Rebuild Gravy

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

1. the fat and juices exuding from meat during cooking.
2. NORTH AMERICANinformal unearned or unexpected money.

Not entirely sure if the first definition of gravy applies to the situation but the second option certainly does.

Ask the team or the city in October about heading into Vancouver up three games to one with a chance to finish them off and move on to a second round matchup with the Anaheim Ducks and I would surmise you’d be laughed off the sidewalk.

The baseline was in the McDavid mix.
The upside was a battle season that has them out near the trade deadline.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Canucks 1

April 21st, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Playoff series are a practice in attrition. Teams and players that are willing to go the extra mile, chase down that loose puck, finish every check may not see the proceeds from their efforts in game one, or game two but sooner or later the tide turns and their work pays off.

The Flames have punished the Canucks at every turn, starting in game two and continuing through game four, and are seeing the fruits of their labour with a 3-1 victory at the Saddledome to take an identical 3-1 lead in the series.

The Flames now have three kicks at putting a dagger in the Canucks starting Thursday night in Vancouver. The improbable season continues with the only way the Flames now fail to advance to the second round is to lose three straight and drop a seven game series. We’re all getting tired of these questions I’m sure, but who would have taken that back in October?
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Canucks 2 (Flames lead series 2-1)

April 19th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Advantage Calgary!

An unbelievable playoff atmosphere in Calgary kicked off with a tail gate party at 5pm, and a crowded red laded building oddly devoid of Vancouver Blue compared to previous regular season and playoff games in Calgary. The Flames brought their physical “A” game, punishing the Canucks from the opening face off, skating away with a much deserved 4-2 win on Saddledome ice, the first playoff game played in Calgary since 2009, over 2100 days ago.

The win gives the Flames a 2-1 lead in the series, meaning the Canucks will now have to beat the Flames three times in the remaining four games to advance into a series that looks to be hosted by Anaheim Ducks.

The unreal season just keeps getting more and more real.
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Game Takes: Canucks 4 Flames 1

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When the Flames made their march to the cup final in 2004 there were a few common threads in all four series.

The games were tight.
Martin Gelinas scored game winners.
And the team created chaos in the last few minutes of games they lost. They hated to lose, and never went down quietly.

The Canucks were full marks for winning game two in Vancouver on Friday night, winning the game 4-1 and evening the series 1-1 heading to Calgary for games three and four. But the Flames made it interesting late both with a goal in the final four minutes and a brawl at the end that very much served notice that this series is bound to get physical and even more intense before a victor is named.

Playoff hockey is fun.
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Game Takes: Flames 2 Canucks 1

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Do you ever get a feeling that the city of Calgary has been the victim of a very cruel joke from the hockey or sports gods?

You go through a half dozen years of misery and then like a starving man wandering the desert you are confronted by an all you can eat smorgasboard that leaves you head spinning in good fortune? The Flames miss the playoffs from 7 years then go to the cup final in 2004. Then they miss the playoffs for five years and then insanely emerge from a brief rebuild into a playoff spot.

So why stop the fun now? How about an 18 year old inserted into the lineup late and said 18 year old picking up the assist on the game winning goal with 30 seconds left? Don’t pinch yourself Calgary, the ride continues, as the Flames came from behind (this will sound familiar) to beat the Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday night.

A win that gives them a 1-0 lead in the best of 7 Western Conference quarter final series. The fun just keeps on rolling.
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