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Flames complete the comeback in win over Islanders

Mar 8, 2014, 1:11 AM EDT

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The Calgary Flames employed the quick-strike offence on Friday, completing a comeback victory over the visiting New York Islanders.

With eight rookies in the lineup, the Flames scored three times – including two from Joe Colborne – in just over four minutes late in the third period for a 4-3 win over the Islanders.

The win comes on a very special night for the Flames organization. One of the franchise’s greats, Joe Nieuwendyk, had his No. 25 raised to the rafters at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames, winners of their last two games and three of their last four, are now only nine points back of the struggling Vancouver Canucks, who have slipped to 11th in the Western Conference. The two teams meet on Saturday in Vancouver. Their last meeting in January produced a line brawl off the opening faceoff and Vancouver’s head coach John Tortorella later tried to storm the Flames’ dressing room during the intermission.

Meanwhile, for the Islanders, another lead slipped away. It’s been a problem for them all season, as per Arthur Staple of Long Island Newsday.


  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    4 goals from 3 rookies, definitely starting to see signs that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and the rebuild will lead to good things! Going into the season I was very critical of Hartley but I think he’s done a terrific job with this team and getting them to buy in and work hard every night (being honest based on talent level if they don’t work hard they can’t compete) he’s definitely earned the right to be here for awhile.

    Once the Flames season is done I hope this group (and Gaudreau) lead the Abbotsford Heat to the Calder Cup, a season where they get some NHL experience and also learn what it’s like to play professional playoff hockey and win in the playoffs (even down in the AHL) would definitely be considered a big step forward and a big success.

  2. jetfan74 - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    If my Isles had a defense we might be dangerous. Oh wait, let’s not forget that all important goaltender position that was also neglected in the off season. Snow must go!!!

    • bcisleman - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      He DIDN’T neglect it. He made on effort after another. If someone won’t deal based on your best assets, what can you do?

  3. vgraziano - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Maybe we should remind Garth what it’s like to be left out there hung out to dry and stick his arse back in net for a game or two…….

  4. rlecchino - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Can we please get a REAL coaching staff????

  5. canadiansportsfan77 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Isles are going to have a real tough time selling next year’s team if Garth Snow and Jack Capuano aren’t fired at the end of the year. This current team is horrible.

  6. powerpop18 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Thanks to mismanagement (Wang, Snow, Capuano) this team is the laughingstock of the entire league.

  7. bcisleman - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Isles had 7 rookies or nearly so. Handwriting would seem to be on the wall. Isles need a new coach.

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