Flames burn Sharks in OT 4-3!

January 18th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

The Flames took their 12-3-1 divisional record into San Jose where they have already won once this season. It was a crucial 4 pointer, and both teams played like it.

The Flames got off to a quick start and posted (the dreaded) 2-0 lead, but SJ pushed back and took a 3-2 lead of their own, But the Flames showed a lot of resilience and got themselves back in it and eventually tied it and then won it in overtime. It was a huge victory for the team, and Ortio’s third straight,
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Coyotes 1

January 15th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

May as well get right at it; do the Flames have a new number one goaltender?

That’s the enticing future is now feeling, but the logic answer is no, they don’t, at least not yet. Rookie Joni Ortio continues to cloud things for Hartley and the Flames however as he gives up only one goal on 28 shots to post his second straight victory (in two starts) in pacing the Flames to a 4-1 victory in Arizona.

The Flames in a battle for a playoff spot simply have to ice the best team they can each and every night, but can they do that with Ortio in Glens Falls?
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Ortio Shuts Out The Canucks 1-0!

January 11th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

Friday night, the Flames blew a chance at 2 points due to terrible defense and terrible goaltending. Just 24 hours later, they played significantly better defensively, and got an all-star performance in net as Joni Ortio turned away all 36 shots that he faced. The Flames finally won in Vancouver, for the first time in a little over 3 years. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was a gritty and well deserved road victory.

Hartley put Backlund and Gaudreau together, along with Jones, and the line was dangerous all night. Backlund seems to be the C that is cerebral enough to be effective with Gaudreau. They seemed to have instant chemistry.

The Flames, led by a Finn, a Swede and a Yankee, finally beat the Canucks!
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Games Takes: Panthers 6 Flames 5

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Burn the tape!

An old saying that couldn’t be used in a more proper time frame than tonight’s game a true disaster for two goaltenders and two franchises, but one more than the other as the Florida Panthers skated away with a 6-5 debacle on Friday night.

As Count Floyd used to say on SCTV … “Scary kids, … oooh very very scary”.

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Game Takes: Wings 3 Flames 2

January 7th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Calgary fans got their view of Calgary depth down the middle on Wednesday, with Mikael Backlund returning from a 29 game absence to force Markus Granlund to the farm; they quite likely enjoyed what they saw.

The Flames came up short, losing 3-2 to the Red Wings but the game itself was one of the Flame’s strongest in the last few weeks, and a positive sign for things to come potentially.

And that had better be the case if the Flame’s want to make the playoffs. They’ve now reached the midway point in the season, and have lots of work to do.

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