Steve Mason

Pluses and minuses around the NHL

Pluses and minuses around the NHL

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week: + After the Calgary Flames lost workhorse defenseman Mark Giordano to biceps surgery, it seemed time to count them out of the West playoff race. No one told them. They trailed Ottawa, 4-0, through two periods Sunday but came back to force a shootout. They lost in the tiebreaking procedure but finished 4-2-1 on a tough Eastern trip. + The Florida Panthers turned a bit of misfortune into a fan-friendly contest. Faced with having to send goalie coach Robb Tallas into their game last Tuesday after Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were injured, the team created a contest for local amateurs to compete for...