Flames 4, Maple Leafs 3 post-game embers: Jakub Nakladal edition

Ari Yanover
February 10 2016 08:00AM

You remember Game 82 against Winnipeg last season? Both the Flames and the Jets had just clinched a playoff spot, and so, the game was totally meaningless. Healthy scratches abounded, guys who weren't really getting the chance to play in the NHL got huge minutes, and the Flames got smoked 5-1 - but nobody cared, because the standings were set and the goal was more not to get hurt than anything else.

The Flames' game against the Leafs was in a similar vein. It wasn't meaningless, but it did provide serious roster deficiencies unlikely to repeat themselves. The Leafs were depleted from untimely injuries and a Dion Phaneuf trade, while the Flames laid down team law and scratched two big names (and, evidently, struggled at least in part for it).

In short, it wasn't really a normal game for either side; and for the Flames, at least, it's a situation unlikely to occur again. Two or three players from last night's lineup will likely end up scratched next game, so there's not really a ton to look at here.

Except for, well, one guy in particular.

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Bob Hartley talked scratches post-game

Ryan Pike
February 09 2016 11:00PM

Aside from the Dion Phaneuf trade to Ottawa, all the hockey world wanted to talk about today was the Calgary Flames' decision to scratch Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma from tonight's game with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

And of course, it was the topic du jour at Flames head coach Bob Hartley's post-game press conference. For your reading pleasure, here's a rundown of the relevant questions (and answers) from this evening's pow-wow with the reigning Jack Adams winner.

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Post-Game: Flames Overcome Leafs, Absent Friends

Ryan Pike
February 09 2016 10:21PM

It had all the trimmings of an American Hockey League clash.

The Calgary Flames, without Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma for disciplinary reasons, faced a Toronto Maple Leafs team missing five regulars. The Flames played fairly well early-on and spotted themselves a lead - having an edge of up to 4-1 at one point - and then clung on for dear life en route to a bowling shoe ugly 4-3 victory in front of a very blue (and partisan) crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The ugly ones count the same as the pretty ones, but the Flames are probably just gonna dispose of tonight's game tape.

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They're Out: Gaudreau, Monahan and Bouma Sit Tonight

Ryan Pike
February 09 2016 06:24PM

Last season, the Calgary Flames scratched their best and brightest on April 11. It was the 82nd game of the regular season and the game was fundamentally meaningless, as the Flames had a playoff spot sewn up and were worried about injuries before the post-season began.

Tonight? The Flames have scratched three of their best and brightest again. Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are officially healthy scratches for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Lance Bouma likely healthy scratches tonight

Ari Yanover
February 09 2016 05:08PM

Pop quiz. You're a rebuilding team coming down from the high of an unexpected playoffs appearance. You had a good off-season, and that, combined with the prior playoff victory, raised expectations. Perhaps unfairly - but they were raised.

Your new year started with so much hope, only to promptly crash and burn from the get-go. It's at the point where you're just waiting for the shoe to drop and all the upcoming unrestricted free agents to be shipped out for future assets, because you aren't going anywhere this season, as much as you may be desperate to deny it.

It's also at the point where pretty much the only reason worth watching your team is its young talent. So what do you do? You scratch them. For "disciplinary reasons".

Welcome to Calgary Flames hockey!

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