January 16 2011 11:00AM
A mix of favorable conditions and Sutter's brand of failure-averse leadership were necessary but not sufficient factors in his eventual installment as the organization's autocrat. It's true that Darryl instilled a new brand of hockey in a unwieldy and seemingly defunct organization. It's also true that he happened upon the throne at precisely the time when various factors were coalescing to foment a more success-friendly atmosphere. The maturation of organizational conerstones such as Jarome Iginla and Robyn Regehr in concert with the improvement of the Canadian dollar and the institution of a salary cap were the fruits of previous sacrifices and the fortunes of chance. The timing seems remarkable in retrospect, but was perceived as destinal at the time.
January 15 2011 08:31PM
Hey, it wasn't exactly the script the Calgary Flames would have wanted to play out Saturday night in Toronto, but after a late Leafs goal sent things to extra time, the Flames were able to use three consecutive shootout goals to reclaim two points in a 2-1 win. It extends Calgary's point streak to four games and gets them back to the magical .500 mark.
January 15 2011 08:13PM
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20661
January 15 2011 02:55PM
Fun fact: the Toronto Maple Leafs are not a terrible hockey team.
January 15 2011 10:54AM
Hey, give the Calgary Flames credit. After Friday's 3-2 win in Ottawa, they've accomplished their goal of winning two of three games in three consecutive three game segments. That's a lot of numbers, but the basic math is there...they have 12 points in nine games, which means they're play .666 hockey, which is exactly what everyone said they needed to do. A new three game segment starts tonight in Toronto against the suddenly better Maple Leafs (5 pm, CBC and The FAN 960).