After being embarrassed by McDavid, Flames must face Matthews next

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Author of the article:

Wes Gilbertson

Publishing date:

Feb 21, 2021  •  4 hours ago  •  4 minute read

The Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse battles for the puck with the Calgary Flames’ Nikita Nesterov at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia Article content

They probably pleaded with the pilot to fly them directly to Ottawa.

The Calgary Flames, after losing three straight and being outscored by a combined count of 14-3 during that free-fall, after questions about their competitive fire and their locker-room culture, after a complimentary clinic from arch-rival superstar Connor McDavid, really need a pick-me-up.

They need … anything but this.

Their visit to Ottawa, home to the cellar-dwelling Senators, will wait until later in the week.

First, they hit Toronto for a pair of meetings with North Division-leading Maple Leafs. Gulp.

The Flames, it seems, can’t keep the puck out of their own net.

Auston Matthews, it seems, can’t be stopped.

For a struggling squad, now south of the even-steven line at 8-9-1, it feels like a match made in hockey hell. Somewhere, you can hear Harvey the Hound whimpering.

“Well, we’re playing arguably the best team in the league these next two games and they’re going to be intense games because they came into our rink and took it to us for two games (in January),” said Flames alternate captain Matthew…

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