Game Takes: Flames 4 Devils 3 (OT)

February 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There are plenty of cliches in the game of hockey, like most sports.

An important one is learning to win, and for a relatively young hockey club like the Calgary Flames, their recent struggles have surrounded the inability to play their game when trailing. Get a lead and they look like a playoff team, get down and they look like a team that’s heading for another top six pick.

Tonight the Flames scored the first two to grab that all important lead, but a rough second period saw that lead erased and the team down heading to the third period. The team showed some fortitude in the third on the way to a come from behind 4-3 overtime win over the Devils on Friday night, starting a three game road trip before a five day break off on the right foot.

Baby steps for fuzzy cheeked hockey clubs.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Wild 1

February 1st, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The ultimate comparison of too much rest versus far too little at the Saddledome tonight with one team coming off a long break and the other playing their second of back to back games. Team mothball versus team lactic acid in a scientific study about rest and athletic preparation.

Well in this case, a limited sample size, rested won out over gassed in the end as the Flames ran up the Minnesota Wild by a 5-1 score on Wednesday night, sweeping the season series in what could potentially be a first round playoff series.

The Flames, would be happy to play anyone in the playoffs of course, got great efforts from most of their players including the goaltending of Brian Elliott, two goals from Sean Monahan and a great effort by their fourth line.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Senators 2 (OT)

January 26th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You always want to go out with a bang.

A loss in Ottawa and the Flames head into the all star break with a huge pall hanging over the club as they’d be licking their wounds from a five game losing streak, their season slipping away, the city and the National media leaving them for dead.

Instead they go in on a high as the club blows a 2-0 third period lead, but prevail in overtime to climb back into a playoff spot (points anyway) as they head out on their break.

So while Johnny Gaudreau goes to Los Angeles and the rest of the team go to parts unknown maybe, just maybe they can have a good time. Count on it.
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Game Takes: Montreal 5 Flames 1

January 25th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You know a hockey team is one of those ugly funks when every thing is going very wrong for every player in almost every instance. That’s certainly the case for the Flames as they drop their fourth straight tonight in Montreal to the tune of 5-1. The loss marks the fourth straight game that had them down 4-0 at some point, certainly a stat that often leads to a loss to be sure.

They can’t get finish from their top players, they can’t get mistake free hockey from their minute munching defenseman, and they can’t get a needed save from either of their goaltenders. Things are on life support for the club now, as the bottom certainly nears if they haven’t hit it already.
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Game Takes: Leafs 4 Flames 0

January 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Through the ups and downs of January the Flames managed to avoid streaks, both good and bad, as they’ve struggled their way to a middling effort without being able to add some comfort level to their playoff spot.

Seasons are squandered on losing skids, and the Flames have managed to avoid getting into trouble in that regard, at least until tonight where the Flames dropped a 4-0 game in Toronto, giving them three straight losses, and a record of 3-6-1 in their last ten. If things weren’t dire before, they certainly are now as the team travels to Montreal to play the back half of a pre all star break back to back.

Get the paddles, stat!
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