Hot start for Calgary Flames brings hope for road trip

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley puts his charges through a solid practice. (AL CHAREST/QMI...

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley puts his charges through a solid practice. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:24 AM ET

CALGARY - Hope and belief.

The Calgary Flames deserve plenty of credit — they’ve managed to give their supporters hope and belief in the early stages of the 2013-14 NHL season.

The hope is the Flames won’t be as bad as the pundits predicted or at least if they finish at or near the bottom of the standings, they’ll make it worth tuning into the clashes.

The belief is the organization, which has taken more body-shots than Rocky Balboa ever withstood while going up against Apollo Creed, is on the right path to building a franchise of becoming a Stanley Cup competitor down the road.

On top of the successful start to to the season, the Flames have provided those two extra bonuses to their faithful.

Face it, before the season started, most of the hockey world said the odds of the Flames working through their first five games without losing in regulation would have been longer than pretty much that of any other team in the league.


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