Flames hit their stride
The Calgary Flames picked up their third win in three outings against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday to complete a home and home sweep.
Calgary, 10001.00 to win the Stanley Cup, had got the better of the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime on Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome and then ran out 3-2 winners at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday.
The Blackhawks have been good opponents for the Flames this campaign as it was another 4-3 triumph in overtime on New Year's Eve that kicked off Calgary's seven-game winning streak and pulled them back into contention in the Pacific Division.
Timing is everything and for Calgary the week break shortly after the All-Star game came at the worst possible time. The Flames had all the momentum in the world following their wins over the Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes before losing steam. Six consecutive defeats followed although Calgary did well to pick up a regulation point in four of those contests.
The Flames will head for the Prudential Center in Newark later in the week to face the New Jersey Devils, hopeful that they can maintain the pressure on the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division.
Calgary are tied for third in the Division with the Anaheim Ducks, two points adrift of the Sharks. Meanwhile, second-placed San Jose welcome in the Division leading Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday with 10 points separating the sides. It's only the second game between the two teams with Vegas winning 5-4 in overtime when they first met in November.
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