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Flames Daily: The Sutter Standard, Habs Win Lottery, Oilers Slip

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It was a big night for Canada. Well, almost off of it. The Montreal Canadiens won the draft lottery to pick first overall at the 2022 NHL Draft in … drum roll … Montreal. The Toronto Maple Leafs were down 2-0 early in the first period but rallied for a potentially series-changing win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now if the Oilers could just do their part for a playoff Battle of Alberta with the Calgary Flames. As for those Flames, they’re sticking with the Sutter Standard – they’ll celebrate when they win something.

As exciting as was to walk away from Dallas with a split to snatch home-ice advantage back, the Flames were not giving themselves any pats on the back after a 4-1 Calgary Flames win in Game 4.

“What do you celebrate, really, we haven’t won anything. We haven’t done anything; we won a game,” Vezina finalist Jacob Markstrom said upon landing back in Calgary on Tuesday. “It’s a best-out-of-seven series and we’ve got to prepare for the game (on Wednesday).”

Every player will tell you something similar. The TNT crew got a good laugh in hearing the behind the scenes post-game Sutter speech in the locker-room in Johnny Gaudreau’s words.

Get used to it. This Calgary Flames team has a one-Cup mind.

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Montreal: Oh what a story! Shane Wright is probably going to be selected first overall. Montreal is hosting the draft, and the Montreal Canadiens pick first.

Sportsnet: The first period looked like the Tampa Bay Lightning would show the kids how it’s done. Then something funny happened–the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for a huge 4-3 win in Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead. It was an impressive comeback led by the Leafs core.

NYI Hockey Now: What next for the Islanders and Barry Trotz? The coach got the ax after a brutal season. Stefen Rosner reports a couple of Metro Division teams have already expressed interest. And a few names are emerging to replace him. New York Islanders coaching search.

Philly: Could the Flyers pursue Barry Trotz? Our Sam Carchidi reports they’re interested, but should they? Carchidi says, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes….yes… Philadelphia Flyers news.

The Islanders stayed put in the NHL Draft Lottery–they will pick No. 13. Do they keep the pick, or could we see GM Lou Lamoriello swing a big Islanders trade?

Sportsnet Edmonton: The Oilers face elimination after an overtime collapse. The Calgary Flames/Edmonton Oilers playoff Battle of Alberta is at serious risk. Another year, another Connor McDavid playoff loss?

Boston: The Bruins had a chance to take a commanding series lead but collapsed in Game 5. Tony DeAngelo, who Brad Marchand has been chirping, played a big part. The Boston Bruins breakdown.

Detroit: The Calder Trophy voting is in and while Red Wings teammates won’t finish 1-2 in the Calder Trophy voting, there was some talk the past could repeat. The Detroit Red Wings’ future is bright.

Washington: No punishment for T.J. Oshie–who cracked ex-Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett pretty good in Game 4. Washington Capitals news.

Colorado: The only first-round sweep. Bye, Nashville. A look back at the dominating series by the Colorado Avalanche.

Vegas: And, lastly, you never know when a player is playing hurt. To answer some of the criticism, George McPhee revealed that former Calgary Flames target Jack Eichel played for six weeks with a broken thumb. Vegas Golden Knights.

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