Game Takes: Hawks 3 Flames 1

March 26th, 2024 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Have said it three straight games; the Flames are playing an entertaining brand of losing hockey.

They show up.

They push the play.

They can’t score.

They can’t win.

Tonight they spot the Hawks a 3-0 lead and then thrown everything at the net for the last 45 minutes of the game, but lack the firepower to light the lamp more than once a night.

Doing wonders for their draft position though!

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Game Takes: Sabres 4 Flames 1

March 24th, 2024 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Another entertaining close hockey game.

Another missed two points in what’s becoming a strengthening draft position.

The Flames and Sabres had a tight game blown open in the third period with a Sabre’s five on five goal and two empty netters making the final score of 4-1 look much more lopsided than it was.

Calgary was in it throughout, but once again just can’t generate those blue chip chances, and when they do they don’t have the finish to get it done.

Good hockey overall.

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Game Takes: Canucks 4 Flames 2

March 23rd, 2024 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Post trade deadline Hockey Night in Canada game in a lost season.

All I’m really hoping for is a good effort and an entertaining game.

Pretty much what we saw tonight in Vancouver with Canucks skating away with a 4-2 win on Saturday night.

Calgary was full marks for their effort, heading to the third period with a 2-1 deficit and outplaying the Canucks in the final period.

A lack of finish did them in, as it has often this season.

Tomorrow night right back at it at the Dome against the Buffalo Sabres.

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Game Takes: Caps 5 Flames 2

March 18th, 2024 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

In a lot of ways the Flames were better tonight against the Washington Capitals than they were in their last two games; both wins on home ice.

But they didn’t have the finish, and for Dustin Wolf they didn’t get the bounces as the Capitals skate away with a 5-2 win on Saddledome ice on Monday night.

The loss puts the Flames within a whisker of being “out of the playoffs” on a pace projection, as they are down the final strike for games left to catch the Knights if the Knights finish the season on their current win percentage.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Habs 2

March 16th, 2024 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Dustin Wolf has arrived!

Battling back from a tough start against the San Jose Sharks a few weeks ago, Wolf had some average starts in the AHL, but very much announced his return to the Flames future plans with back to back wins over the Knights on Thursday and again tonight in the Flames 5-2 win over the Canadiens on Hockey Night in Canada.

Wolf was the busier of the goaltenders from buzzer to buzzer, and was rewarded with some solid run support from his skaters.

The Flames have now won two in a row, putting to bed that dreary three game skid that had even the most ardent rebuild fans questioning their direction.

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