Flames Conclude Road Trip With Impressive Win In Boston


Johnny Gaudreau



The team from Calgary is hot right now. The Calgary Flames have been one of the hottest teams out of the gate to start the season. Their hot start made them evaluate their team and go after a guy like Jack Eichel. Since that ship sailed, it seems like Calgary has found their perfect team to make some noise this season. They are getting production from every position on the ice. This was an issue for the Flames last season, which is why they struggled to have success.

The core of the Flames has really stepped up this season. It isn’t easy when a long-time captain of any team leaves for any reason. Mark Giordano was selected by the Seattle Kraken this past summer. Giordano was the captain of the Flames for many seasons. Even with his departure, the core of the Flames has stepped up to take Calgary to the top of the Pacific to start the season. It was a complete effort from everyone on the team to put together an impressive 6-1 road trip record. This road trip ended with an impressive 4-0 shutout over the Boston Bruins.



Familiar Face Gets His Revenge

There is one player on the Calgary Flames that this win means extra. Dan Vladar had spent his entire career in the Boston Bruins organization. A former third-round pick of the Bruins in 2015, Vladar didn’t make his NHL debut until last season. With his play being pretty impressive, he was still subject to waivers this summer to get back to Providence. With the chances of losing him on waiver being extremely high, Boston shipped him to Calgary for a third-round pick.

The move made sense, but most Bruins fans were sad to see him go. So far this season, that trade is looking like a home run for the Calgary Flames. In his five starts this season now, Vladar has posted a 4-0-1 record with two shutouts. One of those shutouts came tonight against his former team. Vladar managed to stop all 27 shots as the Flames went into Boston and took care of the Bruins. That has to have a great feeling added to it for a guy drafted by these same Bruins.



Production From Core Players

The Bruins have been known for their core players producing the most for the team on offense. This is now the storyline for the early success of the Calgary Flames. The first line for Calgary has been as solid as it gets to start the season. Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau, and Matthew Tkachuk have been the backbone of the Flames to start this season. Tonight was no different. Gaudreau got the scoring started just 1:29 into the game.

Noah Hanifin has been the center of the Flames defense ever since his arrival to Calgary in 2018. He added to the Flames lead with his first of the season in the second period. One player that has been an absolute unit this season, especially on the road, is Andrew Mangiapane. Mangiapane scored his fifteenth goal of the season tonight (shorthanded) and fourteen of the goals have come on the road. Mikael Backlund padded the lead to 4-0 shortly after to run that score all the way to the final horn. Calgary has been dangerous to start this season. As for Boston? This loss stings, but you move on and prepare for Buffalo on Wednesday.



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