CALGARY, AB -- As his Calgary Flames readied to put their three-game win streak on the line, coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't shy in the morning about the importance he was placing on the performance against a formidable foe.
A "growth game", he called it.
A litmus test, of a sort.
Well, taken in, they passed the exam but lost the game anyway.
But off the tenacity and committed to the game plan displayed against the reigning President's Trophy-winners, they're not that far away, with a four-game road swing through Chicago and the California teams upcoming on the docket over the next week.