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FGD #39: Closing Out 2014 (7:30pm MT, SN One)

View image | gettyimages.com The past year has been pretty good to the Calgary Flames, all things considered. The team’s rebuild progressed from its infancy to the point where the Flames played spoiler to playoff teams last season and went on a great run late in the season. Overall, the Flames enter tonight’s game against…

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TCGD: More like American’t

Today is the round robin match that everyone has been waiting for. Team Canada vs. Team Our Parents Immigrated from Canada. As a child of the 80s it seems odd to consider the US as Canada’s chief hockey rival, but I can no longer trap myself in 1987 and continue to believe that the Russians…

What Happens When Backlund’s Back?

View image | gettyimages.com Lost in all the hubbub about the Calgary Flames winning games in dramatic fashion is the news that center Mikael Backlund – a favourite around these parts as a possession-driving young forward – is recovering from his abdominal injury. He’s recovered so much, that in fact he joined the main group…

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Post-Game: Flames Hold On, Beat The Champs (Again)

View image | gettyimages.com On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames got an early lead against the woeful Edmonton Oilers and went into cruise control. The Oilers got a third period goal to make it close, but the Flames were good enough to keep them at bay without any effort. Tonight’s game was creepily similar, except…

Reinhart Shines, Canada Drops Finland 4-1

View image | gettyimages.com It would appear to be a one-sided victory when you look at the scoreboard, but Team Canada’s 4-1 win over Team Finland was close, hard fought one. Finland, desperate to avoid dropping three straight games to open the tournament, kept the game close until late in the third period, but ultimately couldn’t contain…

TCGD – Canada Looks to Stay Perfect

View image | gettyimages.com Team Canada is off to an excellent, albeit expected start at this year’s World Juniors tournament, winning their first two games with ease. That being said, anything short of a regulation win tonight could put Canada in danger of being leapfrogged by Team USA in the Group A standings. 

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FGD: Gauds and Kings

I hope you all have taken time today to think about the last time the Flames played the Kings. Make that your happy place. Take a deeeep breath, close your eyes, and remember Jonathan Quick pushing Martinez out of the way en route to the dressing room. Exhale… That was satisfying wasn’t it? The Kings visit the…

Sunday Open Thread: A Look Ahead

View image | gettyimages.com The Flames kicked off the next section of their schedule yesterday with a win, their 19th of the season. As we recover from that game, let’s take a quick look ahead to the next big gap in the section – the NHL All-Star Game on January 25. Here’s a quick glance…

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First Star, Worst Star: December 28, 2014

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, ate your weight in delicious food and spent way too much time arguing with your relatives about your opposing political viewpoints. You know, the TRUE meaning of the holidays! 

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Post-Game: Oilers Gift Flames A 4-1 Win

View image | gettyimages.com Lest we get too negative around these here parts about the Edmonton Oilers, let’s just lay something out here. The Edmonton Oilers were the better team than the Calgary Flames tonight. Alas, there aren’t any points for the “better team,” and the Flames were the team that scored more goals, en…

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FGD #37: The Battle of Alberta (8pm; CBC)

View image | gettyimages.com On October 9, on the second day of the regular season, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers met in their first Battle of Alberta of 2014-15. The season was full of promise for both of them at that point. Since that game – a 5-2 comeback win for the Calgary Flames…