Game Takes: Flames 3 Stars 2 (Flames lead series 1-0)

August 11th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Just who are these guys?

A quick start with the pedal down for the whole first period.

A second where two fortunate bounces erase a two goal lead, but they have the gumption to hang in and retake the lead.

Then a third period where they do an excellent job of holding down the fort and limiting chances again.

Quite the recipe for a 1-o lead in a first round series against the Dallas Stars on the backs of a 3-2 victory on Tuesday afternoon in Edmonton (yeah that seems pretty weird).

The Flames bested the Stars with two goals from Dillon Dube, and the game winner from Rasmus Andersson as the team’s second core continues to emerge in these protracted Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Jets 0 (Flames win series 3-1)

August 6th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Just not used to this level of consistency around these parts.

A sloppy game two performance is followed up by a solid game three effort making Calgarians wonder what was up for game four in an elimination opportunity with Winnipeg on Thursday night.

Well wonder no more as the Geoff Ward led Flames deliver another solid effort in blanking the Jets 4-0 on the strength of two empty net goals to win the qualifying series and move on to the actual playoffs in this chaotic, weird, playoff bubble hockey we are watching in 2020.

The Flames move on to play someone … not sure who, but we may capture a better idea tomorrow as the league has six teams facing elimination tomorrow.

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Game Takes: Flames 6 Jets 2 (Flames Lead 2-1)

August 4th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Now that’s a bounce back!

The Flames seemed to be almost written off by the city after a shaky, sloppy and in some opinions disinterested game two loss to the Jets yesterday.

They didn’t score first again, no news there, that’s been the case in all three games in this series.

But they outplayed the Jets significantly in the first 35 minutes of the game, scoring four times on the strength of their powerplay in cruising to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

In league history of game five series tied 1-1, the winner of game three has gone on to win 75% of the time. The Flames have two kicks at the cat to add to those numbers starting on Thursday night at 830 pm.
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Game Takes: Jets 3 Flames 2 (Series tied 1-1)

August 3rd, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames just didn’t have their game fine tuned today.

They were in it … game tied in shots and goals through two periods, but you just never got that sense they were dialled in enough to bring the game home.

In the third Nik Ehlers gave the Flames the chance they needed to put things away, but like the rest of the game, the powerplay sputtered terribly leaving Ehlers himself to find the net later on a powerplay marker of his own.

Calgary took the first game with a no contest in the special teams department, but tonight the powerplay really let them down.

On to game three!

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Jets 1 (Flames Lead Series 1-0)

August 1st, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well that was something, wasn’t it?

A good start, a big injury, a Jet’s lead, a dominant Calgary second period, and then a cruise to win for game one in the all so odd play in series against the Winnipeg Jets.

Paul Maurice after the game was all over Matthew Tkachuk’s hit suggesting it was a target to end the career of Mark Scheifele though video that I’ve seen doesn’t really support that notion.

Bottom line Calgary was the better team in a statement game given their previous playoff failings, out shooting the Jets 33-18 and sending a message in game one.

It’s only one game, but in a best of five Calgary needs to now win half the remaining games to advance while Winnipeg needs to win 75%. That’s not easy.

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