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by AARON VICKERS @aavickers /

They've got him.

Now they've got to come up with a plan to get Curtis Lazar into the lineup.

Hard to do with the Flames riding a seven-game winning streak, right?

Quite the opposite, it seems.

"It's actually easier," coach Glen Gulutzan said before the Flames extended their five-game streak with a 3-2 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. "We've talked about that this morning at length. We'll go through it with the player here after his skate.

"It's somewhat easier."

The Flames acquired Lazar, 22, and defenceman Mike Kostka from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Jyrki Jokipakka and Calgary's second-round pick in 2017 minutes before the trade deadline kicked in Wednesday.

But the third-year pro has yet to suit up in his new silks.

The winning streak, pushed to a season-high seven games with a 5-2 triumph against the New York Islanders on Sunday, has given the Flames the luxury of bringing Lazar, who has one assist in 33 games this season, up to speed.

"It's easier to do everything when you've won a few games," Gulutzan said. "It's easier to be harder on the guys. It's easier to push them. It's easier to go out for a practice. The mood's better, right? In Curtis' case it's the same thing.

"He's a smart guy. 

"We traded for him so he knows obviously we like him.

"He understands."

What's the biggest adjustment for Lazar?

"I think one of the reasons we got him is he'll really embrace the way we play here," Gulutzan said. "It's a real forward, straight-ahead, north-south game, which I think he's better accustomed to playing. I know in Ottawa they did a lot of 1-3 and they were patient and clogged up the neutral zone. Here we don't do as much of that. We like to do a lot of north-south.

"I think he fits that style."

And now a look at the week that was.


Lazar is wearing No. 20 for the Flames, making him the second-straight Curtis, along with Glencross, to rep the number …Sean Monahan continues to roll. He picked up an assist against the Red Wings to move to 100 in his NHL career. It doubled as his 200th point. Currently, he leads the 2013 NHL Draft class with 202 points. …Prospect Stepan Falkovsky has been named the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for February after scoring 12 goals in 13 games. Big month for the big man. …Mikael Backlund , now known as 'Selke' amongst his teammates, has back-to-back 20-goal campaigns after his OT-winner versus Detroit. How about some love for veteran Matt Stajan ? He's eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the first time since 2013-14. ���Johnny Gaudreau was named the NHL's third star for the week ending on Feb. 26 after a two-goal, eight-point effort. ���If you're not familiar with Deryk Engelland 's backstory, be sure to give George Johnson's Flames Extra story a read.


What a run by the Calgary Inferno, who were the regular-season champions of the CWHL with a 20-4-0 record and pushed their season all the way to the Clarkson Cup Final at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Jillian Saulnier scored, and goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer made 21 saves in a 3-1 loss against The Montreal Canadiennes in Sunday's final. "We came out a little flat in the first and took a little too long to get things going," Inferno captain Brianne Jenner said, according to Canadian Press. "I believe we had a chance at the end and we thought we had the momentum but sometimes it doesn't go your way. We were kind of in a bit of a daze and there wasn't any panic by any means and everyone was pretty calm." The two teams split the season-series 3-3 before the Inferno fell in the final. Though the CWHL season is done, much of Calgary's group will continue on. Nine Inferno players have been named to the Team Canada roster of 23 for the 2017 IIHF World Championships in Plymouth, Mich. March 31 to April 7, including Maschmeyer and fellow goaltender Genevieve Lacasse, defender Meaghan Mikkelson and forwards Bailey Bram, Sarah Davis, Haley Irwin, Jenner, Rebecca Johnston and Blayre Turnbull.

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