Game Takes: Rangers 4 Flames 3

February 9th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It would be easy to lean on the blown lead narrative as the Flames, essentially perfect for 53 games with a third period lead have now blown three in the past two weeks, this time slipping a 3-2 lead in Manhattan into a 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

But that wouldn’t be accurate.

The game was lost in the first period when they came out completely unprepared and were out shot 20-8, but escaping with a 1-1 tie.

The rough start coupled with a terrible hold on third period in Jersey is a bad run of hockey for this team, though they did push hard the rest of the way and were pretty unlucky to come up empty.

The trip moves on.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Devils 2

February 8th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames have an elite top line.

I guess they’ve had an elite top line for the better part of three seasons, but the trio with Micheal Ferland seems to have hit another level providing the Flames with an option that seems to take over games more often than not when they’re hot.

Tonight the Flames were happy to see two goals from Sean Monahan and a goal and an assist from Johnny Gaudreau as they were able to outlast the New Jersey Devils by a 3-2 score running their win streak to three games.

So seven straight wins, six straight losses (four in extra time) and now three straight wins, but the bottom line is points in points in 14 of 16 and 21 of 27 as the Flames continue to remain relevant in the standings in the West.

The six game road trip sits at 2-0-0 through two games, meaning a single win in the final four games gets them a .500 trip. Not a bad spot.
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Game Takes: Flames 3 Hawks 2

February 6th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

In the recent six game losing streak there were many games that the Flames could have had a better fate.

Tonight in a 3-2 win in Chicago the Flames were good, but also fortunate in riding the crest of two favourable goal reviews to a 3-2 come from behind victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

The win is a big one, as the six game skid is now replaced by a two game win streak as the Flames sweep the Hawks in back to back games and take the season series in a sweep. It’s also win one in game one on a six game road trip that is simply huge heading towards the trade deadline.
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Game Takes: Flames 4 Hawks 3 (OT)

February 4th, 2018 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A funny thing these streaks.

The Flames won seven in a row, didn’t matter if they were in regulation or overtime it was seven in a row and the world loved them.

A loss in extra time occurs and sure the streak is over, but it’s points in eight straight and that’s great hockey. Lose another in extra time and now it’s that perspective thing; do you see things on the rosy side or are you looking for the rain clouds on the horizon? The former has it at points in nine, the latter a losing streak that is now two games.

You get the idea.

The Flames snapped a six game losing streak, which was puncuated by losing back to back games in heart breaking fashion in regulation time. A loss tonight and it’s a seven game losing streak, but a 4-3 win over the Hawks in overtime and suddenly the streak is snapped. Just in time for a six game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Chicago.

Oh and the win means the Flames have points in 14 of their last 16 games, that sound pretty good right? 🙂

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Tyler Parsons, Leaving KC on a High Note

February 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Commentary | By: Paige Siewert

Tyler Parsons. The Calgary Flames top prospect according to NHL.com. A young goalie with noticeable talent and vast potential, made what might be his last appearance for the Kansas City Mavericks on Tuesday night.

“I kinda knew in the back of my mind that I was going to go back up to Stockton on Wednesday so I wanted to end here on a good note.”

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