Game Takes: Sharks 3 Flames 2

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

What no overtime?

The Calgary Flames have made a season of defying odds, and coming from behind, in fact they’ve done it 6 times heading into the third period down a goal or more. So naturally the assumption was solid that they’d find a way to do it again tonight when the Sharks went ahead with half a period to play.

A late Calgary powerplay and back to back to back face off wins by Sean Monahan did almost that, but the Flames came up just short in an entertaining 3-2 loss at the Saddledome on Saturday night. - Full Article –


Flames 4, Avalanche 3

December 4th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Enoch Root

Flames fans have watched Iginla and Tanguay many times before, but tonight it was in enemy colours as the under-achieving Avalanche made their first of two visits to Calgary this season.

It has been a complete role reversal for the two teams as Colorado, 3rd overall last year, find themselves 22nd entering tonight’s action, while the Flames are attempting their own Avs-like meteoric rise in the standings.

And the Flames showed the Avs exactly what this season has looked like for them, winning yet again in miraculous fashion and entertaining their fans beyond belief! Sean Monahan scored the OT winner after yet another come from behind, tie it with the net empty, thriller. 4-3 good guys. Simply amazing! - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 5 Arizona 2

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

Good hockey teams don’t play only good hockey games. You have to eke out the odd fugly contest to remain in contention, and build towards a playoff spot.

The Flames returned to Saddledome ice and found a way tonight in a 5-2 victory, a game that featured a lot of scrambly play in their own zone, break downs, giveaways and puck chasing.

I guess they can’t all be Rembrandts! - Full Article –


The Calgary Ava-Leafs?

December 1st, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The buzzer sounds, and the Flames; all smiles, make their way to the dressing room in Arizona, fresh off a 3-0 victory and a four point, three game road trip.

PGA golfer Graham Delaet joins them soon after, cladded in head to toe Flames gear as Iphones flash catching the Saskatchewan native with his favourite Flames players.

Bob Hartley, the proud papa, talks to the CBC about the Flames work ethic, and how the world may be over looking the skill the team has amassed to go along with the elbow grease, and never say die attitude.

Back in Toronto, the on air desk guys suddenly realizing their extra time from a rapid game in the desert turn to the Flames as the topic, with Hrudey, Kypreos, and Elliot Friedman all gushing about the team speed, the goaltending, the defensive all star duo, and the fact the Flames are fun to watch.

A quick look at the advanced stats however tell a different tale, the Flames were on the wrong side of the advanced stat bottom line with a game corsi% rating of 45.2%. Two nights earlier, and impressive track meet of a game in San Jose had the club post a Corsi% number at a measly 37.9%.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Coyotes 0

November 30th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The pinch me moments just keep piling up for a crew that most had sitting near the bottom for the duration of the season.

A big win in San José followed by yet another shut out victory, this time 3-0 in Phoenix, the Flames showed how quick and how skilled they’ve become as there was never really any doubt in this one.

As I said earlier this week, Calgary fans should put aside some beer money for playoff tickets. - Full Article –



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