Flames edge Kings 4-3 to remain unbeaten under interim head coach Geoff Ward
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).
Rinaldo made it 3-0 early in the third period, beating Raanta stick side with a one-timer from Frolik from the slot. Another Arizona breakdown, another Calgary goal, this one late in the second period when Monahan skated in alone Flames ' Zac Rinaldo makes tone - setting impact in win over Coyotes .
Tavares made a nice play on the game’s opening goal at 1:45 of the second period. The Leafs captain collected a puck off the boards behind the Canucks goal after a shot by Holl. Flames ' Zac Rinaldo makes tone - setting impact in win over Coyotes .
Drawing back into the lineup due to an injury to Matthew Tkachuk Monday night, Zac Rinaldo brought much more than just his trademark grit and energy to the fold against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.
He chipped in a goal, an assist, two drawn penalties and a game-high four hits in a 5-2 win that had just about everybody in Calgary Flames togs involved once again.
Just as he did Saturday when he scored his first as a Flame and got hoofed for a fight during a TV timeout, the 29-year-old PTO signing helped set the tone for a Flames club devoid of passengers en route to its sixth-straight win under Geoff Ward.
Flames’ surging scoring depth provides spark in comeback win over Kings
The heroes of the night resided on the Flames’ third line, where call-up Dillon Dube scored his third goal in his last five outings and Milan Lucic scored for the second consecutive game. It’s exactly that type of scoring depth that was supposed to be one of the Flames’ biggest strengths this year. Of late, it has been. The post Flames’ surging scoring depth provides spark in comeback win over Kings appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.“I don’t think we’ve ever seen a fight when the shovelers are out there,” said Milan Lucic.
Flames ' win streak at 6 games with 5-2 win over Coyotes . 0:15. Rinaldo , Monahan tally goals in the 2nd. Zac Rinaldo and Sean Monahan extend the Flames ' lead as they beat the Coyotes Rinaldo made it 3-0 early in the third period, beating Raanta stick side with a one-timer from Frolik from the slot.
Flames ’ win streak at 6 games with 5-2 win over Coyotes . Calgary Flames right wing Michael Frolik, left, celebrates his goal with Flames center Zac Rinaldo (36) as Arizona Michael Frolik and Zac Rinaldo each had a goal and an assist. Johnny Gaudreau and Milan Lucic also scored for Calgary.
His interception off a Jordan Oesterle pass two minutes into the game led to a nifty setup of Michael Frolik’s game-opener – the second in as many games for the fourth-liner.
Two minutes later, a Johnny Gaudreau slapper beat Annti Raanta and the rout was on.
Rinaldo got involved again five minutes into the second to make it 3-0 with a one-timer in the slot off of a nice feed from Frolik.
Sean Monahan extended his point streak to seven games for the Flames’ fourth late in the period before the Coyotes finally solved Cam Talbot in the dying seconds of the frame.
By night’s end, the Flames moved to within two points of the division lead held by the Edmonton Oilers and Coyotes with a 5-2 win that included Milan Lucic’s third goal in four outings to give the lads 15 of 16 points their last eight.
Chicago Blackhawks' Robin Lehner makes case for Save of the Year with stop vs. Coyotes
The 28-year-old goaltender made 44 saves on 47 shots in Chicago's 4-3 shootout loss to Arizona. One save stood out.About halfway through the third period and with the Coyotes on the power play in a tie game, both teams were engaged in a battle for the puck along the boards. As that was taking place, Arizona's Clayton Keller made his way to the slot. The puck eventually bounced out to Christian Dvorak, who made a sneaky backhand pass to Keller, who was all alone in front and didn't hesitate as he fired a shot right for the net.
Michael Frolik and Zac Rinaldo each had a goal and an assist. Johnny Gaudreau and Milan Lucic The Coyotes had numerous good chances jump over their sticks before Jakob Chychrun scored in Rinaldo made it 3-0 early in the third period, beating Raanta stick side with a one-timer from Frolik
The Coyotes had numerous good chances to jump over their sticks before Jakob Chychrun scored in the closing seconds of the second period. Ducks 3, Wild 2: Rickard Rickell and Max Comtois scored in the shootout for Anaheim, and the Ducks fended off host Minnesota for its first win in their last six
An incredible turnaround for a team winless in six near the end of November while a cloud hung over the franchise due to the Bill Peters investigation and departure.
Plenty of kudos to go around for a Flames bunch that won back-to-back roadies and now returns home for a date with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
THE BIG TAKEAWAY
Cam Talbot was a monster, stopping 46 shots in a game where he was clearly the first star.
In a season full of stiff tests, why wouldn’t Talbot have to come up big a mere 20 seconds in? A Nick Schmaltz tester prompted the 32-year-old Flames backup to make a low glove save that set the tone for his best outing of the year.
Picking up his second win in three games and just his third of the season, Talbot is providing the type of goaltending the Flames will need if they are going to confidently spell off David Rittich with more regularity.
Three of the Flames’ goals came mere moments after big Talbot saves on a night in which he made just his eighth start. Fifteen of those came in the first period, allowing the visitors to get off to an early 2-0 lead thanks to Frolik and Gaudreau.
Nothing like a Flames winning streak to change the conversation in Calgary
The hockey headlines in Calgary these days have changed in tone from dark and depressing to levity and light. In the background, for now, is talk of former head coach Bill Peters and his dismissal for racist comments uttered a decade ago to minor leaguer Akim Aliu. Also on the backburner is the storyline of a disengaged Flames team playing far below its potential.Instead, Calgarians are gushing over the sudden four-game winning streak under interim head coach Geoff Ward, going into Monday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Everyone knows that Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo is a rat. Scroll through Twitter and you’ll see a large number of Coyotes fans that condemn the actions and hope Rinaldo is gone for a long You sensitive fucks have taken over the airways and the NHL has to listen because you pay the bills
Arizona Coyotes center Zac Rinaldo (34) tries to get control of the puck after colliding with Calgary Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) makes a save on a shot by Calgary Flames center Sean Vancouver Canucks center Sam Gagner (89) flies over Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy
Rinaldo’s goal early in the second period came minutes after Talbot got a big of a break when a bouncing puck prevented Phil Kessel from converting on a great opportunity net-side.
A brilliant toe-save by Talbot through traffic set up Monahan’s goal to put the Flames up 4-0.
• Tkachuk injured his right shoulder or arm after an awkward hit he threw on Nikita Zadorov Monday in Colorado, prompting him to leave the game immediately. He returned to finish the contest, but wasn’t able to play Tuesday, setting the table for the very first NHL call up for five-foot-eight, 160-pound Matthew Phillips. The 21-year-old Calgary native, who sits seventh in AHL scoring with 25 points in 22 games, was not inserted into the lineup.
The hole left in the roster by Tkachuk’s absence was filled by Tobias Rieder, who played on the top line alongside Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane. Tkachuk’s spot on the top power-play unit was filled by fourth-liner Mark Jankowski, who got his first point in 28 games on Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.
• Also drawing into the lineup was Michael Stone, who replaced Oliver Kylington.
• Goal scoring, which was the biggest problem for the Flames early this season, has not been an issue during this eight-game point binge. The Flames have now scored three or more goals in eight of their last nine.
The Flames head home to host the Maple Leafs Thursday.
Flames’ Austin Czarnik among three players on waivers .
Calgary Flames forward Austin Czarnik is one of three players placed on waivers Wednesday. The post Flames’ Austin Czarnik among three players on waivers appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Detroit Red Wings goalie Eric Comrie and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Stefan Noesen were also placed on waivers.