Game Takes – Lightning 2 Flames 1 (OT)

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It’s been an odd start to the season.

In the age of advanced statistics the Flames have defied odds and won games that quite likely they had no part even being in. Tough periods against Vancouver, Edmonton, St. Louis, Chicago, Columbus and Winnipeg suggested to the naked eye that the shoe was about to drop for this 4-3-0 team.

Tonight however, they were full marks. Full marks against a team that figures to be in the mix for home ice in the East when the dust settles in April. Yet they found a way to lose it, giving up a late tying goal and then the overtime winner to turn a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 overtime loss.

I guess there’s always the loser point. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 4 Jets 1

October 19th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the NHL schedule came out in August the writing appeared to be on the wall.

Tough home opener with the rival Canucks, then a killer 6 game road trip with 5 of the 6 opponents featuring 2013-14 records above .500. Good night right?

Instead the Flames ride goaltending, some bounces, and some grit to a 4-2 trip, the last win coming tonight in Winnipeg when the Flames bested the Jets 4-1. The team heads home to Calgary with a. 4-3 record on a season that most expected to already be over. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Jackets 3 Flames 2

October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The long and winding “road” continued in Columbus with the Flames inexplicably looking to up their road trek to four wins and a loss, all while getting out played on numerous occasions and finding their fair share of bounces.

So it was somewhat ironic that Kari Ramo gave up two goals on his first 4 shots, neither the stoppable variety, putting the Flames in an early hole in Ohio. The hole as it turned out was too deep to dig out of, as the Flames dropped a come from behind 3-2 decision to the Jackets. One more and the team will actually skate once again on Saddledome ice. - Full Article –

Game Takes – Flames 1 Hawks 0 (OT)

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Games like this happen every three to five years.

A tired, rebuilding team comes into town to beat a contending, well rested team on the strength of great goaltending, some rusty finishing, and a whole lot of luck. Miikka Kiprusoff turned the trick a few times over the past decade, heck even Andrei Trefilov did it to the Rangers one night back in the 90s, the Oilers had a game like that last year, but tonight was Hiller’s turn.

Hiller soundly answered Kari Ramo’s holler with a convincing 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks. Quick! Buy a lottery ticket!
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Predators 2 (SO)

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Just didn’t seem like the usual night in Nashville.

No Terry Crisp between periods, no Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood spectacles, no Barry Trotz behind the bench, oh and no easy home side victory as the Flames ended a skid against the Predators with a solid 3-2 shoot out win on Tuesday night.

A listless game in St. Louis was sure to put a little steam in their ears, and it did exactly that as the Flames posted their most complete game of the season.
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