Game Takes: Flames 2 Bruins 1

November 26th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

“Sometimes you want to go, … ” where nobody knows your name?

Seems to be the case for the Calgary Flames of late, as the team that can’t get a thing done on home ice won again in Boston tonight 2-1 to grab their third win in four starts on what looked to be a season ending (saving) road trip. The Flames are now two games over .500 on the road, but four games under .500 on home ice in a season that has had pretty much everything go against the expected script.

With a .500 trip now guaranteed, the Flames have stops in Philadelphia and Brooklyn to see if they can really turn their campaign around.

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Jackets 0

November 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The script was written as a Titanic like disaster flic; as the league’s best powerplay was to skate against the circuit’s worst penalty kill. Oh the horror, the carnage.

I guess that’s why they play the games huh?

The Flames used a third period powerplay goal from Micheal Ferland to add to a slim 1-0 lead, in putting away the Blue Jackets on Columbus ice on Wednesday night. In the end the Flames went one for three with the man advantage, while killing all four Jacket’s penalties, silencing a team that had been 40% on the powerplay on home ice.

The win somewhat wipes that nasty game from Buffalo from the memory banks, putting the club up a win on the six game road trip with three to play. Faith restored? Not just yet.

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Game Takes: Sabres 4 Flames 2

November 21st, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Can Brian Elliott ever catch a break?

Sure the guy has had his struggles to start the season along with his teammates, but with things looking up and the club playing better hockey in front of backup Chad Johnson the script was set for Elliott to return with more support and hopefully better results.

Instead the Flames came completely unglued in Buffalo, blowing a 1-0 first period lead by giving the game away in the second period through uninspired play and a complete lack of discipline in dropping a 4-2 game to the Sabres on Monday night.

The loss moves the trip back to 1-1-0 after two games, erasing some of the good vibes generated the night before in Detroit. Any hope that this team has figured things out will need to be put on ice once again.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Wings 2

November 20th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Its crunch time for the Flames for their season. With tonight their 20th game of the campaign it’s time to prove that some improved play of late is a sign of the team settling down and learning Glen Gulutzan’s system, and not just a brief intermission from what has largely been a first quarter of inconsistent hockey.

Tonight with a game in Detroit they started a six game road trip that could essentially write off their season. A 1-4-1 type of trip would put them too far behind. Winning the first one on a long trip can do a lot to build momentum and set up the trip for a season turning success, something thy managed to do with a 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Sunday night.

The win gives the team 3 wins in their last four games, and given the effort in the loss to Chicago on Friday one could argue they should have four in a row.

Great start to the trip.

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Game Takes: Hawks 3 Flames 2

November 19th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The process.

A bigtime buzzword around the Calgary Flames since Brad Treliving took the reigns of the franchise two plus years ago. Nothing over night, no quick fixes, methodical steps towards the ultimate goal of establishing a winning franchise, a perennial contender.

Well the Flames had a process like game at the Saddledome on Friday night. They limited mistakes, they drove the play, they garnered scoring chances, they blocked out the dangerous Blackhawks in and around goaltender Chad Johnson. They did almost all the things a team needs to do to be successful except that all important result on the scoreboard as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Chicago on a late fluke goal to Marian Hossa.

The loss snaps the Flames two game winning streak, but should send them on a six game road trip with a measure of confidence.

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