Game Takes: Yotes 4 Flames 1

February 12th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

Frustration. ¬†It’s a common feeling running rampant through the hearts and souls of Flames fans these days.

Coming off a wild and wacky shootout victory over the divisional powerhouse San Jose Sharks barely 20 hours prior, the Flames might be expected to be a little sluggish coming into tonight’s contest against the Arizona Coyotes.

But the Coyotes are in a free fall toward a shot at coveted local superstar prospect Auston Matthews. ¬†Losers of five straight, and nine of their past 11 overall, the two points couldn’t be any riper for the pickin’ for the Calgary Flames.
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Game Takes: Flames 6 Sharks 5 (SO)

February 12th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

We all push that “MUST WIN” button a little often. Too often. Hell we push it in November from time to time. Having said that tonight was certainly as close as you’re going to see to an actual must win game in a season that is moving towards the three quarter poll.

The Flames need to keep on winning if they have any plans on making the playoffs, but with the way the Ducks are charging the Sharks are the most likely of many unlikely teams to chase down the stretch. A win tonight closes that gap and creates an actual streak for the Flames when they needed one the most.

So the result? A win. I should almost just leave it at that, but the deeper story is a terrible goaltending performance by the Sharks’ backup and a game that the Flames seemingly efforted to lose but came up short and walked away with an ugly 6-5 shoot out victory.
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Leafs 3

February 9th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The normal setting for a Toronto at Calgary hockey game would include a rough start, plenty of drunk, obnoxious fans in blue, then a turn of the score, a quiet blue crowd and a walk away easy win for the Flames.

That’s the script, tonight the two clubs chose improv or winging it as the day included a 9 player trade by Toronto with Ottawa including their team captain Dion Phaneuf, and then later the news that the Flames scratched their two leading scorers and a heart and soul guy in a game that they just couldn’t afford to lose.

Odd stuff.

When the two teams did finally settle down a back and forth game, well mainly forth then back, resulted in a 4-3 Flames win, somewhat adverting a bigger controversy for the Flames and Bob Hartley.
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Canucks 1

February 6th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Jiri Hudler has done a lot of great things for the Calgary Flames since he signed a four year contract in the summer of 2012, the same day as Dennis Wideman.

He’s been productive, won a Lady Byng Trophy and helped mentor young Flames players, especially the likes of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan both last season and again of late this month.

Lately however it looks like he has one more gift for the club, that is market value as he continues to chip in offensively, including a great physical play in the third in Vancouver, setting up Monahan for the game winner in a 4-1 over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
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Game Takes: Jackets 2 Flames 1

February 5th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The math is simple.

Two out of every three and the Flames are in right? It’s as easy as that.

The club comes back from the all star break and lights up the Carolina Hurricanes, then it’s on to the 30th place team in the league and just like that you’re two for two and heading to Vancouver for a little Sedin gravy (scratch that, sounds awful).

Not so fast though, the Flames despite carrying the play couldn’t find the net often enough to turn back the Jackets on Friday night, dropping a 2-1 decision at the Saddledome.

Now it’s come up large in Vancouver tomorrow night. Do they have it in them?
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