February 10th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper
It was the 5th and final meeting between these teams, and the third matchup in 23 days. The Flames had won 3 of the first 4, including both in SJ. And a win tonight would vault them over the Sharks and the Canucks, who lost earlier in the evening to the Wild.
The Sharks, frustrated by the Flames so far this year, we’re going to throw everything they had at the Flames in order to get one back. But the Flames had their own designs on this game and they played a fantastic road game, stifling the Sharks, skating them into the ground, playing physically, and generating all kinds of scoring chances. The result was a well-deserved 4-1 win and possession of second place in the Pacific division. - Full Article –
February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath
Maybe an attitude adjustment is timely. Comfort is nice, and an odd place to be for the Flames with a six point bulge and teams between in the Western Conference playoff space, so maybe gravity is a good lesson at this point in the season.
The Flames were running roughshod over their key Western Conference opponents only to run into a true cup contender that humbles them in the Pittsburgh Penguins who cruised to a 4-0 win on Saddledome ice on Friday night.
Back to reality for the Flames, just in time for a key brief 2 game road trip through California. - Full Article –
February 5th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath
Tracking a team that was given zero chance of making the playoffs is never easy. As the team continues to move up the standings and put more distance between themselves and the teams on the outside looking in, you want to believe. You want to start discussing first round match ups, you want to picture going to the Saddledome in shorts.
But you just can’t. Too soon. Too scary. Too karma.
The Flames took a giant step towards making the playoffs “too likely” as they followed up a huge win over Winnipeg with an equally huge win over San Jose last night, this time by a 3-1 score. The Flames have now amassed a 4-1-0 record on this homestand, out scoring the opposition 17-6, and running off 8 wins in their last 10.
Sooner or later we will need to take these guys seriously! - Full Article –