Game Takes: Flames 4 Avalanche 0

January 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Sometimes game stories just right themselves, sometimes you have to reach and reach and reach in order to find a hook or something interesting to say in a game within 82 of a long season.

New Year’s or at least the first game of the New Year and the Flames are traveling to Denver to take on the Avalanche and their old captain in Jarome Iginla. Iginla perched on 599 goals for his career would love to right the script of scoring number 600 against his old foes. New Year’s of course is known for two things, well many things if you count expensive event tickets, excessive drinking and making out with strangers, but more symbolically the song Auld Lang Syne which translates into remembering old friends and the past and also resolutions.

Tonight the Flames were able to avoid the honor for an old friend and got off on the right foot on a few resolutions in winning the special team war, reducing goals against and pasting the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Saturday night.
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Game Takes: Kings 4 Flames 1

January 1st, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Last season in mid to late April an epic game at the Saddledome completed an improbable tale that saw the Calgary Flames steal the least probable playoff spot from none other than the Los Angeles Kings, Stanley Cup Champions.

This season those Kings are no more as they continue to dominate on the road, winning tonight at the Saddledome by a 4-1 score to sweep their four game junket and hand the Flames two straight losses for the first time in December.

Back to the books for the Flames who have to prove they are playoff worthy and the December club and not the October/November club we saw earlier in the season.

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Games Takes: Ducks 1 Flames 0

December 30th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

Winning in December
(sung to the tune of Dancing in September by Earth, Wind & Fire)

Do you remember?
The 28th night of November?
The Flames were changing their name to pretenders
Hopes for playoffs had gone away

Our hearts were crying,
For all hype that we all had been buying
Had crashed in a heap oh
Remember, how we all longed for brighter days

Ba de ya, say do you remember?
Ba de ya, losing in November
Ba de ya, last place seemed here to stay

Our thoughts were so blue
Holding handles of mugs filled with dark brew
Only trade talk and drafts
Remember, how we wanted somebody to pay

Now December, found the wins
that we dreamed in September
Only win streaks and love
Remember, the good joy we share today

Ba de ya, say do you remember?
Ba de ya, winning in December
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

Cow bells are ringing
Our souls are singing
Do you remember?  Never was a cloudy day.

and… a bunch more ba de yas.

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Flames 5 Oilers 3

December 27th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Ryan Laurie

For the first time in a long while the Flames and Oilers are both battling for a playoff spot after the Christmas break. They are probably even battling for the same playoff spot, and both teams really need to go on a roll if they want to further cement themselves in the playoff picture. Tonight’s game is a 4 point game for these 2 teams and you know both of them will want to get it finished in regulation.

The Flames have pulled themselves back into the playoff race after an absolutely brutal start, mostly on the backs of Johnny Gaudreau, a 10 game home winning streak and a pathetic Pacific division. In general though, the Flames as a whole have just been much better the last month or so.

The Oilers, for the first time in what feels like an eternity, are actually not out of the playoff race yet. They’ve accomplished this much like the Flames have, with a strong home record and being in the right place at the right time, or in this case the right divison.

This will be the 3rd time in 3 years the Flames will face the Oilers in their first game back from the Christmas break. 2 years ago, the Flames lost 2-0. Last year the Flames walked away with a 4-1 victory with Johnny Gaudreau leading the way with 2 goals. Tonight’s game is also the 3rd meeting of the season for these 2 teams, with the 2 teams splitting the first 2 games. Tonight almost has a “War to Settle the Score” feel to it, but that’s not the only thing this game has going for it. Both the Flames and Oilers have been on a bit of a roll lately. The Flames are looking to set a franchise record tonight with their 11th straight home win.

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Twas the game before Christmas, Jets 1, Flames 4

December 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Jeff Enns

Twas the game before Christmas, and all through the ‘Dome
All the patrons were slurring, on Budweiser foam
The banners were hung in the rafters with care
In hopes that Lord Stanley soon would be there

One month ago we were slumped in our chairs
The losses had mounted and filled us with despair
The team had been losing for no clear cut reason
As we prepared our livers for a long winter season

When out on the ice there arose such a clatter
We sprung from our seats to see what was the matter
Away from the concessions we flew like Lombardi
Spilling our glasses of Coke and Bacardi

The fire on the Jumbotron of the Flames pregame show
Cast a grey smoky haze on the objects below
When what to my wondering eyes should I view
But a man with some ice cream cake from DQ

With a sly little grin, answering questions so smartly
I knew in a moment it must be Bob ‘Artley
More rapid than Bouma his players they came,
And he whistled, and shouted and called them by name!

Now Backlund, now Hudler, Now Brodie and Mon-y
On, Gio, On Ramo! On, on Ferland and Johnny!
To the top of the crease, feed the puck to the point
Now shoot away! Shoot away! Lets shoot up the joint!

Just as we thought that the season was sunk
The Flames started winning, to break out of their slump
So up the Pacific div standings they climbed
Led by Johnny Hockey, and Gaudreauvertime

And then, in a gruffling, I heard from behind
Some grumbling and cursing of words quite unkind
As I drew in my head, and was turning around
Down the stairs Brian Burke came with a bound

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