Flames get­ting back to nor­mal

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - TODD SAEL­HOF tsael­hof @post­media.com

A few days af­ter re­turn­ing from the O.R.G. NHL China Games in Shen­zhen and Bei­jing, com­prised of two pre-sea­son losses to the Bos­ton Bru­ins, are the Cal­gary Flames start­ing to feel like them­selves again?

“(The tough­est part is) just get­ting ad­justed back to the sleep cy­cle,” said Flames for­ward Johnny Gau­dreau. “There’s a lot of guys who are wak­ing up at two or three in the morn­ing and need­ing to sleep dur­ing the day.”

Most who made that trip to China climbed back into ac­tion on this side of the Pa­cific Ocean on Sat­ur­day night, when the host Flames tripped up the Van­cou­ver Canucks 5-2 at the Sad­dle­dome.

“I thought (Sat­ur­day) night’s game was pretty good — we were work­ing out the jet-lag a lit­tle bit,” said fifth-year Flames for­ward Sam Ben­nett. “Ev­ery­one, I know, was pretty tired. But we bat­tled through it.”

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