Game Takes: Flames 4 Rangers 1

October 21st, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames put a bad run of history behind them by turning back the Rangers 4-1 at MGS on Sunday night, ending a ten year losing streak in the storied building

The result was about the only thing, granted the most important thing, to go right.

The game itself was easily the Flame’s worst effort of the season, as they were out shot, out played, gave up at least two game’s worth of quality scoring chances and were completely bailed out by their goaltender.

The team is now 5-3-0 on the season, and back into a playoff spot in the Pacific Division, but they had better not celebrate to excessively tonight. They have some work to do.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Predators 3

October 19th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When you have an off game against a good opponent it generally goes poorly. When said good opponent is also a well motivated opponent because you ruined their home opener a week back you can double down on that danger.

The Flames played right into the Predator’s hands tonight, forcing the play and turning too many pucks over against a very smart and patient road team that was all too happy to take advantage in a 5-3 assisted final.

The Flames trailed all the way, tying the game on three occasions before finally coming up short when the Predators put it away with an empty net goal.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Bruins 2

October 17th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Last season one of the biggest issues in the Flames missing the playoffs was their inability to win on home ice.

They carried the play for the most part in their own barn, but their failure to convert chances game in and game out doomed their home fate, and then their entire season.

This year the Flames jumped out on the right foot on home ice, winning their first Dome encounter with a come from behind effort against the Vancouver Canucks. Tonight they had a stiffer test, and led almost wire to wire in a 5-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins.

That’s 2-0-0 on the season, both in those really nice retro jerseys by the way.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Avalanche 2 (OT)

October 13th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Talk about Jekyll and Hyde.

For the second straight game on this three game road trip the Calgary Flames came out in a first period as a confused, disoriented, discombobulated mess. The St. Louis debacle they almost survived as Mike Smith turned aside three quick chances before the Blues finally broke through. Tonight it was 2-0 Colorado before the game was even three minutes old.

The Flames didn’t quit though, out shooting the Avalanche 31-9 in the last 30 minutes of regulation and the overtime, tying the game late on another Elias Lindholm goal, and then winning it in overtime when Sean Monahan sprung Johnny Gaudreau.

Not for the feint of heart.

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ECHL Game Takes: Mavericks 5 Americans 1

October 13th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: Paige Siewert

The Kansas City Mavericks opened their 10th season at home on Friday, October 12th where they were host to the Allen Americans. The two teams played a pair of preseason games a week before and Allen was victorious in both. However, the Mavs came for blood and their production in the 2nd period, in particular, was electric and borderline unstoppable. Mason McDonald would have likely started for the Mavericks but was injured in the preseason and placed on the injured reserve list. Former Calgary Hitmen, Nick Schneider got the nod for his first start in his first professional season and registered his first win for Kansas City.

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