Game Takes: Sharks 3 Flames 1

November 11th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Up until this three game California road trip the Flames were money when it came to third period comebacks. Five times in the nine victories before they left snowy Calgary behind the Flames had found victory where there appeared to be sure fire defeat.

To some extent, their lucky finally ran out.

A well played game in Anaheim resulted in a narrow 2-1 loss, in L.A. they pretty much led coast to coast, before coming up short once again in San Jose by a score of 3-1, a score that included an empty net goal in a third period that had the Flames pressing hard but not finding the equalizer.

Three well played games but only one victory as the team heads back to Calgary.

At least their starting goaltender appears to have found his legs.

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Game Takes: Flames 1 Kings 0

November 11th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath


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Game Takes: Ducks 3 Flames 2

November 7th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Compared to a lot of nightmare games in Anaheim over the years, this setback felt more like a win.

No the Flames didn’t get the two points and continue their streak, but for the sixth straight game they badly outplayed their opponent, this time coming up just short of yet another third period comeback.

Truthfully they did complete the comeback, scoring late in the first to cut the lead in half and then tying the game in the third shorthanded when Mark Jankowski scored his first of the season. However, thirty seconds later the Ducks went back in front again and despite out shooting the Ducks 16-3 in the third period and 34-15 from the Duck’s second goal on the Flames just couldn’t pull it out.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Hawks 3

November 4th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Cardiac Kids were a story in themselves during the 2014-15 season, as Bob Hartley’s heroes became almost legendary for coming back ten times in the third period to win hockey games and push themselves into a playoff spot.

That kind of magic is rarely repeated but the Flames are on to something again with their 5th come from behind third period in ten attempts and only 15 games to start the season.

The big difference? This year’s version often shouldn’t have been down in the first place, so the late game push isn’t making up for tepid starts as much as a leak in goaltending. Or if they do get down it’s early and their sustained pressure is generally taking up more than the ticks of the clock in the final period.

Tonight it was the erasing of a 3-1 Hawk’s lead, a climb back that started late in the second before coming to completion past the midway point in the third as the Flames score four unanswered goals to beat the Hawks 5-3 on Saturday night.

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Game Takes: Flames 6 Avalanche 5

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Can you believe it’s only been a week since the Pittsburgh Penguins walked into town and pistol whipped the Calgary Flames to the tune of 9-1?

Thank you Crosby and friends!

Since then there has been nowhere to hide for a team that simply refused to focus on the less sexy details of the game as the Flames have garnered points in four straight games, including tonight’s shocking come from behind 6-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

The comeback featured five third period goals erasing a 4-1 deficit and going up 6-4 before a late Colorado goal created a tense final minute. The Flames are now 8-5-1 on the season and finding ways to win.

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