Certainly, there had been a low-wattage feel to trade-deadline day in Calgary. No matter. The Flames’ in-place prospects did a swell job of igniting hope — at least on Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators. The young goalie, in his second-ever appearance, bagged a shutout. That would be Joni Ortio, perfect through 50 minutes. The young centre, in his fourth-ever appearance, collected his first goal. That would be Markus Granlund, who opened the scoring on this night. Another young centre, in his first-ever appearance, looked comfortable working his bread and butter. That would be Corban Knight, 11 for 17 at the dot. There was enough goodness on display — and shabbiness by the travellers — that even those third jerseys couldn’t stop the hosts (who, coming into the contest, had been 0-8-0 in the alternative duds). It all added up to a 4-1 decision in National Hockey League action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. “Unbelievable,” said Ortio afterwards. “Like I said, getting the first win here at home makes it that much more special. Pretty much words can’t describe the way I feel right now.” “The way the younger guys played tonight was amazing. It’s a joy to watch them do as well as the did.” The Flames, who led 1-0 and 3-0 by periods, also got goals from Paul Byron, 24, and Joe Colborne, 24, who has five points in his last six games. Michael Cammalleri, overlooked in the afternoon, scored, too. “The one thing we’ve ingrained is that we’re going to work our butts off,” said Cammalleri, thought to be on his way out of town on trade deadline day. “I thought a lot of our young guys tonight got the ball rolling. “It was a little bit of an anxious day for sure. It’s the key to life, right? I’m not the Dalai Lama by any means, but you try and stay as present as possible and enjoy everything. I’ve enjoyed it here. Always have. It just takes a second to get your head right.” The news wasn’t all good. Mere seconds in the third period, Jiri Hudler got rocked into the boards by Clarke MacAuthur. The Flames winger went to the dressing room. Also lost to an upper-body ailment? Dennis Wideman.
Youth takes centre stage and doesn't disappoint in Flames' 4-1 win over Senators
Calgary Herald | Mar 6