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Undefeated in regulation, Flames to host winless New Jersey

Oct 11, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

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The craziest thing about the Calgary Flames’ undefeated-in-regulation start is that they could easily be undefeated, period.

Consider the two games they didn’t win. In the season-opener, they blew a 3-0 lead to Washington and lost, 5-4, in a shootout. Against Vancouver, they blew a 3-1 lead and lost 5-4 in overtime.

Remember, the rebuilding Flames were picked by many to finish dead last in the NHL. But with six out of a possible eight points to start the season, their fans are cautiously wondering if things might not be so bad after all.

Tonight, the winless New Jersey Devils are in town to play the Flames and their 18-year-old rookie, Sean Monahan, scorer of three goals and two assists in his first four games in the NHL.

“I sometimes pinch myself and wonder if I need to check his birth certificate, the poise he is showing for an 18-year-old kid,” coach Bob Hartley said after Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Montreal. “He is having fun, he is bringing passion, he is bringing excitement and he’s learning. He is a pretty special kid.”

The Flames are also getting strong performances from veterans Jiri Hudler (2G, 3A), Mark Giordano (1G, 3A) and Lee Stempniak (1G, 3A).

They’ll need to keep those strong performances coming, because after they’re finished with the Devils they head out on a tough five-game road trip to Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Dallas.

Related: Monahan making it tough for Flames to send him back to junior

  1. 950003cups - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I can see it now:

    CANGI: “Devils have taken a 5 – 0 lead over the Flames with 5:36 remaining in regulation”

    [FIVE MINUTES LATER]

    CANGI: Patrick Elias scrambles to tie it up for the Devils… Save! It’s loose, taken away by Calgary, sent down for the empty netter, aaaaaand that will seal the deal.

    CHICO: Well, Steve, you gotta love how the Devils gave that NEVER DIE attitude being down by 1 after giving up a 5 goal lead with 5 minutes left on regulation. They really tried hard to tie it up. I saw a lot of good things tonight. They need to hold their heads up high.

    CANGI: You’re right Chico, besides surrendering 6 goals in 5 minutes, I thought the rest of the game was all Devils.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Hey those of us in Philly, New York, and Washington can understand the frustration of Devils fans.

    • blueshirtfan - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      chico is the WORST… Really Bad.. there are Homers but he takes the cake.

      • 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Look who’s talking! Next to Joe Micheletti, Chico Resh looks like a Supreme Court Justice. Please don’t even go there!

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I certainly don’t expect them to keep up the pace, and I imagine at the end of the year they’ll still be out of the playoffs, but they sure are a lot more fun to watch this year! They are out there giving a good effort and competing every night which is something that was often missing on way too many game nights the last 10 years. It’ll be fun watching this team develop and mature as the year goes on, and I’m ecstatic that Monohan is giving management a really tough decision to make.

    Go Flames Go!

  3. blueshirtfan - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    New Season same old HOMER RESCH.. How many polyps are there up Lou’s butt Chico.. Worst Color Commentator of ALL TIME

    • 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Look who’s talking! Next to Joe Micheletti, Chico Resh looks like a Supreme Court Justice. Please don’t even go there!

  4. blueshirtfan - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Martin Brodeur’s Motivation for coming back between 2nd and 3rd period intermission.. hmmmm MONEY

    • 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      And about Brodeur? Lundqvist is giving up touchdowns! Talk about the Devils? Your team has a win and still is behind the devils in the standings! LOL!!

  5. 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Look who’s talking! Next to Joe Micheletti, Chico Resh looks like a Supreme Court Justice. Please don’t even go there!

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