Sports Flames edge Kings 4-3 to remain unbeaten under interim head coach Geoff Ward

08:15  08 december  2019
08:15  08 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Peters will not coach Flames against Sabres

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As they head into a Saturday home clash with the Los Angeles Kings , the Flames are riding a three-game winning streak -- their longest of the season They are coming off a 4 - 3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, continuing a perfect record under interim head coach Geoff Ward following

The Flames are coming off a 4 - 3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and have now posted "The thing with us is that we understand we have to be a four-line team," interim head coach Geoff But Toffoli - a two-time 20-goal scorer, and a one-time 30-goal man - remains one of the Kings ' most

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CALGARY — Dillon Dube scored the eventual game-winner and added an assist for his first career multi-point game as the Calgary Flames made it four straight victories on Saturday with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

With the Flames up 3-2 in the third period, Dube scored his third goal in nine games this season, neatly burying a rebound of a Derek Ryan shot.

Milan Lucic, who also had an assist, Zac Rinaldo and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (15-12-4). The Flames have points in six-straight (5-0-1) and improve to a perfect 4-0-0 under interim head coach Geoff Ward.

Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead the way for Los Angeles (11-18-2). Matt Roy also scored. The Kings are winless in their last 11 road games (0-10-1).

Who is Geoff Ward? Calgary Flames name Bill Peters' interim replacement

  Who is Geoff Ward? Calgary Flames name Bill Peters' interim replacement In the wake of Bill Peters' resignation following the accusations of racist comments and physical abuse, Ward was named the interim head coach of the Calgary Flames on Friday.A longtime assistant coach in the NHL, Ward takes over a team that is not only dealing with the off-ice issues surrounding the now-former head coach, but one that has struggled to be consistent on the ice.

"We're talking to talk about that," said interim head coach Geoff Ward . "I don't know what the philosophy was beforehand, so I can't comment on whether or not my philosophy is different," Ward said. "We feel like we've got two good goaltenders and we feel that in order to be good come playoff

The Flames will much different look to their forward lines as they host the Buffalo Sabres tonight in the second of a three-game homestand (7 p.m The Flames held an optional morning skate Thursday and no lines were used with only half of the regular participants taking part, but interim head coach Geoff

Cam Talbot, making his first start since Nov. 17, overcame a shaky start to record 30 saves and break a four-game losing streak. The win is his first since Oct. 20 and improves his record to 2-5-0 this season. His best stop was a glove save off Roy, looking for his second goal with just over a minute remaining.

Jack Campbell had 26 stops for Los Angeles. His record falls to 4-6-1.

Monahan gave Calgary its first lead of the night at 11:46 of the second. While Monahan's shot was perfectly placed inside the post, all the credit goes to Johnny Gaudreau, who set it up with a beautiful individual rush up ice.

After picking up the puck inside the face-off circle in his own end, Gaudreau immediately sidestepped Michael Amadio, wove around Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli as he raced through the neutral zone, then went around defenceman Sean Walker, before sending a sneaky pass out to Monahan as he skated behind the net.

Geoff Ward has Flames playing in tune in wake of Bill Peters's departure

  Geoff Ward has Flames playing in tune in wake of Bill Peters's departure Happy is not a word anyone would use to describe the Calgary Flames through the first two months of this campaign, but interim coach Geoff Ward has worked quickly to change the narrative following the resignation of Bill Peters.Happyland, to Lucic, is the rink itself — a magical place where distractions, such as Friday's dramatic departure of head coach Bill Peters, disappear if only for a while.

Interim coach Geoff Ward improved to 3 -0-0 since taking over for Bill Peters. Sam Reinhart, Jake McCabe and Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo, which earned at least one point in its UP NEXT. Sabres: At the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Flames : Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Calgary Flames interim head coach Geoff Ward . (Larry MacDougal/CP). Representative of the new coaching approach that’s slowly been taking over the game, one of Geoff Ward ’s first acts as interim coach of the Calgary Flames revolves around empowering the players.

Down 2-0 late in the first period, getting the comeback started was Lucic on the power play with his second goal of the season, second in as many games and 200th of his career.

The Flames had drawn even 3:01 into the second on a slick move from Rinaldo, who cut across the top of the crease and buried his first of the season.

Rinaldo's night would end early as he was ejected, along with Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford, after they fought during a TV timeout late in the second period. Linesmen were quick to intervene before more than one or two punches were thrown, but both still got fighting majors also.

Precipitating the altercation was an incident behind the Kings' net in which Rinaldo levelled Russian left winger Nikolai Prokhorkin with a hard hit that appeared to catch him high on the chest and shook him up. There was no penalty on the play and Prohorkin returned for the third period and set up Roy's goal at 5:24 that drew the Kings to within one.

The Kings got off to a 2-0 lead on a pair of first-period power-play goals from Kopitar and Doughty, the goals coming six and 13 seconds into their only two man-advantages of the first period.

Notes: It was Lucic's first multi-point game since Jan. 14, 2019... Mikael Backlund's assist on Lucic's 200th goal was his 200th career assist.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2019.

Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press

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