October 12 2015 03:00PM
Overtime was awesome before, but it's even better now. You take all the heart-pounding terror of sudden death, add a whole lot more open space and suddenly, everything is taken up to a whole new level.
Every single play means something. You miss your chance, and you had better get in your own end immediately, because it's probably coming right back. You make one wrong guess, and you may be conceding the game. There's almost no margin for error.
And the best part? The Flames have just the personnel to be a good three-on-three team.
October 12 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames won on Saturday night, and in addition to being Mikael Backlund's 300th game as a Calgary Flame, it represented a pretty big milestone for head coach Bob Hartley.
The victory was the 100th regular season win for Hartley behind the bench for the Flames. He joins a pretty exclusive group, becoming just the eighth Flames bench boss to hit the century mark.
October 11 2015 04:15PM
Perhaps lost in the hubbub and bally-hoo of the Calgary Flames' big win last night in Vancouver is a pretty significant milestone for Mikael Backlund - especially compared to many of Calgary's other first-round picks.
The 2007 first round selection of the Flames played his 300th NHL game in Saturday night's game. Hitting the 300-game mark adds Backlund to a club of just nine former Flames first rounders to play that many games with the franchise. Dion Phaneuf (2003's first rounder) was the last player to join the club.
The full list of the Top 20 First Rounders by games played in a Flames uniform after the jump.
October 11 2015 11:00AM
It's a relatively quiet day in the hockey world, with the National Hockey League scheduling just a single game on this Thanksgiving Sunday.
So in the spirit of the holiday, and to allow some relaxation and reflection amongst a fanbase that's probably breathing a sigh of relief after a spirited first victory of the season last night in Vancouver, we invite you to share your thoughts:
As a Calgary Flames (and NHL) fan, what are you thankful for?
October 10 2015 11:43PM
Well, that's more like it.
After a woeful performance on Wednesday in their season-opener at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Calgary Flames played a much more composed 60 minutes of ice hockey tonight in Vancouver in their do-over game. As a result of some nice play, particularly in the third period and particularly by their top line ("Boys and the Huds"), the Flames skated to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Canucks.
Here's how it went down at Rogers Arena, where the Flames spoiled Vancouver's home-opener.