Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Game of the Year and Tale of Two Cities

December 17th, 2010 by Chris Small Leave a reply »
It was in the air... You could feel the energy days before the game. An epic match-up that saw Dion Phaneuf play his first game in the Scotiabank Saddledome since the blockbuster trade. (The last time he played there, he was wearing red and it was known as the Pengrowth Saddledome)

It was a whirlwind few days for the former assistant captain, Dion Phaneuf. It all started off with the news of his grandmothers passing in Prince Edward Island, followed by a major victory over the Edmonton Oilers, and a trip across Canada to attend his late grandmothers funeral. And finally, the much anticipated return to the team that drafted him and signed him in September of 2005. In Calgary, he went on to pile up the points and even receive a nod for the Calder Trophy as the leagues best rookie... Were it not for the fact that his competition was Alex Ovechkin and Sydney Crosby, he may have taken it.

The game itself though, may have outplayed the hype. Early on the boo birds were out in force against Dion. Probably not because of the trade, but because he now wore the most hated (and most loved) jersey in the league with a captaincy 'C' on ...

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