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Wild Cards Are Wiping out the Favourites in This Year’s NHL Playoffs

Wild-card winners are the story of this season’s NHL playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars upended the NHL’s No. 1, No. 2 and No. 8 teams respectively in the post-season’s first round. The Carolina Hurricanes pushed the No. 4 Washington Capitals to a seventh game Wednesday. Related: Hurricanes Control Capitals to Force Game 7 “There is nothing to pick between the teams,” Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock observed. “It’s exciting to be a fa...
Tags: Colorado, Toronto, Sport, Wheeler, Blues, Lightning, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Columbus, Calgary, Tampa Bay Lightning, Commentary, Dallas Stars, Mike Smith


Flames & Neal Start Relationship Repair

CALGARY — Amid the fallout from the Calgary Flames’ early playoff ejection is a frayed relationship with James Neal. A Healthy Scratch in the Playoffs The veteran winger was a healthy scratch for the first time in his 11-year career when the Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Flames in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series last Friday. Calgary signed the 31-year-old to a five-year contract worth US$28.75 million last year because he was a consistent 20-goal man and also brought pl...
Tags: Usa, US, Sport, Gm, Nashville, Las Vegas, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Calgary, James, Peters, Colorado Avalanche, Bill Peters, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan


Flames’ Dream Season Buried by Avalanche

The Calgary Flames were the second-best team in the National Hockey League during the 2018-19 regular season, winning 50 games. However, their breakout season came to a screeching halt via a five-game first round series loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The Colorado Avalanche were a step ahead of the Calgary Flames during their first round playoff series. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh) There are several competing theories regarding the Flames’ loss to the Avalanche which try to expla...
Tags: Sport, Avalanche, Hockey, Calgary Flames, National Hockey League, Mike Smith, Wilson, Flames, Soderberg, Matthew Tkachuk, Peters, Colorado Avalanche, Carl Soderberg, Bill Peters, Philipp Grubauer, Nathan MacKinnon


Avalanche Douse Flames and Move on to Next Round

CALGARY — Add the Calgary Flames to shocking Stanley Cup playoff exits this season. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Flames 5-1 on Friday to win their first-round series four games to one. The Avalanche advanced to the second round of playoffs for the first time since 2008. Calgary topped the Western Conference with a 50-27-7 record, but bowed out to a team that sprinted the final two weeks of the regular season to secure the last wild-card berth. Colin Wilson and Mikko Rantanen l...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Avalanche, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Tampa Bay Lightning, Mike Smith, Wilson, Derick Brassard, Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, Sam Bennett


Flames Scratch Veteran Neal & Juggle Lines for Game 5

CALGARY — Facing elimination and requiring an offensive spark, the Calgary Flames scratched playoff veteran James Neal to make room for Austin Czarnik in Friday night's Game 5 against the Colorado Avalanche. Calgary head coach Bill Peters confirmed the move after Friday's pre-game skate. The Flames trailed the Avalanche three games to one in their best-of-seven opening-round series. Czarnik, 26, will make his NHL playoff debut. He had six goals and 12 assists in 54 regular-season games for...
Tags: Usa, US, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Flames, Matthew Tkachuk, Peters, Sam Bennett, Gaudreau, Bill Peters, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau


James Neal A Healthy Scratch

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet, The James Neal signing is now officially a bust. The 31-year-old winger, who was brought in to be a difference-maker in the playoffs, will be replaced in the Calgary Flames‘ lineup for the biggest game of the season. Coach Bill Peters confirmed Neal’s third-line spot for Game 5 on Friday will be filled by Austin Czarnik, who will play alongside Mark Jankowski and Michael Frolik. From a $28.75-million signing on July 2 to a healthy scratch in one...
Tags: Sport, NHL, Calgary Flames, Bill Peters, Austin Czarnik, Neal, Michael Frolik, James Neal, Mark Jankowski, Eric Francis, James Neal A Healthy Scratch


Flames Trail Avalanche 3-1 in Series

CALGARY — The saying “when eating an elephant take one bite at a time” applies to the Calgary Flames. Facing elimination in Friday’s fifth game of their opening-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, Flames head coach Bill Peters doesn’t want his players making the mountain bigger by thinking they have to win three games in a row. “You’ve got to have some mental toughness and not allow yourself to think that way,” Peters said Thursday. “It’s a game at a time, it’s a shift at ...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Ap, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Denver, Calgary, Mike Smith, Matthew Tkachuk, Tampa Bay, Peters, Colorado Avalanche, Avs, Bill Peters, Elias Lindholm


Andersen, Grubauer & Rinne Stepping up in Playoffs

DENVER — This classifies as fun for Frederik Andersen: Protecting a late lead in the third period by leaping out of his net to stop a shot with the handle of his stick. Sticky situation handled. “Doing whatever it takes to save it,” the Toronto goaltender explained after the 3-2 win Monday over Boston. “Fun one.” Going into the post-season, there were some reservations concerning such goaltenders as Andersen, Philipp Grubauer of Colorado and even Pekka Rinne of Nashville. They have each...
Tags: Usa, Colorado, Washington, Toronto, Sport, Avalanche, Dallas, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Denver, Calgary, Bruins, Auston Matthews, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand


Flames Shouldn’t Waste Smith’s Strong Goaltending

Heading into the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Calgary Flames looked like a potential Cup contender. However, the most common source of pre-playoff anxiety was their goaltending. Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Bourque is stopped by by Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh) Ironically, through the first two games of their first round series with the Colorado Avalanche, goaltending has been the only consistently strong element of the team’s performances. ...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Smith, Calgary Flames, Mike Smith, Flames, Derick Brassard, Colorado Avalanche, Bill Peters, Elliotte Friedman, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Bourque, Jeff McIntosh, Flames Goaltending, David Rittich


Flames’ Fourth Line Swings Playoff Opener

The Calgary Flames began their 2019 Stanley Cup playoff journey with Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche. They won 4-0, capturing their first post-season victory since 2015. Flames left wing Andrew Mangiapane scored the game-winner in Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) The game-winning goal was scored by a fourth line player that was still in junior the last time the Flames won a playoff game. As expected, the Flames’ depth was the difference – ...
Tags: Sport, Avalanche, Hockey, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Flames, Derick Brassard, Matthew Tkachuk, Ryan, Bill Peters, Philipp Grubauer, Hathaway, Bednar, Patrik Nemeth, Garnet Hathaway, Jared Bednar


Hurricanes’ “Mr. Game 7” Makes a Good Captain, Too

Yes, the Carolina Hurricanes are in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Unless you are totally unplugged this is fast-becoming old news. The ‘Canes media – of which I am a fortunate part – is covering this wonderful achievement from every angle. With Game 1 of the Hurricanes versus the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals Thursday night, a look at the team captain Justin Williams is appropriate. He’s one of the main reasons they are back in the playoffs after a decade. T...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Williams, Kings, Hockey, NHL, Los Angeles Kings, Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Peters, Bill Peters, Justin Williams, Gary A Vasquez, Hockey Hall of Fame


Deep Flames Battle Top-Heavy Avalanche

The Calgary Flames had a regular season for the ages in 2018-19, winning 50 games for the second time in franchise history and finishing second overall. Their reward for their strength and consistency is a date with the red-hot Colorado Avalanche, who won a fevered battle for the final Western Conference wild card playoff spot. Matthew Tkachuk is part of a deep Calgary Flames forward group. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) While the Avalanche are an intimidating group to play against...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Mike Smith, Wilson, Soderberg, Matthew Tkachuk, Ryan, Colorado Avalanche, Nikita Zadorov, Sergei Belski, Sam Bennett, Carl Soderberg, Avs


Flames Top Line Hoping to Regain Form in Game 1

CALGARY — The Flames are hoping the team’s top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm will regain its mid-season form in Game 1 of Calgary’s playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. The players struggled following the NHL All-Star break but head coach Bill Peters isn’t worried considering the play of other players like Matthew Tkachuk and Derek Ryan. “Which line is that again? I gotta make sure I know which line you’re talking about,” joked Peters when asked about t...
Tags: Usa, Colorado, Sport, Hockey, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Flames, Matthew Tkachuk, Peters, Gaudreau, Bill Peters, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau, Tkachuk, NHL All Star, Mikko Rantanen


Avalanche & Flames Series: Speed & Skill on Display

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames have never crossed paths in the playoffs. Not in the days of Joe Sakic or Jarome Iginla (who later would become an Avalanche player). Not in the tenure of Bob Hartley (he coached both, including the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup title in 2000-01). The first time certainly figures to be an edge-of-your-seat affair: Both teams are quick in transition and can fly up and down the ice. The Flames were 3-0 against the Avalanche this season and outs...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Avalanche, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Johnson, Calgary Flames, Denver, Calgary, Mike Smith, Scotiabank, Montreal Canadiens, Bennett, Colorado Avalanche, Sam Bennett


35-Year-Old Flames Captain Wants Deep Playoff Run

CALGARY — With the clock ticking on his career, Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano is ready for a long run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The 35-year-old is one of the favourites to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman after finishing the season with 17 goals and 57 assist for 74 points, but he has not achieved much success in the playoffs. Giordano, who broke into the league in 2006, has played his entire NHL career with the Flames, winning just one playoff series. “I don’...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Mike Smith, Anaheim, Peters, Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes, Bill Peters, Norris Trophy, Sean Monahan, Mark Giordano, KHL


2018-19 NHL Season & Playoffs By the Numbers

DENVER — Welcome back to the playoffs , New York Islanders. Same goes for you, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina and Calgary. All five teams are returning to the post-season after at least one season off (or nine, for the Hurricanes). It’s a familiar number: In 12 of the last 14 seasons, the playoff lineup has included at least five teams that hadn’t been there one year earlier. Same numbers apply as always: Four series wins to hoist the Stanley Cup and 16 victories in total. It’s a clean slate,...
Tags: Usa, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Canada, Dallas, San Jose, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Times, Calgary Flames, Sharks, Columbus, Denver


‘A Clean Slate’ for Veteran James Neal as He Leads Flames Into Playoffs

CALGARY — James Neal knows a thing or two about the NHL playoffs, which should come in handy for the Calgary Flames. Calgary will look to the winger for leadership when the Flames begin their first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Neal was signed as a missing piece of the puzzle by Calgary over the summer after playing in the Stanley Cup final with the Vegas Golden Knights last year and the Nashville Predators in 2017. Now, he will be seeking to propel the youthf...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Don, Matthew Tkachuk, Anaheim, Peters, Colorado Avalanche, Bill Peters, Neal, James Neal, Vegas Golden Knights


5 Key Changes in Flames Breakout Season

The Calgary Flames finished the 2018-19 regular season second in the National Hockey League’s overall standings. Considering that they missed the playoffs by 11 points the season prior, it was a remarkable turnaround. Reuniting Mark Giordano with old defensive partner TJ Brodie was a big key to the Calgary Flames’ breakout 2018-19 season. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) While the club made a bunch of personnel changes – large and small – that fueled their breakout campaign, five changes in ...
Tags: Sweden, China, Sport, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Smith, Calgary Flames, Alberta, Hamilton, Mike Smith, Andersson, Carolina Hurricanes, Ward, Peters


First Look at the First round of the NHL Playoffs

With the NHL playoffs set to begin Wednesday, The Canadian Press takes a look at all eight first-round series. Eastern Conference Atlantic Division (1) Tampa Bay Lightning versus (WC2) Columbus Blue Jackets The class of the NHL during the regular season, the Lightning tied a league record with 62 wins. Led by NHL scoring ace Nikita Kucherov, captain Steven Stamkos, star defenceman Victor Hedman and Vezina Trophy candidate Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal, the battle-tested Presidents’ ...
Tags: New York, Colorado, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Blues, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, Jets, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Calgary Flames


5 Key Games in Flames Breakout Season

The Calgary Flames had a regular season to remember in 2018-19. Their performance in the standings was their second-best only behind their Stanley Cup (and Presidents’ Trophy) winning campaign in 1988-89. Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane scored on Malcolm Subban in the Flames’ March 10 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh) Every season has key games that act as forks in the road – where things can either go well or go very, very poorly. The...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Lightning, Hockey, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Pacific, Alberta, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pacific Division, Oilers, Matthew Tkachuk, Canucks, Sergei Belski


Hurricanes’ Not Making Tee Times This Spring

The dream of the Carolina Hurricanes making it back to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is now a reality. And, while over the past 10 years the team has had ample opportunity to play some wonderful spring golf, they will not be making tee times just yet; they have some playoff hockey to play. Earned it. #TakeWarning pic.twitter.com/IeXuI99Lte— x – Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 5, 2019 In the Hurricanes’ home venue, PNC Arena that was filled with 17,600 strong Thursday night, the team...
Tags: Sport, Williams, Rangers, Hockey, NHL, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Brian Burke, Carolina Hurricanes, Peters, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Burke, Bill Peters, PNC Arena


These are the 1st-round NHL playoff matchups we want to see

The thing about the Stanley Cup playoffs is the first round usually produces the most compelling hockey.Maybe it's because that after a long six-month-plus, drawn-out regular season the players, coaches and fanatics can't wait for the level of hockey to increase a few more degrees.Or maybe it's because the first round has been a home to upsets. The Chicago Blackhawks were the West regular-season champs in 2016-17 and got bounced in a sweep by the eighth-seeded Nashville Predators....
Tags: News, Washington, Toronto, David, West, Arizona, Nashville, Jets, Detroit Red Wings, NHL, Calgary Flames, Pacific, Calgary, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks


Flames Must Go With Smith in Playoffs

Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith may have lost the faith of the team’s fans, but the stats say he could be their only hope for a long playoff run. Goaltending the Flames’ Achilles Heel Much like the Pacific Division-rival San Jose Sharks, goaltending is the Flames’ biggest question mark. As the Flames are the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff berth it may be reading a bit too much into a hypothetical problem that isn’t all that much of one in the grand scheme of things. However...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Pacific, Mike Smith, Coyotes, Peters, Achilles, Bill Peters, Phoenix Coyotes, Jason Zucker, Brad Treliving


Flames Playoff Success Rests on Home Ice Advantage

In The Art of War, famous philosopher Sun Tzu declared that every battle is won before it is ever fought. The phrasing refers to savvy warriors choosing to engage in battle on when the situation is advantageous to them. In the context of the Stanley Cup playoffs, National Hockey League clubs rarely get to choose their battles, but often prefer to play on home ice. Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames have been more successful at home than on the road. (AP Photo/John Locher) For the Calgary F...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Pacific, National Hockey League, Pacific Division, Peters, Gaudreau, Bill Peters, Travis Hamonic, Johnny Gaudreau, Michael Frolik, Mark Stone


Gaudreau and Peters have Flames cruising toward playoffs

Bill Peters deadpanned that it was the first time he had heard the question. What did you learn about Johnny Gaudreau that you didn’t know before you started coaching him? Midway through his first season with the Calgary Flames, Peters has his answer scripted by now. “Just his competitiveness,” Peters said. “Everyone fully understands his […]
Tags: News, Hockey, Peters, Gaudreau, Bill Peters, Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames Peters


Coyotes Weekly: The Streak Ends at Six

The Arizona Coyotes have won six of their last seven games to remain in the playoff conversation in the Western Conference, but, as of this writing, the team likely isn’t focused on the victories – they’re focused on the one bad loss they had to close out the week. Coyotes Week in Review After a thrilling come-from-behind shootout victory over the Florida Panthers in their previous game on Feb. 26, the Coyotes continued their homestand on Thursday evening in Glendale when they welcomed Elias P...
Tags: Column, Minnesota, La, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Glendale, Arizona, Kings, Dallas, San Jose, Vancouver, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL


Coyotes Keep Pace in Crowded Playoff Race

The Arizona Coyotes, winners of seven of their last nine, are getting hot at the right time. There’s only one problem, though – everyone else they’re trying to chase down for a playoff spot got hot, too. With 19 games to play, the ‘Yotes are two points behind the Dallas Stars, three points behind the Minnesota Wild, and six points behind the Vegas Golden Knights, who occupy the West’s final three playoff spots. Can Arizona catch one of these three clubs and earn its first postseason berth since ...
Tags: Column, Florida, Minnesota, Sport, West, Glendale, Arizona, Dallas, San Jose, Vancouver, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Orange County, Sharks, Pacific


Flames Burn Senators on Czarnik’s Late Tally

OTTAWA — Matthew Tkachuk’s Calgary Flames defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Sunday night, but it was younger brother Brady Tkachuk who earned family bragging rights. In the inaugural meeting between the two brothers at the NHL level, it was Brady who scored the Senators’ only goal in an impressive solo effort, while Matthew was held off the scoresheet. “I’ll let him from a personal standpoint take this one,” said Matthew. “I know we play them again in a month so I’ll be pressing to get one that n...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Matthew, Anderson, Ottawa, Matthew Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators, Craig Anderson, Peters, Brady, Columbus Blue Jackets, Bill Peters, Cody Ceci


Flames Face Crucial Trade Deadline

When Brad Treliving became the general manager of the Calgary Flames in 2014, the team had a handful of good, young assets and a lot of question marks. Five years later, the organization is in a very interesting place heading into the 2019 National Hockey League trade deadline. Johnny Gaudreau has helped pace the Calgary Flames to their best performance in decades. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Perched atop the Western Conference with 20 games remaining, the Flames have a chance to win their division...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Michael, Mike Smith, Flames, Andersson, Boston College, Gaudreau, Bill Peters, Elias Lindholm


Flames Down Ducks for 4th Straight Win

CALGARY — Andrew Mangiapane scored the go-ahead goal at 16:31 as the Calgary Flames beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Friday for their fourth straight victory. The rookie left winger tried to pass the puck across to Garnet Hathaway on a 2-on-1. Instead it hit Ducks defenceman Jaycob Megna and came right back to him and he ripped a shot over the shoulder of Ryan Miller. TJ Brodie also scored for Calgary (38-16-7), which moved three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks atop the Pacfic Division. The Fla...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, Smith, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Ducks, Grant, Calgary, Edmonton, Anaheim Ducks, Mike Smith, Miller, Matthew Tkachuk, Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf