Flames put Minnesota in tough spot for playoffs

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It makes it more difficult now, but we’ve just got to dig deeper,” center Kyle Brodziak said.. The Wild, who are 0-6 in April against the six teams ahead of them in the West, entered this final stretch with the supposed fortune of facing teams in the bottom four spots in the conference in three of four games, counting this one.. “We played OK, had some good stretches, but we can’t lose that game,” center Matt Cullen said.. The Wild lost despite outshooting the Flames 35-24, including 25-12 over the first two periods.. Parise had nine shots on net himself.. “We’ve got to put `em in.. That’s all there is to it,” Parise said.. Rookie right wing Ben Hanowski played his first NHL game in his home state, after being traded to Calgary from Pittsburgh in the Jarome Iginla swap last month and signing with the Flames last week following a four-year career at St.. Cloud State.. Hanowski’s former college teammates watched the game from a suite.. Trading Iginla and veteran defenseman Jay Boumeester signaled the official start of a renovation project for the Flames, who haven’t won a playoff series since they reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2004 and last reached the postseason in 2009.. But a young team with nothing to lose and a lot to prove can be just as dangerous of an April opponent as one fighting for a spot in the playoffs. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20130421_CGY@MIN/flames-put-minnesota-in-tough-spot-for-playoffs

Flames keep Wild treading water in playoff race

The only loss came at home against the Wild last Monday by a 4-3 decision, a game that Minnesota had to hang on to win after the Flames scored twice late in the third period.. Hanowski had a goal in that game, his NHL debut.. If the 36-year-old Miikka Kiprusoff doesn’t come back next season, MacDonald, who was signed off waivers in February after spending the previous two seasons with Detroit, will give Calgary a candidate to consider for the net.. He was beaten only by Parise after a slick-passing, extra-effort score by Minnesota’s first line down low.. Cundari, who came to the Flames in the trade with St.. Louis that sent Boumeester to the Blues, scored on a power play in the first period.. Backlund’s goal came in the middle of the game.. Cammalleri added another man-advantage goal, and Hudler tacked on an empty-netter for good measure in the final minute.. “We’ve got a lot of young guys who are getting opportunities, and we’re trying to develop a winning culture, a hard-working culture and that identity for next year,” right wing Lee Stempniak said.. For the Wild, this felt like their previous home game, April 13 against Columbus, when they outshot the Blue Jackets 41-22 but lost 3-2 in a shootout.. They controlled the pace of play for most of the evening, but Calgary refused to quit.. Clayton Stoner tried to fire up the home crowd by fighting with Cory Sarich in the second period, but Backlund scored to put the Flames back in front and quiet the building less than 3 minutes later. source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2013/04/21/32422_recap.html

Flames-Blues Preview

Calgary (19-23-4) had won five of six and three straight before falling to Nashville 4-3 on Tuesday.. Rookie Roman Cervenka scored twice to give him three goals and an assist during a season-best, three-game point streak.. The Flames have been playing with plenty of new faces with eyes on the future after trading Bouwmeester as well as franchise cornerstone Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh and Blake Comeau to Columbus.. “There’s a lot of new guys playing,” said 36-year-old goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who reportedly is considering retirement after the season.. “You know, it’s not fun to lose but it’s good to see our young guys.. They played well again (Tuesday) and good to see them getting chances to play.” Kiprusoff has a career-worst 3.44 goals-against average this season, but he made 36 saves and Cervenka scored twice as the Flames beat St.. Louis 3-2 in the last meeting March 24 to end a three-game skid in the series.. Both matchups this season have been in Calgary, including the Blues’ 5-2 victory Feb.. 15 as David Perron scored twice and Alexander Steen had a goal and two assists.. St.. Louis has held opponents to one goal in four consecutive home games – all victories. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/flames-blues-preview-192115541–nhl.html

Game Story: Nashville Predators 4, Calgary Flames 3

Then on a deflection.. 3.. Nashville LW Austin Watson — Lanky 21-year-old from Michigan, in his sixth career outing, hammers home his first NHL goal.. WHY THE FLAMES LOST Because, on a night when they needed (more) magic from the youngsters, the well is dry.. Because, in the face of a (slightly) more experience squad, they wilt.. In this case, the shot-clock does not lie.. THE BIG HIT Calgary D Mark Cundari dashes into enemy territory in the first period and plasters D Roman Josi into the end boards.. From there the puck goes from C Paul Byron to D T.J.. Brodie, who opens the scoring.. The belt is one of four by Cundari in the first period.. THE BIG SAVE In the second period, while killing a penalty, Nashville roars into Calgary territory. source: http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/hockey/calgary-flames/Game+Story+Nashville+Predators+Calgary+Flames/8285569/story.html

Flames recall seven players from Abbotsford

This is Bancks fourth season with the Abbotsford Heat after signing as a free agent with Calgary in July of 2010.. Paul Byron has played 38 games with the Abbotsford Heat this season scoring six goals and nine assists for 15 points and 38 penalty minutes.. Byron was recalled by Calgary on February 12th and fractured his left hand in his first game on February 13th.. He has as played 31 career NHL games, 22 with the Flames last season and one this season.. He has scored four goals and added three assists for seven points in his 31 career NHL games.. Mark Cundari is currently in his third professional season with 175 games in the AHL.. In 58 games this season he has scored seven goals and added 21 assists for 28 points while accumulating 93 penalty minutes.. He was recalled by the Flames on April 19th but was reassigned the same day due to the termination of his emergency recall.. The Flames acquired Cundari from St.. Louis along with Reto Berra and a first round pick in 2013 in exchange for Jay Bouwmeester on April 1st.. Leland Irving played six consecutive games, February 5th-15th with Calgary this season posting a 2-1-1 record, a .883 save percentage and a 3.33 GAA. source: http://flames.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=666880

 

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