Game Takes: Flames 4 Ducks 3 (SO)

November 19th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

An audible click click click of the same laptop key getting hammered over and over again could be heard from press row. The DELETE button on a game story of the upstart Flames getting taken to the woodshed by a true NHL contender was written by every beat reporter after the second period. The third, a frame to relax, tweak the odd game star selection and wait to hit send once a quote or two was added after the game.

Instead the upstart Flames continue to push up, coming from behind in dramatic fashion to shock the Anaheim Ducks with a 4-3 shoot out victory at the Saddledome. If this game was to diminish expectations, or prove sustainability to the Calgary market it failed miserably in its quest. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 4 Senators 2

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

One of the Flame’s biggest assets this season has been their un-daunting discipline, they just don’t take penalties.

Tonight? Quite the opposite, as the team relied heavily on their penalty killing crew as the Flames took 6 minors to the Senators 2 but delivered in killing off all of them on the way to a 4-2 victory on Saddledome ice. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 5 Coyotes 3

November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I’ll admit it … with each weak effort this season I’ve had a resounding feeling of the left shoe dropping, the Flames hot start coming to an end, and reality setting in. That feeling that the jig is up.

And like every other time, tonight after a stinker in Carolina the Flames served notice that they refuse to be that top five pick team this year, out playing the Arizona Coyotes from coast to coast in a 5-3 home ice victory.

That pinch me minute will have to wait! - Full Article –


Game Takes: Hurricanes 4 Flames 1

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

Sometimes you can get away with spotty play as long as you work hard, never give up and get a bounce or two.

The Flames found that in both Washington and Florida, giving the team four points, and in the end a successful road trip, though both games could have gone the other way and resulted in misery.

Tonight their luck and bounces ran out, as the Hurricanes skated away with a fairly easy 4-1 victory over the Flames. - Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 6 Panthers 4

November 8th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With a tough schedule to come, and the league paying notice to an upstart team that continues to hang around the playoff race despite being written off before the first puck drop of the season, you simply have to win games like these against teams like these, in situation like these.

Wins won’t be easy to come by when the Flames try to mine ore in their own division against teams from California, so you have to make hay when the hay is available, which the Flames found a way to do by coming from behind to beat the Florida Panthers 6-4 this afternoon. - Full Article –



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