Game Takes: Flames 6 Predators 5 (OT)

February 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When these two teams last met the Predators built a 4-0 lead only to have the Flames score three goals in two and a half minutes in the third period to make the end a nail biting 4-3 Predator victory.

So those thinking a 4-1 Calgary lead in the second was safe were clearly not paying attention to recent history.

The Predators not only erased that three goal lead, they took the lead, queueing the Flames for a third period tying goal and then an overtime winner to complete the comeback against the comeback in a thrilling 6-5 win in Nashville, a game that all kinds of playoff implications.

Not a game for the faint of heart.
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Game Take: Canucks 2 Flames 1 (OT)

February 18th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

On January 6th the Flames went into Vancouver and generated 80 shot attempts on the way to a 4-2 loss to the Canucks despite outs shooting their hosts 44-13. Ryan Miller was the story, but so to was Brian Elliott, who surrendered the four goals on the 13 shots, a tough night at the office.

Tonight was the same only different as the Canucks skates to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Flames while being widely outplayed once again. This time both goaltenders were sharp however, save for one painful miscue by Elliott in the first period when he allowed an Alex Edler goal from center ice, a goal that looked to be the only marker as the game pushed into the final 10 seconds of the third period.

A late Giordano goal gave the Flames a point however, a huge point given the out of town scoreboard featuring losses by both the Kings and Predators, but on a night where the Flames walked out a classic road game it truly feels like an opportunity lost.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Flyers 1

February 15th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the season began in Edmonton the assumption was the Flames had a very well defined tandem. Brian Elliott would be the starter and Chad Johnson would be the back up.

Both goaltenders struggled in October as the anvil was passed back and forth with neither guy seizing the moment. When the season looked lost Chad Johnson took the ball and ran with it, compiling a Carey Price like month that got the Flames back into it. This left Brian Elliott on the outside looking in again, something he’s seen far too often in his career bouncing around the National Hockey League.

Lately however, the plan has been win and you’re in and it’s worked to some extent. The ball bounced back to Brian Elliott tonight and delivered what has to be the closest thing we’ve seen from the expected Brian Elliott this season, as he was a wall turning aside 32 shots in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

If the Flames played a pretty loss in Manhattan earlier this month in a loss, they had an ugly win tonight at home against Philadelphia; proof that things even out over the course of a season.
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Game Takes: Coyotes 5 Flames 0

February 13th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

We all knew the script.

Five day break pits the brutally flat home side against the suddenly streaking left for dead season over squad, the Flames come out flat dig themselves a hole and then battle back hard but come up empty in a disappointing loss.

Well not quite.

The reality is a Flames club that came out strong as hell, deserved to be up about three after one period, but instead leave the ice after 20 down 1-0 and then fail to show up at any point again in a listless 5-0 loss that could have been a whole lot different.

The bottom line is a huge missed opportunity for the Flames, and they can’t afford to give away points given the standings and the point the standings. Head shaker.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Penguins 2 (SO)

February 7th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You never want to head out on a holiday with a bad day at the office clanging around in your skull. A bad transaction, a poor muffler job, a mistake on someone’s tax return, all could weigh heavily on you as you sip Mai Thais on a beach hoping to have not a care in the world.

Luckily for the Flames leisure time will be had with a sick grin on their collective faces as they outlast the hard charging Pittsburgh Penguins for a 3-2 shoot out win in the house of Crosby on Tuesday night.

Now it’s five days off, before resuming action towards the trade deadline and the drive to the playoffs.
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