“My experience was basically difficult,” said Wilson, “because I never felt that Nazem ever listened to me.
“And it was all evidence in we would say, ‘Don’t turn the puck over.’ And the next shift Nazem would go out there and turn the puck over. If we had drawn a hard line with him and sent him down to the minors and made (an) example of him early on in his career, he might not be doing these things now.
“He might’ve been reformed. But as this has gone on and on, it keeps getting worse. He’s still making the same mistakes he did as a rookie. He’s better, obviously. He’s physically better. But he still has a tendency to turn the puck over at the offensive blue line. That has to be rooted out of him.”
There was no miracle comeback for the Calgary Flames.
It wasn’t necessary. They were facing a beleaguered Toronto Maple Leafs team that continues to descend in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Flames jumped back into second in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks and two better than the L.A. Kings, after smoking the Leafs by a final score of 6-3 on Friday. Calgary built up a lead thanks to a four-goal first-period and cruised from there.
And in the absence of their captain and best defenseman Mark Giordano, the Flames are 5-0-1. They continue to win, even as pundits predicted they would, at some point this season, falter, and it’s turned them into one of the surprise playoff-contending stories, with the post-season quickly approaching.