-2 in Wednesday's season-opener.

    The 19-year-old Swede has five points in his first two career NHL games.

    "Dynamite," Canucks head coach Travis Green said. "He was our best player tonight. He was one of the bright spots in the game. A few guys played OK. We had some guys that needed to play better."

    Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal and Bo Horvat had a goal for Vancouver, which led 4-3 heading into the third period.

    Monahan's power-play goal at 9:27 of the third tied the game at 4-4. After the center redirected a cross-ice pass from Gaudreau by Markstrom, Smith robbed Goldobin with a glove save.

    Penalized for hauling down Pettersson near Calgary's net late in the second period, Flames defenseman Michael Stone joined Giordano in the penalty box and the Canucks had a two-man advantage.

    Horvat redirected Pettersson's feed for a power-play goal at 16:57.

    Tkachuk tucked the puck into the corner of Vancouver's net during a goal-mouth scramble, but a coach's challenge wiped out the goal in the second period.

    But Gaudreau then banged in a rebound off a Monahan shot for a power-play goal at 9:31 to even the score 3-3.

    Pettersson scored his second goal with a shot from the face-off circle at 2:52 on the power-play.

    Giordano tied the game 2-2 at 17:08 of the first period. Calgary's captain beat Markstrom with a wrist shot from the top of the face-off circle.

    The visitors led 2-1 on a Sutter's short-handed goal at 16:38. He beat Smith with a shot under the arm on a 2-on-1.

    Pettersson swept the puck by Smith's glove from the slot at 13:50 for his first goal of the night.

    Lindholm scored his first goal just 12 seconds after the opening puck drop.

    After winning the offensive-zone faceoff, the Swede tipped T.J. Brodie's wrist shot from the boards by Markstrom.
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    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    TAKING A BITE OUT OF PREDATORS

    Monahan scores a pair and Smith stops 43 shots in huge win in Nashville

    by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

    October 9th, 2018


    Any chance to play the Predators should be music to the Flames' ears.

    The visitors put in an impressive performance in Nashville to beat the defending Presidents' Trophy winners 3-0 Tuesday night, their seventh win in their last eight games against the Preds.

    They went 2-0 last season against the Central Division powerhouse.

    Once again, it was the big guns doing the damage for the Flames - who won their second straight game to improve to 2-1 on the season - with Sean Monahan scoring twice and Elias Lindholm adding another; linemate Johnny Gaudreau getting an assist on all three tallies.

    Monahan has four goals and Lindholm three in the club's first three games this season.

    Gaudreau, meanwhile, has seven points over that span.

    Mike Smith was stellar, turning aside all 43 shots he faced for his 37th career shutout.

    "Obviously it starts with Smitty, he played great for us," said Monahan, quick to give credit to his 'tender. "When you get goaltending like that it makes you go even more (motivated). So I think you start to play for him and you get some timely goals. I think we played good all around."

    Calgary's special teams certainly lived up to their name, going 2-for-4 on the powerplay and a perfect 4-0 on the PK.

    The Flames came out like gangbusters in the first period, controlling the majority of play and often hemming the Preds in their zone for prolonged periods.

    Austin Czarnik had a great chance to open the scoring less than a minute in when he showed his dazzling speed by beating PK Subban to a puck inside the Nashville zone but was tripped up by the defenceman as he cut towards the net which led to a Flames powerplay.

    Later, Czarnik got another good crack at Rinne but the defending Vezina Cup winner flashed the leather to rob him.

    Gaudreau fed Monahan on a nifty play with less than five minutes left in the period but Monahan was unable to tuck the puck between Rinne's wickets on a backhand, hooked my Mattias Ekholm in the process which led to the Flames second powerplay of the game.

    On the ensuing man-up chance, Johnny Hockey brought the puck up to the Predators blueline and toe-dragged around Colton Sissons and sailed down the wing, sliding a long cross-ice pass to Lindholm who fired it off the post and in, high and short-side past Rinne.

    Then things got a little weird in the second period.

    Subban coughed up the puck in the neutral zone and Lindholm grabbed it and fed Monahan on a partial breakway. Rinne stopped his shot but Sam Bennett poked the puck into the net.

    However, the goal was waived off as there was a whistle right before Monahan's shot, as the Preds were tagged with a too many men penalty.

    Fittingly, Monahan scored on the following powerplay when Rinne made a save on Matthew Tkachuk's shot from the middle of the high slot but the rebound landed right at his skates and he flipped the puck home.

    Midway through the second, the team had a stellar penalty-kill, keeping the Preds from scoring on a full two-minute, two-man advantage when both Tkachuk and Michael Stone were sent to the box for tripping.

    "Huge, huge at that time of the game," said Smith. "To kill two minutes straight 5-on-3 says a lot about the character of our group, our penalty killers, they did a tremendous job in front of me blocking shots and getting important clears and that momentum carried through the rest of the game."

    Smith was a wall in the middle stanza, turning aside 21 Nashville shots.

    Monahan made it 3-0 just 32 seconds into the third, when he tried to pass the puck on a two-on-one to Lindholm and it went off the defenceman's skate and past Rinne.

    "Our powerplay was good tonight again, PK did a great job, especially that 5-on-3," said Gaudreau. "We were smart with the puck, getting in their zone and playing down low in their zone. Found a way to get a couple of goals, take get the lead and just keep playing the same way throughout the game."
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Game #4

    Perron's hat trick lifts Blues to over Flames 5-3

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    ST. LOUIS --*David Perron*likes his new line.

    Perron scored his fourth career hat trick,*Alexander Steen*had a goal and an assist, and the*St. Louis Blues*beat the*Calgary Flames*5-3 on Thursday night.

    Joel Edmundson*also scored and*Brayden Schenn*had three assists as the Blues won for the first time this season.*Jake Allen*made 31 saves.

    Before the game, Blues coach Mike Yeo moved Perron up to the second line with Schenn and*Jaden Schwartz.

    "It's quite different for sure," Perron said. "Kind of what I was used from last year. It's great. I thought (Steen's) goal really gave us some energy, too. It was good."

    James Neal,*Derek Ryan*and*Mikael Backlund*scored for the Flames.*Mike Smithwas pulled following the second period after allowing five goals on 24 shots.

    Perron gave the Blues a 2-1 lead midway through the first period. Edmundson, making his season debut after missing the first two games with a sore groin, made it 3-1 Blues with 2:38 left in the first, beating Smith high glove side.

    Perron's second goal early in the second made it 4-1. Smith misplayed the puck behind the net, allowing Schenn to steal it and find Perron alone in front with an empty net.

    "He's known to go play the puck and it just bounced on him," Schenn said. "I saw the D-man over my right shoulder and I knew I couldn't take it to the net and I saw Perron at full speed and I was just able to get it to him."

    Perron, playing in his third stint with the Blues, completed the hat trick with 35 seconds left in the second. His last hat trick also came at Calgary's expense on Oct. 22, 2016.

    "It feels great for sure," Perron said. "We had a good practice week and I think that a lot of people were starting to panic (with the slow start) but I don't think the players were."

    Neal gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 7:32 of the first.*Sam Bennett*set it up with a nice move in front, causing Allen to commit and leaving an opening for Neal.

    "I put pressure on myself to score every night and it's nice to get my first one in a Flames jersey," Neal said.

    Steen answered for the Blues just 16 seconds later. The goal gave Steen 453 career points, surpassing*Al MacInnis*for seventh in Blues history.

    Allen got help from his post on*Sean Monahan's penalty shot late in the first period. He also made several tough saves as the Blues killed off a 5-on-3 for 1:35 late in the second period.

    "It was big, didn't give them any momentum, which was huge," Allen said. "So I think that was the biggest thing at the end of the day what came out of it. If they got a goal out of it that may have generated a little more positivity on their side so it was nice to shut that down."

    Ryan and Backlund scored in the third for Calgary to cut the deficit to two.
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    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Game # 5

    3 :avs 2 OT

    Gaudreau scores in OT to lift Flames over Avalanche 3-2






    DENVER -- The Calgary Flames' strong finish rendered their slow start into an afterthought.

    Elias Lindholm scored the tying goal with 1:54 left in regulation and Johnny Gaudreau put in a goal in the first minute of overtime, lifting the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

    Calgary trailed 2-0 on first-period goals by Colorado's J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon, who scored 11 seconds into the game. But the Flames regrouped after a timeout following the Avalanche's second goal and a pep talk from their coach, Bill Peters.

    "He said that there was plenty of time left and we had to get skating," Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. "We weren't even moving the first few shifts, it felt like. But give them credit. That's one of the fastest lines I think I've played against, that MacKinnon line. I thought as the game went on, we did a really good job. That's a huge two points for us."


    Before long, Calgary was taking the attack to Colorado and exerting relentless pressure on goalie Semyon Varlamov. Of 41 shots in the game by the Flames, 31 were taken in the second and third periods and OT. The Avalanche, meantime, struggled to penetrate the Calgary zone, getting off only nine of their 26 shots after the first period.

    "The last two periods is when we stopped playing offensive hockey. We weren't playing aggressive hockey, which is the way we can play,"

    Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog said. "We want to play fast. We see what happens when we play fast. In the first five, 10 minutes of the first period obviously, we were doing pretty good and then we kind of just laid off the gas. All of a sudden, we started making soft plays and it wasn't good enough."

    Lindholm sent the game into OT by forcing a turnover in the Colorado zone, taking the puck up close and firing it past Varlamov for the equalizer.

    Colorado couldn't stop Gaudreau on a breakaway. He got behind the Avalanche defense and knocked home the game-winner from up close.

    "I had kind of a clear breakaway there, tried to fake the shot and come all the way across and found his five-hole," Gaudreau said.

    "I think we played better after the timeout. Everyone knew we needed to be better and coach said there was a lot of time left in the game. We beared down and found a way to win."

    Calgary broke through for its first goal at 10:52 of the second to pull to within 2-1. Varlamov stopped a shot from Mikael Backlund but the puck popped loose in front of the net. Sam Bennett charged through the slot and got his stick on the puck, shoving it into the net for the score.

    Colorado broke on top with two quick goals in the first period, the first coming 11 seconds into the game. Landeskog won the game-opening faceoff and sent the puck into the Calgary zone. Mikko Rantanen sent a shot to the net that goalie David Rittich saved but he couldn't corral the rebound, which found MacKinnon's stick.

    MacKinnon wristed the puck into the net for his sixth goal of the season. The goal by MacKinnon equaled the franchise record for most consecutive games (5) with a goal to start a season set by Mats Sundin in 1992-93

    J.T. Compher capitalized on a Calgary turnover to score Colorado's second goal at 2:40 of the first. Defenseman T.J. Brodie lost a puck in the Calgary zone when it bounced over his stick and Compher swept in to carry the puck down the ice before knocking it into the net up high for the score.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Game # 6

    Frolik scores twice, leads Flames past Bruins 5-2

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Michael Frolik went from healthy scratch to catalyst for the Calgary Flames.

    Frolik scored two goals to lead the Flames to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

    "It feels good when you can help the team win the game," the veteran winger said.

    Frolik had to watch his teammates edge the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Colorado.

    "I didn't have the start I was looking for, but it's a long season," he said. "I just try to work hard in practice, get better every day and hopefully it's going to turn around.

    "Tonight was a good start. Hopefully I can keep going."

    Johnny Gaudreau collected his 100th NHL goal and rookie defenseman Juusu Valimaki scored his first for the Flames. Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal.

    Mikael Backlund and Michael Stone each had two assists as Calgary won its second straight home game. Goaltender Mike Smith stopped 24 of 26 shots in the win.

    "I like the fact we have the ability to generate offense. Now, we'll work on other things," Calgary coach Bill Peters said. "We're not quite there defensively or our play away from the puck in the neutral zone, but when we get there, we'll be a much better team."

    Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist for the Bruins. Brad Marchand also scored. Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask turned away 24 shots in the loss.

    "I don't think we were as clean as we needed to be obviously against a team that forechecks and checks well," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "That was clearly an issue throughout the game. Execution wasn't good enough to beat a good hockey team."

    The Bruins trailed 4-2 heading into the final period.

    Marchand was lightly defended when he scored at 13:45 of the second, taking a pass from Bergeron and scoring past Smith.

    Frolik nearly completed a hat trick on a short-handed breakaway, but his backhanded shot sailed over the Boston net. The Czech's second goal came results from a Boston turnover in the offensive zone. Backlund flipped the puck across the slot, and Frolik tapped it over Rask's stick at 3:32.

    On Boston's first rush after killing off Calgary's two-man advantage, Bergeron scored at 2:40 on a give-and-go with David Krejci.

    What appeared to be a goal by David Pastrnak late in the first period didn't survive a coach's challenge by Calgary's Bill Peters. The Bruins were ruled offside.

    Valimaki's first NHL goal gave the Flames a 3-0 lead at 16:08 of the first period.

    With Sam Bennett in front of Rask, the 20-year-old Valimaki's shot from the top of the circle rolled over the goaltender and over the goal line.

    "I was happy actually finding out it was mine. Pretty awkward moment at the start because I didn't know it was mine," Valimaki said. "All the guys on the bench said `it's yours' and it felt great."

    Gaudreau collected his milestone goal at 15:20. At the top of the crease, Sean Monahan batted the puck down low to the winger, and Gaudreau scored from a tough angle.

    Frolik had half an open net for a target following a nice passing play by Tkachuk and Backlund. Tkachuk hustled into the offensive zone to backhand the puck to Backlund, who was moving into the slot. Backlund flipped the puck over to Frolik to score at 4:36.

    Game notes

    Flames: Gaudreau crumpled after taking a high hit from Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy in the third period. Gaudreau played another shift, but was then pulled from the game for concussion protocol. Calgary head coach Bill Peters did not have an update on Gaudreau after the game.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Game # 7

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    Rinaldo scores in 3rd, Predators beat Flames 5-3

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Known more for his toughness, Zac Rinaldo showed he can score, too.

    Rinaldo scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

    After Noah Hanifin got caught pinching, Rinaldo broke out on a 2-on-1 with Ryan Hartman and hung onto the puck the whole way before beating Flames goalie Mike Smith on his blocker side with a perfect wrist shot into the top corner at 6:31 of the third to give Nashville a 4-3 lead.

    In career game No. 335 for the 28-year-old, it was only Rinaldo's 15th goal.

    "That's what I live for. That's what I play for. I play for pride. I play for the team," Rinaldo said.

    It was the fourth time Nashville took the lead in a back-and-forth game. This time, they held it.

    "The bench was pumped up," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "Just a great, great play. We ended up catching numbers going the other way. He made the right decision, made a great shot."

    Juuse Saros, who stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Pekka Rinne, said he's seen that release from Rinaldo before.

    "I know he has a good shot," said Saros, who is 3-0-0. "We've seen that many times in practice."

    Kevin Fiala and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Johansenand Craig Smith also scored to help Nashville win its fourth straight.

    Forsberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 32 seconds left.

    "We're feeling good," Johansen said. "We understand it's a long season and there's a big process, but we're just going to keep the pedal down and keep continuing to get better."

    Rinne had 15 saves on 18 shots before leaving with just under 15 minutes left in the third.

    Elias Lindholm got his team-leading fifth goal for Calgary, and Matthew Tkachukand Sam Bennett also scored. Smith finished with 25 saves.

    Nashville took the lead four times with Calgary answering back to tie it three times.

    Calgary had a great opportunity to tie up it once again at 4-4 when James Neal set up Bennett at the side of the net with a hard pass, but the puck went wide of the open cage

    "I'm going to have some nightmares about that one I missed, but that's the way it goes," Bennett said.

    Down 3-2 entering the third, the Flames pulled even at 2:20 when Derek Ryanwired a perfect feed to Sam Bennett, who was breaking in off the wing and went to his backhand to neatly beat Rinne.

    While Rinne was stretching to try and stop the puck, Fiala landed on top of the goalie in an awkward-looking collision. Rinne stayed in the game briefly, but came to the bench at 5:09 and after talking with the training staff went to the dressing room.

    After the game, still wasn't clear why Rinne departed.

    "I can't comment on anything because I don't know anything yet. But we didn't pull him. Something was wrong," Laviolette said.

    Saros was excellent in relief, getting tested just seconds after he arrived in the crease. Off the ensuing faceoff, he had to jab out his right pad to rob Lindholm to keep the score tied.

    Trailing 2-1, Calgary tied the score on the power play with 7:09 left in the second as Lindholm's shot caromed in off Tkachuk's skate.

    Fiala put Nashville back ahead with 5:37 to go in the middle period as the Predators converted their first power-play opportunity of the night, courtesy of a double-minor for high-sticking on former teammate James Neal.

    Nashville struck first, scoring 51 seconds into the game.

    TJ Brodie lost his stick along the sideboards and in going to retrieve it, allowed a 2-on-1 in front that was converted by Johansen.

    Calgary went over 16 1/2 minutes between shots in the first, with Lindholm snapping the streak, burying Johnny Gaudreau's set-up past Rinne with 1:17 left.

    Smith put the Predators ahead 2-1 at 4:09 of the second.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Game # 8

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    Gaudreau, Hathaway score twice as Flames top Rangers 4-1


    NEW YORK -- The Calgary Flames have had trouble winning in New York in recent seasons. Opportunistic scoring and stellar goaltending changed that on this trip.

    Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice and backup goalie David Rittich made 44 saves as the Flames snapped a six-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden with a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night.

    "I felt great and I want to say thank you to my defense," said Rittich, who won for the second time this season as the Flames improved to 5-3-0 and scored three or more goals for the seventh straight game. "We know we had to be better in the third period and we got the two points."

    Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, the last-place team in the Metropolitan Division at 2-5-1.

    Gaudreau opened the scoring at the 17-minute mark of the first period, backhanding the puck past Henrik Lundqvist. Sean Monahan picked up the assist.

    Hathaway made it 2-0 at 12:21 of the second with his first goal this season. Gaudreau scored again at 14:55, extending the lead to 3-0 with his fifth of the season. Flames captain Mark Giordano assisted on the score, which was Gaudreau's 300th career point.

    "It's a cool accomplishment," the 25-year-old Gaudreau said of the milestone. "Obviously, it makes it better with the team winning when you get an accomplishment like that, as well."

    The Rangers were coming off an overtime loss at Washington on Wednesday after winning in a shootout over Colorado the previous night. The Rangers have had trouble scoring goals under new coach David Quinn.

    New York has yet to win in regulation. The Rangers have just 19 goals in their first eight games, including one shootout win and one in overtime.

    "We have to find ways to score goals." Quinn said. "We've got to be more tenacious with our shooting mentality. It's frustrating."

    Rittich, an undrafted 26-year-old goaltender from the Czech Republic, made 12 saves in the first period, 13 in the second and 19 in the third.

    "We played better as the game went along and Ritter was great," Hathaway said. "To have a player like that is a big part of this team."

    Rittich's lone blemish was Zibanejad's power-play goal at 6:41 of the third. Zibanejad's third goal this season was assisted by Neal Pionk and Mats Zuccarello.

    The Rangers had an excellent chance to narrow the deficit just over a minute later, but Rittich made successive saves on Jesper Fast and Zibanejad. Rittich denied Filip Chytil on a backhand from the slot with four minutes left.

    Hathaway completed the scoring for the Flames with his second goal at 18:07 of the third.

    "It's too bad. I feel like these types of games are starting to add up, unfortunately," said Lundqvist, who made 22 saves in defeat. "We are playing good enough to win games but we are not finding ways to win games. It's obviously something we need to change fast."

    Zuccarello echoed Lundqvist's growing angst as the Rangers struggle to get wins.

    "We created a lot of chances and we can sit here and say that we didn't play a bad game, but we lost," said the 31-year-old Norwegian forward who leads the Rangers with six assists. "So, it's not good enough. We have to come to practice, talk about it and see what can do better."

    The Rangers came into the contest with a 10-1-1 record against the Flames, starting with a 2-1 win at home on Nov. 22, 2010.

    Gaudreau, who leads the Flames with 12 points, was a teammate of Ranger forwards Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider at Boston College when the Eagles won the national championship.

    Gaudreau was a fourth-round pick by the Flames in the 2011 draft. He has points in seven of Calgary's eight games, so far.

    "We found a way to score a goal towards the end of the first period, got our legs moving in the second and found a couple goals," Gaudreau added. "Ritter obviously played really well for us tonight."
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    Petry, Drouin lead Canadiens to a 3-2 win over Flames


    Brendan Gallagher gets the pass in front of the net and redirects it win to help the Canadiens beat the Flames 3-2.

    MONTREAL -- Calgary goalie David Rittich did everything he could to keep the Flames in contention with Montreal, but the Canadiens were just too much Tuesday night.

    Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin each had a goal and an assist, leading Montreal to a 3-2 win over the Flames, the Canadiens' fourth win in five games.

    Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost once in eight games this season. Carey Price made 21 saves.

    After a 44-save performance against the New York Rangers in his last time out, Rittich made 37 saves in the losing effort. The Czech goalie was, by far, Calgary's best player, keeping the score close while his teammates failed to generate enough offence.

    "He's not God out there," Matthew Tkachuk said of his goalie. "He can't stop everything. At one point, they're just going to go in. They keep getting these chances. Eventually it's going to go in.

    "It was a bad effort after we got away with one in New York because of our goalie. And maybe tonight we can return him the favor and play well and bail him out, but the opposite again."

    Michael Frolik and Elias Lindholm scored for the Flames.

    The Flames jumped to a 1-0 lead at 16:46 of the first period when Tkachuk's shot bounced off Frolik's skate and past Price.

    Rittich was outstanding at the start and did what he could to preserve Calgary's lead. At one point, the 26-year-old goaltender made four saves on four Canadiens players in a two-second span in the second period.

    "Right from the start you could see how sharp he was again," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "Tough not to get points tonight when your goalie's that good and holding you in it for as long as he did.

    "You can't keep chasing games. It's not a good thing to do in this league. Eventually it's going to come back to bite you. We chased the game all night."

    But Montreal was relentless in the second period. Aided by four consecutive Calgary penalties, the Canadiens scored three goals in a 3:21 span.

    With TJ Brodie in the box for interference, Petry fired a one-timer from the faceoff dot that beat Rittich at 15:50. The point was Petry's 100th in a Canadiens uniform.

    Again with a man advantage, the Canadiens made it 2-1 when Gallagher redirected Petry's sharp pass past Rittich at 17:29.

    With 49 seconds left in the second, Drouin scored with a shot between Rittich's arm and the post, and extended his points streak to five games.

    Montreal outshot Calgary 22-8 in the second period.

    "We were getting chances and it was just about burying them and putting them in the back of the net," said Drouin. "It's easier to keep going when you have your chances."

    Lindholm got one back for the Flames at 11:10 of the third, finishing off a give-and-go with Mikael Backlund for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.

    Price tied Patrick Roy for second place in team history for most wins by a goaltender with 289.

    "Pretty cool experience," said Price of tying Roy. "It was a great night. Overall everybody played well. Great effort from everybody."
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    Hornqvist, Kessel each score twice, Penguins beat Flames 9-1


    Penguins score 9 goals en route to a 9-1 win over the Flames.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- The Pittsburgh Penguins scored a lot of goals in Alberta -- 15 in two games, to be exact.

    Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel each scored twice and the Penguins pounded the Calgary Flames 9-1 on Thursday night.

    Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, Jack Johnson, Jake Guentzel and Matt Cullen also scored, and Matt Murray made 38 saves to help the Penguins improve to 5-1-2 overall and 3-0 on a four-game Canadian trip.

    "I think that just speaks to the talent we have in here," Murray said. "When we come with our `A' game, it's hard to stop. You look around our lineup and it's pretty clear why we score that many goals."

    Crosby has scored three times in his last two games after going six without a goal to start this season. Evgeni Malkin had a pair of assists to extend his point streaks to six straight games.

    After winning 3-0 in Toronto, the Penguins (5-1-2) spent a few days in Banff, Alberta, before facing the province's NHL teams.

    Crosby theorized the Banff break and a relatively leisurely schedule on this road trip has kept Pittsburgh's scorers fresh.

    "It was good that we got out here fairly early to get our feet under us, time change and all that stuff," the captain said. "Banff was a great trip, it's beautiful there and we had some good practices."

    James Neal spoiled Murray's shutout bid late in the third period.

    Flames starter Mike Smith was pulled for David Rittich midway through the second period after allowing six goals on 21 shots. Rittich turned away 12 of 15 shots.

    Four previous games between Calgary and Pittsburgh had either gone to a shootout or overtime, but the Penguins put on a scoring clinic, pouncing on rebounds and converting both power-play chances into goals.

    The Flames (5-5) were booed at Scotiabank Saddledome after the second period when they trailed by a converted touchdown, and after the buzzer.

    "They scored a few and we started taking some risks that obviously you can't take against a team like that who knows how to put the puck in the net," Flames captain Mark Giordano said.
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    Backstrom ends SO, Copley gets 1st win as Caps beat Flames


    T.J. Oshie grabs the loose puck off the miss and puts it in the back of the net for the goal, the Capitals eventually beat the Flames 4-3 in a shootout.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Nicklas Backstrom scored the winner in a shootout and goaltender Pheonix Copley earned his first career victory as the Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Saturday.

    Matt Niskanen, Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie scored goals for Washington, which has won two of three on its Canadian trip.

    Playing in his fifth NHL game, Copley stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime and four of five in the shootout. The 26-year-old from North Pole, Alaska, hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Capitals last season when he was called up from the American Hockey League for the playoffs. Now he's the backup to Braden Holtby.

    Matthew Tkachuk, Travis Hamonic and Elias Lindholm had goals in regulation for Calgary, which lost its third straight. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists to reach 200 for his career.

    Sean Monahan scored for the Flames in the shootout. Flames goaltender Mike Smith turned away 24 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime.

    Evgeny Kutznetsov scored in the shootout and had a pair of assists for the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin also had an assist.

    Tkachuk tied it at 3-3 with 1:27 remaining when he tipped in a shot from the blue line by Rasmus Andersson.

    The Caps went ahead 3-2 with about three minutes left in the second period when Niskanen threaded a shot through traffic to beat Smith glove side.

    Vrana opened the scoring midway through the first period. Kuznetsov turned a turnover into a two-man rush and dished to Vrana, who beat Smith stick side.

    The league's best power play struck at 14:27 when Oshie backhanded a rebound over Smith after Ovechkin's wrist shot.

    Fifteen second later, Gaudreau's shot deflected off the leg of Hamonic for the defenseman's first goal of the season. Hamonic missed eight games with a broken jaw suffered in the season opener.

    The Flames drew even on Lindholm's power-play goal with just over three minutes left in the first. The Swede one-timed a cross-ice pass from Gaudreau for his seventh goal this season.

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    Flames forward James Neal was hit hard into the boards in the first period. He skated to the bench favoring his left shoulder, but continued to play.
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    Monahan, Lindholm lead Flames past Leafs 3-1


    Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik each score in the Flames' 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs.

    TORONTO -- Booed out of their own building after a lopsided loss last week, the Calgary Flames recommitted to their defensive structure and the move paid off against Toronto.

    Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm scored in a 55-second span of the third period to lead the Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

    "We put together 60 good minutes," said Lindholm, who leads his team with eight goals after coming over in a blockbuster trade with the Carolina Hurricanes at the NHL draft. "We were above them all night, first to pucks, won battles."

    Lindholm and Monahan each added an assist. Michael Frolik added an empty-net goal to seal it. Mike Smith made 24 saves.

    Nazem Kadri, playing his 500th NHL game, scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots.

    The Leafs lacked jump in their first game without Auston Matthews. It was announced earlier Monday that the center would miss at least four weeks with a left shoulder injury.

    "Our last two games have been the way we want to play," Calgary captain Mark Giordano said. "When you play well defensively the goals come."

    Monahan snapped a scoreless tie 4:39 into the third on a power play, netting his fifth goal of the season of a rebound of a shot by Lindholm.

    Lindholm then gave the Flames, who were 0-2-1 over their last three, a 2-0 edge with his team-leading eighth goal at 6:34 after the Leafs turned the puck over in their own zone.

    "I thought they skated, I thought they worked, I thought they sailed out of their zone and beat us up the ice," said Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, whose club was coming off back-to-back wins over the Winnipeg Jets. "The game is frustrating when the other team works harder than you."

    Toronto defenseman Igor Ozhiganov hit the post at the other end on the next shift.

    The Leafs got to within one at 16:07, when Kadri scored his third of the season and third in as many games on a feed from Mitch Marner, one second after a Toronto two-man advantage of 1:09 expired.

    The Leafs pressed for the tie, but were unable to get another one past Smith before Frolik added an insurance goal into an empty net, his fifth goal of the season.

    The Flames fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Washington Capitals in Calgary on Saturday -- a result that, despite the final score, was viewed as a step in the right direction after getting blown out 9-1 by the Pittsburgh Penguins at home 48 hours earlier.

    Andersen kept things scoreless early in the second when he made a right pad save that stopped Lindholm on a delayed penalty, before Smith stopped Hyman at the other end.

    Johnny Gaudreau cut around Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner later in the period, but couldn't get a shot away on Andersen.

    The Leafs goalie stopped Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund before John Tavares shoveled a loose puck off a scramble into Smith's open net, but it was just after the buzzer sounded to end the second period.

    The 21-year-old Matthews, who doesn't require surgery for his damaged shoulder, was hurt on a clean check by Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba early in the second period of Saturday's 3-2 comeback victory over Winnipeg.

    Matthews sustained a similar injury to his other shoulder last February and missed 10 games -- his third stint on the sidelines in 2017-18 following back and concussion problems -- but still managed to finish second on the team in goals (34) and points (63) in just 62 appearances.

    He will sit out at least 13 games with this injury, and perhaps more if the recovery process stretches beyond 28 days.

    Matthews has 10 goals (tied for second in the NHL) and 16 points (tied for sixth) through 11 games this season.

    Calgary held a 12-4 edge in shots, with Toronto's output in the opening 20 minutes tying its lowest in any period in 2018-19.

    With their best player on the shelf, the Leafs were forced to shuffle their lines over Saturday's final two periods and again on Monday.

    Kadri, who started the campaign as Toronto's No. 3 center, was reunited with Marner and Patrick Marleau after the trio clicked in the second half 2017-18, while Tavares played between Hyman and Kasperi Kapanen to round out the top-six forward group.

    The Leafs are also still without winger William Nylander, who was slated to start the season alongside Matthews and Marleau following the addition of Tavares this summer, as the restricted free agent and the club remain at odds over a new contract.

    "It's frustrating," Matthews said of his injury prior to Monday's game. "There's not much you can do.

    "I'm going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as possible."
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    Tkachuk scores late, Gaudreau in OT as Flames beat Sabres

    Johnny Gaudreau flies down the ice and receives the pass then puts it in the back of the net as the Flames take down the Sabres 2-1 in overtime.

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Johnny Gaudreau's magic touch has the Calgary Flames pointed back in the right direction.

    One day after setting up the winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Gaudreau scored 2:40 into overtime to lead the Flames to a 2-1 comeback victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

    He did it in style, too. After Matthew Tkachuk scored with 55.3 seconds in the third period, Gaudreau and Mark Giordano completed a pretty give-and-go that left Gaudreau alone with an open net.

    "You enjoy it," Calgary coach Bill Peters said of Gaudreau, his leading scorer. "I've been on the other side of it, obviously, I've seen him in the league long enough. I just like the way he goes about it. He's a passionate player and gets rewarded for his effort."

    The Flames (7-5-1) have bounced back with impressive back-to-back wins on the road after a homestand to forget. Calgary lost 9-1 to Pittsburgh on Thursday before a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington on Saturday.

    "We're getting where we want to be," Giordano said. "Tonight was solid again, I didn't think we gave up much. We're getting to where we know what to expect out of each other defensively and we're not cheating offense and that's resulting in wins."

    Down 1-0, the Flames took charge in the third, controlling the flow of play and outshooting Buffalo 5-1. They pulled goaltender David Rittich with more than two minutes remaining, which set up Tkachuk's equalizer. Tkachuk tipped a hard shot from Elias Lindholm that was also deflected by Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and then again off the ice.

    The Sabres (6-4-2) were left frustrated after spoiling a terrific effort by goalie Carter Hutton. Hutton made 36 saves and was outstanding throughout the game.

    "I just feel bad for him," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "He's really given us some really good, solid goaltending and he's been asked to stand on his head and that's unfortunate. ... He was our best player once again. He gave us a chance to win."

    Eichel put the Sabres on the board first with a power-play goal with 3:30 left in the first period. The Sabres captain ripped a one-timer from the left circle into the top of the net, ending an eight-game goal drought.

    "We didn't play well," Eichel said. "Obviously, they outplayed us and we didn't deserve to win that game."

    The Flames appeared to even the score at the start of the second period but officials ruled that a whistle blew before the puck went into the net. After a highlight-reel stick save by Hutton prevented Lindholm's shot from crossing the goal line, the puck went into the net on a second opportunity -- but officials had already blown the whistle. A replay review upheld the decision.

    "I liked the composure on the bench," Peters said of the disallowed goal. "Had a little adversity there and then moved on."

    Rittich made 28 saves for the Flames.

    The Sabres have points in five straight games (3-0-2) for the first time since a nine-game point streak in 2012.
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    Flames score 5 straight in 3rd to rally past Avalanche 6-5

    Sean Monahan, James Neal and Mark Giordano score in the Flames' 6-5 comeback win over the Avalanche.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Down by three goals going into the third period, the Calgary Flames were far from done.

    Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists, and Calgary scored five straight times in the third to rally past the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 on Thursday night.

    With the game tied 4-all, Giordano scored the go-ahead goal at 13:47 when he jumped up into the rush, took a pass from Mikael Backlund and snapped a shot over the blocker of goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

    "If you're coming in late and their forwards are scrambling back, sometimes things open up," said Giordano, who has two goals and 12 assists this season. "I was happy (Backlund) found me there, it was a good spot to shoot from."

    Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, James Neal and Michael Frolik also scored for the Flames (8-5-1), who have won three straight. Matthew Tkachuk added three assists.

    It's already the fourth time this season the Flames have come back to win when trailing after two periods.

    Colin Wilson, Vladislav Kamenev, Sheldon Dries, Carl Soderberg and Gabriel Landeskog scored for Colorado (7-4-2), which has lost three of four.

    It was the first career goal for both Kamenev and Dries.

    "Five goals in the third is a lot. Give credit to them, but we definitely had a hand in letting them come back," said Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, who was held off the scoresheet and ended up minus-3.

    Trailing 4-1 after two periods, Calgary began its comeback 47 seconds into the third on Lindholm's power-play goal, his team-leading ninth goal of the season.

    The man advantage was the result of a charging major on Ian Cole late in the second period after his heavy hit crumpled Mark Jankowski as he was looking back for a pass. Shaken up, Jankowski went to the dressing room.

    He returned to sit on the bench in the third, but did not play. After the game, he was deemed healthy.

    It was the response to the hit from Sam Bennett, who immediately fought Cole, that players pointed to as the turning point.

    "He's a feisty little kid. He definitely knows how to throw them," Backlund said. "That gave the team some momentum and some energy. Great job by him stepping up for the team and for Janko. It brought a lot of energy into the room going into the third."

    The Flames drew within one at 5:21 when Monahan deflected Noah Hanifin's point shot.

    The Saddledome crowd then roared at 10:52 when Neal got the puck in the slot and ripped a shot past Varlamov for his third goal and a tie game.

    "It felt good, obviously, for me," said Neal, who had been off to a slow start with just two goals in his first 13 games. "Personally, I want to score goals, you want to help the team win. It's been a little bit of tough sledding here at the start, but I've been through it before. You just try to stick with it and you get rewarded like I did tonight."

    The sequence leading up to Neal's goal began when rookie defenseman Juuso Valimaki caught Matt Calvert with a body check at the blue line, turning the puck over.

    "He timed it perfect and to be able to keep the puck in the zone, all in one shot. That was a real turning point, too," Giordano said. "Really put them back on their heels and then we kept going."

    Just more than a minute after Giordano's go-ahead goal, Frolik made it a two-goal lead, one-timing Tkachuk's feed for his sixth goal.

    The Avalanche got a power-play goal from Landeskog at 18:57 to set up a harrowing finish.

    Landeskog's goal first appeared to be Wilson's second of the game before the Colorado captain was credited with his 11th of the season. Wilson picked up an assist on the play.

    Mike Smith got the win despite giving up five goals on 26 shots. He improved to 5-4-1.

    Varlamov, who entered with a 1.62 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, made 31 saves. The five goals he allowed in the third period came on just 11 shots.

    "Lack of detail and lack of commitment," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "We resorted back to bad habits like circling away from the puck."

    Calgary was controlling the game, outshooting the Avs 17-4, when a stray pass from Giordano resulted in Kamenev breaking up the ice on a short-handed 2-on-1 and scoring his first career goal.

    Less than two minutes later, Dries got his first NHL goal when his rebound banked off the skate of Rasmus Andersson in the slot and went into the net.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Carey Price makes 43 saves, Canadiens beat Flames 3-2


    Artturi Lehkonen puts a wrist shot past the goalie as Montreal beats Calgary 3-2.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- In a duel of struggling goaltenders, one returned to vintage form, while the misery continued for the other.

    Carey Price backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over Mike Smith and the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, despite the visitors being outshot 45-22.

    "He's the best goalie in the world," said Artturi Lehkonen, who scored the game-winner in the third period. "He was outstanding in the net. He was a big key as to why we won."

    Lehkonen's first goal in 18 games, dating back to the season-opener, came on a harmless-looking 40-foot wrist shot from off the wing that leaked through Smith's pads.

    "Bad goal, bad timing," said Smith, who fell to 5-7-1.

    Smith's save percentage dropped to .876 on the season, which ranks 49th out of 50 goaltenders who have played six-or-more games.

    "When you feel like you've let your team down, that's probably the biggest frustration/disappointment that can ever happen in your career," said the 36-year-old. "Our team played such a great game tonight and deserved a much better fate. When something happens like that and it's on you, it's obviously disappointing."

    It has been a tough year for Price, too, who entered the night with an .892 save percentage. Price found himself on the bench the last two games after giving up 11 goals on 63 shots in his previous two starts.

    But he was back in form against Calgary.

    "Just trying to stop the puck and try to read plays well and let them hit you when they come," said Price, who improved to 6-4-3.

    Price stopped all thirteen shots he faced in the final frame as the Canadiens won for the third time when trailing after two periods.

    "He's got his reputation as Carey Price, the best goalie in the world, for a reason and we have that confidence playing in front of him and I don't think anyone was ever worried," said Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher.

    Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Drouin also scored for Montreal (10-6-3), which has split the opening two games of its three-game Western Canada road trip. The Canadiens play in Vancouver on Saturday.

    Max Domi had an assist for the Canadiens to extend his point streak to eight games (5-7-12).

    Matthew Tkachuk scored both goals for Calgary (10-8-1). Tkachuk's eighth and ninth markers of the season put him at a team-best 21 points on the season. Mark Giordano had two assists. The Flames' four-game homestand continues Saturday when they are host to the Edmonton Oilers.

    "Very, very tough," said Tkachuk, about the setback. "It's one of those where you don't want a third period like that, especially when you're up 2-1 in your building."

    Montreal tied the game 2-2 at 8:32 of the third. After a scramble in front of the net, Smith kicked out his pad to stop Andrew Shaw's backhander, but Drouin was right there to slide in the rebound.

    "Carey stood tall in net and gave us a chance after two periods to still be in the game," said Canadiens coach Claude Julien. "I liked the way we came out in the third. Finally we talked about it, starting to play on our toes again like we had been when things are going well."

    The Canadiens opened the scoring eight minutes into the first on another shaky one as Tatar's shot from the slot deflected off Smith's upper body and went into the net.

    "We all have bad days at work sometimes," said Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic, when asked about his goaltender. "We battle as a team. We win and lose as a team. It's never on one player."

    Coming on the fifth shot Smith faced, it was the 10th time in 13 starts that he has surrendered a goal on one of the first six shots.
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    Lindholm scores twice, Flames rally past Oilers 4-2

    Connor McDavid gets a penalty for fighting but makes up for it by scoring a goal in the Oilers' 4-2 loss to the Flames.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Elias Lindholm is having a breakout season with Calgary.

    Lindholm scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the Flames rallied from two down to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Saturday night.

    After deflecting Noah Hanifin's point shot into Mikko Koskinen's pads, Lindholm knocked in the rebound at 9:10 of the third. He added an empty-netter for his team-leading 11th goal -- his career high is 17 set in 2014-15.

    "He's a high-end player. He has been his whole life," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "Takes faceoffs, kills penalties, can play 4-on-4, plays on the power play. He touches the game in a lot of different areas."

    Lindholm, acquired from Carolina in the offseason, was drafted fifth overall in 2013, one spot ahead of linemate Sean Monahan.

    Monahan, with a goal and an assist, and Derek Ryan also scored for Calgary.

    Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson scored for Edmonton, which has lost five of six.

    Down 2-1 entering the third period, Calgary tied it at 2:40 when Monahan rattled home a rebound of Travis Hamonic's shot.

    It was the sixth time the Flames have come back to win when trailing after two periods, most in the NHL.

    "A lot of times we play unreal in the third, but you don't want to chase the game too much," Lindholm said. "It's not going to work all the time to be down before the third. It's something we need to work on."

    The Flames were down 2-0 before Ryan ended a 14-game scoring drought with his second of the season at 16:23 of the second period.

    Until then, the Flames' listless power play had given up just as many shots as it had generated, with two of the three allowed being breakaways.

    Standing tall in net was David Rittich, who improved to 6-1-0. Included in his 24 stops were three breakaways -- two for Leon Draisaitl and one by Jujhar Khaira.

    "It's my job. It's a great feeling, but that's why I'm in the net -- making saves," Rittich said.

    With fellow goalie Mike Smith struggling, Rittich delivered the type of quality start Calgary needed after dropping three of its previous four games.

    "He was huge. There were a couple breakaways and odd-man rushes. He made some big stops. When that happens it makes you want to go hard," Monahan said.

    Koskinen, who turned aside 33 shots, fell to 4-2-0.

    "It felt like we ran out of gas a little bit. We spent the whole third in our own zone," he said.

    Edmonton increased its lead to 2-0 at 3:49 of the second when Draisaitl set up McDavid on a perfectly executed 2-on-1. Rittich had no chance to get across and stop the one-timer.

    The Oilers took the lead 2:29 into the game while short-handed. Playing against his former team, Chiasson broke in off the wing and slipped a backhand through Rittich's pads.

    It was a physical game, especially early, with Mikael Backlund and McDavid wrestling at one point. Sam Bennett and Darnell Nurse squared off after Bennett, on the first shift of the game, rocked the Oilers defenseman with a heavy hit.

    Matthew Tkachuk was in the middle of the action, getting jumped by Zack Kassian late in the first period, which drew a triple minor for roughing and a misconduct on the Oilers' rugged forward.

    "We had an opportunity to go ahead two or three and that may have changed the game, on some of the breakaways, but their goaltender played well," Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said.

    "Too many penalties. Their top players didn't have to play a lot of hard minutes. They were on the power play the whole first two (periods), so by the time you get to the third, they have some gas left in their tanks and they certainly took it to us."
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    Flames race to seven-goal lead, defeat Golden Knights 7-2

    The Flames score five times in the 1st period, including two goals from Sean Monahan, as Calgary pounds the Golden Knights 7-2.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Johnny Gaudreau matched a career-high with four points, all in the first period, and found a spot in the Calgary Flames' record book.

    Gaudreau's goal and three assists, along with Matthew Tkachuk's two goals and two assists, helped the Flames take over top spot in the Pacific Division with a 7-2 rout of the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night.

    Calgary is even in points with the San Jose Sharks, but have one more regulation/overtime win.

    "He's a dynamic player and he's a very creative player and he sees it," Flames coach Bill Peters said of Gaudreau. "There's not a whole bunch of them that have the ability to slow the game down and buy time for guys to get open and he's got it."

    Calgary blew the game open early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first period. Gaudreau became the 10th player in franchise history, and first since Olli Jokinen on Feb. 14, 2011, to register four points in a period.

    Gaudreau's handiwork began 2:36 into the game when he set up Tkachuk, who also matched his career best in points. Tkachuk whipped a 20-foot wrist shot past Malcolm Subban for a power-play goal.

    Gaudreau made it 2-0 at 6:49, ripping a shot over Subban's glove to complete a tic-tac-to passing sequence with linemates Elias Lindholm and Monahan.

    "Smart play by a smart player," said Gaudreau, describing Lindholm's play that began the sequence. "He's 20 to 30 feet ahead of us and he has a one-on-two, pulls up, finds (Monahan), next thing you know it's a two-on-two then I'm coming in the play and it's a three-on-two. For him to have that awareness, he's pretty smart."

    Gaudreau pounced on a turnover in the Vegas slot and set up Monahan's one-timer for a 3-0 lead at 10:59, then capped off his record-tying period by setting up Monahan's second of the period and team-leading 12th goal.

    "He's a big-time threat to take the puck to the net and then when he pulls up and delays, you've got guys with good timing coming late, that's when you see all those seam passes and East-West passes," Peters said. "All of a sudden, the goaltender is out playing the shooter and it's a long lateral pass and he can't get across."

    TJ Brodie and Sam Bennett rounded out the scoring for Calgary (12-8-1), which plays Vegas again on Friday.

    Nick Holden and Max Pacioretty scored third-period goals for the Golden Knights, who were coming off a 6-3 win in Edmonton on Sunday

    "It's hard to believe that this happened tonight, the way we played last night but that's hockey," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's pretty disappointing and I hope they're disappointed because they didn't show up."

    For the Flames, who lead the league with six third-period comebacks, Monahan says it was nice to play from in front for a change.

    "It's fun, obviously, when you're putting the puck in the net and you're winning like that. That's the best part of hockey," said Monahan. "This is a team, I think we needed a win like that."

    Second-year Czech goaltender David Rittich made 20 saves to improve to 7-1-0. It was the second start in a row for the 26-year-old Rittich, who is getting more playing time with veteran Mike Smith struggling.

    Subban went the distance for Vegas, finishing with 25 stops. After going 13-4-2 as a rookie last season, Subban has lost all four starts this season.

    "I don't have any answers for you right now, but we're supposed to be a fast team and it's probably the slowest we played all year," Vegas winger Reilly Smith said.
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    Flames score 5 goals in 1st period again to down Jets 6-3

    Calgary gets off to a hot start with five goals in the 1st period to cruise past Winnipeg 6-3.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Sam Bennett is taking advantage of increased playing time.

    Bennett had the go-ahead goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames scored five times in the first period again to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 on Wednesday night.

    Calgary took the lead for good at 8:20 of the first when Bennett ripped a 25-foot wrist shot into the top corner for his second goal in two games. Next shift out, he combined with TJ Brodie to set up a goal by Matthew Tkachuk.

    "I've wanted this opportunity for a while and I said I'd make the most of it. I'm not going to let my foot off the pedal now," Bennett said. "The confidence is definitely pretty good right now. I feel confident in my plays and I'm able to make plays and not be scared to make mistakes. It's a great feeling."

    Dillon Dube, Mark Jankowski, Johnny Gaudreau and Derek Ryan, with an empty netter, also scored as Calgary (13-8-1) moved back into first place in the Pacific Division.

    The Flames became the fourth team in NHL history and first in nearly 30 years to score five or more goals in consecutive first periods. Calgary also scored five times in the first Monday against Vegas in a 7-2 win.

    The St. Louis Blues were the last team to accomplish the feat back in November 1989.

    "It was just embarrassing," Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine said. "That's not the Winnipeg Jets. That's not the way we want to play this game. It was bad. It was real bad."

    Elevated to the second line alongside Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund to start the homestand, Bennett remains in that spot. The fourth pick in the 2014 draft has earned accolades from his coach and teammates in helping the Flames win three of their past four games.

    "He's playing awesome right now," Tkachuk said. "I love how heavy and physical he's been. He's creating more space for myself and (Backlund), but he's creating more space for himself as well. You saw his speed on that breakaway in the third."

    It was the first multipoint game of the season for Bennett. Half of his eight points have come in the past four games.

    "Benny is one of those guys, he's a young guy still, he's getting comfortable with what he brings to the table," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "He's got a real bright future. We've said all along, we've liked him, we've liked him a lot. His competitiveness has led to the opportunity of playing more and he's capitalized on that."

    Making his third consecutive start with struggling Mike Smith on the bench, David Rittich finished with 37 saves to improve to 8-1-0. He's won five straight.

    Laine scored two goals and Brandon Tanev had the other one for Winnipeg (12-6-2).

    "There was quite a bit that didn't go our way tonight," captain Blake Wheeler said. "Some of that was self-inflicted and some of it, the puck just wasn't bouncing our way."

    Tanev took advantage of poor defensive coverage and scored on his own rebound just 15 seconds into the game.

    Dube's first NHL goal tied it less than two minutes later. He ended his drought in his 17th game, firing Jankowski's centering pass behind goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

    Tkachuk's shot leaked through Hellebuyck's glove, making it 3-1 and ending the evening for the Jets goaltender. He exited after giving up three goals on nine shots.

    "We've got three in a row right now and I think everyone in our locker room feels great," Rittich said.

    Down 5-1, Winnipeg started to chip away at the lead, beginning with Laine's one-timer with 14 seconds remaining in the second period.

    On a nearly identical-looking goal, only this time on the power play and off a setup by Dustin Byfuglien, Laine's 13th of the season 6:17 into the third drew the Jets within two.

    Laurent Brossoit stopped 14 shots in relief of Hellebuyck. He took the loss to fall to 3-1-1.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Tuch, Fleury help Golden Knights beat Flames 2-0

    Alex Tuch deflects a deep shot into the goal in the 1st period and the Golden Knights cruise to a 2-0 win over the Flames.

    LAS VEGAS -- Alex Tuch and the Vegas Golden Knights made the most of their chance to atone for an ugly loss.

    Tuch had a goal and an assist in his 100th career game, and Vegas beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Friday.

    The Golden Knights avenged a 7-2 loss at Calgary on Monday, when the Flames opened up a 5-0 lead after just one period. The visit to Vegas marked the first time Calgary has been shut out this season.

    Colin Miller scored his first goal of the season, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in his fourth shutout of the season. It also was the 52nd shutout of his career, moving him into sole possession of 24th place on the NHL list, one shy of Nashville's Pekka Rinne.

    "It was a good slap in the face in Calgary," said Fleury, who earned his 415th career victory. "It's good that we got to face them quickly in front of our crowd and got the win."

    Fleury also started Wednesday at Arizona and made 19 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes.

    "I thought we bounced back good in Arizona, we got the win there, it was a close game, too," Fleury said. "Sometimes things have to go right to get a shutout. Most of the night I could see the puck right, our guys in front played good, too."

    James Neal, who scored the first two goals in Golden Knights history, made his first trip back to T-Mobile Arena as a member of the Flames. He received a warm reception from the crowd of 18,206 and finished with three shots on goal and four hits.

    "The fans are unbelievable, I loved playing here again," Neal said. "Just great memories here, it's one of those things that you never forget. It was a quite a run that we had, a special bond with the guys. It's an emotional comeback for sure."

    Calgary goaltender David Rittich made 26 saves after entering with a six-start win streak and an 8-1-0 mark on the year.

    Tuch put the Golden Knights in front 16 minutes into the second period when he deflected Cody Eakin's wrist shot from the point. Miller extended the lead early in the third period when he launched a blistering slap shot from the blue line that beat Rittich on the stick side.

    Since opening the season 0 for 16 and ranking last in the NHL on the power play, the Golden Knights have scored 14 goals in their last 60 chances with the man advantage.

    "It's nice to build momentum off a good divisional win against Arizona, but a slap in the face on Monday will really get you going," Tuch said. "It feels weird (to play) 100 games, but you know what, I'm just really happy to get the win."
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Hanifan, Jankowski lead Flames to 6-1 romp over Arizona

    Noah Hanifin tallies a shorthanded and power-play goal in the Flames' 6-1 rout against the Coyotes.

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Calgary coach Bill Peters took one on the chin Sunday, and so did the team his Flames dominated, the Arizona Coyotes.

    Noah Hanifin and Mark Jankowski each scored twice, former Coyotes goalie Mike Smith just missed his 38th career shutout and the Flames routed Arizona 6-1.

    Smith, making his first start in five games, made 28 saves in his first win since Nov. 1.

    Peters wasn't around to watch about 10 minutes of the game after he was hit in the left jaw with a puck while standing in his customary spot in the bench area early in the second period. He needed eight stitches and returned late in the period.

    "I think it's going to hurt more tomorrow, right?" Peters said after the game, the nasty cut and stitches clearly visible. "One of those things. There's not a lot of room up there, you've got to be paying attention. ... They did a good job, got me stitched up and back to work. ... Hopefully, it's the last time, but I doubt it."

    The Flames have won four of five but were coming off a loss to Las Vegas. Peters liked what he saw.

    "We've got a good group. We like our team," he said. "When we have time to practice and work on things typically we get better. This sets up real well. We've played every other day for a long time now. Now we get a day off and then we get another practice and we've got two at home."

    Calgary led 6-0 before Clayton Keller scored for Arizona with 6:16 remaining.

    Three of the Flames' goals were short-handed.

    "If you have a chance to make something happen, do it," Hanifin said. "They want us to make plays. A team like Arizona, they have a ton of short-handed goals this year. It just shows that if the opportunity is there, take it."

    The Coyotes have allowed five shorted-handed goals in their last two games.

    "The power play is horrendous," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "It really cost us. The effort on the power play is not there. The 5-on-5 we're fine at, but it's just we lose juice during the power play. ... A lot of our best players are on the power play and they have to stick with the program and right now they're not, and that falls on me."

    Hours after the game, the Coyotes traded forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to Chicago for forward Nick Schmaltz in a swap involving three former first-round picks.

    Strome went No. 3 overall in 2015, but the 6-foot-3 forward has just seven goals and nine assists in 47 career games. Perlini has two goals and four assists in 22 games this season.

    Sean Monahan and T.J. Brodie also scored for Calgary. The Flames rebounded from a loss at Las Vegas on Friday night and have won four of five. Arizona has lost four in a row, counting in overtime loss, and has been outscored 11-2 in the two games since goalie Antti Raanta returned after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes finished the home stand 1-3-1.

    "We have to regroup here and especially not feel sorry for ourselves," Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "That's the last thing you can do in this league. You just have to work harder, that's it, just work had and support each other and come to the rink with a positive attitude."

    About the only thing that did go wrong for Calgary was Elias Lindholm's failed penalty shot attempt, the puck knocked away by Raanta.

    Hanifon's first goal came on a power play and his second was short-handed. The Flames' two other short-handed goals, by Brodie and Jankowski, came in a 24-second span in the third period.

    "That was crazy. It's fresh to me," Hanifin said. "I have never seen that."
    Two time winner of the "Zukes" Cup (2011, 2012)

    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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