Game Takes: Flames 2 Leafs 1 (SO)

January 16th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Who, exactly are these guys?

World beaters against Edmonton. Complete now shows in Montreal against the Canadiens. And a clinic road game in Toronto tonight against the Leafs in a 2-1 road victory?

The strike on the Flames all season has been a lack of consistency, but tonight they were consistency good in putting on a five on five how to study against the league’s highest scoring club.

They got in trouble down a man a few times, but at even strength they kept the Leafs to the outside and gave David “all star” Rittich a great chance to see every puck.

The win puts the Flames back into first place in the Pacific, tied with the Arizona Coyotes with the same overall record and same ROW tie breaker.

Next up a matinee in Ottawa to complete the schedule before the break.

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Game Takes: Canadiens 2 Flames 0

January 13th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well that was a let down.

For those watching and certainly for the team itself, as the team caught in the fervour of Saturday night’s big win over the Edmonton Oilers couldn’t muster the kind of start needed to secure two points against the struggling Montreal Canadiens, dropping a 2-0 decision on Monday night.

A listless first period, a small improvement in the second and then a too little too late push in the third period just wasn’t enough to beat a desperate team looking to turn an eight game losing streak into a two game winning streak.

It happens, but they had better be better in the final two games on this road trip before the break.

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Oilers 3

January 12th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Rent free …

Last year Matthew Tkachuk drove the Edmonton Oilers crazy leading to Zach Kassian jumping the player, taking some penalties and the Flames were on to victory.

Tonight we pretty much saw the same script. Two thunderous Tkachuk hits on Kassian, both knocking the players helmet to the ice, the second occurence leading to Kassian losing it and trying to rag doll Tkachuk into a fight after a completely clean check.

The result? Four minutes in penalties and the eventual Elias Lindholm game winner; with Matthew Tkachuk providing the screen as the Calgary Flames turned back the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Saturday night, laying claim to first place in the Pacific in the process.

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Wild 1

January 10th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Cam Talbot is feeling it right now.

When a goalie gets in a groove you often see equal parts of making the saves when needed, but also garnering the luck to make the record, and result a positive one night in and night out.

Last night the stats show Talbot stopping 41 of 42 shots to propel the Flames for their second straight 2-1 National Hockey League victory. But he’d be the first to tell you that some pucks got through him but wiggled wide in a game that had Calgary cruising until they got their final lead, and then chose to pretty much sit on it and hope that their visitors wouldn’t find the mark.

A win is a win however, and this was Calgary’s fourth straight coming off two disappointing home losses, making the race in both the Pacific and West extremely tight heading into the all star break in about ten days.

Should be fun.

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Hawks 1

January 7th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Lets keep these dads around!

The Flames annual “parent trip” took place this week on the two gamer through Minnesota and Chicago. The rotation pushed back to the fathers, and the players didn’t disappoint with a 5-4 shoot out win in Minneapolis, followed by a come from behind (second period, not third) 2-1 victory in Chicago this evening.

Calgary had a weak first period, but tied it quickly in the second period, and then went to stay a few minutes later, both goals by Elias Lindholm.

The Flames … literally for once … didn’t try to sit on the lead in the third and pushed the play effectively, skating away with a big victory, their third in a row.

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