Game Takes: Flames 4 Bruins 3 (SO)

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Mark Giordano was more than a little miffed when the media throng in Calgary suggested his club’s improbably push toward a playoff spot could be over in the absence of their captain. He might have had a reason to be ticked.

The Flames first two games without Giordano may have resulted in a split, but they were outplayed in both, and clearly outplayed in the victory in Philly, suggesting that it was only a matter of time before they slipped out of contention and out of the race.

Not so fast. Tonight the Flames beat the Bruins in a shoot out, final score 4-3, and were full marks for hanging with the Bruins and finding two points.

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Flames 3 Flyers 2 (OT)

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

After enduring the trade deadline, the departure of Glencross, and the news that their leader, captain, and best player was done for the season, the question coming into the game was: how would they react? It didn’t take long to find out as they came out flying and were pretty dominant through much of the first period.

The Flyers have been playing well of late as well and they weren’t going to roll over without a fight. In fact they did something few teams have done this year – outscore the Flames in the 3rd period. However, the Flames weren’t going to be denied. They weathered the Flyers’ push backs and they did what they do – they took over the OT and got themselves a well deserved two points to even their record on this grueling road trip to 2 wins and 2 losses.

Once again, as they have shown over and over this season, the Flames showed that they will not quit. Ever. And tonight they pushed their incredible OT record to 12-4, which includes 7-1 on the road. The win keeps them in 3rd place in the Pacific division. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 3 Flyers 2 (OT)

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Are the Flames likely to make the playoffs with their heart and soul captain on the sidelines until late August?

Probably not. However if the Flames get heroics like the display seen from Kari Ramo on all four games on this trip they just might hang around long enough to make it interesting. Tonight Ramo faced 35 shots, giving up two and was named first star in the Flames 3-2 nail biter overtime game in Philly.

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Flames ’15 Deadline Recap

March 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Typically, NHL teams are grouped into two primary categories when the league heads into late February and the NHL trade deadline.

Buyers and sellers.

The Flames, however, fell firmly on the Maginot Line between both the acquirers and the divesters creating a lot of upheaval, something that grew to even more ominous levels because of the cloud and suspicion hanging over the Mark Giordano injury
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Game Takes: Islanders 2 Flames 1

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

When the season was set to begin the single biggest thing pushing the Flames to the bottom of everyone’s prediction list and into the realm of McDavid was their expectant lack of scoring. Newly minted GM Brad Treliving said it kept him up at night. Who was going to score goals for the Flames this season.

Fast forward 60 games into the schedule and the team has ten 10 goal scorers, and sits 15th in the league in goals per game, quit the stat given the Flames have only hit the net 5 times on this road trip including an empty netter, with just one coming tonight in a 2-1 setback on Long Island.

The well has run dry, and they have little chance of finding a playoff spot if they don’t start finding that balanced scoring again pronto! - Full Article –

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