April 10 2016 08:00AM
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All it took was 31 seconds and a couple of first-ever NHL points to bring the Flames up from the drudges of a 1-0 loss, give an old goaltender the best possible farewell he probably could have asked for, and pick up a completely unnecessary two points.
Thirty-one seconds, and a trio of unlikely performers.
April 09 2016 08:23PM
It was a nice gesture by the Calgary Flames to give veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom the final start of the season, which happened to be in his old stomping grounds of Minnesota. Backstrom played just over 400 games with the Wild and at 38 years of age, it doesn't seem likely that he'll be back in the National Hockey League next season.
But Backstrom was a massive difference-maker for a Flames roster full of youthful exuberance tonight, making 35 saves en route to a 2-1 comeback victory to close out the 2015-16 season.
April 09 2016 02:00PM
The Flames are out of a playoff spot; the Wild are in. The only effect on the standings there is to be regards the Flames' lottery odds, which the players on the ice probably don't care about.
It will be the NHL debut for three Flames prospects, though, and that means plenty. In addition to that, there are a handful of seasonal and personal milestones still within reach. Some more likely than others, but reaching them could help add a silver lining to what has, ultimately, been a dismal season.
April 09 2016 12:00PM
It's all over but the crying for the Calgary Flames. After tonight's final game with the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, it'll all be over.
This is Game 82. There's nothing on the line for either club. The Flames are giving a few new kids a first crack at the NHL. The Wild are trying to keep things rolling along as they await a tough test in the first round of the playoffs. It'll be a bittersweet game for the Flames, focused on the future but haunted by the recent past.
Join us in saying goodbye to the 2015-16 season when the puck drops at 5pm MT on City TV and Sportsnet 960 The Fan, won't you?
April 09 2016 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames will not be part of the Stanley Cup playoffs when they begin on Wednesday night. But their American Hockey League affiliate (the Stockton Heat) has fared a bit better than the NHL club, and they're even north of .500!
Can the Baby Flames make the post-season?