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Calgary Inferno claim CWHL’s top spot in goal-filled weekend

You know the saying “It was 4-1”? It’s in reference to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ inability to close out their playoff series to the Boston Bruins back in 2013, despite entering the third period with a 4-1 lead. It was 4-1, and they lost it. For the Calgary Inferno, this past weekend’s theme was “It…

5 Prospects We Need To See In Calgary This Season

View image | gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames are dead-last in the National Hockey League. At this point, it’s probably time to start thinking about the future. In order to figure out the future, the Flames probably need to do what they have in previous years when the wheels fell off their season: bring some kids…

Monday Heat Musings: Signs of Life

View image | gettyimages.com This week might’ve been one of the best of the season for the Heat despite losing two of three. People love to use the cliché “complete game,” but there are few phrases that can describe what the Heat did this past week as accurately as that. It was a week of positives…

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How much better should the Flames be?

The first two months of this season for the Calgary Flames have been absolutely dreadful. No one, not even the Edmonton Oilers, has a worse record than Calgary’s 8-14-2 mark (both teams share the exact same record, in fact). After the excitement of last season, this year has been a disappointment at best, and one…

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FN Mailbag – November 30, 2015

It’s end of November and the Flames are tied for last in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers. They have just three regulation wins through more than a quarter of the season and they have the worst special teams and goaltending in the league. And the second worst score-corrected possession rate. Yuck.  It’s safe to say Calgary won’t be visiting…

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Sharks 5, Flames 2 post-game embers: Welcome to last place

Photo Credit: Matt Tennyson/USA TODAY Sports First, the Calgary Flames let the Sharks run over them in the first period. Then, they gifted them a five-on-three power play. And, finally, they lost. I don’t know what happened to that team that dominated the Chicago Blackhawks a week ago, but I think they were just a…

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Post-Game: Tanked By Sharks

The Calgary Flames began this road trip about a week ago. There was hope. They had played a bunch of good games in a row, and were coming off pretty strong home wins against New Jersey and Chicago. With three games ahead of them against Pacific Division opponents, the optimists were thinking “Hey, they might…

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What’s going on with Sean Monahan?

We’ve used the word “money” in so many different ways over the last two years when it comes to Sean Monahan, and for good reason. For two straight seasons, Monahan has done nothing but exceed expectations all over the map. It’s been a different story in year three, though. For the first time in his…

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FGD #24: The Shark Tank

View image | gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames played the second of their three games on their road trip last night. The bad news is that for the second time in as many games, they lost. The good news is they took awhile to do so, so they lost 2-1 in overtime to the Artists Formerly…

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Coyotes 2, Flames 1 (OT) post-game embers: Please play Josh Jooris

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports The Flames dominated play. While it didn’t reflect on the scoreboard, they were easily the better team on the ice. Their superiority at even strength didn’t lead to goals, but it did lead to power plays, on which teams are, theoretically, supposed to score goals. The Flames did not…

Post-Game: Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

View image | gettyimages.com November has been a roller coaster ride for Flames fans. After an abysmal opening month, the last four weeks have been a wild up-and-down ride featuring some of the team’s best and worst performances this season.  After dominating the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice, the Flames took to the road and were…

Joni Ortio Pulled After Four First Period AHL Goals

View image | gettyimages.com Yesterday the Calgary Flames assigned Joni Ortio to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League. After posting a 4.27 goals against average and .868 save percentage in four games (and 141 minutes) of NHL action, the hope was Ortio would round into form by actually playing some hockey. In his…