Game Takes: Flames 5 Stars 4

March 6th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Maybe the season isn’t over just yet …

The Flames bounced back in Dallas running up 2-0 and 4-2 before finding a way with six seconds left on a Tyler Toffoli breakaway to turn a disappointing lost lead into a heroic last second win.

The victory moves the Flames to within six points of the sputtering Winnipeg Jets who lost to the San Jose Sharks tonight at home.

Calgary got two points from all of Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri and Mackenzie Weegar as a roster shake up seemed to add some zest to the top six trios.

Calgary flies to Minnesota to play the Wild tomorrow night.

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Game Takes: Wild 3 Flames 0

March 4th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

With the Flames essentially punting on the trade deadline by adding a little without giving up anything by way of futures it was fun to turn back to the team with a “what the heck, lets see where this goes!” attitude.

With a Jets win over Edmonton and the Flames falling flat against Minnesota it feels like that battle might already be over as the numbers get considerably worse for the Flames with just 19 games to go.

That’s five straight losses by the Flames, and a whole lot of trouble.

Slotted to draft 13th overall though!

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Game Takes: Leafs 2 Flames 1

March 2nd, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Heading out on the road with the season on the line a week and a half ago the Flames had an “easy” game against the Coyotes, and then four tough games heading up to the trade deadline with Vegas, Colorado, Boston and Toronto. They likely needed six points to make themselves buyers at the deadline.

They got two.

Tonight wasn’t the Boston game, they hung in there but the right team won as the Leafs edged the Flames 2-1 on Thursday night.

Tomorrow at 1pm Calgary time the deadline closes, and it will be interesting to see what, if anything, the Flames do.

They likely needed 30 points in the final 21 games. They now need 30 points in the final 20.

You do the math … unlikely.

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Game Takes: Bruins 4 Flames 3 (OT)

February 28th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Start the car!

There is stealing games, and then there’s Linus Ullmark’s play tonight in Calgary. He absolutely was the story … the whole story in a 4-3 overtime win for the Boston Bruins in a game where they were out shot 57-20.

The Flames were money for hanging in after Dan Vladar was pulled giving up two goals on five shots in the first period.

The just kept coming and coming, finally breaking through in the third and taking the lead before the Bruins tied it up late, and then won it overtime.

With an unfriendly night on the out of town scoreboard could that be it on the decision point?

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Game Takes: Avalanche 4 Flames 1

February 25th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Is the writing on the wall?

All the teams around them seem to keep winning, the Flames keep this one step forward one step back pattern that isn’t gaining ground on any of the combatants.

Tonight in Denver the Flames give up a 2-0 lead on the Avalanche first two shots on the night and never recovered despite getting a boat load of chances and driving the play for most of the night.

With 22 games to go, and a four goal gap against three teams it just seems pretty unlikely.

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