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Flames Hammer Out 5-3 Win as Scouts Pack Prudential Center

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The puck dropped, and play commenced on Thursday night. 15 seconds and two giveaways later, it was apparent that fans were in store for a gloves-down, heavy-assault affair between the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils.  

Amid a scourge of speculation and a full house of scouts watching the game – 15 teams in total took in the affair in person, the Flames managed to out-box the Devils to the tune of a 5-3 victory. Connor Zary, Andrew Mangiapane, and Noah Hanifin led the offence with two points apiece, and Jacob Markstrom once again came up big with a 37 save, .925 save percentage performance.  

New Jersey forward Ondrej Palat opened the scoring less than five minutes in with a quick one-timer off a Jesper Bratt two-on-one feed. 1-0 New Jersey. 

Flames captain Mikael Backlund evened the score minutes later off a feed from winger Andrew Mangiapane following a brief boards battle behind the Devils’ net. 1-1. 

The Flames seized a 2-1 lead in the second period off a trickle-through shot from Nazem Kadri. Rookie forward Connor Zary pounced on the loose puck for an empty net tap-in. This game wasn’t going as the bettors who play at Alberta casinos online expected.

Veteran center Kevin Rooney put the Flames up 3-1 early in the third period after a net-front scramble led to the 30-year-old finding the puck in the danger zone. The goal was Rooney’s first NHL marker since Dec. 7, 2021, when he played for the New York Rangers. 

The Devils made a game of it 1:07 later when Nico Hischier sprung out on a shorthanded breakaway and rifled it over goaltender Jacob Markstrom’s glove to put the score at 3-2. Newcomer Andrei Kuzmenko coughed the puck up at the blue line to lead to the Devils break.  

Kuzmenko made up for his mistake a little under five minutes later by picking up a Noah Hanifin rebound and executing a 360-degree maneuver to find his way past Devils goaltender Vitek Vanacek. 4-2 Flames. The goal was the second for Kuzmenko in two games with his new team.

Ondrej Palat notched his second of the game with a little over five minutes remaining in regulation after tipping a Colin Miller wrist shot from the point. With the game steadily approaching the final buzzer, the score was brought within one.  

The Flames thought they had sealed the game with 2:17 remaining on the clock in a sequence; well, you’re just going to have to see to believe.  

Despite the drama of the controversial no-goal sequence, Andrew Mangiapane managed to first hit the post – and then force a turnover to seize an empty net opportunity and seal the game at 5-3.

The Calgary Flames now head to New York for an 11:00 a.m. matinee game against the Islanders on Saturday. 

 

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Camosack

So Pospisil does what he can to avoid crushing Vanacek and the Devils go after him. Kadri gets tripped by the Devils and falls into Vanacek, and the Devils go after him. It is getting silly. Any excuse to retaliate on a player for an imaginary offence. Bush league.