April 16 2015 01:00PM
Sean Monahan had a hell of a sophomore season. After his breakout rookie year, many were expecting him to regress; instead, he became a 30-goal scorer. He also nearly doubled his rookie point totals, jumping from 34 to 62. Injuries thrust him into a first line centre role, and he took to it pretty much immediately.
Once he was put in between Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler, that was pretty much it: an absolute force of a line, composed of absolute forces of players, was born.
There was something else going on with Monahan, though. It took him a while to get going, leading to sophomore slump speculation, but when he got going, he really got going. A 20-year-old led the Flames in goals, though he ultimately ended up tying with Hudler.
It's not just the number of goals he scored, though: it's when he scored them.
April 16 2015 11:00AM
1. You got me!!!!
So the Flames made the playoffs and Flames fans immediately started giving me stick about it.
Can't say I blame 'em, of course, because I spent the whole season basically beating a dead horse about how the team isn't good — it's not, by the way — and how the club would falter. It did not falter, and fans see this as a validation that they, in rooting for the team for arbitrary reasons, were correct in their analysis ("I think they're good because I like them") while the naysayers were wrong in theirs ("I've looked at a lot of data and they're not good").
April 16 2015 11:00AM
Fair to say we all more or less guessed that this is where this Flames team would end up by season’s end, right?
It might be worth Brad
Treliving making some calls about upgrading the suspension system for the team
bus with all the media jumping on the Flames’ bandwagon as this season has
Whether they made the playoffs or not, one would have had to look very, very hard to find a complaint about the way the season rolled out.
But the Flames are in and the only Canadian teams on the outside looking in right now are the Oilers and Leafs so I can only imagine the warm and fuzzy feelings that elicits in the hearts of Flames fans right now.
April 15 2015 11:14PM
If the notion that the Calgary Flames made the playoffs is enough to give you a heart murmur, I suggest you relegate yourself to a quiet room for the next few weeks, because life is going to get a whole lot weirder.
The first example of that trend? The Calgary Flames have a lead in a playoff series following a very tight-checking, entertaining 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
April 15 2015 04:02PM
Because they don't have legs, y'all.
Well, Citizens, our day has come. and for the first time since the birth of this fabulous little blog, we get to cover your Calgary Flames as they battle their way through the playoffs, and for someone who has been doing this writing thing since the Fredrik Modin era in bygone Flames history, this was beginning to look like a day I'd never see.
Nonetheless, we're all here now, and I don't know about you, but I'm itchin' to get down to business! We've been covering our heroes and their chances since that fateful day our brave giantkillers #BeatLA and clinched their spot in the tournament of champions. We've profiled everyone, and will continue to do so.
And we've known this whole time that the Flaming C is facing off against their long time rival and over-border hoodrat Vancouver Canucks, yet here at the Nation, we have not spilled much digital ink talking about that. And I feel it's important we do, because they're the enemy now, one we know so very well, and if we're not hating them, we're not trying. So that's what we're going to do today.
For the past 5 or 6 days, we've heard all the experts and Johnny know it alls in the local media weigh in on the series, and while there are a lot of calls for the plucky underdog Flames to limp on out of the series with their hands raised in victory, most scribes are giving the nod to Vancouver, and putting a lot of lipstick on a pig in the process.
That pig is Kevin Bieksa.