Game Takes: Ducks 3 Flames 0

May 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well that’s more like it.

No the Flames didn’t find the split, they didn’t tie the series up setting up a chance to do to Anaheim what they did to Vancouver in the first round, by returning 1-1 and wining both on hone ice. They did brush the sand out of their eyes and push back against the bullies from the beach, making a game of it and at least giving themselves the notion that they can compete with the Ducks in Calgary when the series resumes on Tuesday.

The final score was 3-0 with an empty netter, but the game was razor’s edge tight with five minutes to go and the Flames finally carrying the play.

OK C of Red it’s up to you.
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Game Takes: Ducks 6 Flames 1

April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

See I told you the Flames come back. Down 6-0 in the third period they pushed hard and made it … well … 6-1.

It was as good as it was going to get on this night as the Flames were thoroughly dominated in all aspects of the game from buzzer to buzzer in a game one shellacking at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The arena that doubles as a house of horrors for the Flames took the chills to a whole new level in the playoffs as the Flames seemed to show up unprepared for the Ducks.

From here the Flames need to dust things off and go to work in the next two days in dialing in a game plan that can match the onslaught that the Ducks can bring to the table. They’ll have to potentially do that depleted though, as both Micheal Ferland and Jiri Hudler look to be doubtful going forward.
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Sustained Winning

April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Not sustainable.

In Calgary we’ve heard that battle cry in November, it was mentioned in December as a gotcha moment when the Flames suffered an 8 game losing streak. It was all quiet in January when they returned to winning, but returned in February and again in March when the club lost their captain and best player.

When the West ramped up and all of the 2nd tier teams began a torrid winning pace the Flames were the club picked to fall out. They didn’t have the horses, they were playing an unsustainable brand of hockey, their luck had to run out.

In the end the Flames finished 28th in possession stats in the NHL (44.5%), they should have been the same in the standings, hey with that result they would have won the lottery. Instead they made the playoffs.

Things haven’t stopped there.
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Playoffs ’15: Flames Ducks Preview

April 29th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well this is rarified air isn’t it? came to be during the spring/summer of 2000, 15 long and winding years ago.

In that time the Flames have missed the playoffs nine times, lost in the first round four times, and now have advanced to round two twice. Twice.

Out of the six playoff years in that time frame this year was certainly the least likely to find postseason success yet here we are because of a physical, gutsy playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks.
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Game Takes: Flames 7 Canucks 4

April 25th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There are special nights then special nights. This one was well pretty special.

To really appreciate a win I think you have to taste or comprehend a tough loss. Starting a key elimination game down 3-0 certainly does the trick in pondering defeat. It feels hopeless yet also hopeful given the chaotic come from behind wins that the Flames have enjoyed all season. As a group in the building we discusses how early they got down and how that essentially plays into their hands. They’re not a good team with the lead, but they’re deadly when they’re behind, and when the behind happens early they have all night to come back.

And they did.

The Flames stared into the face of a 3-0 first period crater, shook it off, outscored the Canucks 7-1 the rest of the way in a thrilling come from behind 7-4 win at the Saddledome.

Bring on the Ducks!
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