Sharks 5 Flames 2

November 29th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes “rock bottom” as the lowest possible level or point.

If the National Hockey League were to create their own hockey dictionary they’d adapt that term to something like “on ice futility resulting in a position in the standings lower than or equal to the Edmonton Oilers”.

The Flames reached that point last night with a 5-2 setback in San Jose on a day that the Oilers hung on for dear life in Pittsburgh, winning on a shoot out.

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Game Takes: Coyotes 2 Flames 1 (OT)

November 27th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Both the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun and have made a big deal about moral victories for the Oilers of late, finding solace in playing well enough in games where the Oilers lose.

Is there such thing as a moral loss? I think not. But there is entertainment.

The Flames are two and a half years into a rebuild so we don’t have to hang on platitudes, the team isn’t staring down a decade of futility. The average hockey fan joins the club executive in being less than impressed with how this season has transpired but for my money … just entertain me.

Tonight the Flames were the better club on the ice, they played hard, they had some good chances, took the game to overtime, but came up short in a well fought 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night. A loss, but a way more entertaining loss than that debacle in Anaheim.

Lets leave morality for our friends up North.
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Game Takes: Ducks 5 Flames 3

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Sometimes it’s nice to know you can count on certain things. Death, taxes, gravity, the Flames getting lit up by the Anaheim Ducks and big nights from said club’s big boys.

Sure the Ducks haven’t been playing well. Sure Getzlaf had only one goal and nine points coming into the game. Sure his linemate and buddy had only 12 points on the season. But you just knew things would be as they always are, potentially always will be as the two combined for eight points in leading the Ducks to a 5-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Its comforting to know you can count on certain things; really.
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Game Takes: Flames 2 Hawks 1 (OT)

November 21st, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I’ve said it before and I’ll likely say it again; sometimes win streaks start before their first win, and losing streaks start before their first loss.

Earlier this season the Habs came through Western Canada playing poorly but winning, and captain Max Paxiorety was quoted as saying they were sloppy and had lost their details. You knew a loss was coming.

The Flames on Friday night completed an eight game segment with a well deserved 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks, giving them a record of 5-3-0 over a course of games that had them outplaying their opponents in 7 of their last 8. Their most reason road trip ended 1-3-0 though they likely deserved a better fate (2-1-1).

Now on to Anaheim where they never win, but sort of need to win in order to take this two gamer to an actual streak and get their season back in order.
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Flames 3 Devils 2

November 18th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

The Devils went down to Alberta.  They were looking for some points to steal.
They were in a haste, cause they weren’t first place.  They wanted a win to seal.
When they came across this young man sawin’ down a stick and playin’ it hot.
And the Devils jumped over the benchside boards and said “Boy, let me tell you what.”

“I guess you didn’t know it, but we’re hockey players too.
And if you’d care to take a dare, we’ll make a bet with you.
Now you play a pretty good game, boy, but give the Devils their due.
We’ll bet two points against your team ’cause we think we’re better than you.”

The boy said, “My name’s Johnny, and it might be a sin,
But I’ll take your bet; and you’re gonna regret ’cause I’m the best there’s ever been.”

Johnny, chewin your mouthguard, and tie those skates up tight
‘Cause Hell’s broke loose in Cowtown and it’s the Devils turn tonight.
And if you win you get to try and start a little roll,
But if you lose the Devils crush your soul.

The Devils players licked their lips and said “This won’t take long”
And flags flew on the ring of fire as George Canyon wrapped up his song.
They passed around the puck with grace and looked about to score
But the boys in red held off the push, and Ramo shut the door.

When the Devils finished, Johnny said, “Well, you’re pretty good ol’ son,
But sit down on the bench right there and let me show you how it’s done.”

“Fire on the Jumbotron.” Score, boys, score!
The Devils are in the Dome and the fans want more;
Hartley’s at the podium picking on Doh.
Bobby, can I get a quote? No, Bruce, no.

The Devils bowed their head because they knew that they’d been beat.
And tears rolled down their faces and began to pool at Johnny’s feet.
Johnny said, “Devils, just come on back. If you ever wanna try again,
I done told you once—you son of a dog—I’m the best there’s ever been.”

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