Game Takes: Flames 2 Panthers 1

April 4th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

More injuries … no problem.

The Flames iced a decidedly disadvantaged hockey club tonight that featured two pugilists, three college forwards playing their first half dozen games apiece, a rookie third defense pairing, and a goaltender that is used to backing up … in the American Hockey League.

True their hosts, sitting 28th overall in the standings aren’t exactly powerhouses themselves, but given the situation the Flames should have been ripe for the picking.

The result? Flames win 2-1.

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Tampa 1

April 4th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Over the course of an 82 game schedule things balance out. A team will lose games they swear they should have one due to bad bounces, sketchy officiating or dominant goaltending. Conversely, you’ll win a few that you really have no business winning.

Last night in Tampa, the Flames had one of those nights.

Two bounces in 15 seconds in the first period gave the Flames a 2-0 lead, and that’s all they’d need with Kari Ramo’s goaltending, and good fortune as they wrapped up the Bolts 4-1 on Thursday night.

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Game Takes: Leafs 3 Flames 2

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Draft position or spoiler of Canada’s nauseating hockey epicenter?

Such a tough call as a hockey fan tuned in to Sportsnet on Tuesday night when the Flames skated into the ACC to take on the Maple Leafs.

A rebuild year with a guaranteed no playoff spot can be tough to endure, but the utter collapse of the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks have helped a lot. Toss in an 8 game losing streak in Toronto and tolerable turns to enjoyable pretty quickly.

Sadly the Flames came up short in a tight contest, pushing back from down 3-1 in the third to make things interesting but dropping a 3-2 decision to the Leafs.

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Game Takes: Senators 6 Flames 3

March 30th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

It was the game of the improbable.

Not one but both Flames returning to Ottawa manage to find the back of the net. The Flames put up 21 shots in the second period but still find a way to lose, and the team had a final score that differed by more than one, a true rarity this season as the Flames give up the game’s last four goals and drop a 6-3 decision in Ottawa.

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Flames 4 Rangers 3

March 29th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Ryan Laurie

Game Skinny

Tonight the Stars from Broadway, or the Rangers I guess, came to town but it was the Flames goaltender who put on a show.

Karri Ramo stopped 18 shots in the first period, a couple of them jaw dropping, and the Flames would jump out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. A 3 minute span in the second period would undue all of their hard work as the Rangers would score 3 goals. The Flames were having issues dealing with a bigger Rangers team and the none of the bounces were going their way and just when all seemed lost it was the Flames goalie who sparked some life back into the team with a huge cross crease save on Anton Stralman. A couple minutes later the Flames would get the tying goal from Kevin Westgarth and just before the period wound down Mike Cammalleri would get a squeeker past Lundqvist and that would be all the Flames would need as Karri Ramo would shut the door in the third for a 4-3 win over the Rangers - Full Article –

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