Tag: Mason Raymond

Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche

Shore likely to make playoff debut for Flames in Game 1


Calgary looks like it’s making an interesting lineup switch to open its series against Anaheim — Drew Shore, acquired from Florida in January, looks as though he’ll draw in tonight when the Flames take on the Ducks at Honda Center.

Shore, 24, would take the place of Mason Raymond.

The 44th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Shore has appeared in 78 career NHL contests — 11 coming with the Flames this season — but zero in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It looks as though he’ll make his postseason debut on Calgary’s fourth line alongside Brandon Bollig and Josh Jooris, which is an interesting development as Flames head coach Bob Hartley opted not to dress Shore in any of the six opening-round games against Vancouver.

That said, it’s not surprising the team was looking to change things up from Raymond. The veteran winger hasn’t done much this postseason, with just one point in four games; in the series-clinching Game 6 win over Vancouver, Raymond received just 5:39 of ice time and finished minus-1.

Feisty Flames dump Canucks, win first home playoff game in six years

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Prior to tonight, the Saddledome faithful hadn’t seen postseason hockey since 2009.

They, and their Flames, savored the return.

And what a return it was, as the Flames rode a wave of emotion — and some gritty, physical play — to a 4-2 victory over Vancouver in Game 3 of their Western Conference first round matchup.

“It really helped us out tonight,” Flames center Sean Monahan said of the fan support.

“They were unbelievable,” added fellow forward Michael Ferland.

With the win, the Flames took a 2-1 lead in the series.

That win was also Calgary’s first in the playoffs at the Saddledome since defeating Chicago 6-4 in April of 2009. Back then, Mike Keenan was the coach and Jarome Iginla was the club’s veteran leader — a far cry from tonight, which further illustrated that Calgary’s youth movement isn’t just underway.

It’s thriving.

Sam Bennett, the 18-year-old playing in just his fourth NHL contest, scored what proved to be the game winner just 2:14 into the third period. Bennett, the fourth overall pick at the 2014 draft, notched his second point in three playoff games and helped solidify himself as a major contributor for a Calgary team that received plenty of support from the kids tonight.

Monahan, 20, scored an insurance marker for his first goal of the series. T.J. Brodie, 24, led the Flames with two points (1G, 1A). Ferland, 22, led all skaters with a game-high nine hits.

“They had a good forecheck. That’s the bottom line,” Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said. “They got on our D. I thought they played physical all night. We turned over the first goal on the wall, where we couldn’t get it out. They did a good job on us.

“We have to be better. We weren’t good enough. We know that.”

Ferland’s ferocity embodied how the Flames played for most of the evening. They out-hit Vancouver 33-18 on the night and seemed to feed off a frenzied home crowd. They also carried over the emotion from the end of Game 2, when a wild brawl ended with over 130 minutes in penalties; Kris Russell squared off with Alex Burrows late in tonight’s third period, followed by a tilt between Ferland and Kevin Bieksa.

(Burrows was given an instigator penalty for his antics with Russell, and could be subjected to further discipline from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Dan Hamhuis could also be getting a call for a headshot on Bennett in the third period.)

As for Vancouver, tonight might prove a wake-up call. The Canucks controlled proceedings at Rogers Arena on Friday night but were unable to do the same this evening, and often looked to be the older, slower and less energetic team. If there was a bright spot, it was that some secondary scorers — Shawn Matthias and Jannik Hansen — scored their first goals of the series.

But that might be it, as far as silver linings go. Sunday night was all about Calgary.


The Flames made a pair of lineup changes tonight: Tyler Wotherspoon drew in on defense for Corey Potter, while Mason Raymond played up front in place of Markus Granlund… Eddie Lack stopped 23 of 27 shots for Vancouver, Jonas Hiller stopped 23 of 25 for the Flames… It was another busy third period for the scorekeepers tonight, as the two teams combined for 57 PIM in the final frame.

Flames beat up on the Sharks yet again

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For the second time in less than a full week, the Calgary Flames have defeated the San Jose Sharks, a fellow Pacific Division opponent.

On Monday, the Flames, with their dads in the stands watching, jumped out to a first-period lead on a goal from Mason Raymond, his ninth of the season, as he calmly skated into the middle of the ice and snapped a shot that beat Antti Niemi. Calgary went on to defeat the Sharks by a final score of 4-1.

Calgary now jumps back into second in the Pacific, still tied in points with the Sharks. The Canucks lost in Minnesota earlier in the evening and stay at 61 points, which knocks them down to the final Wild Card spot in the conference.

The Flames have dominated the Sharks in San Jose this season.

PHT Morning Skate: (Video) Massive LNAH pre-game brawl leads to multi-year suspensions

Laval fight

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

There was a huge brawl before the start of a North American Hockey League (LNAH) game between the Laval Predators and St. Georges Cool-FM:

That resulted in 114 penalty minutes being handed out and 10 player suspensions. On top of that, Predators CEO Lucien Paquette, assistant coach Dannick Lessard, and co-owner Eric Lajeunesse were each suspended for two years. (QMI Agency)

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Keith Jones talked with David Kaplan about what the Chicago Blackhawks might be looking for as we approach the trade deadline. (CSN Chicago)

Here are the highlights from Washington’s 1-0 win over Philadelphia:

It would be an understatement to call Mason Raymond frustrated after being listed as a healthy scratch three times over five games. He signed a three-year, $9.5 million contract over the summer. (Calgary Sun)

Cam Fowler is emerging as a major Lady Byng Memorial Trophy contender. (Orange County Register)

Speaking of Anaheim, the Ducks scored twice on Toronto in one play:

Moving from the East to West has done wonders for Mathieu Perreault’s career. (CSN Washington)

Flames’ run of injuries opens up chance for Baertschi

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers

The Calgary Flames have been hit hard enough by injuries that it looks like fading prospect Sven Baertschi will get a chance to make an impact.

The Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson notes that Joe Colborne was added to IR, and while Michael Ferland’s status isn’t technically the same, both are added to an injury list that includes Mikael Backlund, Matt Stajan and Mason Raymond.

It’s an understatement to say that hopes have hit an all-time low for Baertschi, 22, lately. The 13th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft hasn’t scored a goal in 10 AHL games, pairing an ugly -8 rating with a modest trio of assists.

He was one of the final cuts heading out of the preseason and seems to have stalled – if not regressed – in his development.

This is a huge opportunity for the Swiss-born prospect to turn things around for himself, especially as his name has been attached to some trade rumors. He’s obviously young enough that it’s hyperbolic to say that this run will make or break his career, but there’s a feeling that it could do a lot to improve his image in the Flames organization.

Maybe he’ll benefit from a little jolt of excitement, then?