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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Game Takes: Flames 5 Wings 2

March 6th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

Since the new year, the Red Wings had played 17 of 23 games on the road before coming home to face the Rangers on Tuesday. That first game back can be tough but since then, they have been sitting at home waiting for the tired and road-weary Flames. Joe Louis arena is a tough building to play in at the best of times, but the deck was really stacked against the Flames in this one.

So what do the Flames do? Tired, road-weary, emotional shoot-out game last night, and get into town very late – they could have rolled over in this one. But not a chance. They survived the Wings’ push. They blocked shots and frustrated Detroit at every turn. And they hung around until they get their game going. And then, despite spotting Detroit a 2-0 lead, they pot 5 unanswered goals and win their third consecutive game without their captain. Will this team ever stop amazing us? Is there no end to their resilience? Forget Corsi and advanced stats. Forget that they seem to get outplayed most nights. This team just keeps winning. Tonight, they did it again, with another hard fought, gutsy, come-from-behind, 5-2 win. Amazing!
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Bruins 3 (SO)

March 5th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Mark Giordano was more than a little miffed when the media throng in Calgary suggested his club’s improbably push toward a playoff spot could be over in the absence of their captain. He might have had a reason to be ticked.

The Flames first two games without Giordano may have resulted in a split, but they were outplayed in both, and clearly outplayed in the victory in Philly, suggesting that it was only a matter of time before they slipped out of contention and out of the race.

Not so fast. Tonight the Flames beat the Bruins in a shoot out, final score 4-3, and were full marks for hanging with the Bruins and finding two points.

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Flames 3 Flyers 2 (OT)

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Gary Cooper

After enduring the trade deadline, the departure of Glencross, and the news that their leader, captain, and best player was done for the season, the question coming into the game was: how would they react? It didn’t take long to find out as they came out flying and were pretty dominant through much of the first period.

The Flyers have been playing well of late as well and they weren’t going to roll over without a fight. In fact they did something few teams have done this year – outscore the Flames in the 3rd period. However, the Flames weren’t going to be denied. They weathered the Flyers’ push backs and they did what they do – they took over the OT and got themselves a well deserved two points to even their record on this grueling road trip to 2 wins and 2 losses.

Once again, as they have shown over and over this season, the Flames showed that they will not quit. Ever. And tonight they pushed their incredible OT record to 12-4, which includes 7-1 on the road. The win keeps them in 3rd place in the Pacific division. - Full Article –

Game Takes: Flames 3 Flyers 2 (OT)

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Are the Flames likely to make the playoffs with their heart and soul captain on the sidelines until late August?

Probably not. However if the Flames get heroics like the display seen from Kari Ramo on all four games on this trip they just might hang around long enough to make it interesting. Tonight Ramo faced 35 shots, giving up two and was named first star in the Flames 3-2 nail biter overtime game in Philly.

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