NHL players discuss their least-favorite rules
The Associated Press and Canadian Press asked NHLPA player representatives from all 31 NHL teams what they see as being the worst rule in hockey. Selected responses:
Flames clinch Western Conference, Pacific Division
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Calgary Flames scored three times in less than two minutes late in the first period on their way to clinching the top spots in the Western Conference and the Pacific...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — It wasn't discussed before the Calgary Flames took the ice Sunday night.
It didn't have to be.
With a first divisional championship in 13 years within their...
Western Conference-leader Calgary and Anaheim face off
Anaheim Ducks (32-36-10, seventh in the Pacific Division) vs. Calgary Flames (47-23-7, first in the Pacific Division)
Smith makes 18 saves as Flames top Senators 5-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary's fourth-line forwards provided all the offense the Flames needed against the Ottawa Senators.
Andrew Mangiapane, Garnet Hathaway and Derek Ryan combined on...
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk refused to take all the credit after recording the first hat trick of his NHL career.
The Calgary left wing scored three goals for his first NHL hat...
Backlund, Andersson score in 3rd, Flames beat Islanders 3-1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Calgary Flames used another strong third period to keep their winning streak going.
Mikael Backlund and Rasmus Andersson scored nearly three minutes apart early in...
Czarnik scores in last minute, Flames beat Senators 2-1
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Calgary Flames and Matthew Tkachuk got the victory. The Ottawa Senators' Brady Tkachuk earned family bragging rights.
Kane scores 2, Blackhawks beat Red Wings 5-4 in OT
DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the game winner with 2:18 left in overtime, extending his point streak to 19 games and lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over...
Giordano leads Flames to 5-2 win over Coyotes
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Balanced scoring has helped the Calgary Flames snap out of a funk.
Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Monday.
Backlund scores in OT to give Flames 3-2 win over Hurricanes
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After fading down the stretch last season, the Calgary Flames are determined not to let it happen again.
Mikael Backlund scored 15 seconds into overtime Tuesday night to give the Flames a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Calgary (33-13-5) heads into the All-Star break as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, six points up on San Jose.
Flames stay hot with 5-2 victory over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames are getting some offense from just about everyone right now.
Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over the rival Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Frolik rallies streaking Flames to 4-3 win over Panthers
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Stuck on the bench for most of the first period, Michael Frolik got promoted and made the most of it.
After rejoining the second line with Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk, Frolik had a goal and two assists to lead the streaking Calgary Flames to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Giordano has 3 assists, Flames down Avalanche 5-3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mark Giordano has been defying his age all season.
The 35-year-old defenseman had three more assists Wednesday night and the Calgary Flames kept right on rolling with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Monahan lead Flames past Sharks 8-5
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Flames are alone in first place heading into the new year thanks to a big game from their best players.
Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each scored twice and added two assists, propelling Calgary to an 8-5 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
Sean Monahan had five assists for the Flames, a career high for points in one game. Gaudreau and Tkachuk tied their career bests.
Backlund scores twice, Flames top Kings 4-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau didn't let frustration get the better of him on Friday.
After ringing a shot off the crossbar and hitting a pair of posts, Gaudreau scored the eventual game-winner on the power play at 7:44 of the third period as his Calgary Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.
Flames rally in 3rd again, beat Blackhawks 5-3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames stuck to an unconventional winning formula on Saturday night.
Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund scored in the third period, and the Flames again rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
Monahan finished with two goals and Matthew Tkachuk also scored as Calgary got its fifth win this season when trailing after two periods.
- Star TribuneCalgary comes out on top in 2-1 slugfest over WildDecember 15, 2018
Flames score 5 straight in 3rd to rally past Avalanche 6-5
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Down by three goals going into the third period, the Calgary Flames were far from done.
Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists, and Calgary scored five straight times in the third to rally past the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 on Thursday night.
With the game tied 4-all, Giordano scored the go-ahead goal at 13:47 when he jumped up into the rush, took a pass from Mikael Backlund and snapped a shot over the blocker of goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
Frolik scores twice, leads Flames past Bruins 5-2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Michael Frolik went from healthy scratch to catalyst for the Calgary Flames.
Frolik scored two goals to lead the Flames to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
"It feels good when you can help the team win the game," the veteran winger said.
Frolik had to watch his teammates edge the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Colorado.
Perron’s hat trick lifts Blues to over Flames 5-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Perron likes his new line.
Perron scored his fourth career hat trick, Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Thursday night.
Joel Edmundson also scored and Brayden Schenn had three assists as the Blues won for the first time this season. Jake Allen made 31 saves.
Before the game, Blues coach Mike Yeo moved Perron up to the second line with Schenn and Jaden Schwartz.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Evander Kane has done a good job tormenting the Calgary Flames with his goal-scoring prowess and physical play.
Kane scored twice to give him six goals in his past two games against Calgary and got into two scrums as the San Jose Sharks won their seventh straight game, beating the Flames 5-1 on Saturday.
Gillies, Backlund lead Flames to 5-1 win over Avalanche
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Michael Frolik took a pass from Mikael Backlund in the slot and fired a shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov just 18 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Calgary Flames didn't let up.
Jon Gillies made 28 saves for his second straight victory, Backlund had a goal and two assists and the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Saturday.
Eichel scores in OT to give Sabres rare win in Calgary
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — It took some extra time, but Jack Eichel finally solved Mike Smith.
On his 13th attempt and seventh shot on goal of the night, Eichel scored 1:30 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres their first win at Calgary in more than 14 years, 2-1 over the Flames on Monday night.
Flames top Panthers 4-2 for sixth straight win
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Calgary Flames are riding a hot streak up the Pacific Division standings.
Mikael Backlund had an empty-net goal and a pair of assists, helping lift the Flames to their sixth straight victory with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. The streak is the longest active run in the NHL.
Smith shuts out former team, Flames beat Coyotes 3-0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mike Smith says he'll forever be indebted to the Arizona Coyotes. That didn't take away from the satisfaction of shutting them out.
Smith stopped 28 shots to blank his former team, Mark Jankowski scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 on Thursday night.
Smith picked up his second shutout of the season and 35th of his career. The 35-year-old was making his first start against Arizona since being acquired by Calgary via trade in June.
Rittich makes 24 saves for first NHL win, Flames top Avs 3-2
DENVER (AP) — David Rittich was happy to help the Calgary Flames end their road trip on a high note. His teammates were happier that the rookie goaltender notched his first NHL win.
Rittich stopped 24 shots, Micheal Ferland and Mikael Backlund scored in the final minute of the second period, and the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night.
Dougie Hamilton also scored, and Backlund added an assist for the Flames.
Gaudreau extends point streak to 10 as Flames beat Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games and the Calgary Flames beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Monday night.
Gaudreau scored and assisted on Sean Monahan's goal, one of two on the power play for Calgary, which has won four of its past five. Mikael Backlund and captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, who got 29 saves from Mike Smith.
Gaudreau extends point streak to 10 as Flames beat Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau would rather talk about anything other than his offensive production. He's just making it impossible to avoid.
Gaudreau had a goal and an assist to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games and lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night. Gaudreau, nicknamed "Johnny Hockey," has eight goals and 11 assists, and the Flames are 7-3-0 in that time.
Blues’ power play wakes up in 5-2 win over Flames
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo scored second-period power-play goals and Jake Allen made 23 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Wednesday night.
St. Louis has won three of its last four, losing only to red-hot Las Vegas in overtime.
Calgary had won its first four road games this season. Mikael Backlund scored twice for the Flames.
Blues’ power play wakes up in 5-2 win over Flames
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen did not panic.
The St. Louis winger knew that his return to form was right around the corner.
Steen, who missed the first six games of the season with a broken thumb, busted out with a goal and three assists on Wednesday to help the Blues to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund continues to get it done all over the ice for the Calgary Flames.
Backlund scored in overtime after Detroit's Tomas Tatar tied it with 1.8 seconds left in the third period, and Calgary beat the Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night for its sixth straight win.
Brodie scores in OT to lift Flames over Kings 2-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — TJ Brodie scored on a breakaway 1:47 into overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames over Los Angeles 2-1 on Tuesday night in goalie Ben Bishop's first game with the Kings.
Brodie was sprung free from the blue line by a 100-foot pass by Mikael Backlund and made a nifty deke to beat Bishop for his fifth goal of the season.
Johnson leads Flames past Panthers 4-2 for 3rd straight
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Chad Johnson made 36 saves during his first start in five games to lead the Calgary Flames past the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Friday night for their third consecutive victory.
Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund, Deryk Engelland and Troy Brouwer had the goals for the Flames, who scored three straight in less than five minutes midway through the first period.
Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 24 shots in his first start in three games.
Monahan gets 100th goal, Flames beat Lightning 3-2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Calgary Flames have put together a nice run as the regular season starts winding down.
Sean Monahan scored his 100th NHL goal, Brian Elliott made 23 saves, and the Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday night.
Dougie Hamilton had a goal and two assists, and Mikael Backlund also scored to help the Flames improve to 7-2-1 over their last 10 games.
Flames blow 4-1 lead, rally to beat Predators 6-5 in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Calgary Flames are showing they have some offensive firepower along with resiliency. They needed every bit in their visit to Music City.
Mark Giordano scored 43 seconds into overtime, and the Flames edged the Nashville Predators 6-5 on Tuesday night in a crucial game between teams holding the Western Conference's wild cards.
Tkachuk, Elliott lead Flames over Flyers 3-1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Tkachuk insists he's not a center, despite the results.
Tkachuk's faceoff win led to his game-tying goal, and the rookie later assisted on the winner to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Brodie’s career-high 4 assists help Flames blaze past Devils
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie finished off the best game of his career in style, setting up a winning goal in overtime.
Brodie picked up his fourth assist of the game by making a pin-point pass to a wide open Mikael Backlund 1:13 into overtime and the Flames beat New Jersey 4-3 on Friday night to send the Devils to their seventh straight loss at home.
Backlund scores twice in 13 seconds, Flames beat Panthers
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Flanked by another veteran in Michael Frolik and rambunctious rookie Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary center Mikael Backlund continues to be one of the hottest players in the NHL.
Backlund scored twice in a 13-second span in the second period to break a 2-all tie and the Calgary Flames won 5-2 over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Backlund scores for 5th straight game, Flames beat Avalanche
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Backlund continues to be get results in his two-way game.
Backlund scored for the fifth consecutive game, leading the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Wednesday night.
"My whole line have been playing really well," said Backlund, who got his 200th career point. "When you get rewarded, the extra confidence jumps a little bit. I think we've been creating lots the whole year."
Frolik, Flames beat Coyotes 4-2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Michael Frolik has once again found the back of the net.
Frolik had a goal and an assist in Calgary's four-goal first period, and the Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Saturday night.
Frolik stopped a 20-game drought with his first goal since Nov. 16, also against the Coyotes.
Backlund, Gaudreau score 2 goals each as Flames top Avs, 6-3
DENVER (AP) — The Calgary Flames had trouble scoring on Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard, so they started using his teammates to beat him.
Once they started rolling, the Flames cruised to an easy win.
Mikael Backlund scored two of Calgary's four goals in the second period and also had an assist, and the Flames beat the Avalanche 6-3 on Tuesday night.
All of Calgary's second-period goals deflected off Colorado players.
Flames catch fire on power play in 4-2 win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A trip to the desert didn't cool the Calgary Flames scorching power-play unit, and the penalty kill had a good night, too.
Kris Versteeg put Calgary ahead with its third power-play goal of the game in the third period in a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.
Sean Monahan scores shootout winner, Flames beat Wild 3-2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sean Monahan's split-second decision sent the Calgary Flames to their second consecutive win.
Monahan waited out Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk before snapping a shot over his right pad for the shootout winner as Calgary edged the Wild 3-2 on Friday night.