Game Takes: Wild 1 Flames 0

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

It’s January, so they aren’t must wins, but when you’re one of 7 teams within 5 points, fighting over 3 playoff spots, they’re all big games. And with the Minnesota Wild in town, a team chasing the Flames and desperate to start climbing in the standings, it was another big 4 pointer. And both teams played like it as the tempo was extremely fast all night.

The Wild are a difficult team to figure out because, on paper, they look like a really deep and dangerous team. Goaltending has been a big problem for sure, but it isn’t just that, as many of their big guns have been pretty quiet. The acquisition of Devan Dubnyk may be the tonic they have been looking for though, as they are 3-1 so far with him in net.

And he gave them stellar goaltending again tonight, turning away 30 shots for his 4th win and 2nd shutout in 6 games with the Wild. It was fast paced and very intense, with plenty of quality scoring chances at both ends. But in the end, it was a lone goal by Zach Parise off a turnover from Giordano in the first period that stood up as the difference. The final score was a frustrating 1-0 for Minnesota. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 4 Sabres 1

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

A nice 5 day break would have been the perfect tonic for a slight of stature Johnny Gaudreau, given his college penchant of only suiting up for 40 some games a season. The dog days are upon us, and a guy used to playing half seasons is due to wear out, especially if said player is giving up 6 inches and 60 pounds to the average NHLer he’s staring down.

Or perhaps not.

Gaudreau came back from the all star festivities with more drive, confidence, and swagger after brushing shoulders with the games’ best, scoring twice to pace the Flames to a 4-1 win over the sputtering Buffalo Sabres.

He’s made a hockey career of moving his game to the next level when challenged. He’s not used to going backward after adjusting forward. The Sabres are certainly backward.
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Curses! Flames lose 6-3 to the Ducks

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

“Elvis is dead. The Beatles have split. We have a big game tonight.” Hartley, referencing the Flames’ 19 game losing streak at the Honda Centre.

Well, Hartley and the Flames had the right attitude towards The Curse, and gave it a good effort, out-shooting and out-chancing Anaheim. But the curse is strong, and the Ducks did a good job capitalizing on their chances. In the end, the streak was pushed to 20 games as the Flames magic run came to an end and they fell 6-3 at the Honda Centre. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 2 Kings 1 (OT)

January 20th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With the Kings leading 1-0 in the third the opening of this game story was writing itself. Only allowing one goal in Los Angeles is a huge feat for a goaltender, but with Joni Ortio finally losing a game will he find himself back in the AHL by Tuesday afternoon?

Never mind that copy, as the Flames come from behind in the third, force overtime and then beat the Kings to nab away two points and add to their unlikely road trip story, and keep the Joni Ortio dream alive.

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Flames burn Sharks in OT 4-3!

January 18th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

The Flames took their 12-3-1 divisional record into San Jose where they have already won once this season. It was a crucial 4 pointer, and both teams played like it.

The Flames got off to a quick start and posted (the dreaded) 2-0 lead, but SJ pushed back and took a 3-2 lead of their own, But the Flames showed a lot of resilience and got themselves back in it and eventually tied it and then won it in overtime. It was a huge victory for the team, and Ortio’s third straight,
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