Flames pick up 2nd straight win:

Elias Lindholm scored a set of goals in the Calgary Flames 3-1 success over the Ottawa Senators. 1:20

That very same night, during a video game in Pittsburgh, things got even worse when Akim Aliu tweeted accusations of racism versus Peters from a decade back when the two were with the American Hockey League Rockford IceHogs. Aliu declared Peters repeatedly utilized a racial slur in a profanity-filled rant about his choice in hip-hop music.

One day later, former NHL defenceman Michal Jordan declared Peters was physically abusive when he coached the Carolina Hurricanes.

Flames basic manager Brad Treliving put Ward in charge of the bench last Wednesday in Buffalo. By Friday, Peters was formally gone and Ward was interim head coach.

The Flames beat Buffalo 3-2 in overtime prior to dispatching the growth Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

"For Wardo, it's amazing," stated forward Dillon Dube. "Guys are actually working for him now. Simply the situation that occurred, he comes in and it's his first head training job in the NHL with us. It's just awesome for him to be able to get two wins."

On Friday, at his very first home-ice practice as head coach, Ward asked Rasmus Andersson to play disc jockey and choose music to pipeline over the speakers at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Swedish defenceman chose Elton John's Tiny Dancer, Queen's Radio Ga Ga and It's Tricky by Run DMC.

And so the music uses in Calgary with Ward asking gamers to take turns with DJ tasks.

"I believe I speak for everybody," the hulking winger said Saturday night after the Flames dispatched the Ottawa Senators 3-1 in the first home game under interim head coach Geoff Ward. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press) "The disappointment level is not high right now, "Ward stated. Now an 11-year assistant coach in the NHL, Ward assisted the Boston Bruins win a Stanley Cup in 2011. Calgary's Milan Lucic, right, bumps with Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki in the Flames'win on Saturday."For us it has actually been a hard month for travel and with whatever that occurred, all in all, we'll take it," Ward said.
Ward runs practice on Friday following the resignation of head coach Bill Peters. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press) "The frustration level is low right now, "Ward stated."Guys are actually helping each other out, talking, finding services.

Speaking to each other. They're more solution-oriented rather than frustration-oriented, whereas some points earlier that may have been the case."We're moving in the ideal direction. Guys are beginning to see their play is trending up-- and they're feeling good about that. They're finding ways to support each other and, as an outcome, the mood on the bench is real great."

Ward is a one-time Grade 5 teacher in Kitchener, Ont. Now an 11-year assistant coach in the NHL, Ward helped the Boston Bruins win a Stanley Cup in 2011. He smiles easily and exudes positivity-- which might be exactly what the Flames require in the post-Peters period.

"We've got 7 out of the last eight points here," Lucic said Saturday. "We wish to get that good sensation going once again. And how you get that excellent feeling once again is by working hard and playing excellent defence."

Additional capitivating himself to his charges, Ward cancelled Sunday's practice to provide the Flames 2 successive day of rests.

Two days to get away to the Rocky Mountains. Two days to oversleep and play video games. Two days to alter diapers and hit the toboggan hill with the kids.

Calgary's Milan Lucic, right, bumps with Ottawa's Mark Borowiecki in the Flames'win on Saturday. Lucic says being on the ice releases the players from all the diversions that have actually surrounded the group the previous week. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

"December is a fantastic month for everyone with the holiday showing up," Lucic stated. "It's no different for us as players."

The hard-luck Flames go into December at 13-12-4 in the thick of a messy playoff race in the Western Conference.

"For us it has been a hard month for travel and with everything that took place, all in all, we'll take it," Ward stated. "We can be pleased with the development we're making however we can't be satisfied with it. There are a great deal of locations we've got to enhance to get to where we eventually want to be."

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