Calgary Flames Daily: Mike Smith calls out team, finally a win!

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 31: Mike Smith
CALGARY, AB - MARCH 31: Mike Smith /
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The Calgary Flames finally won a game! I never thought it would happen either. With that win, Mike Smith still called out the team… again. Let’s check out some news surrounding this team.

Finally a win! The Calgary Flames broke their seven-game losing streak with a win over the Edmonton Oilers last night. Their 3-2 win was the first time they’ve won in two and a half weeks – to the Oilers as well.

With the Battle of Alberta last night, things were flaring up. Do these two teams have a long standing rivalry or something?

At one point, Mike Smith got into a fight with Milan Lucic. I’m happy for Smith for finally getting the fight he’s been wanting all season, but that came with some comments. Shortly after, Tanner Glass took on Lucic, but Smith was disappointed that nobody else really stepped up.

Related Story: Flames finally win - beat Oilers 3-2

Mike Smith has somewhat called out the team another time against the New York Islanders about their lack of compete early on in the games. I mean, while I agree with that, that wasn’t exactly the best game for Smith to say those things.

Other than that, it was a heated game and the Calgary Flames showed lots of emotion.

Via Calgary Sun:

"“The guys were feeling like, ‘That’s enough now — we have to find a way to win here,’ ” said Flames centre Mikael Backlund, who not only scored the would-be game-winner but played a key role in silencing visiting superstar Connor McDavid. “Even though they scored (first), I felt there was an urgency to just go, ‘Enough is enough. We have to get a win here.’ ”“To be honest, it was nice to play in a game like that again,” Smith added. “It’s been a long time since we’ve felt an emotional engagement in the game, and that’s what the NHL is all about — playing in games like that. It felt good to get the juices flowing again.”"

Some links surrounding the Flames

Good fight in Flames in snapping losing skid (Calgary Sun).

Flames praise seldom-used blueliner Bartkowski: ‘He’s been outstanding in here.’ (Calgary Sun).

Calgary Flames’ win over Edmonton Oilers ends seven-game losing skid (Calgary Sun)

Some links surrounding hockey and the NHL

Ryan Suter injury update: Wild star feared lost (FanSided).

4 things we learned in the NHL: Donato the game changer Bruins craved (Sportsnet).

Karlsson’s between-the-legs, game-winning goal is sight to behold (NHL.com).

Canucks’ Demko gained important experience in first NHL game (Sportsnet).

Next: Should the Flames trade Dougie Hamilton?

That’s all in today’s Flames Daily!