Game Takes: Flames 7 Knights 1

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

What a night for Mark Jankowski!

From a late camp cut to an early season call up, the lankly center has had a productive but quiet first NHL season, one that ultimately ended disappointingly with the Flames missing the playoffs.

Tonight he filled the net however, treating the playoff bound Vegas Knights to a 7-1 beat down with a four goal burst to close out the season.

One of the most key off season assessments done by the Flames will be their projection of Jankowski and how they see his impact next season.

Key top nine guy is a building piece. Periphery player is a different model altogether.

Such an off season.

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Game Takes: Jets 2 Flames 1

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Glen Gulutzan was quite unimpressed with the effort the Flames put in on home ice in their most recent game, a 4-1 home loss to the Arizona Coyotes. He muttered that they worked hard to score, but didn’t work hard enough in playing defense on the night.

Tonight the depleted team moved to within one step of putting a bullet in the season, playing their final road game of the campaign, a 2-1 loss that featured a club that has trouble scoring, can’t find a powerplay goal, and can prove any shot clock meaningless.

The club plays their final game of the season on Saturday night, a home date against the Vegas Golden Knights.
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Game Takes: Coyotes 4 Flames 1

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Just another one of those nights in a long long Calgary Flames season.

The Coyotes score four goals, two off of Flame players, one of a tip from a bouncing puck from the point and another on a screen shot to turn back the Flames 4-1 in a game where they were out shot 43-21 despite having a powerplay edge of 4-1.

Sigh.

Don’t worry Flames’ fans only two more dates on the calendar until your attention can turn to next year and your playoff hockey pool.

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ECHL Game Takes: Mavericks 6 Oilers 3

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Paige Siewert

The Mavericks come out guns blazing in a must win make up game. Matt Robertson gets a hat trick on the night with other markers coming from Jared VanWormer and 2 from Mark Cooper. Tulsa came back with a little life in the 2nd half of the game but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the offensive powerhouse Kansas City was tonight.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Oilers 2

March 31st, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Mike Smith put it well; “It’s nice to play a meaningful game”, when he spoke to HNIC after turning aside an Oiler assault to pick up a 3-2 win on Saturday night.

Take from a guy writing game stories, … ditto. It’s nice to have something to write about.

This one wasn’t a Picasso from the Flames perspective. They turned a brutal start into a red hot first period and then pretty much sat on it, relying on Mike Smith to steer the game home and snap a seven game losings streak.

And back to back wins over the Oilers. In a season without a whole lot of happiness you have to hang your hat on something!

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