Game Takes: Flames 3 Flyers 1

February 15th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the season began in Edmonton the assumption was the Flames had a very well defined tandem. Brian Elliott would be the starter and Chad Johnson would be the back up.

Both goaltenders struggled in October as the anvil was passed back and forth with neither guy seizing the moment. When the season looked lost Chad Johnson took the ball and ran with it, compiling a Carey Price like month that got the Flames back into it. This left Brian Elliott on the outside looking in again, something he’s seen far too often in his career bouncing around the National Hockey League.

Lately however, the plan has been win and you’re in and it’s worked to some extent. The ball bounced back to Brian Elliott tonight and delivered what has to be the closest thing we’ve seen from the expected Brian Elliott this season, as he was a wall turning aside 32 shots in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

If the Flames played a pretty loss in Manhattan earlier this month in a loss, they had an ugly win tonight at home against Philadelphia; proof that things even out over the course of a season.
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Game Takes: Coyotes 5 Flames 0

February 13th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

We all knew the script.

Five day break pits the brutally flat home side against the suddenly streaking left for dead season over squad, the Flames come out flat dig themselves a hole and then battle back hard but come up empty in a disappointing loss.

Well not quite.

The reality is a Flames club that came out strong as hell, deserved to be up about three after one period, but instead leave the ice after 20 down 1-0 and then fail to show up at any point again in a listless 5-0 loss that could have been a whole lot different.

The bottom line is a huge missed opportunity for the Flames, and they can’t afford to give away points given the standings and the point the standings. Head shaker.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Penguins 2 (SO)

February 7th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You never want to head out on a holiday with a bad day at the office clanging around in your skull. A bad transaction, a poor muffler job, a mistake on someone’s tax return, all could weigh heavily on you as you sip Mai Thais on a beach hoping to have not a care in the world.

Luckily for the Flames leisure time will be had with a sick grin on their collective faces as they outlast the hard charging Pittsburgh Penguins for a 3-2 shoot out win in the house of Crosby on Tuesday night.

Now it’s five days off, before resuming action towards the trade deadline and the drive to the playoffs.
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Game Takes: Rangers 4 Flames 3

February 5th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The NHL schedule is a long arduous road, 82 games in less than 7 months filled with many types of hockey games.

You see blow out wins, blow out losses, games where your favourite team inexplicably fails to show up, and games where the opposition lays and egg giving the home side a laugher.

Every once in a while the team being covered loses the game in regulation, and fails to pick up any points at all, but you still come away somewhat satisfied as both teams showed up and the game itself was excellent. The Flames and Rangers played one of those games this afternoon in Manhattan with the home side coming away with a 4-3 victory in a game that could have easily gone either way.

The end of a three game win streak by the Flames, a failure to make ground on the L.A. Kings who lost today in Washington, but a classic measuring stick against a top Eastern Division foe nonetheless.
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Devils 3 (OT)

February 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There are plenty of cliches in the game of hockey, like most sports.

An important one is learning to win, and for a relatively young hockey club like the Calgary Flames, their recent struggles have surrounded the inability to play their game when trailing. Get a lead and they look like a playoff team, get down and they look like a team that’s heading for another top six pick.

Tonight the Flames scored the first two to grab that all important lead, but a rough second period saw that lead erased and the team down heading to the third period. The team showed some fortitude in the third on the way to a come from behind 4-3 overtime win over the Devils on Friday night, starting a three game road trip before a five day break off on the right foot.

Baby steps for fuzzy cheeked hockey clubs.
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