Game Takes: Canucks 2 Flames 1 (SO)

October 15th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The growing pains that mark the start of the Flames season continued in Vancouver tonight as the team turned in the fire wagon, breakaway yielding persona of the first two games of the season, replacing them with the defending offensively anemic group we saw on Hockey Night in Canada.

All in all, a solid effort, but a shoot out loss moving the Flames to 0-2-1 on the season, creating a lot of pressure and anxiety on a fan base that saw their season end in October last year, and a new coach that needs some success to help build some faith in what’s he’s doing.

The truth of the matter has always been a learning curve. It was thought that an easy start against some playoff missing rivals would be the tonic, and clearly that wasn’t the case.
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Game Takes: Oilers 5 Flames 3

October 14th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Getting off to a good start, a big key in a successful season and a playoff berth.

The Flames, having changed their coaching staff were always at risk of said slow start because of a slough of system changes, not to mention a key camp injury and a star player holding out.

Luckily they had an easy start to the season with back to back games against a decade’s old doormat in the Edmonton Oilers, it’s like extended training camp right?

Think again, the Flames dropped their second straight to their provincial little brothers, this time by dominating in the first period and then getting crushed in all facets of the game the rest of the way in a 5-3 loss on Friday night.

Zero wins, two losses, and a whole lot of worry in Calgary.
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Game Takes: Oilers 7 Flames 4

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

Well at the least the 7th one didn’t hurt him!

A terrible night for Brian Elliott and his new teammates as the most heralded puck blocker to mind the Cowtown twine since Miikka Kiprusoff had a nightmare of first starts in Edmonton yielding six goals on 28 shots as the Flames fell 7-4 to the Oilers.

The best news for Calgary is the fact that the two teams get back at it in 48 hours, as the netminder and the team will be looking forward to putting this one behind them. Truthfully, the Flames were actually pretty solid in a sloppy game, out shooting the Oilers 41-28 but finding a way to lose.

Lots more hockey before mid April.
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Game Takes: Flames 2 Wild 1

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

Well not the season many of us had in mind when Brad Treliving shocked the hockey world by reeling in Dougie Hamilton on draft day from Tampa in June of last summer.

The Flames coming off a great playoff run that had them knock off the Canucks, then fall to the Ducks in the second round were expected to be a force in the weak Pacific Division and to battle with the Kings for home ice in the first round of an expected playoff series. Instead it was an October face plant, terrible special teams, and some historically bad goaltending as the Flames were pretty much on ice by Halloween, their season over.

So with the season lost they took to the ice for the final time this season in Minnesota, and with a 38 year old goaltender playing out the string they came from behind with a spirited third period to beat the Wild 2-1 and at least end their campaign with a good taste in their collective mouths.

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Game Takes: Flames 7 Canucks 3

April 7th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You know when you have that miserable round of golf? Double after double, missed putts, two shanks out of bounds; a terrible experience you’ve shot 10 strokes over your average game and you think you’ll never play again.

And then you drop a 23 foot putt for a birdie on the 18th hole and you are tempted to just head back to the first tee and do it all again!

Well hockey seasons can be like that too. With the Flames annihilation of the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday, and a spirited overtime loss to the Kings on Tuesday the team was certainly in a late season, lottery pick position killing groove. Tonight was even more of the same as they were fast fast fast on the puck all night, a track meet running the Canucks out of town to the tune of 7-3. This one wasn’t close, and without a strong start from Ryan Miller the Flames would have put up double digits.

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