Game Takes: Jackets 3 Flames 2 (OT)

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

You hear it in October. You hear it in November, and January and March. Every point counts, and you don’t want to let any get away.

Earlier this month the Flames stole a point in Ottawa with an improbable third period comeback from a four goal deficit, tonight the Flames blew a third period lead and lost in overtime to a non playoff team on home ice, dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

You hope that lost point isn’t the one they’ll look at in three weeks as the one that got away.
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Games Takes: Flames 4 Flyers 1

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

There are big games, then there are big games.

This edition of the Calgary Flames have had few less inconsequential than tonight with the non playoff bound Philadelphia Flyers in town on a Thursday night. With all the teams around them winning, and the club needing to halt a 2 game losing skid, tonight’s 4-1 win over the Flyers was exactly what the team needed.

Now the club can take a breath and put their energy into pushing forward on this homestand against teams they should beat. A much easier feat when you have a one game win streak to ponder instead of a three game losing skid.
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Game Takes: Blues 4 Flames 0

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

If you were to map out the final 16 games on the Flames schedule when they returned from that monster road trip there would be games that you’d circle as wins, games you’d pencil in as losses and others that would remain uncertain.

A home date with the St. Louis Blues was certainly one of the tougher battles on the sked, and the Missouri club proved that in spades in besting an energetic but opportunistic Flames club by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night.

The Flames played well, well enough to likely win many of their final 12 and they’ll need to if they want to preserve a playoff spot and move on to the second season.
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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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