These illogical, any-game-now-the-bubble-will-burst teams do tend to be a rite of spring in the NHL, don't they? If it isn't the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim riding Jean-Sebastien Giguere one year, it's the Carolina Hurricanes turning North Carolina into hockey country (at least for a few weeks) another.
But this deal with Calgary – these won't go away, won't stop skating, won't stop hitting Flames – just feels different.
First, Calgary is a real underdog, a decidedly small market in the NHL and stuck with the Canadian dollar to boot. Second, it hadn't made the playoffs since 1996. Third, its improbable story includes an offensive star who is black, a journeyman goaltender who closed out the mighty Detroit Red Wings with back-to-back shutouts and a patented style of winning that has been a boon to business for cardiologists in Alberta.
"It's what we've been doing," center Craig Conroy said. "We steal games."
Add Sunday's 4-3 overtime (what else?) Western Conference finals-opening victoryRead More »from Flames' formula is working