Game Takes: Flyers 5 Flames 3

February 29th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

If any Calgary fan has a road trip bucket list you may want to include Philly for your future travels. It always seems these two teams really put things on the line when they hook up both in Calgary and in the state of Pennsylvania, oh and that Gaudreau kid tends to really show up.

Tonight, under the shroud of the NHL trade deadline, the second straight year when said date went down with the Flames in Philadelphia, the Flames and Flyers, hit, bumped, bashed and scored their way to an eight goal entertaining contest, with the home Flyers skating away with a 5-3 victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Game Takes: Senators 6 Flames 4

February 27th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It’s always nice when the teams get on board.

Tonight at the Saddledome the Flames hosted retro night, and with that the team wore their 80′s red (no black) road jerseys on home ice, the clock looked retro, the music was retro, the shovel girls dressed retro, the videos were retro, the font on the jumbotron was retro, and the final score? Very retro as well as the two teams combined for 10 goals in a wile 6-4 Senator victory on Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada.

For the Flames, still feeling the sting of the Jiri Hudler trade to Florida earlier in the day, a blown 4-2 lead going into the third certainly wouldn’t sit well when the club winds down after this one.
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Game Takes: Islanders 2 Flames 1 (OT)

February 25th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There’s been a lot said recently about being competitive. About pride, about caring, about tanking and quitting, and aiming for first overall draft picks.

Leah Hextall set the Twitter Universe ablaze the other night for throwing down the gauntlet to the Edmonton Oilers for an almost decade long sleep walk into oblivion. Her sucks shouldn’t be allowed to suck so long tirade was legendary. The other day in Vancouver, Henrik Sedin captain of the sliding Vancouver Canucks suggested you can’t let losing slink into your dressing room, you have to keep pushing or things can become a habit as in other citites.

Tonight the Flames took the ice after a hard fought road loss in Los Angeles with distractions of Kris Russell and Jiri Hudler’s soon to be departure at the deadline making headlines and put in a spirited, and at times dominant effort against the New York Islanders but in the end dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Islanders.
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Game Takes: Kings 2 Flames 1

February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With Jonas Hiller’s contract about to expire, and Kari Ramo a UFA goaltender with a restructured knee it certainly looks like Brad Treliving could have a summer of shopping when it comes to rebeefing his NHL goaltending for the upcoming season.

The Flames are far from perfect, but their goaltending was an anvil attached to a rope attached to the collective ankle of Calgary’s hockey team this year and Joni Ortio the heir apparent offered very little by way of confidence both in his starts in Calgary before Halloween or his play in the AHL since.

So you can forgive me for not expecting a whole lot tonight when Ortio returned to the starting cage in a game against the Cup favourite Kings in Los Angeles tonight. But wait! Joni Ortio almost steals the show as the young Fin announces the story may not yet be completely written in the Flames’ crease with a stellar effort despite his club coming up short to the Kings by a score of 2-1.
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Game Takes: Ducks 5 Flames 2

February 21st, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

What’s that saying? Something like the only guarantees in life are death and taxes? Well maybe we should add Calgary losing in Anaheim to that list of guarantees.

The Flames did win a game during the 2006 7 game loss to the Ducks in the playoffs, but for regular season purposes tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim represented the 22nd straight game at Disney with the Flames coming out on the wrong side of the scoreboard. 22 games, 12 years. Ouch.
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