Bang Your Drums! Flames beat Kings 2-1!

December 30th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Enoch Root

The LA Kings came to town angry. Calgary’s huge comeback win, and Gaudreau’s magical 3-goal performance, were still fresh on their minds, as evidenced by Doughty’s pregame comments: “We know what to expect from him now. We maybe underestimated him a little bit in the first game. Not this time.”

And of course, it is a huge game in the standings, with LA sitting at 43 points (tied with Vancouver and San Jose) and the Flames only two points back at 41.

But for the 5th time in their last 7 meetings, the Flames frustrated the Kings and came away with the two points. It was tough at times, but they got the early lead with 2 fantastic goals off rushes and then held on for a hard fought and well earned 2 points. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 4 Oilers 1

December 27th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A demonstrative come from behind win in L.A. snaps an eight game losing streak, but sends the Flames to the Christmas break, making this writer wonder if the timing couldn’t be worse. For Johnny Gaudreau its the same story with three goals and then a break? No fair!

Neither are a concern in the end as the Flames eight game losing streak suddenly turns to 5 points in three games and Gaudreau takes a hat trick and adds two more tonight as the Flames shovel aside their provincial rivals by a 4-1 score. - Full Article –

Johnny Christmas! Flames win OT Thriller 4-3!

December 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Enoch Root

Remember when playing the Kings was going to be the test to see if they were playoff-ready? Now it’s just be one last chance to break the streak before the Christmas break. The Flames entered the Staples Center on an 8-game losing skid, desperate for something positive to build on.

But it turned out to be a test after all! The Flames spotted them an early lead on a softy, and then found themselves down 3-0 by the middle of the second. But then it was time for a Johnny Christmas miracle! A natural hat-trick for Johnny Gaudreau – with 2 of the goals scored with Hiller on the bench!

And to top it off, a beautiful overtime winner from the captain! 4-3 final. The losing streak is over! (and just in time so we don’t have to endure obnoxious Oiler fans about it on Saturday).
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Game Takes: Canucks 3 Calgary 2 (OT)

December 20th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The epitaph will read 8 losses in a row, and rightly so, but in the end, its the Flames coming from behind by two goal to earn a point and put an end to 7 straight games without a point, as the club fades out of playoff contention.

Vancouver, loser of 5 straight themselves, managed to find a way to secure two points in besting the Flames by a 3-2 score on HNIC, further making a mess of the Western Conference standings. - Full Article –

Benn Down This Road Before..

December 19th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Enoch Root

The Flames were 5-0 against teams below them in the conference standings coming in to this game. Dallas entered the contest 7-2-1 against the Pacific division and have been playing better of late. Which team could keep that going in this key Western Conference matchup?

Another, far more dire, trend would come into play in this one, however. The Flames had lost 6 in a row coming in, outshooting the opposition in 5 of those games. And sure enough, they outshot and outchanced the Stars in this one, but in the end, it turned into their 7th straight loss.

Please, bring back the contests where the local heroes lose the advanced stats battles but win the games. This reversal, where they win the stats battle but don’t get the victory, is unbearable. If you can do this, I promise, I will not criticize the Corsi Counters ever again!
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