Calgarypuck’s Answer to the Tanking Quandry

April 1st, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Everyone is talking tanking.

It’s a blight on the National Hockey League.
It’s an embarrassment to the sport.
The Sabres and Coyotes have let down their fan bases.
The Leafs have become a complete joke.

Its happened forever. The best example was that classic TSN documentary on the Penguins tanking for Lemieux which featured the behind the scenes discussions with the Penguins coach Lou Angotti around topics like player selection, goalie selection. Guys getting traded when they played well, including Mike Bullard to Calgary for Dan Quinn.

It was a complete mess.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Stars 3

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

What can you say about the 2014/15 Calgary Flames? Every time you think they might be done, they rise again and surprise everyone. By all accounts, they have been looking tired lately, as a season of never quitting and never giving up seemed to be catching up with them. But never count them out. After a solid win in Nashville yesterday, the Flames battled and clawed to a gutsy 5-3 win in Dallas tonight.

Just 5 days ago, the Stars visited Calgary and came away with a 4-3 SO win that really stung the Flames’ and their playoff chances. But revenge was swift and sweet. The loss doesn’t officially eliminate Dallas, but it effectively does. With 84 points, they trail Winnipeg by 6 for the final playoff spot and only have 5 games to do anything about it. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 5 Predators 2

March 29th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Openings to game stories have to be catchy, they have to drag the writer into the content and make them ready the copy. Often a solid flare for the dramatic by over stating the circumstances can do the trick in doing exactly that.

Today there was no need to pump up the proceedings by using inflamatory terms as the Flames really needed to have this hockey game. With the Kings losing last night and the Canucks blowing a lead and only securing a point the door was cracked open a teeny tiny bit for the Flames to step back into the playoff picture.

They didn’t disappoint.

A well played coast to coast, 60 minute effort was the result in today’s 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

They’rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre back!
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Games Takes: Wild 4 Flames 2

March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There have been games this season where I look up the advanced stats the next morning and vehemently disagree with the bottom line. Sure the Ducks had more shots in a 6-3 Calgary win, but the Flames were the better team despite the fancy outcomes on web sites across the continent. And then there are nights like tonight.

Tonight the Flames were effectively schooled. A playoff caliber team out classed what looked like a playoff pretender by a 4-2 score in a game that broke open late but was held in check only due to the heroics of goaltender Kari Ramo.

The Flames were bad or the Wild were good, or a little of both, but they weren’t in the same league.
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Game Takes: Stars 3 Flames 2 (SO)

March 26th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

‘Must win game’ is a phrase that is used far too often. But with only 9 games remaining in the season, sitting tied with the Kings with 86 points, and on their last night of a 5-game home stand before heading on the road for 5, this one was pretty close to justifying the moniker. And it had the feel of a must win game, with both teams looking tight at the start. But it eventually turned into a typical Dallas-Calgary game with plenty of goals, some bizarre sequences, and a few hits that will still be felt in the morning. In the end it went to a shoot-out – justifiably so – and the team that was just a little bit more desperate managed to leave with the 2 points. 4-3 Stars, despite the Flames outshooting them and, as usual, never giving up.
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