Games Takes: Avalanche 3 Flames 2

March 14th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I’ve had this opening all ready all season.

You just can’t spot teams leads every night and then expect to come back. This message has been put on delay because the Flames again and again have proved this logical thought wrong but tonight it finally caught up with them with the Avalanche hanging on and I mean hanging on to best the Flames 3-2 in Denver on Saturday night.

Flames fail to gain a point for the first time in seven games, but hold on to a playoff spot again because the Kings lose while the Jets and Canucks win.
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Flames blow out Leafs 6-3

March 14th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

Remember when trap games were certain losses for the Flames? How, just when you were starting to think that they were getting it together, they would crush your spirit with a horrible effort against a weaker team?

Well, these aren’t your old Flames. There is no quit in this team. There are no traps that can catch these guys. After beating Philadelphia, and Boston, and Detroit, and (almost) Ottawa, and Anaheim, would anyone have been surprised if they had a letdown against the lowly Leafs? Probably not. But again, as they have shown us all season, these aren’t your old Flames. They came out flying. And they dominated the Leafs. To the point where it was a night off – a chance to manage minutes and coast comfortably to another decisive and impressive win. The final score was 6-3 (for the second consecutive game) and it was never in doubt. These Flames are fast, they are talented, they are fun to watch, and they seem destined for the playoffs.
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Game Takes: Flames 6 Ducks 3

March 11th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

That dreaded first game back from a long road trip. The fans know it’s coming. The home team tries to say all the right things to avoid falling into the trap, but inevitably that slow start happens.

And happened it did tonight, as the Flames fell behind two goals in the game’s first three minutes before finding their mojo and besting the Ducks 6-3 on Wednesday night at the Saddledome.
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Game Takes: Senators 5 Flames 4 (SO)

March 8th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

This one won’t add to the list of ten come from behind victories this season as the Flames came up short in the shoot out, bowing to the Ottawa Senators 5-4 on Sunday night.

It does however, add more fuel to the fire of belief that this isn’t just a mirage of good fortune. Be it conditioning, coaching, or mental fortitude the Flames just assume they are going to get back into games. You could see it in their body language. Impressive.
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Calgarypuck List: Flames Top Free Agent Signings

March 7th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

They say championship teams are built through the draft, not through trades and in the case of the Flames certainly not on July 1st.

The Flames more so than most NHL franchises, have fond little when it comes to true foundational pieces on Canada Day.

The Bruins famously signed Zdeno Chara, a player that went on to win a cup and captain the team for years. The Leafs authored in one of their brief tenures of success when they added Curtis Joseph in the late 90s.
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