The Flames just finished up Week 24 of the 2016-17 NHL season and found themselves 3-1-0 on the week, their only loss being the streak ender they took at the hands of the Boston Bruins. The Flames finished the week with 86 points, which pushed the Kings further away, put Calgary a point ahead of Edmonton and brought the Flames to within a point of the Anaheim Ducks. With all that out of the way, here’s this week’s edition of Three Things.
Brian Elliott.....All He Does Is Win
Brian Elliott, despite a 1 night reprieve due to having the flu, continued to roll this week. He was 3-0-0 for the Flames and his play also earned him a the NHL’s 3rd Star of the Week.
On top of all that, Brian Elliott also tied Flames legend Mike Vernon by winning his 11th straight game for the Flames. The Flames goalie won 11 straight in the 1988-89 Stanley Cup Championship season where he was a ridiculous 37-6-5 and won his 11 straight from January 17th to February 27th. Elliott has been exceptionally dominant lately for Calgary. His 11 in a row started back on February 21st with a 2-1 OT win over Nashville. Elliott can break Vernon’s record if he starts Tuesday night when the Flames head to Washington to play the Capitals.
Oh Young Matthew
We’d mentioned how well behaved Matthew Tkachuk has been lately in regards to the penalty box. He had only taken 2 penalty minutes since January 24th, which is impressive seeing the 19 year old had 94 coming into last night’s game. He finally snapped his streak at 19:41 of the first period when he picked up a roughing penalty for a borderline hit on the Kings’ Drew Doughty. And it looks like the league is taking notice:
Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk will have a hearing today for elbowing Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 20, 2017
Curtis Lazar Makes His Flames Debut
The Flames newest trade deadline acquisition finally hit the ice last night. Calgary traded for Curtis Lazar, but he hadn’t seen the ice due to the fact that Calgary was playing so well and breaking up that lineup at the time would have been stupid. Well, since the streak ended, the Flames gave Lazar one extra night off before inserting him into the lineup for the ill Michael Ferland. The 22 year old BC product played 10:08, had 14 shifts on the ice, had 3 hits and picked up an assist on Kris Versteeg’s empty netter to put the Flames up 5-2.
You might say “1 assist, what’ the big deal?” Well, considering Lazar has played 3 periods of hockey with the Flames and already has a helper, compare that to his one point in 33 games this season with the Senators. You could say that things could be looking up for young Mr. Lazar.