Game Takes: Sharks 5 Flames 4

January 11th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames deserved many of their 11 straight wins on home ice last month, but in that streak they pulled a few out of the fire. They found their share of bounces, had some good fortune and some drama along the way.

Lady luck and bounces tend to even out however, and tonight the Flames were on the wrong side of the bounce once again as the Sharks, outplayed most of the way, found the back of the net often enough to hang on for a 5-4 win on Monday night at the Saddledome.

The Flames outshot their visitors by a two to one margin, and the Sharks scored two lucky goals, but in the end some weak play in their own zone cost the club dearly as they continue to sputter against their own division.
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Game Takes: Yotes 2 Flame 1

January 7th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames had a little engine that could season last season. They chugged into opponent after opponent over matched, under hyped, under sold, and over looked and came up with win after win after win.

At the deadline the Coyotes sold out, they added prospects and picks, they got younger, they got faster, they were expected to lose. But much like the Flames last year the Coyotes just won’t go away.

Tonight at the Saddledome the two teams clashed, 2016 style. Just two points between them and a lot on the line as the Flames hoped to catch up to the 2nd place team in the weak Pacific Division. However a 23 year old goaltender and a sputtering Flames offence were the difference as Arizona padded their lead over Calgary with a 2-1 win on Thursday night.

Now on to the next must win game …
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Lightning 1

January 5th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A visit from the Tampa Bay Lightning is always somewhat painful. Two teams, their cities 4000 km apart … the least likely rivals hockey, but tied together because of a memorable Stanley Cup Final 12 years ago, or more poignantly by a goal in said final in this building 12 years ago.

Old wounds heal slowly.

The times have changed, we are now completely used to instant replay and getting calls right, but back then there was no review, they didn’t stop the play to look at it. Time marched on. Since then we’ve seen similar calls, two on Sam Bennett in the last 9 months specifically and in a way things haven’t changed. What looks to be in isn’t in, if you can’t prove that it was in, if it was originally called not in.

But enough about history. Tonight the Flames did little to quell the sting of a lost Stanley Cup but they did find two points, and get things rolling on home ice again with a 3-1 win over their out of conference arch-nemesis.

Oh and it was in…
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Avalanche 0

January 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Sometimes game stories just right themselves, sometimes you have to reach and reach and reach in order to find a hook or something interesting to say in a game within 82 of a long season.

New Year’s or at least the first game of the New Year and the Flames are traveling to Denver to take on the Avalanche and their old captain in Jarome Iginla. Iginla perched on 599 goals for his career would love to right the script of scoring number 600 against his old foes. New Year’s of course is known for two things, well many things if you count expensive event tickets, excessive drinking and making out with strangers, but more symbolically the song Auld Lang Syne which translates into remembering old friends and the past and also resolutions.

Tonight the Flames were able to avoid the honor for an old friend and got off on the right foot on a few resolutions in winning the special team war, reducing goals against and pasting the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Saturday night.
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Game Takes: Kings 4 Flames 1

January 1st, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Last season in mid to late April an epic game at the Saddledome completed an improbable tale that saw the Calgary Flames steal the least probable playoff spot from none other than the Los Angeles Kings, Stanley Cup Champions.

This season those Kings are no more as they continue to dominate on the road, winning tonight at the Saddledome by a 4-1 score to sweep their four game junket and hand the Flames two straight losses for the first time in December.

Back to the books for the Flames who have to prove they are playoff worthy and the December club and not the October/November club we saw earlier in the season.

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