Flames 4 Kings 3 (SO)

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

Game Skinny

A funny thing happens in hockey when the final siren roars and the game is over. You forget quickly the events that lead up to the result. Wins become a count, points a tally, and individual games blend into a blur when looking back on a season.

Hard to say how the Flames final two games will go, but if the last four have been any indication you can count on the club’s goaltending being the difference between winning and losing.

A four game winning streak late in a season can get fans into a tizzy, but getting out shot by a two to one count, as they did again in a 4-3 shoot out win over the Kings can be a little misleading.

But boy had Calgary found themselves a goaltender!
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Game Takes: Flames 1 Devils 0

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Earning 6 points on a 5 game Eastern road trip is a tough feat at any point of the season, at any point in a team’s evolution … at any point period.

Yet that’s exactly what the down and out Calgary Flames managed in a late season junket through Ontario, Florida and finally New Jersey with the season all but done.

Tonight’s 1-0 victory in the swamp was a gem for Kari Ramo, and potentially destructive for any chance at the fourth overall draft pick, but chalk another up for team building!

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Panthers 1

April 4th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

More injuries … no problem.

The Flames iced a decidedly disadvantaged hockey club tonight that featured two pugilists, three college forwards playing their first half dozen games apiece, a rookie third defense pairing, and a goaltender that is used to backing up … in the American Hockey League.

True their hosts, sitting 28th overall in the standings aren’t exactly powerhouses themselves, but given the situation the Flames should have been ripe for the picking.

The result? Flames win 2-1.

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Tampa 1

April 4th, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Over the course of an 82 game schedule things balance out. A team will lose games they swear they should have one due to bad bounces, sketchy officiating or dominant goaltending. Conversely, you’ll win a few that you really have no business winning.

Last night in Tampa, the Flames had one of those nights.

Two bounces in 15 seconds in the first period gave the Flames a 2-0 lead, and that’s all they’d need with Kari Ramo’s goaltending, and good fortune as they wrapped up the Bolts 4-1 on Thursday night.

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Game Takes: Leafs 3 Flames 2

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Game Skinny

Draft position or spoiler of Canada’s nauseating hockey epicenter?

Such a tough call as a hockey fan tuned in to Sportsnet on Tuesday night when the Flames skated into the ACC to take on the Maple Leafs.

A rebuild year with a guaranteed no playoff spot can be tough to endure, but the utter collapse of the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks have helped a lot. Toss in an 8 game losing streak in Toronto and tolerable turns to enjoyable pretty quickly.

Sadly the Flames came up short in a tight contest, pushing back from down 3-1 in the third to make things interesting but dropping a 3-2 decision to the Leafs.

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