Ending what was a traumatic week for the Calgary Flames, the team finally showed a large amount of emotion on the ice too.
It's shocking to see him triggered by Johnny Gaudreau, who has been questioned lately because of what some consider to be a lack of involvement.
That does not translate into victory, because death has basically been thrown at the result of a 3-0 loss to Arizona Coyote at the time of anger. But that should encourage coach Bill Peters to see the players show some physical impetus.
Remember, two days earlier, TJ Brodie fainted during training and lay convulsions on the ice in front of his teammates who were afraid of the worst that seemed to be a life and death situation.
Although the roots of the gruesome episode have yet to be determined, doctors believe it is likely no worse than the faint spell that made it at home this weekend under medical supervision while Flames played in sequence in Arizona and Vegas.
It was when their first stop was blazing at the end of the second half when Gaudreau was enough in a match led 2-0 by the hosts. Elbow and then thrown behind the net by Jason Demers, frustrated winger frustrated ticking Demers onto the ice.
Eager for retaliation, Gaudreau decided to provide gentle feedback to the fallen Demers while facing down, opening the door for Coyote goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper to do what most NHL dream players: Matthew Tkachuk's mug.
Kuemper tackled Tkachuk from behind and slammed it on the ice, triggering a riot with 11.4 seconds left in the middle frame.
Mark Giordano and Rasmus Andersson took turns trying to take control of Kuemper when David Rittich ran down to the ice to do the same. Unfortunately, Tkachuk regained the goalkeeper without a mask and gave him two blows to the face before the sanity won and Rittich was escorted back to the end.
The exchange leaves the shorthand Flames to begin the third period. One minute into the third minute Travis Hamonic's shot while a penalty beat Kuemper but hit the post.
It was as close as Flames would come to installing one of their counterattacks, but to no avail.
THE BIG TAKEAWAY
This is a gift.
Not that Coyotes didn't do their part in the 3-0 win over the visitors, but Flames really gave this one against the opportunistic Coyotes club who had planned exactly what was coughed on Saturday.
The big cough came early in the seconds when David Rittich's unnecessary cleaning effort went straight into Derek Stepan's chest in a high slot, which calmly placed the chip into the open net.
Call it the product of playing with Mike Smith for two years, Rittich continued to try to emulate the best stick handlers in the league pipe.
Unfortunately, he is very far from this Smith playmaker.
The worst part is trying to stand in the middle to get a little on the game.
Two minutes later, a change by Michael Frolik who struggled in the offensive zone was brought back to what developed as two against one which was easily resolved by Carl Soderberg.
The game is over.
Firework cues and frustration.
All told Flames only flipped pieces more than nine times, which is the same amount they coughed in their most complete effort this year, against New Jersey on November 7.
That's far from a recent event that has seen Flames change it more than 17 times or more in three of the previous four.
Unfortunately, against a stingy team, strict testing like Arizona, that's all they need.
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• Elias Lindholm, Flames's most complete striker this season, left the match in the first period after a blocked shot hit the outside of his left leg. Obviously stung by the explosion of the Jakob Chychrun point which made him teetering for the rest of his shift on the death sentence, Lindholm did not return until the third period.
• Rittich's award was the beginning of the end of Flames on Saturday, but instead he became a star in his first action of the week. Providing a much-needed break after opening the first 20 games of the season as the league's busiest goalkeeper, Rittich once again gave his team a chance with 22 saves. He set the initial tone by throwing a Søderberg stone with a spectacular pad in the middle of the first.
• Entering the third game at the NHL in the third period goal, Flames tried hard for another effort coming from behind as it got them back on November 5 to defeat Coyote in Calgary. Beyond Coyote 12-5 on the third Saturday, Kuemper stands tall as one of the league's hardest goals so far this season, posting a second close of the year with 35 saves.
WHAT WAS NEXT
The Flames jumped on the plane right after the afternoon match at Glendale for a Sunday date at Hometown Hockey in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights.