The Weekly Ignition: March 10 2014

Ryan Pike
March 10 2014 10:34AM


Let's kick off the week in hockey with a quick shout-out to Matt Stajan and his wife, Katie. They're obviously going through a rough time and our thoughts and well-wishes go out to them.

The hockey world meanwhile, keeps a-turnin'. NCAA conference playoffs are underway. Junior playoffs loom. And everything else chugs along

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Post-Game: Flames Lose Rematch With Canucks

Ryan Pike
March 08 2014 11:59PM


Just over 24 hours removed from an emotional come-from-behind win at home against the New York Islanders, the Flames visited Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Aside from a brief skirmish between Mark Giordano and Kevin Bieksa in the first period, the Flames didn't have as much intensity and emotion as they did against the Isles. Their execution was also a bit lacking, particularly around the net.

As a result, the Calgary Flames were defeated in a tight-checking 2-1 game that was alternately sloppy, choppy and occasionally hard to watch.

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Post-Game: Just Enough To Win

Ryan Pike
March 07 2014 10:57PM

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Joe Nieuwendyk's number was honoured (but not retired) on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. As expected, the Calgary Flames sat around on the bench for about 20 minutes as people talked about how great Nieuwendyk was as a player. Then they played a fairly uninspired two periods of hockey, aside from a few pockets of energetic play from the kids.

And then the New York Islanders failed to cash in on 66 seconds of a two-man advantage, already up two goals, and the Hockey Gods punished them for it. Three Flames goals in just over four minutes, and the Flames accomplished a miraculous comeback and won despite being the worse team for about 45 of the game's 60 minutes.

It was as if the Islanders just wanted to lose the game more than the Flames did. (Spoiler: This is probably true.)

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News and Notes - March 7 2014

Ryan Pike
March 07 2014 10:47AM

It's a Game Day here at FlamesNation, as the Calgary Flames host the John Tavares-less New York Islanders. It's also Retro Night, with good music, bad fashion, sweet Retro jerseys, and a tribute to Joe Nieuwendyk - Joe's #25 will go up to the rafters as part of the Forever a Flames program.

Now that I'm fully recovered from trade deadline day on Wednesday, I've got a few thoughts.

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Post-Game: Kids Beat Third Jersey Curse

Ryan Pike
March 06 2014 12:04AM

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After a relatively uneventful (for them) NHL trade deadline day, the Calgary Flames gathered their composure and headed into action against the visiting Ottawa Senators. While the pesky Sens are a formidable foe, the Flames also rode into battle against arguably their stiffest foe – their new third jerseys. Since introducing the Western-themed jerseys, the club had amassed an 0-8-0 record heading into tonight's contest – to the point where head coach Bob Hartley even weaselled out of wearing them on Western Night.

On this evening, the Flames – with their diminished roster complemented by several AHL call-ups from Abbotsford, finally won a game in their third jerseys. They beat the Senators by a 4-1 score, and they largely carried the play.

It was a weird game.

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