Game Takes: Stars 4 Flames 2

November 10th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

So much talk coming into this game about struggling star hockey players and droughts offensively. The Star’s Jamie Benn had 2 goals on the season and was scoreless in his last 9 games. The Flame’s Johnny Gaudreau was scoreless in 7 contests and also had only two on the season.

So good news and bad news for the Calgary Flames as Johnny Gaudreau got off the snide (the good) with two goals tonight, but as often is the case the ying had to come with the yang, as the Flames also jump started Jamie Benn with two goals in a 4-2 Dallas win on Thursday night.

Practice as they might, the Flames lost the special teams battle again, a symptom that most often leads to death in today’s NHL. The club has now lost 5 of their last 6 after winning three in a row as they continue to dig a deep hole in the West.

Tick tick tick ….

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Game Takes: Ducks 4 Flames 1

November 7th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

No matter how many things change, it’s amazing how something stay the same.

You can change most of the players, the coaches, the Ducks certainly change their uniforms often, but the bottom line is always a multi point night for Ryan Getzlaf and Cory Perry and a Flames loss at the Honda Center.

The Flames showed up, they were full marks for putting their best foot forward in this one, but breakdowns and losing out in the special teams battle was too steep a hill to climb as the Flames dropped a 4-1 game at the Honda Center.

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Game Takes: Kings 5 Flames 0

November 5th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The life of a rebuild; one step forward, two steps back. Rinse and repeat.

The Flames got off to a tough start this year, playing wildly loose in their own zone, giving up too many scoring chances and leaving their newly acquired tandem of Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson to fend for themselves. Then they started to right the ship, slowly. Better attention to detail, more consistency up and down the lineup and a notion that they were learning the new system and turning the corner as a young franchise.

Then a game in L.A. against a team that was struggling to score. A chance to move up the standings, move back to .500 and set the stage for a young November with a tough schedule pushing towards a solid season. Not so fast.

The Flames looked more like drunken college students running with the bulls tonight, and were collectively gorged in a 5-0 blow out in Los Angeles tonight sending Glen Gulutzan and his staff back to the drawing board.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Sharks 2

November 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You can’t write this stuff.

Talk about a story book day for Matthew Tkachuk. The Flames tell him in a teasing way that he’s staying and not heading back to London and then several hours later the kid scores the Flames second and third goals in a clutch 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

The production is nice, the kid has skill and he will be a productive NHLer, but the small details have paved the way to his NHL employment as puck management, playing physical, and driving the play hasn’t gone unnoticed in either the coaching or management room of the Flames.

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Game Takes: Hawks 5 Flames 1

November 1st, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Like the last trip to Chicago, and the game a night later in St. Louis, tonight the Flames proved that a system shift is a very good fit for the club’s young roster.

Odd opening for a 5-1 loss no doubt but it was that kind of night for the Flames as they out hit, out shot, out chances and badly outplayed the Blackhawks despite what looked like a blowout in the Windy City on the scoreboard for the homeside.

For Glen Gulutzan and his coaching staff the message is easy, stay with it, clearly the team is picking up momentum and getting the new style of play down. The wins will come, though tonight’s outcome leaves on mouth a gaping with little explanation.

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