January 21 2014 10:59AM
A bit of news coming down yesterday that merits some attention.
The Flames signed centre Matt Stajan to a four-year contract extension worth an AAV of $3.125 million per year. The NHL also announced that Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $25,000 for the shenanigans on Saturday night. (He got off light, as John Tortorella was banished from the NHL for 15 days/6 games.)
Let's deal with these one at a time.
January 20 2014 11:29PM
After that gong-show in Vancouver, which I personally attended by the way (did you know the Canucks wrote a song for this season? It's as cool as you would think), the Flames were eager to play hockey again and head into their dressing rooms in peace.
The Flames lost 3-2 to the Sharks though they generally played quite well. Joe Pavelski scored twice, the winning marker coming (off of an offside entry) on the power play, batted out of mid-air.
The Flames faced a very good Sharks squad on a three-game winning streak. Obviously, the Flames were heavily outgunned and over-matched and were going to need a perfect game to win. Unfortunately for the Flames, they came up short against a very tough opponent but played a strong game overall and looked more like the Flames of October than the Flames that completely no-showed against Winnipeg.
January 20 2014 02:10PM
Fresh off their fisticuffs in Vancouver on Saturday, the Calgary Flames (16-26-7) head down the west coast to face another test in the form of a division rival. The San Jose Sharks (31-12-6) are fifth overall in the NHL, a stark contrast to Calgary's 28th placement in the overall standings.
It's the third meeting of the 2013-14 season between the Flames and the Sharks. The two previous meetings – one each in Calgary and San Jose – were both losses for Calgary. One was a one-sided 6-3 drubbing in the Bay Area (fuelled by the Sharks crazy-good PP scoring three goals), the other was a 3-2 overtime loss in Calgary a month later.
Which Flames team will show up? The October team that got spanked or the November team that grinded out a point? Find out tonight! The puck drops at 8:30pm MT on Sportsnet West, y'all.
January 20 2014 10:31AM
Ladies and gents, it was a wild week of Calgary Flames hockey this week. The Flames made national news with their truculence on Saturday night in Vancouver. But beyond that, many prospects continued to make noise.
Let's see what happened over the last seven days, shall we?
January 20 2014 08:55AM
During and after the fireworks in Vancouver on Saturday night, many people wanted to get on Canucks head coach John Tortorella for being so mad. Claiming that if he didn’t want or expect that to happen, he should have put out a more skilled line.