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.

If only Jose had one more chance at the plate … - Full Article –

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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Game Takes: Jets 3 Flames 1

October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Through the first few preseason games the Flames three headed snake; the battle for the net featured three goaltenders all putting up great numbers, making the decision almost impossible.

In the end the decision wasn’t made, and there are still three goaltenders in town, two of which have split the Flames first four games. Unlike the preseason though, its not a case of three goaltenders shooting lights out as the two goaltenders hover around .900 in save percentage and the Flames are sputtering.

Tonight it was Kari Ramo’s turn and he was a difference maker through 58 1/2 minutes, the likely game star. But a flubbed pluck on the game winner put the game on its ear as the Flames dropped a 3-1 decision in Winnipeg to stretch their early season record to 1-3-0.

Next on tap is the Oilers and McDavid at the Saddledome, is it Ortio’s turn?
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Flames win 3-2 in OT!

October 11th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

Of course the first – and possibly only – shootout of the season delays the Flames telecast. Oh well, no surprises.

The boys wouldn’t know that of course, nor would they care, because they had plenty on their minds already. This was game two of the season, and the second half of a home and home against the Canucks. And while there are no must win games at this point in the season, it was a pretty big one because they sure didn’t want to start the season 0-2, especially with St. Louis next on their plate. - Full Article –

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