April 20 2015 12:15PM
With home ice on their side, the Flames controlled their destiny in many ways, particularly in the face-off circle. The team made a handful of key changes that resulted in face-off wins, particularly in key times in key match-ups.
Their face-off success, particularly against Henrik Sedin, is one of the reasons they won.
April 20 2015 11:12AM
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An eye for an eye. Tit for tat. Rescinded instigator penalty for rescinded instigator penalty (although technically the league has decided not to rescind Alex Burrows' instigator, they just won't enforce his suspension).
Anyway it would appear that Vancouver Canucks forward Burrows will not be receiving a one-game suspension for instigating a fight with Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell late in Sunday night's Game 3, despite his having clearly, y'know, instigated the fight. The news comes courtesy Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
April 20 2015 11:00AM
It's the middle of April and the Flames are still playing hockey. Sure, they haven't looked great through two games, but they're playing meaningful hockey mid-Spring for the first time in recent memory. Like pizza, even bad playoff hockey is still pretty good.
This week we look at the persistence of Joe Colborne, what to do with Sam Bennett and, of course, the blueline.
April 19 2015 11:40PM
Once again, a frustrated team at the tail-end of a one-sided loss increased physicality and triggered some fisticuffs.
In Game 2, it was the Flames, and Deryk Engelland narrowly avoided suspension. In Game 3, it was the Canucks, and we'll see what happens with Alex Burrows. He was assessed a game misconduct for instigating a fight with Kris Russell late in the third period following a big hit to Johnny Gaudreau (which he was already being penalized for).
April 19 2015 11:24PM
The Calgary Flames waited in anticipation for this, their first playoff home game in just shy of six full years.
They didn't disappoint, producing perhaps their most complete 60 minutes of hockey in weeks - aside from that game versus the Los Angeles Kings that sent them to the post-season. They beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 4-2 to take a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference quarter-final.
Three of the team's four goals were scored by players with last names beginning with B: Bollig, Brodie and Bennett (who had the eventual game-winner).
Sean Monahan scored the final goal, and his name doesn't begin with the letter B.