Game Takes: Jackets 1 Flames 0

November 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The night before Thanksgiving in the United States featured 30 of 31 NHL clubs facing off, as they NHL plans a full on shut down tomorrow.

The Flames had plenty to thank Mike Smith for on the night before the big American holiday as the big stopper was brilliant is stealing a point in a 1-0 overtime loss in Columbus.

A very good first period was followed by a terrible first 15 minutes of the second, and then a pretty shaky third as the Flames played their worst game in some time; including the 8-2 debacle in Detroit. – Full Article –


Game Takes: Flames 4 Capitals 1

November 20th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Lately the Flames have been getting by winning more than they lose despite getting owned in special teams. You might say the Flames away from the safe comforts of five on five hockey were especially bad.

Did all that change in Philadelphia? The Flames burst out for three powerplay goals while giving up just one in a +2 night on the way to a 5-4 come from behind overtime victory over the Flyers.

Like the game in Philly, the Flames gave up a really early goal, and like the game in Philadelphia the Flames were able to over come the early adversity. And like the game in the City of Brotherly Love, the Flames road some red hot special teams to victory, this time scoring two (and almost three) powerplay goals and blanking the Capitals powerplay in a 4-1 win on Monday night.

The win moves the Flames four games over .500 for the first time this season, and to a 2-1-0 record on this six game road trip after getting shellacked in game one in Detroit.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Flyers 4 (OT)

November 18th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The road recipe has never ever contained a clause where giving up three goals and a 3-1 lead in the first period is the way to play it away from home.

It pretty much never ends up favourable.

The Flames flipped that deficit on its ear this afternoon though, turning said 3-1 hole into a come from behind 5-4 overtime victory on the strength of Sean Monahan’s first career hat trick to help wipe some of the sour taste from Detroit and even their six game road trip at 1-1-0.

Native son Johnny Gaudreau was also very noticeable in picking up a goal and two assists as well.
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Game Takes: Wings 8 Flames 2

November 15th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well that was fun.

During the 2004 playoff drive the Flames were known for a lot of things. Effort. Tenacity. Goaltending. Teamwork. A really loud crowd. A green helmet. A crazy red afro. But also being very very poor losers, and I loved it. The Flames won 12 games in the first two rounds, but when they lost the other six they were miserable, un-accepting, and a walking billboard for what not to do in the world of sportsmanship.

Tonight the Flames got throttled in Detroit, there’s no doubt about it. However the melee and chaos in the third had very little to do with poor sportsmanship and every much to do with some pretty poor judgement from a few players involved.

The bottom line however is an 8-2 setback on game one of a road trip with Eddie Lack getting lit up and pulled, the Flames penalty kill getting walked yet again, and the team surrendering what was a three game win streak.
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Game Takes: Flames 7 Blues 4

November 13th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Secondary scoring.

It was a like a dull drum beat from the jungle game in and game out over the team’s first 15 games of the season. The process, a very Brad Treliving word, was coming together; chances were had, the play was tipping towards the suggestion of a goal or two, but in the end nothing was happening.

Then the offence crashed through like a cheap umbrella giving out in torrential down pour with the Flames filling the net to the tune of 20 goals in their last 5 home hockey games, and third and fourth line scoring accounting for four of the seven goals in a 7-4 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Two from Mark Jankowski (actually with his stick this time), and the first of the season from Sam Bennett was joined by the Kris Versteeg fourth line game winner in the third period to put an exclamation mark on the bottom half of the forward group making a big impact on the team’s fifth win on this all important seven game homestand.

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