April 19 2015 09:00AM
Just 48 hours after they allowed them to tie the series at one win apiece, the Calgary Flames head home to the Scotiabank Saddledome to host the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The Canucks have come out of the gates quickly in the first two games. Calgary was able to weather the storm in Game 1 and keep things close, but the Canucks adjusted well in Game 2. The Flames will have to do their best to not get buried underneath scoring chances in the opening frame.
The series is very much up for grabs, but after Friday's chaotic finish, it's up to the Flames to show the hockey world that they aren't a one-hit/one-game wonder, and that they do belong in the post-season with the big boys. If you look at the remainder of the games as a best-of-five, then Calgary has home ice.
That's probably the best they could reasonably hope for.
Puck drop is after 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan for Calgary's first home playoff game since April 27, 2009!
Flames' Deryk Engelland has instigator penalty rescinded; Hartley fined $50,000 for inciting late line brawl
April 18 2015 03:49PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports
The NHL got this one right.
On Saturday the league announced that the instigator penalty assessed to Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland during a late line brawl in Game 2 of Calgary's opening round series against the Vancouver Canucks has been rescinded. As a result Engelland will avoid an automatic suspension and be available to play in Game 3 on Sunday night.
Though the league decided that Engelland's behaviour didn't warrant a suspension, and I think most people who watched the game were rather confused when they got a look at how the penalties broke down, the NHL has fined Flames coach Bob Hartley $50,000 dollars for his role in inciting the brawl.
April 18 2015 01:00PM
In addition to the potential supplemental discipline coming to the Calgary Flames after Game 2, there's a possibility that a couple bodies may need some medical attention.
Both Sam Bennett and Dennis Wideman disappeared from the Flames bench during the latter stages of the game, though both returned to action before game's end.
April 18 2015 11:00AM
Good morning! The Calgary Flames lost 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks last night. The game was largely out of hand by the third period.
So things go chippy, as they tend to do late in one-sided playoff games. And that led to a melee near the end of the contest that may have line-up implications for both sides for Game 3.
April 18 2015 09:00AM