New York Rangers at the Calgary Flames
Calgary has won 4 in a row and 8 games in a row at home. Conventional thinking would be that the Flames have the advantage, but this is no conventional team. Plus the Rangers are a good hockey club and Calgary can’t win them all. Although it’d be nice if they did.
The Rangers are coming off a 7-5 loss against the Oilers on Friday night. So the positive thing is that the Rangers are at the end of a Western Canada road trip, it’s their second game of a back-to-back, and the goalie that was supposed to be starting against Calgary — Antti Rannta — ending up playing last night as the Oil chased Henrik Lundqvist.
The negative thing is that New York will be looking to redeem themselves. They’ve lost 2 games in a row and will not want to lose all three in this road trip. I guess we’ll see which Ranger team shows up, maybe the Flames can score quick to get them to doubt themselves. Calgary’s been pretty good at quick starts as of late.
Calgary Flames 4, Buffalo Sabres 3
What an exciting game to watch, but only because the Flames came out on top. Calgary blew a 2-0 third-period lead, and then another 3-2 third-period lead, as Rasmus Ristolainen had a hat trick for Buffalo in the final frame. Impressive.
Johnny Gaudreau scored the game-winner with 4:50 remaining in the game, and Jonas Hiller made 27 saves in a surprise start as he was sick with the flu. Sean Monahan had two goals, and Markus Granlund scored late in the second period for the Flames.
Here is the quote of the day:
“It might not have been a perfect game, but you should’ve been in the locker room around 5:30, quarter to six when the medical staff runs in the coach’s office saying, ‘Guys are puking everywhere,'” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “You have Karri Ramo in the laundry room and you have Jiri Hudler in the doctor’s room, and they’re throwing up and they’re white like ghosts, and suddenly you look at Jonas Hiller and he’s coming in, and he’s whiter than a snowman. You’re thinking, ‘Gosh, I might have to put (Flames associate coach) Jacques Cloutier in to play goal.”
The win means Calgary is just 3 points out of the final playoff spot, although there are 4 other teams closer to it than they are.