Game 5: Oilers 5 Flames 4 OT (Oilers win series 4-1)

May 27th, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

In the end they just weren’t good enough.

Jacob Markstrom didn’t make enough saves.

The Flames skill players didn’t produce enough to win a series.

Team defense was leaky.

And the opposition was very very good, lets face it. The Oilers finished when they got chances, and were able to play better team defense than many expected in bottling up the Calgary Flames.

Still the game was tied in the third period at 4-4 with what looked like a Blake Coleman go ahead goal potentially pushing the series to a game six. He put the puck in with his skate, the play was reviewed and waived off. As a Flame fan you know the history and the misery; we all knew that was the game right there.

The Oilers win the series 4-1 with a 5-4 overtime victory and will move on to play the winner of the St. Louis/Colorado series.

The Flames move on to a very interesting off season.

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Game 4: Oilers 5 Flames 3 (Oilers lead series 3-1)

May 24th, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Lots of positives to take away from that one … but not the result.

The Flames played a great road game, overcame a painful Jacob Markstrom first minute turnover empty net goal, and then rebounded with their goaltender to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 3-3 third period tie before giving up a late third period goal and dropping a 5-3 contest to the Edmonton Oilers.

Darryl Sutter was pretty adamant in his post game comments that his team wasn’t going to lie down and we will see when the focus shifts back to Calgary for game five on Thursday night.

The game plan is set, as it pretty much was spot on tonight but they didn’t get the finish they needed to tie the series.

Lets see what they’re made of.

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Game 3: Oilers 4 Flames 1 (Oilers lead series 2-1)

May 23rd, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Not much you can take from a game like that.

The Flames had done a good job of winning the five on five portion of the first two games of the series, but struggled when it came to the Oilers powerplay or when the two teams were playing four on four.

Last night the Oilers befuddled the Flames at their own game, scoring four straight five on five goals in the second period, after having a huge territorial advantage in the first period as well, on the way to a convincing 4-1 victory on Sunday night.

The series now sits with Edmonton in the driver seat, up 2-1 and looking to take a stranglehold on Tuesday night in Edmonton.

For the Flames the story continues to be the loss of Chris Tanev, and how his absence has completely downgraded the team’s defense core rendering the five surviving members a shadow of their former selves.

I doubt Tanev is coming back, so they’ll have to look for answers internally.

Gut check time.

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Game 2: Oilers 5 Flames 3

May 21st, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A great start, and an excellent chance to get up two games to nil against the Edmonton Oilers was tossed away due to a complete loss of team discipline, and some odd calls as the Edmonton Oilers came from behind to beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Friday night.

Through two periods the Flames had less than two minutes of powerplay time, while Edmonton had over ten minutes and that was the difference in turning a 2-0 Calgary lead into a 3-3 tie early in the third period.

A turnover on a Calgary powerplay in the third resulted in a Zach Hyman game winner shorthanded.

Playoff series have many twists and turns, and now it’s the Flames chance to make adjustments. They’ll have to stay out of the box, and find a way to combat McDavid with foot speed and not fishing sticks as they head to Edmonton to try and reacquire home ice in the series.

The Battle of Alberta is on.

Oh and 8:50 pm game starts suck.

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Game 1: Flames 9 Oilers 6 (Flames lead series 1-0)

May 19th, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well that was something.

The Flames jumped on the Oilers early and often building up a 3-0 first period lead and then cruising …

Ok, maybe not cruising.

Calgary pretty much dominated the game, but a rough outing for Jacob Markstrom turned what should have been a cake walk into a 6-6 third period tie, and more adversity for the Calgary Flames in the 2022 playoffs.

Luckily the Flames were able to re-wrestle control, scoring three straight third period goals to win game one by a 9-6 score, one of the craziest playoff games in Flames history.

Three point nights for Matthew Tkachuk (hat trick), Johnny Gaudreau and Rasmus Andersson while Connor McDavid had four points in the defeat.

Have to assume the Oilers will come back with Mike Smith for game two.

The series resumes on Friday.

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