If you missed last night’s heated matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, you missed an absolutely beauty. Sure, both Western Canadian teams are officially out of the Stanley Cup Playoff race, but that didn’t seem to matter at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary last night.
The Flames chased Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot early and ended up securing a 3-2 win to snap their seven game losing streak, but the real story is what transpired between Oilers forward Milan Lucic and Flames goaltender Mike Smith midway through the third period.
Unhappy with Lucic’s slash on Flames captain Mark Giordanno, Smith decided to take matters into his own hands by going to to toe with Lucic himself. Both Smith and Lucic managed to get some shots in before officials and teammates separated the two.
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And here’s the live broadcast angle:
Once the two sides were separated and both Smith and Lucic were assessed penalties, the play resumed. But once Lucic was set free from the box, you just knew that he'd have to own up for his actions. After all, you don't just rain punches down on a someone's goaltender and get away with it. On the ensuing face-off Flames enforcer Tanner Glass came to the defence of his goaltender, but only ended up with a bloody face for his effort.
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Good tilt, boys. Good tilt. Can’t blame Glass for coming out on the short end of this one, he’s clearly just overmatched by the bigger and more powerful Lucic. It’s clear that Lucic recognizes Glass’ heart as well, look at the shoulder tap that he gives his competitor once they’re separated. Say what you want about fighting in this day and age, at least what’s left of the true enforcers know how to enforce The Code. You touch the goalie, you’re gonna have to drop the gloves. You put up a good fight, you’re gonna earn the respect of your opponent. Textbook old school hockey. We love it. There's nothing quite like it and it's seemingly becoming more and more rare, but you can always count on The Battle of Alberta to provide a snapshots of the old days.
After the win Smith had lots to say, admitting that maybe the Flames need to play games like that more often: