Game Takes: Flames 4 Oilers 0

April 4th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Talk about a trap game.

Calgary has had all kinds of success on extended road trips this season, and with this being the last long junket of the campaign and the trip sitting even a final game in Edmonton against the lowly Oilers was the perfect face plant game for the Flames. The team survived a flat start, despite an early goal, to run away with things by a 4-0 score to push the team a smidgen closer to a playoff spot with only three games to go.

One more trap game on a first game back and then its back to back money games to finish the season. What a winter in Calgary!
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Game Takes: Blues 4 Flames 1

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

Clearly any playoff spot will do, and I won’t suggest for a moment that the Flames need to be picky.

However, if they should so desire settling into the third spot in the Pacific and a flight to Vancouver would probably be wise, given the two wild card spots will get dates to Anaheim and perhaps St. Louis. The Flames haven’t won in Anaheim since I had hair, and the St. Louis Blues have now out scored the Flames by a 12-2 margin in three games this season, including tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Flames in game four of their five game road trip.

Why set yourself up for punishment?
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Calgarypuck’s Answer to the Tanking Quandry

April 1st, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Everyone is talking tanking.

It’s a blight on the National Hockey League.
It’s an embarrassment to the sport.
The Sabres and Coyotes have let down their fan bases.
The Leafs have become a complete joke.

Its happened forever. The best example was that classic TSN documentary on the Penguins tanking for Lemieux which featured the behind the scenes discussions with the Penguins coach Lou Angotti around topics like player selection, goalie selection. Guys getting traded when they played well, including Mike Bullard to Calgary for Dan Quinn.

It was a complete mess.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Stars 3

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

What can you say about the 2014/15 Calgary Flames? Every time you think they might be done, they rise again and surprise everyone. By all accounts, they have been looking tired lately, as a season of never quitting and never giving up seemed to be catching up with them. But never count them out. After a solid win in Nashville yesterday, the Flames battled and clawed to a gutsy 5-3 win in Dallas tonight.

Just 5 days ago, the Stars visited Calgary and came away with a 4-3 SO win that really stung the Flames’ and their playoff chances. But revenge was swift and sweet. The loss doesn’t officially eliminate Dallas, but it effectively does. With 84 points, they trail Winnipeg by 6 for the final playoff spot and only have 5 games to do anything about it. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 5 Predators 2

March 29th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Openings to game stories have to be catchy, they have to drag the writer into the content and make them ready the copy. Often a solid flare for the dramatic by over stating the circumstances can do the trick in doing exactly that.

Today there was no need to pump up the proceedings by using inflamatory terms as the Flames really needed to have this hockey game. With the Kings losing last night and the Canucks blowing a lead and only securing a point the door was cracked open a teeny tiny bit for the Flames to step back into the playoff picture.

They didn’t disappoint.

A well played coast to coast, 60 minute effort was the result in today’s 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

They’rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre back!
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