Managing The Rink – Flames @ Panthers Recap, Feb 24, 2017

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The Calgary Flames visited the Florida Panthers tonight and all was well coming off a two-night run in the south. 

To start, Dennis Wideman, Freddie Hamilton, and Jyrki Jokipakka were scratched and Brian Elliott also sat as Chad Johnson took the net.

The game started out rough for Sam Bennett who can’t seem to catch a break lately. He lost an edge in the offensive zone and took out Luongo. Soon after, the Panthers scored first with a goal by Bjugstad to put the home team up 1-0.

But Bennett would not go quietly into that good night. Nine minutes into the opening frame, Sam broke his drought by batting the puck past Luongo to tie the game 1-1.

Matthew Tkachuk made a sweet pass to Mikael Backlund soon after, who buried the puck and put the Flames up 2-1. Another goal by Deryk Engelland widened the gap and the visitors were up 3-1 in spite of the review for goalie interference.

Panthers Barkov would slide one past Johnson to make the score 3-2 going into the second period.

Three minutes into the middle frame, Mark Giordano took a hooking penalty and the Flames were on the kill.

After the penalty expired, the Flames countered with another goal, putting them up 4-2 with a goal by Troy Brouwer, helpers to Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan.

Tkachuk made more friends in front of the net all night long and I’ll never get tired of watching him show his love for the other teams. The visitors looked strong offensively and defensively while the home team seemed to lag behind.

At the end of the period, Florida seemed to find their second wind and put more pressure on the Flames goaltender, but Calgary fought back with grit and even more pressure. T.J. Brodie and Trochek took penalties for…playing hockey, I assume, and we had ourselves some 4 on 4 to end the frame.

The score remained 4-2 after 40 minutes.

4 on 4 solved nothing to start the final 20 minutes of play. Both teams had good chances, but the Flames looked tired to start the period. With even more pressure put on by the Panthers, I didn’t think Calgary would make it out of the period alive. Especially when Brouwer took a delay of game penalty. Jaromir Jagr evened things out with a hooking penalty, but no goals were scored.

The game ended with a Flames win 4-2 in Florida.

Let’s face it, after watching Jagr through the years, I’m guessing that most of the younger generation of players would kill to move like Jagr. He’s stood the test of time and he’s still going. He’s breaking records and doesn’t seem to quit. I wonder if he’ll ever retire.

One last thing, how does Florida manage to keep an NHL team with all those empty seats?? Seriously, give that team to someone who will appreciate the team! I’d love to see the old Quebec Nordiques rivalries reinstated. And I hated the Nordiques!

The Flames have a record of 4-0-1 in their last five outings. Pretty impressive for a team that started out terribly this season. Could this be the playoff push we’ve all wanted?? Maybe. 

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