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FLAMES UNLUCKY IN VEGAS

A third period run by the Golden Knights sealed the Flames' fate in a 7-3 setback

by Laurence Heinen @lheinen21 / CalgaryFlames.com

Not even having their moms in the crowd at T-Mobile Arena could help the Flames beat the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.
 
Dougie Hamilton scored once and set up another for the Flames (30-22-9), who dropped a 7-3 decision to the Golden Knights in their first visit to Las Vegas to face the surprising expansion squad.
 
"We had some good stretches in this game," said forward Matthew Tkachuk, whose powerplay goal in the second period pulled the Flames into a 3-3 tie before the Knights responded with four unanswered goals. I don't know what it is. It's frustrating when we let things get out of hand."

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MOMS TRIP A BIG HIT WITH THE FLAMES

Over 25 mothers have joined the team for their two-game road swing

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

LAS VEGAS - After taking in the Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil show on Tuesday evening, Garnet Hathaway felt like he had stepped into his parents' shoes.

Over 25 mothers have joined the team for the franchise's first-ever moms trip and after the show, the moms left their sons to go out and see the sights in the Las Vegas while the players headed back to the hotel to prepare for Wednesday's tilt against the Golden Knights.

"It was like, 'Text me when you're home,'" Hathaway told CalgaryFlames.com. "It was like a complete role reversal, you know. I'm in my room thinking, 'Yeah, they're having fun, you know, I can go to bed and rest easy.'

"I'm glad they all got to hang out together and obviously it's a fun city that they get to experience. I don't think my mom's ever really been here so to sight-see with the other moms, I think it is great."

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QUOTABLES - FLAMES @ GOLDEN KNIGHTS

A rundown on what was discussed during this morning's media availability

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Mark Giordano on the importance of tonight's game:

"A really fast team. They play really quick, they battle hard. We had a good game against them last time until the last couple minutes. We've got to bring that same mentality but at this point in the season, it's points - we've got to worry about getting points. They're pretty solidified there in their spot. We've got to get into a spot and try to move on up. It's a really important game for is."

Giordano on if the team is a desperate group:

"We have to be. You don't win for a couple of games, you lose one in overtime and you fall … not right out of it but you fall a point or two back. We want to be in a (playoff) spot. We want to wake up every day and be in a spot. To do that, we've got to string some together."

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PROJECTED LINEUP - FLAMES @ GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Calgary's projected lines, defence pairings and starting goalie for tonight's game

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

LAS VEGAS - The Flames are expected to have winger Troy Brouwer back this evening when they face off against the Vegas Golden Knights at 8:30 p.m. MT.

The forward skated on a line with Matt Stajan and Curtis Lazar this morning in Nevada, signalling his return from an upper body injury.

Check out this evening's projected lineup:

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5 THINGS - FLAMES @ GOLDEN KNIGHTS

The Flames kick off their road trip in Las Vegas tonight

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (30-21-9: 69 pts.) vs GOLDEN KNIGHTS (39-16-4: 82 pts.)

8:30 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet Flames | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

Season series: 0-1-0-0

All-time regular-season record: 0-1-0-0

Flames road record: 17-7-5

Golden Knights home record: 22-5-2

Current Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Johnny Gaudreau (69)

Goals - Sean Monahan (27)

Golden Knights:

Points - Jonathan Marchessault (58)

Goals - William Karlsson (30)

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THE STRETCH DRIVE

Road-warrior Flames look to begin final playoff push with win in Vegas

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / calgaryflames.com

It's gut-check time.

With 22 games left in their regular season and the Western Conference playoff picture still unclear, the Flames embark on a two-game desert road trip with no illusions about the importance of each remaining contest.

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KLIMCHUK REASSIGNED TO HEAT

Forward sent back to Stockton

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

The Flames announced today that they have reassigned forward Morgan Klimchuk to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

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NHL DEBUT A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR KLIMCHUK

The forward put in 7:25 of ice time against the Bruins on Monday

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

In the immediate aftermath of a fantasy fulfilled, Morgan Klimchuk couldn't really pinpoint a pinch-me moment, per se.

But single out a steamroll-me moment?

That was easy.

"When (Zdeno) Chara ran me over,'' he said of the Boston Bruins' 6-foot-9, 250-pound colossus. "You think you can stand him up a bit …"

A soft head-shake born of fresh experience.

"But no."

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FLAMES EDGED IN OT

David Rittich put forth a strong performance in the 2-1 overtime setback

by DANIEL ROCCHI @D_Rocchi / CalgaryFlames.com

David Rittich got the bounce-back performance he was looking for, earning his team a single point as the Flames fell 2-1 in overtime to the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Rittich finished with 30 saves to keep his team within striking distance despite being outshot 23-12 through the first two periods.

"Every game is different and if you have a bad game you should come back with a clear head and looking forward," said Rittich. "It's a really good point for us, but I think we could have both. What happened happened in overtime, but I think we played well."

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SPORTSNET #YYCBRIGHTESTSTAR SHOWDOWN - WEEK 20

Mark Jankowski and David Rittich go head-to-head this week

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Sportsnet #YYCBrightestStar Showdown pits the week's biggest plays and players head to head to allow fans to decide on the Play Of The Week.

In Week 20, it'S Mark Jankowski goal against the Predators vs. David Rittch's big stop in Nashville:

Video: It's Jankowski vs Rittich in Week 20

You have two options to vote:

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