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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Games Takes: Wild 4 Flames 2

March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There have been games this season where I look up the advanced stats the next morning and vehemently disagree with the bottom line. Sure the Ducks had more shots in a 6-3 Calgary win, but the Flames were the better team despite the fancy outcomes on web sites across the continent. And then there are nights like tonight.

Tonight the Flames were effectively schooled. A playoff caliber team out classed what looked like a playoff pretender by a 4-2 score in a game that broke open late but was held in check only due to the heroics of goaltender Kari Ramo.

The Flames were bad or the Wild were good, or a little of both, but they weren’t in the same league.
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Game Takes: Stars 3 Flames 2 (SO)

March 26th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

‘Must win game’ is a phrase that is used far too often. But with only 9 games remaining in the season, sitting tied with the Kings with 86 points, and on their last night of a 5-game home stand before heading on the road for 5, this one was pretty close to justifying the moniker. And it had the feel of a must win game, with both teams looking tight at the start. But it eventually turned into a typical Dallas-Calgary game with plenty of goals, some bizarre sequences, and a few hits that will still be felt in the morning. In the end it went to a shoot-out – justifiably so – and the team that was just a little bit more desperate managed to leave with the 2 points. 4-3 Stars, despite the Flames outshooting them and, as usual, never giving up.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Avalanche 2

March 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

If you ever wanted proof of fate, luck and bounces evening out in a season you had only to take in both Saturday’s matinee against the Columbus Blue Jackets and tonight’s battle with the Colorado Avalanche.

On Saturday the Flames were the better club from coast to coast, but somehow found a way to lose the contest to the Jackets, while tonight the Flames never trailed and won an important 3-2 game over the desperate club from Denver, though you could easily make the argument that the Avs deserved better.

Bottom line, the Flames took 3 of 4 points, and now 5 of the last 6 on this homestand, very much keeping their hopes alive in the Western Conference playoff race. Mission accomplished.
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Game Takes: Jackets 3 Flames 2 (OT)

March 21st, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You hear it in October. You hear it in November, and January and March. Every point counts, and you don’t want to let any get away.

Earlier this month the Flames stole a point in Ottawa with an improbable third period comeback from a four goal deficit, tonight the Flames blew a third period lead and lost in overtime to a non playoff team on home ice, dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

You hope that lost point isn’t the one they’ll look at in three weeks as the one that got away.
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