Calgary shows no mercy on the Leafs
It’s not that the Toronto Maple Leafs are bad, but I don’t think I’d be wrong in better the Flames would have still won that game even if the whole game was played on the penalty kill. Or that the score was actually flattering of the Leafs.
Calgary jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Then the Leafs had a power play and goal to cut that first-period lead in half. Soon afterwards Lance Bouma was called for kneeing, a 5-minute penalty and a game misconduct. On the resulting power play for the Leafs, Calgary scored two short-handed goals and it was 4-1 after 20 minutes. Awesome.
And that was pretty much it. Calgary went into conserve a lead mode, scoring two more which matched the two the Leafs got. They didn’t stop playing as they’ve seen their opponents do time and time again, but rather they managed the game really well. Kudos to Bob and the coaching staff.
Bob Hartley for the Jack Adams trophy – Coach of the year
This was probably the most fun game to watch this season, mainly because there was no stress involved. The comeback games are fun to watch, but only if they come back and only when the game is over. Otherwise it’s gut-wrenching.
This was one of those games that Calgary was expected to win, which are usually the dangerous type. But there is something about the disipline this year that they continued to put their heads down and play the way they would of against any other opponent, at home or on the road.
Is it too early to say, Harley for the Jack Adams trophy?