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FLAMES REWIND - 20.03.17

A look back on the Flames' week

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

It's probably not how Calgary Flames forward Micheal Ferland planned to spend his Sunday.

Under observation. 

Ferland, who has five goals in his past 12 games and nine in his past 20, missed Calgary's 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings while awaiting news to determine whether or not he has the mumps.

It's a wait-and-see situation.

"I'm not sure," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We're waiting to see how it plays out. I'm told he's feeling pretty good so we'll just wait and see how the next 24, 48 hours are."

A positive view. 

But the mumps have been making the rounds in the NHL.

Several members of the Vancouver Canucks were held under observation, and defenceman Troy Stetcher had a confirmed case, in late February. The Minnesota Wild had two skaters, including Zach Parise, and an assistant coach diagnosed.

The Flames received booster shots soon after visiting the Canucks on Feb. 18.

 The 24-year-old Ferland is the first Flames skater to show symptoms. 

And now, a look at the week that was. 

OVER THE BOARDS

Winning streaks have to end sometime, right? … But don't tell Brian Elliott, who tied Mike Vernon for the franchise record of 11 straight wins set from Jan. 17-Feb. 27, 1989 in Sunday's 5-2 win against Los Angeles. … Anyone else struggle with Jarome Iginla wearing No. 88, in black, white and silver no less, Sunday night? … Just when you think the smile on Curtis Lazar couldn't get any bigger, he nets an assist on an empty goal in his Flames debut. Welcome to Calgary (officially), Curtis. … Need some perspective on what Matthew Tkachuk has managed as a rookie? Check out George Johnson's Flames Extra this week. … On the future front, a dream season continues for Harvard defenceman Adam Fox, who can add an ECAC Championship to his World Junior gold medal. Fox was named to the ECAC six-man all-tournament team. Harvard is the No. 1 seed heading into the NCAA tournament. … Big congrats to London Knights goaltender Tyler Parsons and Stockton Heat forward Ryan Lomberg on signing NHL contracts. … Surely one will follow at some point for Victoria Royals sniper Matthew Phillips, who finished his regular season in the WHL with 50 snipes.

OVERTIME

Talk about closing it out. The Calgary Flames, who woke up Monday morning for a flight to DC in the third spot in the Pacific Division, have been putting teams to sleep late. A 30-0-1 record when leading after two periods confirms that. "It's something we've been working on," forward Johnny Gaudreau said. "The past two seasons we've been playing from behind in most games and I think the second half of this season we've been playing with leads most games. It's a lot easier to play with the lead. If we keep playing like that, playing with leads, we'll be pretty successful." Only the Washington Capitals (33) and Pittsburgh Penguins (32) have more wins than the home side when taking a lead into the third period. "I think the secret to that is getting up so you can shut things down," said goaltender Brian Elliott, who helped lock down the Flames' 30th -- a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. "I think that's what we're talking about in the locker room before we go out. It's not just talk. It's action. From the leaders down the line everybody's doing those little details and that's what's getting it done." The latest came at the expense of the Kings on Sunday. In a big way. "I thought our third was great," captain Mark Giordano said. "Our attention to detail, getting above pucks, really sucked the life out of it a bit but that's what you want in the third period, is to shut it down defensively and get some looks. For the most part we were just protecting the lead and playing solid."

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