Post-Game: Flames Beat Oil, Give Atomic Wedgies, Steal Lunch Money

Taylor McKee
March 23 2014 12:25AM

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This night of nights, this game of games, is the sweetest of victories for your fightin' Flames as it comes against our perennially pathetic polar ... poo-heads from the North. It's not that the Flames won big, in Edmonton, it's that the game was just so fun to watch for so many different reasons. Including a Taylor Hall/Dallas Eakins "mis-communication" which looked an awful lot like a cat fight. 

The Flames turned the second period into a highlight package and scored EIGHT TIMES. IN ONE GAME. AGAINST THE OILERS. One of them by Kevin Westgarth, the Brick Tamland of hockey. Drink it in Flames fans, this game is ties the largest margin of victory in a BOA and this may have been the most unexpected of Flames big wins in Edmonton. We can worry about the draft lottery and tanking and the rebuild tomorrow. For right now, this feels great.   

Best game ever.

Also, Matt Stajan melted some hearts with a penalty shot goal, Read all about it after the jump  

GAME SUMMARY


Right off the bat, Kevin Westgarth, whom was dressed tonight for reasons I do not understand, took a roughing penalty two minutes into the game. On that power-play, Jeff Petry scored on a point shot with Ryan Jones parked directly in front of him without a stick. Though the difference between Jones with a stick and without a stick are frankly negligible.  

After the 1-0 goal, Westgarth decided to correct his error by fighting Luke Gadzic, the same guy who knocked him out in a scary incident. Westgarth tried to protect himself throughout the majority of the scrap and was able to hold his own for the most part. Basically, who cares? Westgarth fighting a fellow goon seems inconsequential to me but that hardly seems important now doesn't it? I won't complain about anything else from this point on I promise.

Because after that, things were all smiles in Flameland. T.J Brodie, who rules, started a breakout and the puck found Mark Giordano who absolutely blasted one past Fasth and tied the game at 1. The game was tied at one heading into the second period. All things considered, the game was quite even going into the room, the Flames were leading in shots 9-8.

The second period started off pretty good for the Flames when four and a half minutes in, Paul Byron forced a turnover to Mikael Backlund who found a wide-open red-hot Mike Cammalleri to give the Flames a 2-1 lead. Things got very good after that.

One minute later, Matt Stajan was the recipient of a fairly generous call and was awarded a penalty shot. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Stajan, whom isn't known as much of a shootout specialist, I think anyone who saw what happened were pretty pleased:   

A pretty emotional goal considering all the hardship that Stajan and his family have endured recently. He points to the sky after the goal and ...yeah. That is a pretty cool moment. Good on him.

The Flames would score twice more before the second period ended, one from Lord Byron, who rules, and one from Glencross who roofed one on Fasth and ended his night. The Flames went into the third WINNING 5-1?! I was tingling with glee. 

Heading into the third, I am sure most Flames fans would have been content with sitting on the four goal lead. However, the Flames decided to reward us for our loyalty this year by laying into our northern foes for three more goals on Ben Scrivens who must be super glad he willingly signed up for another tour of duty in goaltending Vietnam. 

Glencross scored twice in the third to complete the hat-trick and even, sigh, Kevin Westgarth scored in the third off of what I am going to assume was an intentional chest pass from Tyler Wotherspoon to make it 7-1 at that point. The game ended 8-1 and all is good in the world. 

THE RED WARRIOR


One may be tempted to make Ryan Smyth the Red Warrior tonight as he somehow, and I have no idea how, managed to be even in an 8-1 loss. That is amazing. How is that even possible? Anywho, enough of the report from Shelbyville. The Flames had a number of amazing performances tonight including Curtis Glencross who scored a friggen hat trick, Mark Giordano who seems to be on a one man mission to make Dan Hamhuis pay for not being picked for the Olympic team, and T.J Brodie who, along with Gio, was +5 tonight. Even though we all hate that stat, that's still pretty impressive.

However, the obvious choice is good ol' Matthew "Ragin Franchise" Stajan who had four points tonight to go with his penalty shot goal. Just great stuff all around.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 14:00 Perron 4 19 21 35 57 89 5 7 18 20 24 31 5v5
Away 1 11:19 Agostino 5 14 35 51 84 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Home 1 7:52 Schultz 14 19 21 35 51 93 5 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Home 1 6:50 Hendricks 2 23 27 35 68 85 3 11 13 31 32 56 5v5
Home 1 5:36 Hall 4 5 35 57 84 89 5 7 8 18 20 31 5v5
Away 1 5:08 Colborne 14 19 21 35 51 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Away 1 3:08 Monahan 5 21 35 93 94 4 5 11 13 23 31 4v5
Away 1 2:45 Giordano 5 21 35 93 94 4 5 11 13 23 31 4v5
Home 2 17:33 Smyth 2 14 35 51 93 94 3 13 31 32 44 5v4
Away 2 16:41 Glencross 2 27 35 51 68 85 4 7 11 20 24 31 5v5
Away 2 16:18 Monahan 2 27 35 51 68 85 3 8 23 31 51 56 5v5
Away 2 15:48 Cammalleri goal 19 21 23 27 35 68 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Away 2 14:40 Stajan PS goal 2 4 35 57 85 89 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Away 2 14:01 Byron goal 2 4 35 57 85 89 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Home 2 13:06 Lander 5 14 35 51 84 93 4 15 16 17 31 44 5v5
Home 2 11:50 Lander 14 19 21 30 51 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Home 2 10:12 Jones 5 20 28 30 84 94 3 15 16 17 31 56 5v5
Away 2 5:34 Hudler 2 30 85 93 94 4 5 8 20 24 31 4v5
Home 2 3:49 Nugent-Hopkins 2 5 14 21 30 93 5 7 17 23 31 51 5v5
Away 2 2:59 Glencross 19 30 51 57 84 89 3 5 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 3 19:26 Nugent-Hopkins 14 19 30 85 93 5 7 11 31 32 4v4
Away 3 15:16 Glencross 14 19 20 21 30 93 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 3 15:11 Glencross goal 14 19 20 21 30 93 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 3 14:44 Bouma 5 23 27 28 30 84 3 15 16 17 31 56 5v5
Away 3 14:34 Westgarth goal 5 23 27 28 30 84 3 15 16 17 31 56 5v5
Away 3 13:47 Cammalleri 2 20 30 57 85 89 4 8 13 23 31 44 5v5
Home 3 10:10 Smyth 19 20 21 28 30 94 4 15 16 17 31 44 5v5
Away 3 7:06 Glencross 19 20 21 28 30 94 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Home 3 6:57 Gazdic 5 20 30 57 84 94 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 3 4:50 Monahan 4 14 19 21 30 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Away 3 3:45 Bouma 5 20 28 30 84 94 3 15 16 17 31 44 5v5
Away 3 3:30 Agostino 19 21 30 51 57 89 4 16 23 31 44 51 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
3 SMID, LADISLAV 19:30 5 2 00:00 0 0 01:12 0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:20 9 4 03:45 3 0 00:01 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 13:15 4 5 04:19 3 0 02:13 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 16:30 4 4 01:56 0 0 00:40 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 15:05 5 2 02:04 1 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:00 4 2 03:22 2 0 00:39 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 13:08 4 1 03:22 2 0 00:33 0 1
15 WESTGARTH, KEVIN 10:05 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 11:13 4 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 13:17 3 4 00:15 0 0 02:15 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 09:39 4 4 00:00 0 0 02:09 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 10:28 5 4 02:04 1 0 00:01 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 17:26 6 2 03:24 2 0 00:04 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 10:11 5 3 02:17 1 0 00:01 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   17 11   3 0   0 1
32 BYRON, PAUL 13:32 3 2 00:00 0 0 01:10 0 1
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 17:07 9 5 01:22 0 0 02:46 0 1
51 AGOSTINO, KENNY 13:17 5 2 00:15 0 0 00:00 0 0
56 WOTHERSPOON, TYLER 17:04 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 5 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 9 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SUM IT UP


Flames rule, while the Oilers a pathetic excuse for a joke... also, they drool.

Flames host the Sharks on Monday.

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Taylor splits time between UVIC and Calgary studying history. Taylor likes the Flames, the Cannons, Buckshot, and the Oxford comma. Taylor scored on his own net on dome ice when he was 8. Twitter: @TaylorMcKee_
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#51 exsanguinator
March 23 2014, 12:46PM
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If the Oilers loses their next game or Pheonix wins theirs, the Oilers will be mathematically eliminated from the play offs.

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#52 SoCalFlamesFan
March 23 2014, 02:56PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

is it right to enjoy this win so much? Yes, the boys took the lunch-money from the odd, handicapped kid, but in this case they deserved it.

As for Gazdik, time for a new rule; 2 for taking your helmet off, or 4 for leaving it on. lol

Cherry can be brash and obnoxious but he is (in my opinion) right in this case.

If Gazdik is going to be a tough guy, an enforcer, he cannot wear equipment that makes it impossible for the other party to fight back without hurting himself. Cowardly and dishonorable. and then To sit there and laugh in the penalty box because Wesgarth's hands were all torn up is pathetic.

I find it interesting that the general defense of Gazdik is that removing your helmet is against the rules ... so is fighting ... and tripping ... and hooking etc. I don't think Gazdik is absolutely opposed to any other penalties. Sounds more like hiding behind the rules.

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#53 piscera.infada
March 23 2014, 04:30PM
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@beloch

"Although changing the rules on the ice remains a conundrum, one thing I would like to see is a little less gladiatorial pomp in arenas when fights happen."

While I'm not swayed one way or the other on "goons" (I have my opinion, and usually discussion on the issue just devolves into utter chaos), I couldn't agree more with what you're saying. It seems ludicrous to me that the NHL can constantly have an open discussion regarding the merits of fighting, yet the league and many of its teams use it as one of the most marketable aspects of the game.

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#55 Clyde
March 23 2014, 07:24PM
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mattyc wrote:

I would expect a coach to be learning from his past mistakes. I'm skeptical that a cursory attribute like fighting or intimidation outweighs better hockey skills - it just seems like a pretty extraordinary claim. Extraordinary claims need extraordinary proof, and no data (that I've seen/read at least) seems to support this idea in any significant way.

@clyde

I'm actually, all things considered, pretty happy with the job Hartley has done this year. Would I rather have seen Galiardi over Westgarth last night? - yep, 10/10 times I'd bet on Galiardi outperforming Westgarth, but at the end of the day, a guy playing 8 minutes a night isn't going to win you a game very often.

From a talent standpoint, very true and under different circumstances, I would agree. But, he allowed westgarth an opportunity that he needed. My personal feeling is that it played a role in the victory. Can I measure it? No. But, how I don't think any flames player didn't give it their all after what he did.

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#56 Derzie
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TheoForever wrote:

Once in a while someone comes along and starts criticizing enforces and fighting. Those people make empty statements about lack of evidence to support the claim that enforces can change the outcome of a game, which btw. they can and do.

I have been thinking about who those people are and why they think the way they do, and finally I think I understand.

There is a GENERATION GAP.

I'm going to take you back to a time, that once was and has come to an end in places like Canada. A time before lawyers and crybabies. Back to a time where your mommy and daddy didn't drive you around to clubs and events.

A time where kids played in their own neighbourhoods policed themselves on the playgrounds with no adult supervision. Yeah, that time existed not that long ago.

There was 10 of us or so, we were about 12 years old and we were playing soccer. A bunch (6) of 16-17 year olds came around and they took our ball and told us to get lost. We knew them but being younger didn't hang out with them.

One of our group was bigger and more aggressive, he was our leader and best player the driving force in all the games. That day he challenged one of the older boys and fight erupted, he got some licks in but he was loosing. The older boy had him in a headlock, and was telling him to give up but our guy wouldn't. The moment he was realised he kept coming at the older kid. It didn't matter how badly he got hit he would not give up. Finally, the other older boys stepped in and separated the two.

They gave the ball back and left. We stayed on the playground and kept playing.

A few hours later they came back and said -'let's play'. We split into groups to make it fair. From that day on we weren't picked on and not just by those guys but anyone else. We had our protection.

It took one guy's bloodied nose and never give up attitude no matter what.

This brings me back to Westgarth and why Hartley put him in the game. Westgarh had to face his nemesis, because he is a 'gunfighter' and has no choice. Hartley, understands what it is like and he knows what it does for the team. Yeah, Westgarth played a big role in this win.

You can criticize as much as you want but the players felt it and coach knew it.

Cheers

The gap you are referring to is an education gap. A few years in school will teach you that bravery is smart, bravado is dumb. That is why as sports have learned the real meaning of getting your bell rung and have seen people die young and commit suicide, that they are changing the game. That said, Westgarth is highly educated and chooses to be a tough guy. That is very, very rare but admirable.

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#57 Franko J
March 23 2014, 10:34PM
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herringchoker wrote:

Hey Guys, I was at the Halifax mooseheads games this weekend and had a good look at Nik Ehlers. Kid is awesome. Looks like Drouins clone. Kid was dangerous every time he touched the puck and man can he skate. He's not afraid to go to net and has very soft hands. He is the real deal. He will be the sleeper in this draft.

Outside of the obvious top 10 picks I have been following some dark horses in the first round and Nikolaj Ehlers had impressed me as well. Comparison for me is Parise. Right now the hottest Flame may not be the biggest guy on the ice, but his heart, skill, hockey smarts and speed are direct correlation to the team winning. Ehlers would be great fit for the Flames. Honourable mention: Jared McCann

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#58 Franko J
March 23 2014, 10:47PM
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The best part of last night was Matt Stajan. Here is a player who was a few years ago by many Flames would have traded for a bag of pucks and a few broken sticks. Now through the toughest adversity and tragedy he symbolizes why giving up or giving in is not an option or excuse for this team. A classy player who wears the Flaming "C" with pride.

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#59 Robert Johnson
March 24 2014, 09:02AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Take the fallacious arguments elsewhere please. They don't aid discussion in the least.

WTF does fallacious mean?

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#60 ChinookArch
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Regrettably I missed the game last night. I watched the highlights this morning and wow, that was something else. To me it looked like the Flames shots were as precise as they could have been, and they were scoring on every counting chance. The Oiler defensive breakdowns are a little harder to pick up on a limited highlight reel, but it looked like the Oilers were just terrible in their own end. I'm not sure how good the goaltending was, but none of the goals appeared to their fault.

Were the Flames that good/lucky or were the Oilers just that bad and unlucky?

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#61 exsanguinator
March 23 2014, 09:48AM
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They really were that bad. Both oilers goaltenders were hung out to dry all game.

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#62 mk
March 23 2014, 09:56AM
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After the game, the CBC panel did a nice job of picking apart Hall's game (they looked at his complete lack of defense on several goals). Pretty embarrassing for the Oilers.

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#63 Primo
March 23 2014, 09:57AM
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TRAV wrote:

I appreciate that we are near the bottom of the standings so I say this with some temper... Jay Feaster deserves some credit.

1. Hartley has proven to be the right coach for this group getting the most out of his team and getting them to learn good habits and play the right way.

2. Ramo is looking more and more like the future goalie of this team. A shrewd move to include him in the trade.

3. While the trade wasn't a good one Byron is emerging as a quality player.

4. Colborne is looking like a great return for a fourth. Starting to dominate along the boards and showing some signs of being a quality two way player.

5. Our farm system is better than it has been in a number of years. Ward is doing an amazing job of teaching the kids the right way to play and you can see that the organization as a whole is connected in philosophy. Players like Knight, Wotherspoon, Byron, Ortio, Street, Granlund, are showing signs of promise and proper development.

6.Monhan. Right player to draft, right time and right decision to keep him up. He is going to score 20 as a rookie.

7.. Jankowski is looking like the best player to be drafted in that year... Well wait... okay maybe not yet....but he is improving.

While Feaster made a number of well documented mistakes I think that it is also worthwhile to recognize that he is the one responsible for setting the Flames on the right path. It's still a long, long path but we are clearly headed in the right direction.

Your bang on with your comments! As much as I like the Burke hiring I am now more concerned than ever that he will try to erase the Feaster blueprint and impose his own.

I am hoping that his hockey intelligence will make him realize that Feaster has put some nice pieces in place so do not destroy!!

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March 23 2014, 10:11AM
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herringchoker wrote:

Hey Guys, I was at the Halifax mooseheads games this weekend and had a good look at Nik Ehlers. Kid is awesome. Looks like Drouins clone. Kid was dangerous every time he touched the puck and man can he skate. He's not afraid to go to net and has very soft hands. He is the real deal. He will be the sleeper in this draft.

The knocks against him are pretty obvious though. He's tiny, underweight, and his success may be floated by talented linemates (the aforeementioned Drouin).

That said, I caught some highlights of him recently and was very impressed. His hands are unbelievable.

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Funny how Feaster is long gone but 6 rings from the Oilers continues to get a free pass year after year! kind of pathetic!

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#66 RKD
March 23 2014, 11:46AM
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The Flames organization has a plan, all the players buy-in to Hartley's system. They may not have a sexy roster but play as a unit, they play for the logo on their chest and for each other. They make selfless plays. This team is headed in the right direction, the veteran players have taken a leadership role and been great mentors for the kids coming up.

How Taylor Hall can say he wasn't embarrassed is beyond me. This guy is clearly disconnected from the team. HNIC's Healy pointed out multiple times Hall behind so far behind he couldn't backcheck and when he went in to forecheck. Jordan Eberle talking about the Oilers high powered offence on After Hours. What is talking about. They guys making millions are suffering from delusions of grandeur.

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#67 Baalzamon
March 23 2014, 12:03PM
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Oh, and I have more answers to questions no one asked. In their last five games, the Flames have not fallen below 60% in Fenwick Close. Which is ridiculous.

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#68 Chambers
March 23 2014, 12:26PM
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RKD wrote:

The Flames organization has a plan, all the players buy-in to Hartley's system. They may not have a sexy roster but play as a unit, they play for the logo on their chest and for each other. They make selfless plays. This team is headed in the right direction, the veteran players have taken a leadership role and been great mentors for the kids coming up.

How Taylor Hall can say he wasn't embarrassed is beyond me. This guy is clearly disconnected from the team. HNIC's Healy pointed out multiple times Hall behind so far behind he couldn't backcheck and when he went in to forecheck. Jordan Eberle talking about the Oilers high powered offence on After Hours. What is talking about. They guys making millions are suffering from delusions of grandeur.

Not only that these guys have never had gap contracts! They went from EL to having $36M handed to them without having to prove themselves. Now they have quit listening and are waiting for the next coach. It's really a shame for them but the Oiler organization deserves a huge amount of blame here! I believe Kevin Lowe has accountability for this????

Go Flames!

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#69 kittensandcookies
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After the game, the CBC panel did a nice job of picking apart Hall's game (they looked at his complete lack of defense on several goals). Pretty embarrassing for the Oilers.

He's always been bad defensively. I've watched way too many Oilers games this season and last and every time there's at least two plays by Hall where I think "why the hell don't you backcheck?".

He doesn't care. Apparently no one tells "The Hall" how to play.

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#70 Frank Miron
March 23 2014, 12:38PM
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They truly are building something special up there.

A contract extention, Hartley ? :-)

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#71 TheoForever
March 23 2014, 12:48PM
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@exsanguinator

They are already out if I'm not mistaken.

Yap we did it!!!!!!!

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#72 beloch
March 23 2014, 01:14PM
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Clyde wrote:

Westgarth plays his role given to him well. He is energetic, physical and courageous. He never takes a shift off and he showed last night that he will do what it takes to fulfill his role no matter what. That rubs off on younger players and they see what needs to be done to fulfill their roles as well. Not everyone on here hates him. As was said in an earlier comment, it takes all kinds of players to build a team

It takes a special kind of courage/madness to fight the same guy who kept his visor on and put you in the hospital the last time your team played his.

Honestly, I think the league's enforcers should skate away from fights Gazdic starts until he starts removing his helmet. Let him learn to fight fair or watch him rack up so many one-sided penalties that even the Oilers won't put him on the ice.

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#73 beloch
March 23 2014, 03:05PM
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I find it interesting that the general defense of Gazdik is that removing your helmet is against the rules ... so is fighting ... and tripping ... and hooking etc. I don't think Gazdik is absolutely opposed to any other penalties. Sounds more like hiding behind the rules.

Gazdic is unlikely to pick up one-sided penalties for removing his helmet. If one fighter removes his helmet, the other player must too. So says the code, and for good reason. Enforcers don't want to fight guys with visors on. Gazdic mostly fights code following goons, so there's simply no excusing him.

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#74 Stubblejumper
March 23 2014, 04:45PM
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"how do you rewrite the rules to cut out the meaningless fights without removing the meaningful ones?"

Well said Beloch. Policies/rules are made and applied fairly for all. Referees want, whenever possible, to administrate to black and white rules rather than applying judgement.

A good example is delay of game penalties for shooting the puck out without touching the glass...no judgement as to the intent of the player, only administration of the rule.

Short of an absolute ban in fighting (which would also have some unintended consequences), fighting will likely remain in the game.

Therefore the only other decision is whether to further diminish fighting through rule changes and penalties, with a desire to reduce/eliminate meaningless fights, but likely impacting meaningful fights.

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March 23 2014, 10:29PM
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Maybe Westgarth made an educated decision weighing his skill set against potential earning power.

Not a whole lot of jobs out there paying what he makes a year.

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I think there should be an 8-part follow up series about this game: "Flames vs. 8ilers: A goal-by-goal review". Mentally, I'm not done with this. :)

Is the bet where Flames Nation gets to write the GDT for the next game still going? If so, this next GDT better be one for the ages!

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#77 Levi
March 24 2014, 04:26PM
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hockeydoofus wrote:

For all you guys that criticize McGratten, Westgarth, etc., how many NHL games have you played, how many NHL goals have you scored and how many NHL heavyweights have you fought. Yea, right.

Didn't realize that a person had to play in the NHL to have an opinion about their favourite hockey player. I guess since I've never been prime minister I should vote in an election. Mcgratten is awesome, he's an amazing fighter, doesn't make very many mistakes and is a great guy. Westgrath on the other hand makes many very bad mistakes, can hardly fight and is a detriment to the flames in every way.

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#78 EugeneV
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suba steve wrote:

When are they gonna finally start giving points (in the standings) for positive Corsi results and scoring chance count (and Fenwick). Stupid NHL.

LOL

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TheoForever wrote:

Once in a while someone comes along and starts criticizing enforces and fighting. Those people make empty statements about lack of evidence to support the claim that enforces can change the outcome of a game, which btw. they can and do.

I have been thinking about who those people are and why they think the way they do, and finally I think I understand.

There is a GENERATION GAP.

I'm going to take you back to a time, that once was and has come to an end in places like Canada. A time before lawyers and crybabies. Back to a time where your mommy and daddy didn't drive you around to clubs and events.

A time where kids played in their own neighbourhoods policed themselves on the playgrounds with no adult supervision. Yeah, that time existed not that long ago.

There was 10 of us or so, we were about 12 years old and we were playing soccer. A bunch (6) of 16-17 year olds came around and they took our ball and told us to get lost. We knew them but being younger didn't hang out with them.

One of our group was bigger and more aggressive, he was our leader and best player the driving force in all the games. That day he challenged one of the older boys and fight erupted, he got some licks in but he was loosing. The older boy had him in a headlock, and was telling him to give up but our guy wouldn't. The moment he was realised he kept coming at the older kid. It didn't matter how badly he got hit he would not give up. Finally, the other older boys stepped in and separated the two.

They gave the ball back and left. We stayed on the playground and kept playing.

A few hours later they came back and said -'let's play'. We split into groups to make it fair. From that day on we weren't picked on and not just by those guys but anyone else. We had our protection.

It took one guy's bloodied nose and never give up attitude no matter what.

This brings me back to Westgarth and why Hartley put him in the game. Westgarh had to face his nemesis, because he is a 'gunfighter' and has no choice. Hartley, understands what it is like and he knows what it does for the team. Yeah, Westgarth played a big role in this win.

You can criticize as much as you want but the players felt it and coach knew it.

Cheers

Amen

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#80 EugeneV
March 25 2014, 05:03PM
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Robert Johnson wrote:

WTF does fallacious mean?

I am assuming it is an adverb of "fallacy"

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