Game Takes: Ducks 3 Flames 2

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

Lessons, you’d rather have a hockey team learn them in the preseason, or the regular season early. Heck if it’s really necessary push it to the middle of the season when the dog days appear in January. OK fine, a late season lesson with a playoff spot sewed up is fine, but get it done; learn your stuff and get ready for the real season when the puck drops in mid April.

This sadly wasn’t the case for the Flames, as they took a good hard lecture on beating oneself, discipline, and what it takes to win a playoff game tonight, self destructing in the second period and turning a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 loss in game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup first round playoff series.

Too many penalties and a terrible line change wiped out what should have been a very good road hockey performance by the Calgary Flames. At least they get another chance at the split on Saturday night.
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Game Takes: Sharks 3 Flames 1

April 8th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames didn’t seem to be letting on that they had any fear of playing the Chicago Blackhawks, something that could be seen in roster decisions in Los Angeles on Saturday night and again tonight in San Jose.

But the news that arrived before the game; a Predator loss in regulation was probably a sigh of relief as they took the ice knowing they had nailed down the top Wildcard spot and that their game meant nothing against the San Jose Sharks.

The game itself was fitting as it featured two teams pretending to care about a game that meant nothing, the final score a 3-1 victory for the Sharks concluding both team’s regular seasons.
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Kings 1

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Before the game began, Jon Gillies was given the opportunity to shed his training camp number for the goalie jersey digits of his choice and ironically he picked a player sitting on the bench in the very same rink; #32 of Johnathan Quick. Equally ironic was the fact that his veteran clone was 190 feet from him all night as the equally mammoth Ben Bishop tended goal for the Kings against Gillies in his first NHL start.

That’s where the comparisons ended however, as the Flames and Jon Gillies turned a dominant second period into a 4-1 win to keep pace with the Nashville Predators and regain the 1st wildcard spot in the West’s crowded playoff race.

It was feel good story night for the Flames with the Gillies first start, first win beginning, but also in goals from two players that don’t see the lineup very often in Dennis Wideman and Freddie Hamilton .
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Game Takes: Ducks 3 Flames 1

April 4th, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Make it an even 25!

With the game clock winding down and the Ducks winning 3-1 the Anaheim crowd took over and pretty much put an exclamation point on the proceedings with a great summary of the evening by way of a chant of “you can’t win here!”.

Clearly the length of the streak isn’t lost on the Californians either, as the Flames blew a 1-0 lead and dropped their 25 straight game in Anaheim, in a wild one that featured a boat load of penalty minutes in the third period.

The streak continues, but perhaps the Flames and Ducks will meet in the playoffs, giving them a chance to at least put another asterisk, like the 2006 playoff series, in the way of something that doesn’t seem to want to end any time soon.
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Game Takes: Ducks 4 Flames 3

April 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames have made some big strides this season.

A 90 point team, playoff spot clinched, but perhaps there still lie a few demons to slay, one of which is the Ducks from Anaheim, a team that pretty much always play the Flames hard.

Tonight in a spirited game the Flames nemesis put another log on that fire of superiority, beating the Flames 4-3 with a late goal, in a game where the visiting club was clearly the better team.

Back at it for the Flames on Tuesday where they try and end a 13 year curse in Anaheim, and avoid the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs.
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