The Calgary Flames bested the lowly Arizona Coyotes, as they should have, although it was a nailbiter until the end. Leading the way was the top line. Sean Monahan continue to impress notching us 31st goal of the year. Johnny Gaudrean opened the scoring in the first, with Monahan scoring the eventual game-winner late in the third.
Here’s what you need to know about the Flames’ chances to make this year’s playoffs. The magic number is one. That’s a single win in the final two, or a single LA loss in the final. Calgary holds their own destiny as they played both Winnipeg and Los Angeles in the final two games. A team that was slated to come 11th or 12th by most pundits is now looking at a possible home ice advantage by reaching second in the Pacific Division. Win both games and it’s home ice advantage.
Who would’ve thought about that at the beginning of the season? Even with questionable defensive pairings, the loss of their captain, and little secondary scoring or bonafide all-star–this team has done a by committee.
With a Los Angeles lost tonight against Edmonton, Calgary’s chances are very real. It will still come down to the wire, losing both of the upcoming games with spell disaster in a fairytale season. We’ll find out everything we need to know Thursday against LA for the final regular-season Home game.
After the post game versus Arizona, another gutsy win by the team. Hopefully the likes of Jonas Hiller can shut the door and eliminate his one bad goal a game performance. Lance Bouma left big game midway through the second period after taking a slapshot to the chest. With bullet down one has to wonder whether or not Bennett gets into the lineup for the LA game….
Go Flames Go! Get those car flags out!