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Hard-working Flames strike right note with their fans

A hard-working young Flames team has struck the right note with fans in Calgary. (Al Charest/QMI...

A hard-working young Flames team has struck the right note with fans in Calgary. (Al Charest/QMI Agency

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames are Canada's Feel Good Team.

It may sound odd to say about a 26th-place team but standing ovations at the last three home games hammer home the point -- this city loves this team like no other.

Think about it.

You could spend weeks debating which organization is the bigger gong show right now -- the Edmonton Oilers or the Vancouver Canucks. Fans are furious in both cities, and who can blame them?

The Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets both fell miserably short of expectations and playoff spots, causing fans in both cities plenty of angst along the way.

The Maple Leafs are in the midst of an epic collapse that will very likely leave Torontonians with nothing more to cheer for this spring than another Rob Ford relapse.

The Montreal Canadiens look to be playoff bound ... but just barely.

And then there are the Flames.


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