Resuming hockey after the all-star break this season brought back shades of the last, bringing back haunting memories where things seemed to slip for the 2017-18 Calgary Flames. Despite a questionable start to February, the 2018-19 Flames shook off their demons and got back on track. They finished the month still first in the Western Conference, and they aren’t even playing at their best.

A total of 13 games were played in the short month of February; making for a busy schedule that included two separate east coast road trips. The Flames went 8-3-2, which included a seven-game win streak to close out the month.

Of a possible 39 star selections, the Flames earned 22 of them. Mikael Backlund was dialed in during the win streak, leading the Flames over the month with two first star selections, as well as third.

Let’s see which performances stood out during Flames games over the past month.

Game 52: Flames @ Capitals

First StarEvgeny Kuznetsov1 G / 1 A / 6 SOG
Second StarDmitrij Jaskin1 G / 0 A / 4 SOG
Third StarElias Lindholm1 G / 0 A / 3 SOG

Game 53: Flames @ Hurricanes

First StarDavid Rittich37 SA / 0.919 SV%
Second StarTeuvo Teravainen1 G / 1 A / 5 SOG
Third StarDerek Ryan1 G / 1 A / 2 SOG

Game 54: Flames vs Sharks

First StarEvander Kane2 G / 1 A / 8 SOG
Second StarMartin Jones38 SA / 0.947 SV%
Third StarTomas Hertl2 G / 1 A / 2 SOG

Game 55: Flames @ Canucks

First StarJacob Markstrom47 SA / 0.936 SV%
Second StarJohnny Gaudreau0 G / 1 A / 7 SOG
Third StarElias Pettersson1 G / 0 A / 4 SOG

Game 56: Flames @ Lightning

First StarNikita Kucherov1 G / 3 A / 3 SOG
Second StarBrayden Point1 G / 2 A / 2 SOG
Third StarSteven Stamkos1 G / 1 A / 2 SOG

Game 57: Flames @ Panthers

First StarJames Reimer43 SA / 0.953 SV%
Second StarVincent Trocheck0 G / 1 A / 2 SOG
Third StarMike Hoffman1 G / 1 A / 1 SOG

Game 58: Flames @ Penguins

First StarMichael Frolik1 G / 0 A / 5 SOG
Second StarEvgeni Malkin2 G / 1 A / 5 SOG
Third StarDerek Ryan0 G / 3 A / 3 SOG

Game 59: Flames vs Coyotes

First StarMark Giordano1 G / 1 A / 4 SOG
Second StarMike Smith29 SA / 0.931 SV%
Third StarRasmus Andersson0 G / 2 A / 1 SOG

Game 60: Flames vs Islanders

First StarMikael Backlund1 G / 1 A / 3 SOG
Second StarTravis Hamonic1 G / 0 A / 3 SOG
Third StarJohnny Gaudreau1 G / 0 A / 7 SOG

Game 61: Flames vs Ducks

First StarAndrew Mangiapane1 G / 0 A / 3 SOG
Second StarT.J. Brodie1 G / 1 A / 2 SOG
Third StarMikael Backlund0 G / 1 A / 6 SOG

Game 62: Flames @ Senators

First StarAustin Czarnik1 G / 0 A / 1 SOG
Second StarBrady Tkachuk1 G / 0 A / 3 SOG
Third StarMatthew Tkachuk0 G / 0 A / 4 SOG

Game 63: Flames @ Islanders

First StarMikael Backlund1 G / 0 A / 6 SOG
Second StarMike Smith27 SA / 0.963 SV%
Third StarRasmus Andersson1 G / 0 A / 1 SOG

Game 62: Flames @ Devils

First StarJohnny Gaudreau0 G / 2 A / 1 SOG
Second StarMackenzie Blackwood35 SA / 0.943 SV%
Third StarMark Giordano1 G / 0 A / 2 SOG

Some standout performances among the February stars:

  • No Flames selected as a star had a multi-goal performance
  • Derek Ryan’s been very effective, his best performance a three-assist night against the Penguins
  • David Rittich was a first star against the Hurricanes, Mike Smith was a second star against both the Coyotes and Islanders
  • Matthew Tkachuk was selected as a third star against the Senators in a game where he put up zero points; though he did have a goal called off
  • Flames depth players like Austin Czarnik and Andrew Mangiapane have stood out, scoring very important goals in close games

The Flames definitely stumbled out of the all-star break, but to see them turn it all around and finish on a season-high winning streak put a lot worries to rest. They’ll look to lock up the Western Conference as soon as they can, but they have some very good teams hot on their trails.

Related: October | November | December | January


Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

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