Game Takes: Flames 2 Oilers 1 (OT)

March 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Both Alberta teams were essentially done by Remembrance Day as they sat a combined 26 games under .500, the die was cast. The season was over.

My attention, already on draft position, rolled along with an assumption that the Oilers would get their act together, move out of the bottom five in the NHL, and well past the Flames.

The calender neared Christmas, and I was chuckling about how an Oiler move would have to wait until the new year.

I’m no longer smiling, the Oilers on home ice, missed another chance to close the gap with their Provincial rivals last night as the Flames out played, and out lasted the Oilers, winning the game in overtime on Sean Monahan’s second of the night.

The Oilers are 5 points back of Calgary, with the Flames having 2 games in hand, and only 20 games to play. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Kings 2 Flames 0

February 28th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Just in case the long Olympic break had you forgetting what hockey in Calgary looks like this NHL season, never fear as the Flames pretty much got right back to what they do last night at the Saddledome.

Play well, work hard, arguably be the best team through 40 minutes, but struggle to score and come up empty in a 2-0 contest at home. - Full Article –

Flyers 2 Flames 1

February 8th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Ryan Laurie

Game Skinny

We have all been there before. For months you’ve been looking forward to a 2 week paid vacation and now the day is almost here. You have 1 last shift to get through until your vacation is finally here and no matter how hard you try to focus and get your work done your lazy pants slowly start sliding themselves on.

Today’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers will be as much of a mental battle as a physical one as both teams will be fighting human nature and try go into the Olympic break on a high note.

Unfortunately for the Flames it is the Philadelphia Flyers going into the break on a high note, outlasting a late Flames push to hold onto a 2-1 win. There was definitely no lack of try tonight from either teams, but the execution on both sides left something to be desired. Not sure if it was the early start time or if both teams were kind of looking towards the break but there were a lot of turnovers and some really sloppy play in this one. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 4 Islanders 2

February 6th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Reto Berra must have felt a lot like the guy running to the punch clock 15 minutes before the end of his shift.

The Flames goaltender has been a dramatic force for the Flames in overtime and shoot outs this season, but has found zilch in regulation time, at least until tonight. Berra was great early and solid through out as the Flames bested the New York Islanders by a score of 4-2. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Habs 2 Flames 0

February 4th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

What happens when a 27th place team on a 5 game winning streak meets a struggling wild card team in desperation mode?

A tight one goal loss I guess, as that was the case on Tuesday night when the Flames were bested by the hosting Montreal Canadiens by a score of 2-0.

A good effort by the Flames, though they really didn’t test Carey Price all that much through 40 minutes, and were shut out for their efforts. - Full Article –

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