VANCOUVER – They went for the fights and a hockey game broke out.Follow @SlamSports
The only fisticuffs in the anticipated meeting between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks was a short scrap between Mark Giordano and Kevin Bieksa.
The bad blood in the immediate aftermath of the mid-January tilt between the clubs long washed away by all the rain here, which is about the only thing more dreary these days than the fortunes of the Canucks of late.
Instead of any attempts by either team to use the old “Beat ‘em in the alley, beat ‘em on the ice” - playing part of the soundtrack from the cult classic movie The Warriors didn’t even ignite choas - the Flames once again fell short in doing some damage to the flickering playoff hopes of their longtime rivals in a 2-1 defeat in the Hockey Night in Canada finale.
The Flames (25-32-7), a team with eight rookies in the lineup and missing a half-dozen veterans due to injuries and personal issues, saw their modest two-game winning streak snapped.