Game Takes: Flames 3 Predators 2 (SO)

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Just didn’t seem like the usual night in Nashville.

No Terry Crisp between periods, no Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood spectacles, no Barry Trotz behind the bench, oh and no easy home side victory as the Flames ended a skid against the Predators with a solid 3-2 shoot out win on Tuesday night.

A listless game in St. Louis was sure to put a little steam in their ears, and it did exactly that as the Flames posted their most complete game of the season.
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Game Takes: Blues 4 Flames 1

October 12th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It seems that no matter what a team has for expectations they always break camp full of hope and optimism, talking about catching teams off guard and aiming to make the playoffs.

The Flames rolled their 6 game road trip into Missouri last night, and dropped a 4-1 decision to the contending St. Louis Blues leaving the team 1-2-0.

Through three games the Flames have done exactly what we should have expected; come up short to a team just ahead of them last year, beat a team below them, and then were outclassed by a true NHL contender.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Oilers 2

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With recent roster cuts, angst over veterans making the hockey club over rookies, and pushing off the future, we’ve heard a lot about never given, always earned.

Someone forgot to tell the Oilers that, as the Oilers likely earned the victory, but instead gave the game away, much to the delight of their Calgary visitors.

The Flames eked out a 5-2 road in win in Edmonton on Thursday night, spoiling their rival’s big 1984 reunion night (maybe the Flames thought it was a 1986 reunion and played their historic part). It was a game where only Kari Ramo .
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Game Takes: Canucks 4 Flames 2

October 9th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Expectations can be an anvil that weighs down the ability to perform under bright lights and pounding scrutiny.

The Calgary Flames, however, delivered exactly what the paying customers expected last night, as they unveiled the 2014-15 season at the Saddledome.

A plucky effort.
A team struggling to score.
A one goal game (empty netter).
And the ability to find a way to lose.

Just like following a recipe on the back of a cereal box. The season has begun.
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Cultural Impasse

October 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Have the Calgary Flames painted themselves into a corner?

Jettisoning local hockey heroes and starting a team anew without a particularly deep prospect base forced the club into stripping the team down to the bolts and building a foundation from the ground up based on hard work, accountability, and effort.

They hired a head coach that seemed to work better with the threadbare roster, than he did with the veteran club he started with.

They anointed an undrafted, unwanted defenseman as their captain, a guy that lead by example and verbage as the left for dead franchise attempted to start a new chapter, building from the ground up.

The club did as expected and finished near the bottom of the standings, but along the way earned a moniker for out working opponents, leaving everything on the ice, and pleasing a Calgary crowd that had grown weary of overpaid over promised rosters that never delivered.

When the dust settled it was clear to everyone that the team had established a culture, a brand name, that would prove to be the most valuable asset in rebuilding a franchise in a way that could be sustainable for years to come. - Full Article –

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