Game Takes: Flames 5 Canucks 2

January 18th, 2021 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Jacob Markstrom’s shut out string against his former teammates may have ended around the 70 minute mark, but you could make the argument it actually hasn’t ended as of yet.

The Flames turned a terrible first period around and pretty much ran the Canucks out of the Saddledome with a decisive 5-2 victory, with both Vancouver goals coming off the stick or leg of Calgary defensemen.

The Flames now 2-0-1 are off to a great start, and now embark on a five day break before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday afternoon at the Saddledome.

With Vancouver now 1-3, and Edmonton 1-3 the division is starting to separate a little earlier than most would have expected.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Canucks 0

January 16th, 2021 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

We all know the story for season openers … the Flames are now 11 years into a losing streak.

But a quieter streak that continued tonight is home openers vs the Vancouver Canucks and success, tonight the Flames running their win streak to launch the Dome to four with a 3-0 victory on Saturday night.

Calgary played a tight five on five game tonight, giving up next to nothing, and generating pretty much the other way. It was the powerplay that carried the mail with all three goals on the night to add to a decent start on the man advantage in Winnipeg.

The win gets the team off to a pretty solid 1-0-1 start in the North Division, good for a second place tie with the Montreal Canadiens early on in the schedule.

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Game Takes: Jets 4 Flames 3 (OT)

January 14th, 2021 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have?

A Calgary Flames hockey game, and an expected opening night loss that featured a world beating first period, a complete misstep in the second followed by a recovery third, and an unfortunate overtime on the way to a 4-3 overtime loss to open the season in Winnipeg.

If you asked me after 20 I’d say the Flames were a well built team that was ready to roll over the rest of the Canadian competition in the newly formed Northern Division. The rest of the way though they were chasing the game, which was disappointing.

Lots to look at and work on for the game on Saturday, when the Flames host the Vancouver Canucks.

That’s 11 in a row folks … sigh.

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Game Takes: Stars 7 Flames 3 (Dallas Wins Series 4-2)

August 21st, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Being a Calgary Flames fan builds character.

You develop a certain scar tissue year in and year out as the team consistently finds new ways to under perform or let you down in the post season. That is … in seasons where they make the post season at all.

Have to hand it to the 2019-20 Calgary Flames though, they’ve found a new way to wrap things up in a spectacular fashion that will not only leave a mark, but a lasting image that just won’t go away no matter how long this next off season is.

The Flames did pretty much everything right to start on Thursday night.

They came out flying, completely overwhelmed the Dallas Stars in running up a 8-0 shot lead, and a quick 3-0 lead on goals by Andrew Mangiapane, Johnny Gaudreau and Rasmus Andersson.

Then a complete collapse of both goaltenders in the second period erased a 3-1 lead and replaced it with a 6-3 deficit, in a period where the Stars had 12 shots, the Flames 12 shots. The scoring chances in the second were 7-6 Dallas. Five goals!

From there despite having the overall play, shot attempts, scoring chances, zone time, and expected goal split firmly on their side the Flames were doomed, the season over.

A head scratcher that will not soon be forgotten.

Ouch!

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

August 18th, 2020 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Honestly that was better.

Sure the Flames lost the game in the end, a 2-1 setback to the Dallas Stars in game five of their best of seven series, but at least they were forcing the issue and in the game.

Far too often in both games three and four the Flames were on their heels and letting the Stars take the game to them.

A rough start for Calgary as the Stars pretty much kept the script from the previous two games for the opening period, but then a push back for both periods two and three had Calgary within inches of tying the game up and forcing overtime.

It certainly makes sense, but the Flames have looked much better when trailing than when tied or up in a game. Desperation possibly, and also the Stars taking the foot off the gas as well.

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