The last decade of the Calgary Flames brought important milestones to Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff before they said goodbye to the club and the game.
While both symbols brought many memories to Flames fans on their way, neither was involved in the club's three best moments of the past ten years:
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3. The fight
Jan. 18, 2014
It was a long time ago that ten players competed against each other in the NHL at the same time, but that was exactly what happened two seconds after the Flames / Canucks game started at Rogers Arena on January 18, 2014.
Flames coach Bob Hartley started a fourth row, which included Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth, and asked John Tortorella to counter with his only nuclear weapon, Tom Sestito, and some blanks from the fourth row.
As soon as the puck was dropped, it all started.
Eight of the ten players involved were kicked out of the game in a period of 188 minutes.
Annoyed by the tactics of the Flames, Tortorella Hartley shouted from the Canucks bench and was seen in Canada's cameras during Hockey Night when he tried after that time to walk the Flames coach down the hall to the Flames locker room to reach.
Hartley played foolishly, suggesting that his mucker had recently been rewarded for solid play and that the Canucks could have avoided anything by launching the Sedins – something that Tortorella believed he needed to protect.
"You scored a goal in the last game," said Hartley of the Flames on the fourth line. "We don't score many goals. We had no intentions there. As far as I know, they were the home team. They had the luxury of putting whoever they wanted on the ice."
The players and fans were thrilled and left the Flames bank so sparse that Dennis Wideman played a franchise record of 38:05 minutes.
The Canucks won the game 3-2 in a shootout, but Tortorella was suspended for 15 days for embarrassing the league, and Hartley was fined $ 25,000.
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2. Emerson's goal
Mar. 22nd 2014
Less than three weeks after he and his wife lost their first child, Emerson, shortly after birth, Matt Stajan queued for a penalty at Rexall Place.
With a racing mind and racing heart, he managed to raise a backhand under the arm of Oilers-Netminder Viktor Fasth for a goal that meant more to him than anyone else.
When he turned the corner, he let out a cry and pointed skywards in honor of his son. High fives on the bench were replaced with hugs when an audience at Hockey Night in Canada got goose bumps.
"It was a disembodied feeling," said Stajan about the emotional scene.
“Showing was an instinct. I thought of him and it was so fresh. You try to push forward and grieve and the first thing I thought of was pointing to the sky. Feeling the love of my teammates on the bench was a special feeling and showed what kind of family you are in a locker room. "
Stajan ended the night with four of his 33 points.
"Everything matched – even the penalty was not a clear point," said Stajan, who had two weeks off after Emerson's death and had only played a few games before his magical moment.
"I believe in things that happen for a reason, and right now I feel like a sign for myself and my family and teammates after my family and team have gone through."
As special as the goal on national television was, his hug with Mrs. Katie when he returned much later that night was unforgettable.
"She waited until I got home from Edmonton. She was at the front door and I don't think you need words to explain it," he said.
"It was just a big hug and we haven't let go of us for a long time. It was one of those moments that you share. Such a great memory that we remember Emerson."
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1. The only clincher of the decade
Apr. 25, 2015
Predicted by many as a challenge to the Pacific underground from 2014 to 2015, the Flames shocked many when they achieved a playoff date in the first round with division winner Vancouver.
Without a win in the playoffs since the Flames run in 2004, few believed that a team rebuilt after the Iginla and Kiprusoff departures could beat their rivals in the Rocky Mountains.
Stajan had other designs.
At the end of a physical series in which newcomers Sam Bennett and Micheal Ferland showed a lot of emotions, the hosts Flames were 3-0 in the first phase of game 6.
A goal from Ferland triggered the comeback in a game between Flames and Stajan 3: 3 and 4: 4, before Stajan scored a rebound four minutes before the end.
“(Linemate) David Jones ran the net, Ferlie missed the rebound and I was running late and the puck rolled a little and I waited a second for it to calm down and I saw a little space in the top right corner and luckily it went in, ”said Stajan.
"You felt like it was going to happen in the course of the game – it was an incredible feeling. It was as loud as I have never heard it before. It was crazy. Simply an incredible game. "
Stajan called it the biggest goal of his career, followed by two more late Flames markers in a 7-4 win in a row.
"The feeling you felt across the city was emotional," said Stajan, who had three points that night.
"If you've had a decade that has seen mostly a makeover and some difficult times at the beginning, winning this series is the high point of the decade."
It is the only series win for the franchise since the 2004 playoffs.