Game Takes: Kings 5 Flames 3

February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I think we can all admit the Kings were due.

Handed three straight defeats in games against the Calgary Flames this season, some by comeback, some getting out played, all with a lot of implications in the ever tightening Western Conference playoff derby.

Tonight, the Flames found their luck had run out as the Kings steamrolled them to the tune of a 5-3 victory, moving to within three points of the Flames in the standings.

The silver lining for the Flames is a .500 record in two huge games on a two game California mini trip, following up a solid home stand. Big game against Vancouver on Saturday huh? - Full Article –

Flames win game and season series 4-1

February 10th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

It was the 5th and final meeting between these teams, and the third matchup in 23 days. The Flames had won 3 of the first 4, including both in SJ. And a win tonight would vault them over the Sharks and the Canucks, who lost earlier in the evening to the Wild.

The Sharks, frustrated by the Flames so far this year, we’re going to throw everything they had at the Flames in order to get one back. But the Flames had their own designs on this game and they played a fantastic road game, stifling the Sharks, skating them into the ground, playing physically, and generating all kinds of scoring chances. The result was a well-deserved 4-1 win and possession of second place in the Pacific division. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Penguins 4 Flames 0

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Maybe an attitude adjustment is timely. Comfort is nice, and an odd place to be for the Flames with a six point bulge and teams between in the Western Conference playoff space, so maybe gravity is a good lesson at this point in the season.

The Flames were running roughshod over their key Western Conference opponents only to run into a true cup contender that humbles them in the Pittsburgh Penguins who cruised to a 4-0 win on Saddledome ice on Friday night.

Back to reality for the Flames, just in time for a key brief 2 game road trip through California. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 3 Sharks 1

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

Tracking a team that was given zero chance of making the playoffs is never easy. As the team continues to move up the standings and put more distance between themselves and the teams on the outside looking in, you want to believe. You want to start discussing first round match ups, you want to picture going to the Saddledome in shorts.

But you just can’t. Too soon. Too scary. Too karma.

The Flames took a giant step towards making the playoffs “too likely” as they followed up a huge win over Winnipeg with an equally huge win over San Jose last night, this time by a 3-1 score. The Flames have now amassed a 4-1-0 record on this homestand, out scoring the opposition 17-6, and running off 8 wins in their last 10.

Sooner or later we will need to take these guys seriously! - Full Article –

Jets go down in Flames, 5-2

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

Another day, another ‘must win, 4-pointer’ between the two teams currently holding down the two wildcard spots. It was fast paced, physical, and intense – a real playoff atmosphere. The Jets got the early jump, but the Flames weren’t going to wait around and try and win it in the third period – they played hard for 60 minutes and got a well deserved, hard fought win to move themselves past Vancouver and into third in the Pacific.

The Jets are a big physical team and they tried to intimidate the smaller Flames. But as they have shown several times this year, the Flames weren’t going to back down at all. In fact, it seems like the more physical the opponent tries to be, the better the Flames are. And tonight was no exception. Goals from up and down the lineup resulted in a huge 5-2 victory to give them their 7th win in their last 9 games. - Full Article –

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