Game Takes: Flames 2 Canucks 1

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Do you ever get a feeling that the city of Calgary has been the victim of a very cruel joke from the hockey or sports gods?

You go through a half dozen years of misery and then like a starving man wandering the desert you are confronted by an all you can eat smorgasboard that leaves you head spinning in good fortune? The Flames miss the playoffs from 7 years then go to the cup final in 2004. Then they miss the playoffs for five years and then insanely emerge from a brief rebuild into a playoff spot.

So why stop the fun now? How about an 18 year old inserted into the lineup late and said 18 year old picking up the assist on the game winning goal with 30 seconds left? Don’t pinch yourself Calgary, the ride continues, as the Flames came from behind (this will sound familiar) to beat the Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday night.

A win that gives them a 1-0 lead in the best of 7 Western Conference quarter final series. The fun just keeps on rolling.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Kings 1

April 9th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

All season I was asked, “can they keep this up?”, or “is this for real?”

And all season I said likely not, but if they can just keep going the young guys are going to learn, the franchise is going to take leaps forward, the foundation will be set. I added, if they can just take this thing into the final few weeks, maybe even making that last home game worth something the season will be a massive success in my mind.

The Flames made the game worth something alright. They made it worth a playoff spot as the unlikely Calgary bunch hacked and whacked their way to a 3-1 victory over the LA Kings on Thursday night, clinching a playoff spot, dethroning a cup champion, and making the West powerhouses instant Flames fans.

Well unless they meet the Flames in the playoffs that is.

May not be wise to under estimate these guys any longer.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Coyotes 2

April 7th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I guess I should have expected a game like that. This improbable season has featured an eight game losing streak, the loss of the team’s best player, a scoring load being shouldered by a 20 and 21 year old, so yeah why would they easily dispatch the Arizona Coyotes in a game that should have been a white wash?

The Flames outplayed, out chanced and for the most part out hustled the left for dead Coyotes on Tuesday night, but had to cling to a nail biting 3-2 victory in front of a playoff atmosphere at the Saddledome. Some help from Edmonton where the Oilers beat the Kings in regulation provided some gravy on top of a fun 2004-esque night at the Dome.
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Oilers 0

April 4th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Talk about a trap game.

Calgary has had all kinds of success on extended road trips this season, and with this being the last long junket of the campaign and the trip sitting even a final game in Edmonton against the lowly Oilers was the perfect face plant game for the Flames. The team survived a flat start, despite an early goal, to run away with things by a 4-0 score to push the team a smidgen closer to a playoff spot with only three games to go.

One more trap game on a first game back and then its back to back money games to finish the season. What a winter in Calgary!
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Game Takes: Blues 4 Flames 1

April 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Clearly any playoff spot will do, and I won’t suggest for a moment that the Flames need to be picky.

However, if they should so desire settling into the third spot in the Pacific and a flight to Vancouver would probably be wise, given the two wild card spots will get dates to Anaheim and perhaps St. Louis. The Flames haven’t won in Anaheim since I had hair, and the St. Louis Blues have now out scored the Flames by a 12-2 margin in three games this season, including tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Flames in game four of their five game road trip.

Why set yourself up for punishment?
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