Game Takes: Panthers 4 Flames 3

November 10th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Its ironic that the Flames and Panthers should meant the evening that the league got together to discuss ways to improve scoring in the NHL.

With tonight’s game a disappointing 4-3 Panther win in Florida, the two clubs have now put up 28 goals in their last three meetings proving the recipe for high scoring NHL hockey is simple.

First you need spotty goaltending, blown coverage, a lot of players watching and not doing much in their own zone, and then a bounce or two and voila! A high scoring hockey game. The heck with bigger nets, smaller posts or tighter goalie jerseys the guys that wear red and yellow have this all figuered out!
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Penguins 2

November 8th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When you’ve lost 9 of your first 13 games the math just doesn’t look great when you project out over a full season and what you need to accomplish. But that’s the macro look to a season, and micro results can go a long way to at least inject some hope into things, and that’s exactly what the Flames managed at the Saddledome this week against Pennsylvania opponents.

An overtime win over the Flyers had the result though it lacked in flash and dazzle, however the Flames made up for it on Saturday night when their top two lines came alive, pacing them to a complete game 5-2 victory over the Penguins.

The win gives the team a 5-9-1 record and at least a little belief as they head out on a 4 game road trip.
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Game Takes: Flames 2 Flyers 1 (OT)

November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Years ago Mikael Backlund was the only guy with a Flame draft tag on him playing a regular role with the club. The rest of the club was signed or traded for, with other picks either moved on, busted out, or toiling in the minors.

He was the top six draft pick in the mix with veterans like Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay, a player on the rise.

Injuries and inconsistent play had slowed his progression to molasses in the past few years, leaving this season largely in Bob Hartley’s dog house on the outside looking in. Tonight however the Hartley Blender put Backlund in a feature role on the second line with an all European trio of Backlund, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Frolik and Backlund didn’t disappoint with a goal and an assist in a well played 2-1 overtime victory over the Flyers.
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Game Takes: Avalanche 6 Flames 3

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

Last season the Flames were out shot most games, blocked a tonne of shots, countered well and won their fair share of games.

So it’s somewhat fitting that of late the Flames are out shooting and out chancing opponents, while getting a lot of shots blocked and finding a way to lose their fair share of games. Tonight the Avs block 26 shots and the Flames find a way to lose a 6-3 game in Denver, ending their one game win streak despite playing very well in the Mile High City.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Oilers 4

October 31st, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Its a tough discussion as to who is in fact a team’s best hockey player. A goaltender stops pucks, a shut down defender boxes out the opposition, a powerforward plays a 200 foot game and chips in, an offensive wizard lights the lamp or contributes by setting up his teammates.

The Flames have some skill. The start of the season would suggest otherwise, but they do. Tonight though they were lead by what I would call their best hockey player as TJ Brodie in game number three scored once, added an assist, had another goal waived off, but rocked it on the details as the Flames won a scary Halloween game in Edmonton 5-4 with a late goal in a wild one.
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