The Calgary Flames have clinched the Western conference for the first time in 29 years. With that they also clinched the Pacific division as well.
The Flames went on a California road trip on Sunday hoping to clinch the top spot after a home loss against the Dallas Stars. Many players were excited for the possible feat to be achieved and they certainly brought the excitement against their opponent the San Jose Sharks.
Calgary won the game 5-3 to then be crowned the Western conference champs. Sean Monahan opened the scoring for the Flames with his 34th of the season. Mark Jankowski, Dalton Prout, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik also added to the stockpile of goals.
“That doesn’t come around very often, so it says a lot about the group in here.”
-Calgary Flames net minder Mike Smith
Timo Meier, Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored for the Sharks.
Being the top of the west has it’s perks. The Flames will have home ice advantage against their playoff opponent for the first 3 rounds of this Stanley cup hunt.
“It’s a great accomplishment for this team and this organization to finish first place in the Western Conference,” said Flames goaltender Mike Smith who was in-between the pipes in that game. “That doesn’t come around very often, so it says a lot about the group in here.”
The Flames won their next game against the Los Angeles Kings 7-2 and lost in the hands of the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. The Calgary Flames will come back home for the last game of the regular season against the Edmonton Oilers for the Battle of Alberta, right before the playoffs commence.