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Video: Westgarth fights in second game with Flames

Jan 4, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

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Kevin Westgarth brought some truculence to the Calgary Flames on Friday, although his team still finished the evening with a 2-0 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

In his second game as a member of the Flames, Westgarth fought Lightning forward Ryan Malone in a quick scrap just before the midway point of the first period.

Westgarth was acquired by the Flames in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 30. He’s not a goal scorer, but brings an element of toughness coveted by acting general manager Brian Burke.

“I’ve liked him since he played college hockey … I liked him in the American League,” Burke said earlier this week. “What he brings is what we desperately need: Size and toughness.”

Of course, the Flames, with Friday’s shutout loss, could use some scoring. They’ve lost four straight games, been outscored 10-1 in that span, which includes being held off the score board entirely in three of those games.

  1. lightning69 - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Not sure why this was worthy of an article. Certainly not much of a scrap. But since you did write it, why not mention why Malone went after him? Bishop stood all the way up (a long way up @ 6’7″) and froze a high deflection in his glove. It was whistled dead, but Wesgarth cross checked him high in the chest and Bishop fell backwards and cracked the back of his head on the pipes. Luckily no injury and it was penalized, but a stupid and very cheap play. Thompson went right after him bit refs stepped in. We had scratched Crombeen so Malone stood up for Bishop after Wesgarth served the minor.

    Classy Bishop just laughed it off in the post game interview. The guy has been getting run all season with this being only the 2nd penalty called?!

    Bishop’s 4th shutout now tied for 1st will hopefully get him more respect with the on ice crews in the future. We need him healthy to even have a chance at the playoffs in our division. Lot of hockey left.

    The real story of this game was Ramo standing on his head for Calgary keeping it to 0-2. Among several other quality chances, he stoned St Louis point blank 4 times as well as Kucherov on a clean breakaway. Could have been much worse.

  2. wishingtonredslur - Jan 4, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Same old Flames.

  3. dontbsuchapuss - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Tell him to give it a whirl with John Scott like he tried when he was with the kings. Didn’t work out so well for him. I’m not against fighting but it’s not necessary in hockey the checking is physical enough without having teams watch out for talentless goons.

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