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Goalie Announcements (Jan 22)

Night number two of three of Week Seventeen tonight and it's another small-ish schedule.  I think the aim will to try not to be in the Basement Dweller more than anything else this week.  There isn't enough games to get too excited about making that run to the Mover & Shaker, although one team has put up a good start... no one wants to be down in the basement this week. Three teams are opening [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Hurricanes, Capitals, Flames, Islanders, Oilers, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Senators, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Flames by Robbie Arnott

Australian literature is the best. Over Christmas I’ve indulged in reading the literature for adults I can’t easily justify reading during the year (but read anyway) when I am focusing on YA and children’s lit for work – and also pleasure. I’ve been reading a mix of Australian and international fiction. I have to say … Continue reading Flames by Robbie Arnott The post Flames by Robbie Arnott appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Flames, Book Reviews - Fiction, Joy Lawn, Gail Jones, ByAustralianBuyAustralian, Australian literature, Bridge Of Clay, Boy Swallows Universe, Robbie Arnott, The Death of Noah Glass, The Text Publishing Company

Red-Hot Flames Beat Oilers – 5 Different Scorers

EDMONTON — Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames came away with a 5-2 victory over the rival Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Oliver Kylington also scored for the red-hot Flames (32-13-5), who have gone 7-0-1 in their last eight games. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic responded for the Oilers (23-22-3), who had won back-to-back games before meeting Calgary. There was no scoring in the first period, although the Flames ...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, Calgary Flames, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Oilers, Nugent Hopkins, Milan Lucic, Gaudreau, Rogers Place, Koskinen, Lucic

The Edmonton Oilers Lose To The Calgary Flames In The Battle OF Alberta

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, The predicted playoff atmosphere was in place with the first playoff-volume ‘Go Oilers, Go’ recorded in the second minute of play. And for a while there, it was like the first Flames-Oilers game of the season here, when Mikko Koskinen served up a shutout and Connor McDavid scored the only goal in a 1-0 win. Despite Koskinen stopping all 16 shots in the first period Saturday, and making one of the most incredible saves of the season with a behi...
Tags: Sport, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Milan Lucic, Connor McDavid, Koskinen, Terry Jones, Mikko Koskinen, Flames Oilers

Retiring Iginla’s Number Is Perfect End to Nearly Perfect Career

In December 1995, the Calgary Flames traded Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars for Corey Millen and a promising junior player. Roughly 23 years later, the Flames will honour that junior player – Jarome Iginla – by retiring his jersey number in a pre-game ceremony at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Calgary Flames will retire Jarome Iginla’s jersey number on March 2, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh) For a club that, at times, has grappled with the proper manner in which to honour its hist...
Tags: Atlanta, Sport, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Alberta, Hall of Fame, Colorado Rockies, Scotiabank, Nilsson, Flames, McDonald, Norris Trophy, Hall of Famer, Jarome Iginla

Goalie Announcements (Jan 18)

Well, we'll start at the bottom of the weekly scoring standings today, because that's where the story really is this week.  If you've looked at the standings this morning, you'd notice that 3rd and 4th place in the overall standings, Grant and Wes, are currently holding on to a tie for the Basement Dweller, each with 7 points.  Both teams have lost ground on the top two teams and now teams [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Wes, Hockey, Grant, Hurricanes, Capitals, Flames, Canadiens, Canucks, Red Wings, Sabres, Panthers, Blue Jackets, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Goalie Announcements (Jan 16)

It may have taken a while to get all updated, but it was all done this morning and there were quite a few points to be had last night.  The pool is still collecting points at a pretty decent rate, the 15 points per game was a bit of a pie in the sky thought, but 13 after Tuesday night's action is still okay. Steve's team went tops in the week after Tuesday night, now sitting with 13 points, [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Avalanche, Hockey, Steve, Flames, Bruins, Oilers, Canucks, Sabres, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Flames Giordano: Leadership on & off the Ice

This 2018-19 National Hockey League season has been full of surprises for the Calgary Flames. From railroading the competition all the way to the top of the Western Conference, ranking No. 2 overall in the entire NHL, to overseeing multiple breakout seasons from its array of emerging players, this Calgary hockey club has been navigating unfamiliar territory in more ways than one. Case in point is the career season of team captain Mark Giordano, who, like so many of his teammates, has been blazin...
Tags: Sport, Arizona, Hockey, NHL, Smith, St Louis, Calgary Flames, Calgary, National Hockey League, Florida Panthers, Flames, Coyotes, Arizona Coyotes, St Louis Blues, Hockey News, Elias Lindholm

Flames Scorch Coyotes 7-1 – Giordano Tallies 3

CALGARY — Mark Giordano had two goals and an assist in career game No. 800 to lead the Calgary Flames to a 7-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. The Flames captain is up to 47 points (9 goals, 38 assists) in 45 games on the season, putting him second among NHL defencemen and five points behind leader Brent Burns. Matthew Tkachuk with a pair, Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett also scored for Calgary (30-13-4). The Flames have won five straight and are 8-1-1 in their last 10. The...
Tags: Sport, Arizona, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Flames, Matthew Tkachuk, Coyotes, Arizona Coyotes, Sam Bennett, Gaudreau, Travis Hamonic, Tkachuk, Michael Frolik

Goalie Announcements (Jan 13)

It's an early start this morning, so it could be a bit of a rushed post today, but let's see how it goes, shall we? Wes is vying for back-to-back Mover & Shaker nods and he carries a 2-point lead and plenty of potential for more points today, leading both Stuart and Dale C., their teams both at 30 points this week.  Three more teams have an outside shot at 27 points: Steve, Jesse and Eric [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Wes, Jets, Hockey, Stuart, Hurricanes, Flames, Islanders, Eric, Dale, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies, Mover Shaker, Steve Jesse

Flames Come From Behind to Burn Panthers

CALGARY — Michael Frolik had a goal and two assists to lead the red-hot Calgary Flames to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. Frolik has eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games since coach Bill Peters made the veteran a healthy scratch on Dec. 29. Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan, into an empty net, and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary (29-13-4). The Western Conference-leading Flames have won four games in a row and improve to 7-1-1 in their last ni...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Florida Panthers, Flames, Matthew Tkachuk, Winnipeg, Bill Peters, Hoffman, Panthers, Tkachuk, Roberto Luongo

Mark Giordano: Flames Unlikely Norris Contender at 35

The National Hockey League is chock full of unique players with compelling stories. The journey that brought Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano to the big leagues is eye-opening in its own right. Flames defensemen Mark Giordano (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports) But in a league and game that’s increasing skewed towards the 25-and-under talents, Giordano’s push towards being a Norris Trophy contender at the age of 35 at times defies explanation. Typically players start to decline once they hit t...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, National Hockey League, Flames, Sutter, Sportsnet, Norris Trophy, Darryl Sutter, Norris, Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr, Al MacInnis, Mark Giordano

Goalie Announcements (Jan 9)

It's going to be a quiet night tonight, as there are only three games on Wednesday, but that's okay.  We're picking up points at a fairly reasonable pace and that's despite seeing more and more goalies, not selected in the pool, getting starts these days and tonight will be no different. Wes' team continues rack up the points, as his team is already up to 18 points this week, looking for [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Wes, Hockey, Flames, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Goalie Announcements (Jan 7)

The first full working week of the 2019 calendar year starts today, so these goalie posts might get a more and more scarce, it's really hard to say.  It really depends on the day, I guess. We'll kick off with one today though, as there was a good portion of these starters named before the afternoon rush at the office. It's a brand new week!  Let's hope our guys really get after those points. [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Wild, Sport, Kings, Hockey, Sharks, Flames, Canadiens, Predators, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Goalie Announcements (Jan 3)

A weird early start for the Toronto Maple Leafs today has set this blog post up really early and you know what that means!  It's put out your best guess time! Eight games on the schedule in total for this Thursday, not overly busy, but still a decent potential for points tonight.  Scoring really ramped up last night and the pool is trending to a pretty good scoring rate for the week, so let's [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Blues, Hockey, Hurricanes, Flames, Canadiens, Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, Sabres, Panthers, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Flames Rally and Hand Red Wings 6th Straight Loss

DETROIT — Johnny Gaudreau’s power-play goal with 10:23 left lifted the Calgary Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Detroit led 2-0 after one period, but the Flames rallied to hand the Red Wings their sixth straight loss. Sean Monahan, TJ Brodie, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary. Darren Helm, Jacob de la Rose and Andreas Athanasiou scored for Detroit. Gaudreau put the Flames ahead 4-3 after a slick play by Matthew Tkachuk, who stickhandl...
Tags: Boston, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Calgary Flames, Pacific, Calgary, Mike Smith, Flames, Rose, Howard, Matthew Tkachuk, Dylan Larkin

Flames rally for 5-3 win, hand Red Wings 6th straight loss

DETROIT (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau’s power-play goal with 10:23 left lifted the Calgary Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Detroit led 2-0 after one period, but the Flames rallied to hand the Red Wings their sixth straight loss. Sean Monahan, TJ Brodie, Elias Lindholm and Michael Frolik also […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit, Calgary Flames, Flames, Red Wings, Johnny Gaudreau, Michael Frolik, Sean Monahan TJ Brodie Elias Lindholm

Goalie Announcements (Jan 2)

It's Day 2 of the New Year and we're starting to get back to normal around here or whatever normal actually means to this blog. Six games on the schedule, starting at a reasonable hour and Week Fourteen is already in full flight. Dale C. is off to a good start this week with 14 points in the first couple of nights, as is Eric at 13 points, Wes at 12 points, four teams at 11 points and another [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Stars, Wes, Avalanche, Rangers, Injury, Hockey, Sharks, Flames, Oilers, Canucks, Eric, Red Wings, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Morning Player Notes (Jan 2)

It was announced on Wednesday morning, that Alex Ovechkin has informed the NHL that he will not be participating in this year's All-Star Game festivities, opting to take advantage of the time off to rest up for the unofficial second half of the season and prepare for the playoff push.  In doing so, Ovechkin will have to likely sit for a game, as per league rules, which would likely be the game on [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Suspension, Injury, Hockey, NHL, Capitals, Flames, Coyotes, Alex Ovechkin, Ovechkin, Clayton Corley, All-star Game

Flames Burn Sharks – Gaudreau & Tkachuk Have 4 Points Each

CALGARY — Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each scored twice and added two assists to lift the Calgary Flames to a thrilling 8-5 win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday. Sean Monahan added five assists. His five-point nights was a career best while Gaudreau’s four tied a career best. The Flames finished the calendar year in top spot in the Pacific Division, two points up on the Vegas Golden Knights and three ahead of the Sharks. Mikael Backlund scored twice and Elias Lindholm and James Neal al...
Tags: Sport, San Jose, Dell, Hockey, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Pacific, Calgary, Flames, Matthew Tkachuk, Joe Thornton, Bennett, Sam Bennett, Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm

Goalie Announcements (Dec 31)

Lots of writing on this Monday morning, so much so, I had to get a head start on it on Sunday night. It's New Year's Eve and we have some afternoon games going today, so once the Newsletter was published, I was going right to the social media lines to check and see where the starters were, since Week Fourteen gets started at 10:30am MT with the Nashville and Washington game. On the plus side [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Washington, Sport, Rangers, Nashville, Jets, Hockey, Flames, Islanders, Oilers, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

The Calgary Flames Scored Two Short-Handed Goals But Lost To The Vancouver Canucks In OT

from Wes Gilbertson at the Calgary Sun, Penalty problems? The opposite, actually. The Calgary Flames notched a pair of short-handed goals Saturday, surging into the league lead for damage done in an outnumbered situation. Trouble is, the Saddledome hosts couldn’t score in any other scenario in what turned out to be a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. “We’re more concerned with killing the penalty when we’re on the penalty kill,” Flames head coach Bill Peters had ...
Tags: Sport, Calgary Flames, Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Bill Peters, Travis Hamonic, Alex Edler, Mark Jankowski, Brock Boeser, Wes Gilbertson, Calgary Sun Penalty

Goalie Announcements (Dec 29)

Holy cow! I'm running late this morning, there's a game at 11am MT and it's a full slate of action. What's a guy to do? Pitter patter, I guess. This post could seem a bit rushed, but I'll try to cover what I can here for you. Curtis McElhinney (Wilton) versus Mackenzie Blackwood (N/A) The Hurricanes and the Devils are the early game today and Wilton will finally get another start out of [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Stars, Blues, Lightning, Hockey, Sharks, Hurricanes, Flames, Bruins, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Wilton, Panthers, Mackenzie Blackwood, Clayton Corley, Starting Goalies

Flames Snap 3-Game Skid With Win Over Jets

WINNIPEG — Johnny Gaudreau had a hat trick as the Calgary Flames ended a three-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Mark Jankowski had a shorthanded, third-period goal for Calgary, which was 0-2-1 heading into the game. Sean Monahan contributed three assists and Elias Lindholm added a pair. Gaudreau’s first goal was actually a redirection by Jets forward Patrik Laine, who stuck out his stick to block a Gaudreau pass attempt to Lindholm, but the puck went by goa...
Tags: Minnesota, Sport, Jets, Vancouver, Hockey, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Lowry, Flames, Patrik Laine, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Jets, Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Travis Hamonic, Johnny Gaudreau

3 Fixes the Flames Need to Become Cup Contenders

The emergence of the Calgary Flames as a top team has been one of the major stories of first half of the 2018-19 National Hockey League season. After missing the playoffs in 2017-18, the Flames are well-positioned to return to the post-season. Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) But as the saying goes, there’s no point of just making the playoffs unless a team can make some noise once they’re in. The Flames are an impressive but imperfect hockey club. Here are th...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Calgary Flames, Calgary, National Hockey League, Mike Smith, Flames, Sam Bennett, Bill Peters, Johnny Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Ga, Lindholm

5 Flames Who Could Make the NHL All-Star Game

The 2019 NHL All-Star Game will begin on Jan. 25 with the All-Star Skills Competition and the game will take place the following day on Jan. 26 in San Jose. Since the inception of the three-on-three tournament in 2016, where four teams based on the league’s four divisions compete in a single-elimination tournament. Calgary Flames whiz kid Johnny Gaudreau has been a stalwart in the tournament. He has participated in all three installments and should be part of the 11-man roster representing...
Tags: Sport, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Pacific, Mike Smith, Flames, Matthew Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim, Gibson, All Star, Sam Bennett

Flames Recent Slide: Trend or Just a Red Flag?

The Christmas break couldn’t come at a better time for the Calgary Flames. The team leads the Pacific Division with 47 points. They have lost three straight games, though. It’s their second three-game losing skid of the season. Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to the St. Louis Blues might serve as a wake up call for a common topic in recent memory: lack of secondary scoring. “We Can’t Just Rely on That Top Line” Correct. This sentence was heard many times during the 2017-18 campaign. The Flames mis...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Blues, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Dallas Stars, Mike Smith, Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Pacific Division, Matthew Tkachuk, Sergei Belski

Goalie Announcements (Dec 22)

A busy Saturday leads to a busy Sunday and then into the holiday break, which will extend all the way to Thursday, making Week Thirteen an awfully short one.  So, be sure to get your fill of puck before the league packs it up for a few days.  Thankfully, the World Juniors start on Boxing Day, so our addictions will be fed before too long. Stacey M. continues to make waves this week, as her [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Wild, Sport, Stars, Avalanche, Hockey, Flames, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Blue Jackets, Clayton Corley, Goalie Survivor Pool, Starting Goalies, Golden Knights

Goalie Announcements (Dec 20)

Whoa, boy!  It's another busy one tonight, as we ramp up before the holiday break, there's 12 games on the schedule tonight, so we'll have all sorts of opportunities for points from the crease and points from our skaters. Stacey M.'s team was able to catch Kristy & Don for the weekly lead in points with 15, not to mention taking over the overall lead with a good night on Wednesday.  Stuart's [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Wild, Sport, Stars, Blues, Lightning, Jets, Hockey, Sharks, Hurricanes, Flames, Canadiens, Islanders, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Canucks

Afternoon Player Notes (Dec 17)

Sam Bennett of the Calgary Flames is nursing an upper-body injury of sorts and it held him out of Sunday afternoon's game against the St. Louis Blues, but the injury is said to e minor and he's considered to be day-to-day for right now.  The Flames are in Dallas on Tuesday night, but there has been no announcement of the team's expectations for a return then or any time down the line.  This [Author: Clayton Corley]
Tags: Sport, Injury, Dallas, Hockey, Calgary Flames, Flames, Sam Bennett, St Louis Blues, Senators, Clayton Corley