Calgary Flames turn back time to mixed results on ’90s night – .

Calgary Flames turn back time to mixed results on ’90s night – .

Nineties Night at the Saddledome featured the return of Jarome Iginla, the wave and original Playstation graphics around the rink.
It also included the kind of stunt the game has spent the past two decades working hard to phase out: the dangerous genre.

With four minutes to go in the second period of a close 2-2 game, Milan Lucic chased the puck into the Winnipeg corner where he caught Dylan DeMelo with a clumsy bodycheck that sent the player’s upper body violently. defender lying in the band.

After a video review by officials, it was determined he was dangerous enough to be a major, ending Lucic’s evening early – a call Darryl Sutter disagreed with.

“The reason they called a major was because they said (DeMelo) was injured,” Sutter said after the Flames’ 4-2 loss. “He really wasn’t hurt. I think DeMelo tried to turn around and Looch made contact. For me, it’s a minor penalty. “

DeMelo seemed to turn into a failure at the last minute, but the speed at which hard-hitting Lucic was moving sent the Jets defenseman perilously rushing through the boards.

The right call has been made.

It didn’t sound malicious, but it certainly could have resulted in some significant injury, which is why the league is expected to take a closer look at it on Sunday.

DeMelo, who was slow to get up, left the game but came back in the third period.

The Flames killed the majority of the offense before a Jets penalty ended the visitors’ power play.

True to the ’90s theme of the night, the game ended in heartache for the hosts, as it has so often done for much of this decade.

Despite the opening with a two-goal lead after seven minutes, the hosts fell victim to Kyle Connor’s second of the game with five minutes remaining, breaking the tie 2-2.

An empty Andrew Copp net ended Winnipeg’s five-game losing streak in a game the Flames seemed to control early on, until Connor Hellebuyck decided to steal the win.

The man who stole the show was Iginla, who made a surprise appearance 13 minutes from time after the team released a tribute video celebrating his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The crowd jumped to his feet with a roar as he was then shown to a lower-level luxury suite, greeting fans with his familiar smile on his face.

The age-old songs “Ig-gy, Ig-gy” have returned.

An unforgettable moment for all those present.

“It was awesome – really cool,” said Matthew Tkachuk. “I haven’t heard of the building like this in a while, so maybe we need him to come to the games more. “

The season-peaking crowd of 17,036 certainly increased their decibel levels for the final 10 minutes as the Flames took turns being stoned by former winner Vezina.

Andrew Mangiapane, Noah Hanifin and Sean Monahan all suffered a power play midway through the third, before Connor’s dagger prevented the Flames from extending a four-game winning streak.

“At the end of the day, we have to find a way to finish this game in overtime or try to get two before that,” said Tkachuk, who opened the scoring in just 26 seconds, on the fourth shot. Flames. Gambling. “You can’t lose that one in regulation. These hurt. These are the games that are not for you too much.

Dominating the Jets 36-28, the Flames simply couldn’t find a way to fend off struggling visitors.

“I think we played a really good game,” said Sutter, praising Hellebuyck as one of the league’s top three goaltenders.

“We haven’t finished enough chances. Break it down and I’d say we’re way past them. We made a few mistakes and they ended up in our nets. We had plenty of chances to break the tie or come back two, and we just weren’t done. And that’s a problem.

Johnny Gaudreau extended his points streak to six games with two more assists, including preparing Elias Lindholm for a power play goal seven minutes later.

The Flames, who ended a seven-game streak with at least one point, host Pittsburgh on Monday.


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