Game Takes: Calgary 6 Montreal 2

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

The Calgary Flames were supposed to be in the Connor McDavid conversation this year. A lowly sputtering hockey team that shows up and works, but didn’t have the skill to play with the big boys in the National Hockey League.

Well don’t look now but its November, and the Flames scored 6 times in MontrĂ©al to hammer the Canadians 6-2 to start a five game road trip. The win puts the Flames three games over .500 and very much in the playoff conversation.

I guess that’s why they play the games. - Full Article –

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 –

The Tenuous Tender Tandem

October 24th, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The NHL, and I’m guessing pro sports in general, has always been a fad chasing circuit.

When the Devils won with a trap everyone trapped. Now that the Kings are big and have won two cups, everyone is looking at size, and getting bigger and more difficult to play against. A terrible Chicago franchise drafted Toews and Kane, and with that everyone felt sucking badly was the best building plan, only to to have the Panthers and Oilers have everyone rethink that suggestion.

One element that hasn’t changed over the years, is the goalie rotation for NHL member clubs and leaning heavily on one man to carry the load.
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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 –

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