Game Takes: Flames 2 Sharks 0

November 27th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Some game stories almost right themselves. They contain many themes, easy openings, and little difficult in putting pen to summarizing the game’s events.

Tonight you have Jiri Hudler and two goals, for ten on the season. Then you have the back to back games meaning little to the upstart Flames as they run their record to 9-0-1 after losing a game this season.

However I’m going with the US Thanksgiving. Ken Holland has always contended that things are pretty much decided by American Thanksgiving. When the Flames had a hot start I kept eyeing that November 27th date and wondering where the Flames would sit when their game in San José came to a close. Well tonight’s 2-0 victory gives the club 30 points in 24 games, a divisional playoff spot, and a six point bulge on the best of the trialling teams. Guarantee of playoff action? Of course not, but boy do we have a story unfolding in Calgary. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Ducks 3 Flames 2

November 25th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Back in the day it was Buffalo where the Flames never won, making we wonder if they should just skip trips into upper New York, I mean who wants to go to Buffalo?

Today’s Flames will make the trip, as the players circle trips to California but tonight was the 19th straight time the Flames found a way to come up empty, this time a come from behind (almost) 3-2 loss in Anaheim to the Ducks.

The game left one feeling pretty positive given the push through out the game, putting aside my fears that the team was slipping with some spotty play in the last three home games. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Hawks 4 Flames 3

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

Only the late Harry Houdini could boast the ability of getting himself in serious trouble again and again yet finding a way out. The Flames this season have used the third period to come back on numerous opponents, defying logic and the odds over and over.

Earlier this week the Flames were impressive in erasing two melancholy periods to beat the Ducks, but tonight it was Chicago scoring the only goal in the third period to snap the Flames streak. The Flames likely deserved better in the contest, a 4-3 setback, but then had no business being in the game on Tuesday. These things even out! - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 4 Ducks 3 (SO)

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

An audible click click click of the same laptop key getting hammered over and over again could be heard from press row. The DELETE button on a game story of the upstart Flames getting taken to the woodshed by a true NHL contender was written by every beat reporter after the second period. The third, a frame to relax, tweak the odd game star selection and wait to hit send once a quote or two was added after the game.

Instead the upstart Flames continue to push up, coming from behind in dramatic fashion to shock the Anaheim Ducks with a 4-3 shoot out victory at the Saddledome. If this game was to diminish expectations, or prove sustainability to the Calgary market it failed miserably in its quest. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 4 Senators 2

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

One of the Flame’s biggest assets this season has been their un-daunting discipline, they just don’t take penalties.

Tonight? Quite the opposite, as the team relied heavily on their penalty killing crew as the Flames took 6 minors to the Senators 2 but delivered in killing off all of them on the way to a 4-2 victory on Saddledome ice. - Full Article –



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