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The United Conservative Party candidate for Calgary-South East has resigned after receiving “threats” from someone who planned to “smear” her by publicizing controversial social media posts.
“Someone outside of our party has been threatening to smear me, and I have had enough of the bullies and the threats,” Eva Kiryakos, who had been running as the UCP candidate in the riding up until Sunday night, said in a statement.
In a video posted to her Facebook page, Kiryakos shares posts in which she discusses such topics as “Germany’s migrant rape crisis” and the Alberta Teachers Association guidelines around transgender people using school washrooms.
Leaked Twitter posts provided to Postmedia show Kiryakos posting about a “Christian genocide” and the “forced breeding” of Muslims.
“Muslim forces continue to use murder, rape, kidnapping, terror and forced breeding in pursuit of Christian Genocide in the Middle East while the world turns a blind eye,” the post reads.
In another post, Kiryakos responds to a Twitter user talking about about gay-straight alliances in schools, saying “you’re not interested in protecting children with GSAs, you’re interested in converting them.”
Those tweets have since been deleted.
“The possibility of a grown man sharing a washroom, to me, is a perversion,” she said in her video. “I used the words ‘alternative lifestyle’ because the people I engaged with on Twitter were using those words, so I repeated them back. I voiced my honest opinion and, yes, I asked if the NDP had an agenda.”
She also discusses her advocacy for “free speech” and her parents fleeing “religious persecution in Iraq, where they were not free to live their faith or express their views.”
In a post accompanying her video, Kiryakos wrote she is stepping aside as not “to take away from the election or my fellow United Conservative Party candidates.”
UCP spokesperson Christine Myatt confirmed the party accepted Kiryakos’ resignation on Sunday night.
Myatt declined to comment further on Kiryakos’ Facebook post.
“I don’t have any information about that,” she said, when asked if the party could elaborate on Kiryakos’ claim on social media that “someone outside of our party has been threatening to smear me.”
She said a new candidate would be chosen in the riding as soon as possible.
“I would say stay tuned to that. We’re obviously working on it,” Myatt said when reached around 10 p.m.
“This has just happened in the last hour, so we’ll get to work very quickly on appointing a new candidate.”
Kiryakos is the second UCP candidate to drop out of the race as a result of social media posts.
Calgary-Mountain View also had a shakeup on Tuesday when UCP candidate Caylan Ford removed her name from the running after a report by PressProgress published white nationalist rhetoric Ford posted online.
“I will continue to voice my opinion,” she said. “I will not be afraid to speak my mind. I will not be afraid to speak up for myself and for all Albertans.”
— With files from Sammy Hudes and Emma Graney
On Twitter: @RCRumbolt
The Alberta Liberal party says it would look to streamline employment accessibility programs for new Canadians if elected to lead the province on April 16.
Called the “New Canadians Platform,” party leader David Khan said the Liberals would improve access to foreign credential upgrades.
“This will help new Canadians find work in their field of expertise and break down barriers to their success. It will also address skilled labour shortages in Alberta,” Khan said in a statement.
The party would also commit to boost settlement funding and invest in adult education and English as a second language training to “help new Canadians integrate more easily into Canadian society.”
Khan made the announcement Sunday after unveiling the Liberal party’s commitment to education reforms earlier in the week, offering a campaign promise to scrap class-size guidelines in favour of putting caps on the number of students in each classroom.
“Alberta Liberals are committed to new Canadians in Alberta,” Khan said. “We will provide them opportunities. We will make new Canadians’ lives better in Alberta.”
Khan is set to take on the NDP’s Kathleen Ganley in the riding of Calgary-Mountain View when Albertans go to the polls on April 16.
Ganley — NDP justice minister and MLA for Calgary Buffalo — and Khan also squared off during the 2015 election, with the NDP winning that seat.Related
Former Calgary broadcaster Angela Kokott, who spent nearly two decades at Global News, is also in the running in Calgary-Mountain View for the Alberta Party.
The UCP named Jeremy Wong to take over in the riding after candidate Caylan Ford stepped aside amid revelations she had written white nationalist rhetoric in a Facebook post following the 2017 attack by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, Va.
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It wasn’t the result that boxer Kandi ‘Krush’ Wyatt and her camp wanted.
But the amount of positives to take away from what transpired on this day should outweigh any of the negative.
That negative, of course, is that Christina Linardatou of Greece is now the owner of the previously vacant WBO world women’s super lightweight title after her Sunday bout with Calgary’s Wyatt in Athens.
Linardatou won via TKO in the sixth round after three consecutive knockdowns that had Wyatt streaming blood out of her face.
It was a bummer way for the Canadian to end the fight, after she controlled much the goings in the first few rounds and also suffered the first defeat of her professional career, leaving her with a record of 8-1.
Wyatt was hot out of the gate early — much to the delight of the fans at the Gods of War XII show in Greece — and unleashed flurry after flurry of punches to Linardatou that seemed to overwhelm the veteran Greek fighter early on.
There were numerous points during the first three rounds when Linardatou went for a clinch or tried to pull Wyatt towards the ropes in hope of looking for a clean break.
At second glance, however, perhaps it was just in effort to size up her opponent, who didn’t seem intent on trading in her aggression level for a more strategic approach as the fight went on. Linardatou started to reel in her own punch-count while picking her spots when openings presented themselves.The result of this was multiple tags that caught Wyatt through her remarkable offensive attempt.
First, a couple jabs.
Then some massive hooks.
It was then that the fight started to turn in the favour of the hometown fighter, who had seemingly found a working tactic against the fist-flying Canadian. The Athens native sat back, absorbed a barrage of punches while protecting herself and slowly picked apart Wyatt through small cracks in her armour.
It wasn’t long after that that the finish of the fight came barrelling down on Wyatt, who was sent to the mat in Round 6 after a brutal looking hook.
She got up, red liquid pouring from her nose, and was subsequently knocked down twice more to give Linardatou the TKO win.Afterward, the two fighters embraced and the two camps (everyone involved in both) stood together in the middle of the ring for a group photo.
Despite the loss, there was a lot to like about the entire experience for Wyatt and her coaches, which include the likes of Calgary boxing royalty Kevin McDermott and Dale Brown.
Her mere involvement in the fight is enough to get eyes on her for future opportunities in the WBO title scene.Had Wyatt would have walked into this and gotten completely smoked right from the opening bell, then maybe her camp and fans back in Calgary could have a reason to worry, but Wyatt can leave the building knowing that she looked like she could have closed out Linardatou at any point in Rounds 1 to 3.
There’s going to be more chances on the way, that much is certain.
Before she left for this fight, Wyatt had a main event slot lined up for a local Dekada card, so it would be absolutely shocking if she wasn’t considered for another one of those as she moves on towards the next challenge in her career.
In the meantime, we can all expect to find her at Calgary Boxing Club, putting in the work and grinding away to get herself on an even better level than she was prior to heading to Greece.
In the fight game, the cream always rises, and Wyatt has the talent to consistently continue rising.
Home province favourite Jordan Hansen went a perfect 3-for-3 to capture his first win on the Professional Bull Riders’ Canada Monster Energy Tour at the Calgary Classic on the weekend.
In front of a sold-out crowd at the Nutrien Western Event Centre on Saturday night, the Okotoks native — who was the final man to leave the chutes in the championship round — sealed the win when he rode Twist of Barbwire (Thompson Rodeo Livestock) for 87 points, becoming the lone rider to cover all three of his bovine athlete opponents at the event.
After recording an 83-point ride in Round 1 aboard Sick Rhymes (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) to sit sixth overall after the first night of action, Hansen quickly climbed the leaderboard when he won Round 2 for his 85-point ride on Fantastic Pet (Two Bit Bucking Bulls).
Hansen won $6,114.90 for the victory, and picked up 575 Canadian and 170 world points.
The 25-year-old now leaves Calgary as the No. 1 ranked rider in the nation after beginning the stop No. 5. He leads No. 2 Jared Parsonage of Maple Creek, Sask.,, who tied for 10th at the event, by 119.17 points.
In the world standings, he rose from No. 93 to No. 48. He trails the Top 35 and a berth onto the premier PBR Unleash The Beast tour by 80 points.
Second at the Calgary Classic went to PBR Canada Rookie of the Year contender Riley Gagnon of Innisfail, who joined an elite contingent of riders when he covered reigning PBR Canada Bull of the Year Happy Camper (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) for 89 points.
Having made 25 trips across all levels of competition, the bovine athlete from Magrath has now been ridden just five times in his career. Gagnon joins Dener Barbosa, of Paulo de Faria, Brazil, who has ridden Happy Camper twice at the PBR World Finals, Parsonage and Zane Lambert, of Ponoka, as the only riders to have ever reached the eight seconds on the bull.
Prior to the momentous ride which brought the raucous crowd to its feet, the 19-year-old rode Moose (Hy-Kik Ranch/Rafter KL) for 83.5 points in Round 2.
For the career-high finish at just the seventh event of his career, Gagnon earned $4,539.85, along with 385 Canadian and 90 world points. Gagnon is now ranked inside the Top 10 in the national standings, sitting No. 6, 542.5 points behind Hansen. In the world rankings, Gagnon is No. 81.
Josh Frost of Randlett, Utah finished third, netting $2,501.55, 245 Canadian and 55 world points.
Beginning the final night of competition with an 82.5-point ride on Tough As Kade (Shay Marks/Diamond C Buckers) from Round 1 at his back, he built upon the momentum covering Hanna Motors Jack Sprat (Skori Bucking Bulls) for 84 points.
The American rider was unable to complete the perfect performance when he was bucked off by Oz (Vold Rodeo) in 2.95 second in the championship round.
Two-Time PBR Canada champion Lambert earned his best finish of the season concluding the third stop of the Monster Energy Tour fourth.
As the top performing rider in Round 1, riding Wildlife Distillery’s Riggs (Don and Burke Ramsay/Willy Macza) for 86.5 points, Lambert remained perfect in Round 2 when he reached the eight-second mark aboard re-ride bull Feed Bill (Vold Rodeo) for 79.5 points.
Earning $2,038.30, 215 Canadian and 20 world points, Lambert gained crucial ground in the national standings. He is now No. 9 in Canada, 653.75 points behind the No. 1 spot, and inside the Top 100 in the world.
Rounding out the Top 5 was 2018 Calgary Stampede champion Marcos Gloria, of Central de Minas, Brazil.
Going 2-for-3, Gloria rode Spooky Lukie (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) for 81.5 points in Round 1, and Poker Face (Wilson Rodeo) for 83.5 points in Round 2. He leaves Calgary with $1,056.21, in addition to 110 Canadian and 15 world points.
Happy Camper was named the high-marked bull of the event for the second-consecutive year at the Calgary Classic. Also marking his second title of the 2019 season, Happy Camper recorded the event-best 44-point score in both of his outs. He first bucked in the Challenge of Champions on Friday when he dispatched Lambert in 6.03 seconds, and again in the championship round when he was ridden by Gagnon.
The Calgary Classic was also an ABBI Canada event, won by Shere Khaan (X6 Bucking Cattle) for his 173.83-point score. Firebeatz (Foley Bucking Bulls) was second with 171 points, followed closely by Shockwave (Wild Hoggs/Chmelnyk) with 170.5 points.
One lucky winner, with a flair for the written word, is expected to be announced as the new owner of a $1.7-million Millarville home in June, following a letter-writing competition that reached a global audience.
The contest, named “Write a Letter, Win a House”, was launched at the start of the year by Alla Wagner, a resident of the southwestern Alberta hamlet who was looking for a unique way to sell her 4,200-square-foot, two-storey house south of Calgary in a struggling economy.
The announcement will come as a relief to Wagner who faced a few hurdles along the way, including fake accounts and scams, and “a full review into the legality of the contest” by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis that ultimately concluded the Millarville house competition didn’t contravene any rules.
To apply, entrants must pay a $25 entry fee and submit an explanation, in no more than 350 words, about why moving into the lakefront property would change their life.
Wagner needs 68,000 entries to cover the asking price, otherwise she said she will pursue a market sale and refund money to all applicants. Although Wagner wouldn’t give numbers, she said, “I can tell you one thing. It’s going really well.”Related
Wagner has extended the deadline by a month to May 5, when she will choose 500 of the best submissions to go before a panel of judges where one lucky applicant will win the picturesque property. Names and location of the entrants will be redacted to avoid bias.
She said it’s not about perfect grammar or writing skills.
“It still boils down to the story,” said Wagner. “It’s about what they would do with this place, how much they would love it.”
Although she never imagined selling her home, a severe back injury and chronic illnesses have kept Wagner confined to the upstairs level since June. She said it’s no way to live and wants to downsize.
“I am extremely strong. I can overcome anything. But the fact that I can’t get over this is so frustrating,” she said.
Even the competition has been straining for Wagner as she sorts through tons of mail each day, with the help of her neighbour, to match letters and entry payments.
“I just don’t want to strain myself anymore. After May 5, if it doesn’t work, I’m not extending. I just don’t have the strength,” she said. “I truly want this contest to work.”
Simply, Wagner wants to make a difference.
“No matter how difficult things are in life, people, human, we get together to just help each other,” said Wagner. “I believe in this kind of thing, that people can get together and go against the grain.”
She has already begun marking letters as the top 500, although she finds herself switching out contestants when another tear-jerker or goosebump-inducing letter comes her way.
“I just have to find that perfect person or family who will love this place,” she said.
Wagner said five per cent of net profits will be donated to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.
For more details on the contest, visit Facebook.com/WriteALetterWinaHouse.
On Twitter: @alanna_smithh
Nobody needed to tell Marthe Cohn to fight back.
At a time when European Jews faced hardship and oppression, Cohn, a French Jew who was 19 years old when the Second World War broke out, felt a sense of obligation.
One of seven children, Cohn and her family lived in Metz, across the German border, when Hitler rose to power. Her sister was sent to Auschwitz after being arrested for “acts of resistance” while most of her family managed to flee south to non-occupied France.
“Jews had to fight,” said Cohn, who became a spy for the French army after enlisting in 1944.
“So many French people risked their lives and that of every member of their family to save other human beings, the Jews included. So I felt that if so many French people risked their lives, we had to do our duty, absolutely, too.”
Cohn, now 98, will share her story in Calgary on Tuesday evening at an event hosted by Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta. The event, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany,” begins at 7 p.m. at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons, with tickets available online.
While her sisters were active in the resistance against the Nazis, Cohn said she was never accepted to fight because of her appearance. Standing 4-foot-11, Cohn was considered “a little blond person with blue eyes and light skin and no substance,” she said.
But that appearance, along with the fact she spoke German, would prove to be invaluable during the war.
Cohn was three weeks into her duties as a social worker after enlisting in the army when she was reassigned to the intelligence unit because a colonel discovered she could speak and read German.
At that time, no man could be seen walking the streets of Germany in civilian clothes, lest they risk being arrested.
They needed a woman.
“I sat . . . and wondered in what predicament I had put myself. But it was too late,” Cohn said from her home in California, reflecting on how she became a spy.
“It was the best thing that happened to me.”
Cohn was assigned to the Commandos d’Afrique, a regiment of the First French Army.
Taking advantage of her perfect German accent and Aryan appearance, Cohn posed as a German nurse — her real profession before the war — in desperate search of her fictional fiancé.
She travelled the German countryside approaching troops sympathetic to her plight, managing to obtain key intelligence information.
Cohn had vouchers for hotels, restaurants or anything else she needed to purchase in Germany. But she would rarely use them.
“I never went to a hotel and I went only once to a restaurant, and I almost was arrested there,” she recalled. “I helped Germans wherever I could and they invited me to their homes and gave me food and a bed. That’s how I survived. That’s the most important obstacle I had in Germany.”
Cohn crossed the Eastern Front 13 times before the end of the war. She also interrogated German prisoners of war, including generals and colonels, which helped piece together information about the German plan of retreat.
Despite a constant concern she’d be caught, Cohn said she “always got out of trouble.”
“And I was many, many times in trouble,” she said.
“Even if I was afraid, it didn’t make any difference because I always was able to get out of trouble by answering the right thing at the right time.
“I was very careful when I answered the questions. I knew the Germans very well and I knew what would help. It worked every time.”
Cohn was decorated with the Croix de Guerre and médaille militaire for her bravery after the war.
In 2002, she was also awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honour), France’s highest military honour.
Five years ago, the German government also awarded Cohn the Order of Merit, the country’s highest honour, because of information she obtained that led to the war’s conclusion.
“The Germans feel that I saved German lives because the war was shortened,” Cohn said.
For her, it didn’t matter what religion she was. It was important to do what she could to help.
“You had to recognize what was right and what was wrong,” Cohn said.
“The Jews had faced atrocious hardship, but many other people faced atrocious hardships. Thousands and thousands of French people were in concentration camps in Germany and they were not treated better. They were starved the same way as the Jews.”
She said she hopes people fighting injustice today will take away the same message that she learned as a spy.
“If you know how to deal with problems and get out of it, then you will be victorious,” Cohn said.
“One person can make a difference.”
For more information visit https://artscommons.ca/whats-on/2019/behind-enemy-lines-with-marthe-cohn/
In a jubilant locker-room after Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, a reporter suggested that it might be time for somebody to think of a nickname for the Calgary Flames’ suddenly-scorching fourth line.
Unless that trio — faceoff ace Derek Ryan, hard-nosed Garnet Hathaway and rookie speedster Andrew Mangiapane — already had a catchy moniker in mind?
“Maybe, just between the line, we might,” Hathaway grinned. “But we’ll keep that quiet for a bit.”
It stayed quiet for about 30 seconds.
The scribes and TV types shuffled over to chat with Mangiapane, who apparently didn’t receive the memo about this supposed-to-be-secret.
“Doc and Hath like the ‘DAG Line,’ ” Mangiapane revealed. “That’s their saying, so I guess it’s OK to me.”
It’s probably about time that we called them something other than the fourth line because they certainly haven’t looked that part in the past two twirls especially, combining for four goals and six assists as the Flames (47-21-7) have strengthened their grip on top spot in the Pacific Division race.
Hathaway is on a tear — two straight game-winners, two straight multi-point performances and two straight second-star nods.
Mangiapane has also buried in back-to-back outings, including a crucial insurance marker during the third period in Vancouver, while Ryan has racked up three assists over that span.
The key to their success?
You might not believe it …
“I think it starts with good communication,” Mangiapane said. “I’ve said it before but if I have a question, I can talk to Hath, I can talk to Doc, and we figure it out. We’re good buddies, I guess, on and off the ice. And we all sit beside each other on the plane, so we’re building chemistry like that, too.
“It’s me in the corner, and then you have Hath and Doc on the aisle. So we’re all there chirping each other.”
You can bet Mangiapane was getting an earful from his pals on Saturday’s return flight after he spilled the beans on the internal nickname.
Whether you call them the ‘DAG Line’ — a mash-up of Derek, Andrew and Garnet, of course — or prefer another handle, this combo has been a fourth to be reckoned with.
“They’re getting rewarded for the work they’re putting in,” praised Flames head coach Bill Peters after the victory in Vancouver. “That line has been real good. Now, the difference is they’re finishing off more plays than they did earlier in the year.”
From playoff outsiders to 100-plus points in the standings …
Whatever happens next, the Calgary Flames have been a terrific turnaround story this season.
This current cast has now notched 47 victories, the highest total for any Flames edition since that banner-raising bunch in 1988-89. Thanks to a 3-1 triumph in Saturday’s salty showdown with the Canucks in Vancouver, they zoomed past the century mark for only the fifth time in franchise history.
“We talk all the time about being where your shoes are. That’s just staying in the moment, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that,” reasoned Flames general manager Brad Treliving. “To win in this league, you need a lot of things. You need talent, you need hard work … But I think our consistency has been a key thing for us. We haven’t had too many peaks and valleys. And when we haven’t been great, we’ve been able to find a way to scratch out some points.”
Whether by scratching or by storming back, by scoring in bunches or sometimes by stifling the opposition, the Flames have piled up a lot of points.
One-hundred and one, to be exact, and counting.
The franchise standard of 117 is out of reach but with seven dates remaining, starting with Monday’s matchup with the lowly Los Angeles Kings at the Saddledome (7 p.m., Sportsnet West/Sportsnet 960 The Fan), the second-best regular-season haul in local lore seems like a certainty.
One year ago at this time, the Flames were in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, their playoff hopes squashed.
Finishing with 84 points, they were rightfully labelled as a band of underachievers.
Not this crew.
Treliving retooled with several significant off-season tinkers — by hiring Bill Peters as head coach, by welcoming Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin in a savvy swap, by diving into the unrestricted free-agent market but also leaving enough opportunity to allow the emergence of guys like David Rittich, Rasmus Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane.
The results, by any measure, have been impressive.
The largest single-season improvement in the Flames’ history book is a 23-point leap from 1991-92 to the following campaign. These gents, with a six-point cushion atop the Pacific Division standings, are three wins shy of equalling that feat.
“I think it’s the mentality of the group,” said alternate captain and first-line centre Sean Monahan. “This is my sixth year here and going season after season not proving anything, not doing anything, it takes a toll on you. With the guys Tre brought in and the group we have, we have to get the job done and we have to do something. That’s our mindset.”
The job, of course, is far from finished.
The Flames last surpassed 100 points in 2005-06, Miikka Kiprusoff’s Vezina Trophy-winning campaign.
That squad, despite home-ice advantage, flunked out in the first playoff round.
This group will ultimately be graded on their spring showing, but what they’ve achieved so far is nothing to sneeze at.
Ask around, and the focal points will offer several different explanations for the script-flip.
“Look at the amount of guys who are having great years … ” said captain Mark Giordano, a Norris Trophy frontrunner who certainly fits that description. “We’re scoring a lot of goals as a team and anytime you do that, it reflects on individual play.”
“No matter what game we’re in this year, we feel we can win,” summarized rising star and fan favourite Matthew Tkachuk.
A business-like approach, something that seems to start with the straightforward skipper.
As Treliving pointed out, “It’s not just the games — you watch the practices, and we haven’t had a lot of bad ones. There will be some nights when the execution isn’t as good as others, but you never question the work and the effort part of it with this group.”
And a stick-togetherness and behind-the-scenes chemistry that wasn’t a sure-thing with so many summer changes.
“You could notice that in China,” said right-winger Garnet Hathaway, author of the game-winning goal in back-to-back outings. “You noticed the group of guys and how we meshed together. There was never a dull moment, even over there, and I think we came together as a team. We can laugh about some stuff that happened but, in the end, it brought us closer.
“In pre-season, you never know how the regular season is going to go. But you find out the guys in the room and I think that’s what we were most excited about — we said, ‘Hey, we have a great group of guys. If we commit to how to play, it will go well.’ That’s kind of what happened.”
What happens next?
There are still questions to be answered — Who is No. 1 in the Pacific Division? Who is No. 1 in the crease? — and Treliving will continue to stress that stay-in-the-moment approach, but what is certain is these Flames have established themselves as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
After their early exit a year ago, that is quite an ascent.
“I think talking around the league, a lot of players on other teams that you know, that’s where you get the best feedback from,” Giordano said. “And guys are saying that we’re tough to play against. We have to keep that up.”
Los Angeles Kings (27-39-8) at Calgary Flames (47-21-7)
7 p.m. MT, Saddledome, Sportsnet West/Sportsnet 960 The Fan
THE BIG MATCHUP
Flames D Mark Giordano vs. Kings D Drew Doughty
If Giordano has an opportunity to chat with Doughty, he might want to ask about mantle management. The Kings’ stalwart defenceman won the Norris Trophy in 2016. Giordano is the frontrunner to land that award this season, and he has only strengthened his case with a seven-game point streak during this stretch run. With an early strike in Saturday’s win over the Canucks in Vancouver, Giordano made history as only the third greybeard blue-liner to post a 70-point season at age 35 or older, joining Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Zubov in that exclusive club. He added two assists for good measure. With his team in rebuild-mode, it has been a miserable winter for Doughty. The 29-year-old workhorse is saddled with an ugly minus-30 rating, the second-worst mark in the league.
FIVE STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
With Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Canucks, this current cast of Flames cruised past the 100-point plateau for just the fifth time in franchise history. They also boosted their win total to 47, Calgary’s highest since the Stanley Cup-winning campaign of 1988-89. With three straight Ws, the Flames have opened a six-point lead on the San Jose Sharks in the race for first seed in the Pacific Division. (The Kings did them a huge favour with Thursday’s upset of the Men in Teal.)
The Flames’ fourth line certainly hasn’t looked like a checking unit of late, with Derek Ryan, Garnet Hathaway and Andrew Mangiapane combining for four goals and 10 points over the past two spins. Hathaway has been hottest of all. The rugged right-winger has tallied twice, collected a pair of assists and racked up nine hits over that span. The 27-year-old Hathaway now has five game-winning goals on the season, including the decisive denting in back-to-back battles.
Monday’s meeting at the Saddledome seems like a mismatch — the Flames, after all, have 20 more victories than their out-of-town guests — but the cellar-dwelling Kings are arriving on a positive note. Thanks to Saturday’s 4-3 shootout victory against the arch-rival Anaheim Ducks, they have won consecutive contests for the first time since a three-game tear from Feb. 4-7. The Kings are pulling up the rear in the Western Conference standings with just 62 points.
The Kings have lately been dressing 11 forwards and seven defencemen, a tough pill to swallow for summer signing Ilya Kovalchuk. The 35-year-old winger — returned from the KHL on a three-year, US$18.75-million deal — has been a healthy scratch for three of the past four dates and doesn’t sound like he would miss Willie Desjardins if the interim coach isn’t back next season. “After Willie came here, I don’t have a chance,” Kovalchuk told the L.A. Times and The Athletic.
THIS N’ THAT
Kings forward Dustin Brown is riding a four-game point streak … The Flames have triumphed in both tilts with the Kings so far this season. They will meet once again on April Fools’ Day at Staples Center … Flames defenceman Oscar Fantenberg, acquired from L.A. on deadline day in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick, will be facing his former teammates for the first time. Fantenberg has one assist and a plus-4 rating in 10 appearances with his new employer.
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik
James Neal – Mark Jankowski – Austin Czarnik
Andrew Mangiapane – Derek Ryan – Garnet Hathaway
TJ Brodie – Mark Giordano
Noah Hanifin – Travis Hamonic
Oscar Fantenberg – Rasmus Andersson
Alex Iafallo – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Carl Grundstrom – Adrian Kempe – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Jeff Carter – Trevor Lewis
Austin Wagner – Jonny Brodzinski
Derek Forbort – Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez – Matt Roy
Sean Walker – Kurtis MacDermid
Flames — LW Sam Bennett (upper body)
Kings — LW Brendan Leipsic (lower body)
Flames: 20.7% (52-for-251, 12th)
Kings: 15.9% (31-for-195, 27th)
Flames: 79.7% (T-19th)
Kings: 75.3% (29th)
This week, Calgary photographer and videographer Mike Drew documented the arrival of spring in Alberta — through both the snow melting, and sheep-shearing time at Spring Point Hutterite Colony.
Follow along with his journey in the video above.