FGD Round 1, Game 5: To The Brink

Ryan Pike
April 23 2015 09:00AM

The last time the Calgary Flames won a playoff round, Paul Martin ran Canada and George W. Bush ran the United States. It was the (magical) spring of 2004, and the Flames shocked the world by beating the division-leading Vancouver Canucks in the first round. Now, here we are 11 years (and 10 seasons) later, and the Flames are in the midst of another magical spring, and they can finish off the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

But don't count on it being easy.

Vancouver's best game of the series - by far - was Game 2, where after losing Game 1 at home, the Canucks came out and played a structured, poised and aggressive 60 minutes of hockey. Calgary also played on their heels the entire time, and struggled to adjust.

Now the shoe is on the other foot. Vancouver has played two okay games in Calgary, but the Flames responded to their Game 2 setback with two strong games at home. One more strong effort stands between them and a second round date with the Anaheim Ducks. In hockey, as in life, nothing is given to you; it's up to the Calgary Flames to take this opportunity tonight, or risk Vancouver getting back into the series.

The puck drops after 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Roster Update - April 22 2015

Ryan Pike
April 22 2015 06:33PM

It's an off-day for the Calgary Flames and the team's roster has grown with the addition of several "black aces" to the roster.

Since I was asked how many players are on the roster right now, here's a quick update:

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Post-Game: 3-1 Win Gives Flames 3-1 Stranglehold

Ryan Pike
April 21 2015 11:15PM

Tonight's Game 4 between the Calgary Flames was supposed to be the ultimate challenge for the Flames: a home game against a desperate Vancouver Canucks team that really, really didn't want to go down 3-1 in the series.

However, Vancouver was equal parts undisciplined and sloppy in their play early-on, Calgary got out to an early lead and held on for deal life to skate away with a 3-1 win and a 3-1 series lead on the Canucks.

The Flames can win a playoff round on Thursday. In a season where the hockey world expected them to be in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

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Flames Recall Several Black Aces

Ryan Pike
April 21 2015 06:20PM

Now that the American Hockey League season has been completed, the Calgary Flames have recalled several bodies from the Adirondack Flames to serve as "black aces," and practice with the injured players and scratches.

Full list after the jump!

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Jiri Hudler Named Finalist For Lady Byng

Ryan Pike
April 21 2015 04:55PM

A bit of pre-game news for you, and it's good news.

Calgary Flames winger Jiri Hudler has been named one of the three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy. The news was announced on Sportsnet (and NBCSN's) pre-game coverage, and related by our pal Pat Steinberg on Twitter.

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