Together with his daughter Valentina by his aspect within the Calgary Flames locker room, Milan Lucic ruminated on the significance of what he calls Happyland.
Happyland, to Lucic, is the rink itself — a magical place the place distractions, akin to Friday’s dramatic departure of head coach Invoice Peters, disappear if just for some time.
“I believe I communicate for everybody,” the hulking winger mentioned Saturday night time after the Flames dispatched the Ottawa Senators 3-1 within the first residence recreation underneath interim head coach Geoff Ward. “If you’re on the market, you get an opportunity to be free and be your self and never consider something apart from doing what you like to do. And that is enjoying hockey.”
Completely satisfied just isn’t a phrase anybody would use to explain Calgary by way of the primary two months of the 2019-2020 marketing campaign.
Recent off a first-place end within the Western Convention — and regardless of shedding in 5 video games to the Colorado Avalanche within the first spherical of the playoffs — the Flames thought-about themselves legit Stanley Cup contenders to begin the season.
Since then, nonetheless, they’ve struggled to attain, endured a six-game shedding streak and watched defenceman T.J. Brodie collapse throughout follow on Nov. 14. The defenceman was convulsing on the ice earlier than paramedics rushed him to hospital — a scenario defenceman Mark Giordano referred to as the scariest second of his profession. Brodie is, fortunately, okay and returned to the lineup on Nov. 25.
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