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…