Game Takes: Flames 3 Jets 0

March 11th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

As a hockey team you can’t get complacent. The coach’s biggest job is to keep the collective eye on the prize and avoid the team resting on their laurels, reading happy newspaper articles and feeling satisfied bout accomplishments.

That task is getting more and more difficult with every day and every game on the calendar.

The Flames won their 9th straight game tonight, a 3-0 victory in Winnipeg running their shut out string to 130 minutes and moving past the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks into 2nd place in the Pacific Division. The club is now 12 games over .500 having gone 10-0-1 in their last ten games, completely erasing a gap that looked insurmountable a month ago.

The goaltending looks great, the special teams are tight, they’re rolling four lines and even had some good luck on the injury front over the past two days.

Things are rolling. Just ignore it and keep going!

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Canadiens 0

March 9th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I’ve seen it in my traveled circles.

Oiler fans I know consider this their season. When you talk to them you can see it, one team goes up the other goes down and with that you have a change in power in the province. You sit out ten years and take it on the chin, then you get to enjoy how the other half lives when things fall apart in Southern Alberta.

Not so fast.

The Flames may have played an extra game, but the point gap is now zero as the team wins their 8th straight game catching the Oilers in points at 78 with a 5-0 win over the startled and Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens.

The win came did come with a “Price” after all however as the Flames lost both Dougie Hamilton and Michael Stone to injury in the last half of the game creating a pall over a team that should be giddy over a 9-0-1 record in their last ten. Hopefully not that serious, but details likely won’t roll out until tomorrow.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Islanders 2

March 5th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Afternoon games are always difficult to predict.

Rarely do you see both teams bring their “A” game and give you a hard fought, tight, end to end battle filled with energy and action. Far too often one of the two teams completely pulls up lame, and if the fans are really unlucky neither team shows up and you have a complete snooze fest, where you spend more time looking at your watch than the ice surface.

Luckily for Calgary fans the discombobulated club was the Islanders as the Flames came out and posted four first period goals on their way to a 5-2 win over the Islanders on Sunday afternoon.
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Games Takes: Flames 3 Wings 2 (OT)

March 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

This isn’t your father’s Detroit Red Wings, a play on the classic Detroit based Oldsmobile commercial of 20 some years ago. It used to be that the Detroit Red Wings were the dominant team in the circuit, they’d come in to Calgary and run the club through the wringer before easily escaping with two points.

Today’s club is struggling however, looking to miss the playoffs for the first time since the 1989-90 season, a run that just seems unbelievable by today’s standards.

Tonight however that all should be put aside, as the plucky Wings were anything but defeatist in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, the Flames 6th straight win in their push to a Western Conference playoff spot.

The Wings may be out, but they clearly aren’t going down without a fight.
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Game Takes: Flames 2 Kings 1 (OT)

March 1st, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well that felt like a playoff game didn’t it?

A predictably slow start by the Flames and a bail out by the guy the Flames envisioned doing just that when they made the draft day trade with St. Louis to solidify their goaltending led the way as the Flames erased a 1-0 first period Kings lead on the way to a come from behind 2-1 overtime victory over the L.A. Kings.

Yes it felt like playoffs, but it could very well have a lot to do with making said playoffs, as the Flames move back out in front of the Kings by 6 points, but this time the guys from Hollywood only have one game in hand. And wait there’s more, their buddies from Edmonton beat the Blues in regulation giving the Flames a five point lead over the 2nd wildcard spot holder.

Still 18 games to go, but the Flames have gone a long way to make the playoffs somewhat likely over the last ten days.
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