Islanders 4 Flames 0

October 27th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When Brad Treliving was newly minted as an NHL GM he looked at his roster and wondered how they were going to score enough goals to compete in the best circuit in the league. They were thin up front, with a lot of their talent young an untested.

He was as surprised as anyone when the defense corps lead the way through the first half of the season, before finally passing the baton to the top line that featured two young players. The team scored the 6th most goals in the NHL last season.

He was right to worry, and the team he feared a calendar ago seems to be out in full force as once again the Flames turned a solid start into a lopsided loss this time 4-0 to the Islanders as their goal production continues to be as dry as the inside of my mouth after a night out in NY last night.
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Broadway Tragedy – Flames lose 4-1

October 25th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

With ‘last year’s Flames’ finally showing up on Friday night and restoring some faith and sanity in the fan-base, there seemed to be a fair bit of anticipation for Sunday’s visit to Madison Square Garden to see whether they were in fact ‘back’ or whether it had simply been a one-off anomaly.

But even if they were back, this would be a tough task, as MSG is always a tough place to play and the Rangers are off to a solid 5-2-2 start. The Flames all-time record there is 24-25-8, including a tough 1-0 loss last year.
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Flames 3 Wings 2 (OT)

October 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

What a night.

Down early, some chances to come back but that foreboding feeling that a comeback wasn’t possible. Then you score three on the back of your leader only to face a one our rain delay with tensions high. All for not as when the game resumes its the bad guys taking the game and the series.

Wait … my channel surfing clearly left me confused.

The Flames like the Jays were down early in this one, but unlike the baseball team the Flames led by Mark Giordano scored with just over a minute left in the third period and won it in overtime 3-2 to stop a skid and put smiles on the face of Saddledome patrons for the first time this season.

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Capitals 6 Flames 2

October 20th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I think I finally figured this soul sucking start to the Calgary Flames season out! The club is brilliant.

Saddled with expectations that feel uncommon, odd, itchy, scratchy and unfamiliar the team is out of its element, they don’t feel themselves. The atmosphere isn’t Calgary Flameish enough.

But by losing five of their first six games, including tonight’s 6-2 drubbing by the Washington Capitals the Flames have finally captured back that feeling they love so much. Now everyone thinks they won’t make the playoffs.

Well done guys!
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Oilers 5 Flames 2

October 17th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Ryan Laurie

Expectations are a funny thing. Without them, last night’s game against the Jets becomes an exciting and hard fought battle that the boys just ended up on the wrong side of. With expectations last night’s game becomes an unacceptable loss from a team struggling to find their game.

Ever since I was a kid my Dad has told me that you can’t tell what a team is until 20 games into the season. The first 20 games can be chaos as teams get their new players integrated and systems locked down. In those first 20 games a team who could be picking in the top 5 at the end of the year can look like a world beater. After the first 20 games the true contenders start to show up, and the bottom feeders start to fall off.

The key is to not fall too far out of it before you start to find your game.
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