Game Takes: Bruins 2 Flames 1 (OT)

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

Another home game, another loss as 19,182 dejected souls march their way to their cars or public transport with another missed opportunity on Saddledome ice.

At least with an afternoon game they have the rest of their evening to bounce back.

The Flames, in losing an overtime game to the Bruins, have now won only 13 of 31 games on home ice this season. It’s amazing they are still even in the conversation for a playoff spot.

They may not be for long.
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Game Takes: Panthers 6 Flames 3

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

Well that was sadly expected.

The Flames like many teams are always terrible in their first game back of any road trip that seems to last longer than three games or seven days.

So it comes as no surprise that they were a complete mess tonight after a six game travel weary junket in a season where they can’t win at home even at the best of times.

A combination of terrible defensive play, some spotty goaltending, and a rush of negative puck luck saw the Flames blown out on Saddledome ice, dropping a 6-3 contest to Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers.

Next up the Bruins in another almost never win situation; the dreaded home afternoon game.

Sigh …

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Predators 3

February 16th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

In a parity laded National Hockey League the line between success and well less than success is very very thin.

The Flames, on a tough road trip, faced such a line on Thursday night as they faced off with the barn storming Nashville Predators. Win and you have a huge trip, potentially season saving. Lose and you have a .500 junket, which is certainly acceptable, but yet a huge disappointment given; the 3-1 start to the trip, the fact that they don’t win at home, and the torrid pace of the Western Conference towards the playoffs.

Luckily they don’t have to contemplate all those negative thoughts, holding on to a 4-3 win in Music City to conclude the trip at 4-2-0.

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Game Takes: Bruins 5 Flames 2

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

Two very undeniable facts.

The Boston Bruins are very very good.

The Calgary Flames played a very brain dead hockey game.

The result a very obvious and almost foreshadowed come from behind Bruins win as they turn back the Flames 5-2 in a game that was never as close as the score would have you believe.

The Flames had a brutal first minute, 14 very good minutes and then 45 minutes hanging on for their very life as they were thoroughly outclassed by what has become the best team in the National Hockey League since Christmas.

The loss moves the Flames road trip to 3-2-0 with one game left in Nashville. Points against the Predators make it a good trip, no points make it a passable trip.

They’ll have to be smarter.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Islanders 2

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

When I was a little kid I thought the Islanders were cool. I was just getting my head around a team in Alberta (Oilers) when the Islanders made the deadline deal to get this Butch Goring guy with the oldest, silliest looking helmet, going on to win their first Stanley Cup.

My dad got us tickets to the Corral to see the Flames in their first ever appearance in Calgary, a 4-4 tie with the New York Islanders and I was gob smacked to see the Cup champs on ice. The first being an awe fest of the names from New York, the second getting used to the team in white, the third a Willi Plett led alteration in who I was cheering for.

The rest is history.

Tonight the Flames played the opposite script near Broadway, coming from behind to win a game in the third period after giving up the lead and losing in regulation in Manhattan two nights ago. The 3-2 win gives the Flames a 3-1 road trip through four games with two coming, guaranteeing them a .500 trip.

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