CALGARY – Since his agent has been thinking about whether the coach is trying to get him out of town, Michael Frolik has blinded himself.
The veteran says so much that he has been subjected to an extreme medical reaction to scoring.
"I'm sometimes blackened – I really do not know what to do," Flames helped him when he asked for the dazzling goal that culminated next Friday in Calgary.
Things have become dark for local heroes when they began the move by moving to a fourth period. In the first half, the 1: 0 team downed the Panthers diving team, which in the first third surpassed guests 10-4, coach Bill Peters told the boys things to change. Dramatic.
So the coach went to work on what he does best – mixing (and this time defensive pairing).
Predictably this meant Frolik was raised from fourth to second (aka 3M Line with Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk), where his redirection in the middle of the game around Roberto Luongo turned the game to 2-0 on the dime.
Five minutes later his competition clashed with his excellent setting Mark Giordano.
Eight minutes into the third Froliku stole the puck from Jonathan Huberdeau and found Tkachuk's wide open in the slot, which gave Flames 3-2 before Sean Monahan froze with a blank pad.
After his first three-point night in the summer, Frolik said he hoped his parents had stuck to see his heroine.
"The first time I had maybe one minute of ice (2:26 actually) – I hope they did not leave the game first", smiled Frolik, whose parents Zdenka and Stanislav drive one night before from the Czech Republic.
"It's not easy (little is playing) You're cold in the game and then you get a 10-second shift." Peters said he had first changed the tracks, so I was hoping to come back so I made some hard bikes and brought some energy to the tracks . "
In seven games from Allen Walsh in 2018 he reminded that Frolik was not satisfied with his reduced time of ice under a new coach, a 30-year-old player has four goals and four assists.
Still, there was Friday night, starting in the fourth row before the bench was shortened and he was returned to the boys he was so familiar with.
He largely helped 11 goals in 29 games and gave him a clip that would see his eclipse 30 in the full schedule. It's not bad for a boy who lost 15 matches with a high ankle drilled, and otherwise it was average about 11 minutes per night. He got all 15:15 on Friday.
There will also be dissatisfaction with team play after the last game. Despite winning four in a row and picking five out of six, the flames played hockey in a standard standard they know is covered by the brilliant David Rittice.
The network hockey player has increased his record to 17-4-3 with a 24-save effort that led the team to play in points, making several stops to prevent visitors going up pole fields.
"We did not play well for a moment, and it was masked by the fact we got," said Peters, who then asked why it was.
"Yeah, because he continues to win, so he thinks," We obviously play well and the effort is good enough, the performance is good enough, "and the fact is, it's not the level we should be, and it can be."
He has rarely divided his upper pairing by Giordano with Travis Hamonic and T.J. Brodie and Noah Hanifin.
Frolik exchanged seats with Austin Czarnik as Flames cut the bench to try to erase another premature deficit. That's good.
It is, of course, a sign of a much improved team that flames can play badly in the eyes, yet they still win prizes at the clip that landed at the top of the West and second in the NHL.
The star last night was the first to admit that the first conversation in the room revolved around the fact that they need to tighten the defense and move the legs more.
"There is good chemistry in this group, and it's a versatile guy – he can play left and right," Peters said when he asked why he gave Frolik back with the cracks.
"They had a lot of looks and the line was dialed when we joined them, it was great, good for a veteran who was in league for a long time, it was amazing."