Game Takes: Montreal 2 Calgary 1 (SO)

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

There just aren’t many huge nights at the Saddledome in a regular season for teams that don’t figure to have much of a chance at the post season.

The Flames to their credit have been excellent at providing entertainment through the rebuild, but when Toronto and Montreal come to town the games usually have a little more zip. Tonight was an excellent example of just that as the Flames through the kitchen sink at the Habs but came up short in a 2-1 shoot out loss. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 5 Hurricanes 0

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Playing in front of friends and family can really boost a hockey player, regardless of age, or level of hockey. When a guy is young in his NHL career and living two time zones away, you just know the boost that having one’s parents in town will provide.

Both the Gaudreau’s and Mr. Jooris were at the Dome on Thursday night to see the Flames pummel the helpless Hurricanes by a score of 5-0. Josh Jooris earned his dad an assist, while Gaudreau came up empty in front of his folks. - Full Article –

Game Takes – Lightning 2 Flames 1 (OT)

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It’s been an odd start to the season.

In the age of advanced statistics the Flames have defied odds and won games that quite likely they had no part even being in. Tough periods against Vancouver, Edmonton, St. Louis, Chicago, Columbus and Winnipeg suggested to the naked eye that the shoe was about to drop for this 4-3-0 team.

Tonight however, they were full marks. Full marks against a team that figures to be in the mix for home ice in the East when the dust settles in April. Yet they found a way to lose it, giving up a late tying goal and then the overtime winner to turn a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 overtime loss.

I guess there’s always the loser point. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 4 Jets 1

October 19th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the NHL schedule came out in August the writing appeared to be on the wall.

Tough home opener with the rival Canucks, then a killer 6 game road trip with 5 of the 6 opponents featuring 2013-14 records above .500. Good night right?

Instead the Flames ride goaltending, some bounces, and some grit to a 4-2 trip, the last win coming tonight in Winnipeg when the Flames bested the Jets 4-1. The team heads home to Calgary with a. 4-3 record on a season that most expected to already be over. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Jackets 3 Flames 2

October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The long and winding “road” continued in Columbus with the Flames inexplicably looking to up their road trek to four wins and a loss, all while getting out played on numerous occasions and finding their fair share of bounces.

So it was somewhat ironic that Kari Ramo gave up two goals on his first 4 shots, neither the stoppable variety, putting the Flames in an early hole in Ohio. The hole as it turned out was too deep to dig out of, as the Flames dropped a come from behind 3-2 decision to the Jackets. One more and the team will actually skate once again on Saddledome ice. - Full Article –

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