CALGARY - Usually when these teams meet in the Stampede City, it becomes western night.
This time, the Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators decided to make it turn-back-the-clock-night — all the way to the 1980s.
The Flames and Predators are both low-scoring teams in wait-until-next-year territory as far as their Stanley Cup playoff hopes, which prompted expectations Friday’s clash at the Dome would be a snoozer.
Instead, the Preds came out on top of a 6-5 clash that harkened back to the days of mullets, acid-wash jeans and Atari.
“That was an old-school game, I guess. It was back and forth,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano, who collected a pair of assists. “We did a lot of great things and had a lot of good spurts, especially offensively, but we gave way too many chances off the rush. We had too many turnovers. That’s what hurt us in the end.”