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Flames win eighth in a row, but injuries ruin the party

Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 23: Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Calgary Flames in action against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 23, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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Is Thursday becoming the night of mixed blessings?

OK, two instances - one that can still go the other way - fail to really make a “pattern,” but the Calgary Flames are feeling the Tampa Bay Lightning’s pain right now.

While the Bolts lost three forwards to injury in cruising to a win against the Minnesota Wild, the Flames are likely less focused on their 4-0 lead against the Montreal Canadiens than they are two worrisome issues for their defensemen.

Dougie Hamilton’s night has already been confirmed to be finished thanks to an awkward-looking lower-body injury from the second period. Recent trade acquisition Michael Stone took a very labored exit from the ice during the final frame, however, giving the impression that he might have suffered a shoulder/upper-body injury.

The Flames lead 4-0 as of this writing, but even if they manage to win, this could be a costly game for Calgary. Montreal might not feel a ton of sympathy after Carey Price missed the game thanks to flu symptoms.

Update: Calgary won 5-0, extending its winning streak to eight games and putting the Flames a stride or two behind the races for second and third in the Pacific.