Rasmus Andersson snapped a tie after Dillon Dube scored twice in the first period for the confident Calgary Flames, who beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series Tuesday. It feels good. You can feel the chemistry in the room and the trust between the guys,” Flames defenseman TJ Brodie said.
The game in Toronto may have proved that time is a construct (and given us all an existential crisis or two as a result), but the game in Edmonton proved that goals — the good, the bad, and the fluky — are also a construct. Reminder No. Hello?
Admit it: You thought Milan Lucic was done. The once-intimidating power forward had been a non-factor for most of the season for the Calgary Flames and only arrived in town via trade from Edmonton in a rare intra-Alberta swap for James Neal, in which both teams were trying to salvage something from bad contracts that had been signed. Not only that, but the winger was taking all the face-offs on his line with Sam Bennett and Dillon Dube—and Lucic was really good, winning 69% of his draws.