About last night …

Now we know why Peter Laviolette got the quick hook.
When a team loses 4-1 to this edition of the Montreal Canadiens …
Well, it would plant the seeds of doubt among owners and executives of the team on the short side of that score.
Bob Hartley needn’t worry … for now.
With Brian Burke prowling around the Calgary Flames executive suite, the coach Burke didn’t hire got a gutsy effort out of his young team.
The Canadiens outshot the Flames 35-25.
And if the Canadiens had played the first 45 minutes of the game the way they played the last 15, the result might have been different.
But they didn’t.

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