Game Takes – Flames 1 Hawks 0 (OT)

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Games like this happen every three to five years.

A tired, rebuilding team comes into town to beat a contending, well rested team on the strength of great goaltending, some rusty finishing, and a whole lot of luck. Miikka Kiprusoff turned the trick a few times over the past decade, heck even Andrei Trefilov did it to the Rangers one night back in the 90s, the Oilers had a game like that last year, but tonight was Hiller’s turn.

Hiller soundly answered Kari Ramo’s holler with a convincing 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks. Quick! Buy a lottery ticket!
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Predators 2 (SO)

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Just didn’t seem like the usual night in Nashville.

No Terry Crisp between periods, no Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood spectacles, no Barry Trotz behind the bench, oh and no easy home side victory as the Flames ended a skid against the Predators with a solid 3-2 shoot out win on Tuesday night.

A listless game in St. Louis was sure to put a little steam in their ears, and it did exactly that as the Flames posted their most complete game of the season.
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Game Takes: Blues 4 Flames 1

October 12th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It seems that no matter what a team has for expectations they always break camp full of hope and optimism, talking about catching teams off guard and aiming to make the playoffs.

The Flames rolled their 6 game road trip into Missouri last night, and dropped a 4-1 decision to the contending St. Louis Blues leaving the team 1-2-0.

Through three games the Flames have done exactly what we should have expected; come up short to a team just ahead of them last year, beat a team below them, and then were outclassed by a true NHL contender.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Oilers 2

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With recent roster cuts, angst over veterans making the hockey club over rookies, and pushing off the future, we’ve heard a lot about never given, always earned.

Someone forgot to tell the Oilers that, as the Oilers likely earned the victory, but instead gave the game away, much to the delight of their Calgary visitors.

The Flames eked out a 5-2 road in win in Edmonton on Thursday night, spoiling their rival’s big 1984 reunion night (maybe the Flames thought it was a 1986 reunion and played their historic part). It was a game where only Kari Ramo .
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Game Takes: Canucks 4 Flames 2

October 9th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Expectations can be an anvil that weighs down the ability to perform under bright lights and pounding scrutiny.

The Calgary Flames, however, delivered exactly what the paying customers expected last night, as they unveiled the 2014-15 season at the Saddledome.

A plucky effort.
A team struggling to score.
A one goal game (empty netter).
And the ability to find a way to lose.

Just like following a recipe on the back of a cereal box. The season has begun.
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