Ortio Shuts Out The Canucks 1-0!

January 11th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

Friday night, the Flames blew a chance at 2 points due to terrible defense and terrible goaltending. Just 24 hours later, they played significantly better defensively, and got an all-star performance in net as Joni Ortio turned away all 36 shots that he faced. The Flames finally won in Vancouver, for the first time in a little over 3 years. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was a gritty and well deserved road victory.

Hartley put Backlund and Gaudreau together, along with Jones, and the line was dangerous all night. Backlund seems to be the C that is cerebral enough to be effective with Gaudreau. They seemed to have instant chemistry.

The Flames, led by a Finn, a Swede and a Yankee, finally beat the Canucks!
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Games Takes: Panthers 6 Flames 5

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

Burn the tape!

An old saying that couldn’t be used in a more proper time frame than tonight’s game a true disaster for two goaltenders and two franchises, but one more than the other as the Florida Panthers skated away with a 6-5 debacle on Friday night.

As Count Floyd used to say on SCTV … “Scary kids, … oooh very very scary”.

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Game Takes: Wings 3 Flames 2

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

Calgary fans got their view of Calgary depth down the middle on Wednesday, with Mikael Backlund returning from a 29 game absence to force Markus Granlund to the farm; they quite likely enjoyed what they saw.

The Flames came up short, losing 3-2 to the Red Wings but the game itself was one of the Flame’s strongest in the last few weeks, and a positive sign for things to come potentially.

And that had better be the case if the Flame’s want to make the playoffs. They’ve now reached the midway point in the season, and have lots of work to do.

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Game Takes: Islanders 2 Flames 1

January 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Hopefully the premiere of Flames hockey in 2015 isn’t part and parcel of what we can all expect for the calendar year, as the club that dropped a 2-1 game to the New York Islanders had little in common with the club that finished the 213-14 season, or started the 2014-15 season.

The team didn’t win the little battles.

They weren’t sharp in moving the puck.

They were loose in their coverage in their own zone.

They fumbled the puck offensively when they did generate chances.

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Oilers 3 (OT)

January 1st, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A positive mindset goes a long way.

Often doctors will suggest the will to live or recover from an illness plays just as important a role in a patient’s long term prognosis as the actual medical intervention.

The Calgary Flames continue to be that “rubber tree plant” hockey team, believing they are meant to win every game, and coming from behind when necessary to do so. Tonight the Flames erased a 2-0 Edmonton lead late in the second period, tied it up, but then fell down 3-2 in the third, before tying it once again and winning it in over time 4-3.

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