Game Takes: Flames 4 Canucks 2 (Flames lead series 2-1)

April 19th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Advantage Calgary!

An unbelievable playoff atmosphere in Calgary kicked off with a tail gate party at 5pm, and a crowded red laded building oddly devoid of Vancouver Blue compared to previous regular season and playoff games in Calgary. The Flames brought their physical “A” game, punishing the Canucks from the opening face off, skating away with a much deserved 4-2 win on Saddledome ice, the first playoff game played in Calgary since 2009, over 2100 days ago.

The win gives the Flames a 2-1 lead in the series, meaning the Canucks will now have to beat the Flames three times in the remaining four games to advance into a series that looks to be hosted by Anaheim Ducks.

The unreal season just keeps getting more and more real.
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Game Takes: Canucks 4 Flames 1

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the Flames made their march to the cup final in 2004 there were a few common threads in all four series.

The games were tight.
Martin Gelinas scored game winners.
And the team created chaos in the last few minutes of games they lost. They hated to lose, and never went down quietly.

The Canucks were full marks for winning game two in Vancouver on Friday night, winning the game 4-1 and evening the series 1-1 heading to Calgary for games three and four. But the Flames made it interesting late both with a goal in the final four minutes and a brawl at the end that very much served notice that this series is bound to get physical and even more intense before a victor is named.

Playoff hockey is fun.
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Game Takes: Flames 2 Canucks 1

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Do you ever get a feeling that the city of Calgary has been the victim of a very cruel joke from the hockey or sports gods?

You go through a half dozen years of misery and then like a starving man wandering the desert you are confronted by an all you can eat smorgasboard that leaves you head spinning in good fortune? The Flames miss the playoffs from 7 years then go to the cup final in 2004. Then they miss the playoffs for five years and then insanely emerge from a brief rebuild into a playoff spot.

So why stop the fun now? How about an 18 year old inserted into the lineup late and said 18 year old picking up the assist on the game winning goal with 30 seconds left? Don’t pinch yourself Calgary, the ride continues, as the Flames came from behind (this will sound familiar) to beat the Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday night.

A win that gives them a 1-0 lead in the best of 7 Western Conference quarter final series. The fun just keeps on rolling.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Kings 1

April 9th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

All season I was asked, “can they keep this up?”, or “is this for real?”

And all season I said likely not, but if they can just keep going the young guys are going to learn, the franchise is going to take leaps forward, the foundation will be set. I added, if they can just take this thing into the final few weeks, maybe even making that last home game worth something the season will be a massive success in my mind.

The Flames made the game worth something alright. They made it worth a playoff spot as the unlikely Calgary bunch hacked and whacked their way to a 3-1 victory over the LA Kings on Thursday night, clinching a playoff spot, dethroning a cup champion, and making the West powerhouses instant Flames fans.

Well unless they meet the Flames in the playoffs that is.

May not be wise to under estimate these guys any longer.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Coyotes 2

April 7th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I guess I should have expected a game like that. This improbable season has featured an eight game losing streak, the loss of the team’s best player, a scoring load being shouldered by a 20 and 21 year old, so yeah why would they easily dispatch the Arizona Coyotes in a game that should have been a white wash?

The Flames outplayed, out chanced and for the most part out hustled the left for dead Coyotes on Tuesday night, but had to cling to a nail biting 3-2 victory in front of a playoff atmosphere at the Saddledome. Some help from Edmonton where the Oilers beat the Kings in regulation provided some gravy on top of a fun 2004-esque night at the Dome.
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