Game Takes: Ducks 4 Flames 2

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

Luck balances out over the course of a season, or so the saying goes.

Rarely however does it even out as quickly as we’ve seen in this series. The Flames had about a half dozen bounces go their way from the last six minutes of the third period to the overtime winner in game three, but tonight saw the scales balance as a giveaway, a goal post and a double minor all conspired to give the Ducks a 4-2 win and a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series.

Flames are down to their final win with this magical season. Do they have another surprise left?
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Ducks 3 (OT)

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

The Canucks series felt like overtime, it never happened but if felt like overtime. Calgary won three games on home ice, all by extended scores and overtime was never needed.

Tonight as a Calgarian you prayed for overtime. The team trailing 3-2 heading into the third period saw the clock ticking down on their season. Ten minutes to go, eight, then six and a disallowed goal that will be talked about for a long time. Five, four, three, two and one.

Calgary on a powerplay late with the goalie pulled and time ticking down further, Gaudreau with less than 25 seconds to go takes the puck off the half wall waits out the pass baiting and roofs it to send it into overtime, setting up a come from behind 4-3 overtime win, making the series 2-1 Anaheim and a big game four on Friday night.

Love it.
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Game Takes: Ducks 3 Flames 0

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

Well that’s more like it.

No the Flames didn’t find the split, they didn’t tie the series up setting up a chance to do to Anaheim what they did to Vancouver in the first round, by returning 1-1 and wining both on hone ice. They did brush the sand out of their eyes and push back against the bullies from the beach, making a game of it and at least giving themselves the notion that they can compete with the Ducks in Calgary when the series resumes on Tuesday.

The final score was 3-0 with an empty netter, but the game was razor’s edge tight with five minutes to go and the Flames finally carrying the play.

OK C of Red it’s up to you.
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Game Takes: Ducks 6 Flames 1

April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

See I told you the Flames come back. Down 6-0 in the third period they pushed hard and made it … well … 6-1.

It was as good as it was going to get on this night as the Flames were thoroughly dominated in all aspects of the game from buzzer to buzzer in a game one shellacking at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The arena that doubles as a house of horrors for the Flames took the chills to a whole new level in the playoffs as the Flames seemed to show up unprepared for the Ducks.

From here the Flames need to dust things off and go to work in the next two days in dialing in a game plan that can match the onslaught that the Ducks can bring to the table. They’ll have to potentially do that depleted though, as both Micheal Ferland and Jiri Hudler look to be doubtful going forward.
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Sustained Winning

April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Not sustainable.

In Calgary we’ve heard that battle cry in November, it was mentioned in December as a gotcha moment when the Flames suffered an 8 game losing streak. It was all quiet in January when they returned to winning, but returned in February and again in March when the club lost their captain and best player.

When the West ramped up and all of the 2nd tier teams began a torrid winning pace the Flames were the club picked to fall out. They didn’t have the horses, they were playing an unsustainable brand of hockey, their luck had to run out.

In the end the Flames finished 28th in possession stats in the NHL (44.5%), they should have been the same in the standings, hey with that result they would have won the lottery. Instead they made the playoffs.

Things haven’t stopped there.
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