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Randy Sportak: L.A. Kings blank Calgary Flames

“Then there was the fact everybody in the Sea of Red wanted to see how Ortio, 22, and Granlund, 20, would fare,

And add to that Robyn Regehr — who sits No. 2 to only Jarome Iginla on the Flames all-time list for games played — was playing his first game in Calgary since being traded away more than two years ago, and that meant real energy in the Dome.

Unfortunately for the announced sellout crowd of 19,289 fans, much of the air came out of the balloon right away when Brown took advantage of a Kris Russell miscue and opened the scoring at the three-minute mark.”

James Emery: Calgary Flames tough guy shares memories

It was Jan. 20, 2009 — the 6-foot-4, 234-lb. winger was paired with fellow Los Angeles Kings tough-guy Raitis Ivanans and centred by Derek Armstrong in a 5-2 road victory against the Minnesota Wild.

“I was thinking about fighting Derek Boogaard, but Raitis got to him first,” Westgarth said with a laugh after Thursday’s morning skate at the Saddledome. “It was a lot of fun. You’re almost in a bit of a fog, which is probably a good thing. If you just relax and let your body do what it does, it’s a lot easier.”


Scott Cruickshank: As Flames drop decision to Kings, coach Bob Hartley demanding ‘playoff mode’ from players

“They may have had no answer for goalie Jonathan Quick, but, unlike the dismal mail-ins of (recent) stretch drives, the Flames had been a determined bunch — which, deciphering the aforementioned coachspeak, is precisely what Hartley is demanding.

The Kings, who led 1-0 through 40 minutes, got a third-period strike from Dwight King to keep the workmanlike locals at bay.”

George Johnson: Former Flames warrior Robyn Regehr reflects on ‘great memories’ as he returns to Saddledome

“Yet Thursday marked his first game back at the Saddledome since waiving his no-trade clause to join the Sabres, ending an 11-season association here.

The Tunnel of Death that Regher had opened to the hockey-playing public down the left side of the ice, either end, was shut down and dismantled upon his departure, naturally, but doubtless he felt right at home, as if he’d never left, patrolling its old, familiar terrain Thursday.”


Kevin Kraczkowski: Mellon-Cammalleri And The Infinite Smid-ness: Another Nail In The Coffin

“Joni Ortio only had to wait 19 seconds to face his first NHL shot, which he easily saved off the stick of Jared Stoll. It was the second shot that hurt. Kris Russell stumbled to the left of Calgary’s net, losing control of the puck as Dustin Brown swooped in and poked it past Ortio, unassisted at the three minute mark. It was his 11th goal of the season, and the eventual game winner.”


Taylor McKee: Post-Game: Snap Back to Reality

“With five minutes left in the second, the Flames got the man advantage from a Drew Doughty delay of game penalty. The Flames then had, in my opinion, their best possession PP of the season, though it was unsuccessful. The Flames held possession in the Kings zone for the ENTIRE 2 MINUTES.”