Game Takes: Knights 6 Flames 2

October 12th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The game was a lot closer than the four goal differential would suggest.

That’s not to say the Flames were robbed, they were not, the better team won, but the goalie differential fell firmly behind the hosts in a 6-2 Knights victory.

Calgary seemed to have things rolling in the second period with back to back goals by Rasmus Andersson and Johnny Gaudreau, but the defending part of the game failed them once again as the Knights reeled off five straight goals to take the win in a walk.

The loss gives the Flames five straight losses in five attempts in Vegas. It’s early but it could be their new Anaheim.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Stars 2 (SO)

October 11th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

It’s a cliche but that doesn’t make it any less true; points in October matter just as much as points in April.

A bad start can lead to a bad season, and conversely a blazing hot start can set up a huge season for a hockey team.

Last night’s 3-2 come from behind shoot out winner in Dallas doesn’t save the Flames from the former or solidify the latter, but it does provide an important result along with the comeback against L.A. on Tuesday. The Flames could be 1-3-0 at this point with a lot of head scratching. Instead, although they’re far from firing on all cylinders their start reads as 2-1-1 which allows a coaching staff some breathing room to work on things.

Calgary erased a 2-0 early third period Dallas lead on goals by Elias Lindholm on a powerplay and Noah Hanifin on a rush to send the game in overtime, where Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau stood tall along with goaltender David Rittich who go the game to a shoot out with an overtime penalty shot stop.

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Game Takes: Kings 4 Flames 3 (OT)

October 9th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Take the point.

When a hockey club comes out and gets out shot 13-1 in the first 12 minutes, 20-3 in the first twenty, and 29-7 through the first 30 minutes of a hockey team you happily take the point.

The Flames led by the emotional leadership and offensive huts pa of recent signee Matthew Tkachuk forged a second half comeback wiping out a three goal Kings lead to force overtime before the other half of the emotional anchor, Drew Doughty, scored the winner in overtime on a deflection.

They didn’t come to play. They found a way. Take the point.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Canucks 0

October 5th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Last season the Flames were lights out on home ice, running up a 26 win season on home ice in reversing a few years of head scratching misery at the Saddledome.

Tonight the Flames got off to a good start on the season at home winning their first contest wearing red with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Don’t let the score fool you though, the Flames are still shedding rust as the game was inconsistent and was wound up with Calgary killing three straight third period penalties and then sitting on the lead as the clock wound down.

But a win is a win, and this win gives the team their first on the season and moves the team’s record to 1-1-0 on the season.

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Game Takes: Avalanche 5 Flames 3

October 4th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A return to the scene of the crime.

The blood stains still remain, police tape no longer halting entrance but still flapping in the wind.

The last time the Flames were in Denver the season felt lost as they blew a third period lead and dropped an overtime game to go down 3-1 in the series. Tonight wouldn’t provide a true chance at revenge, as a regular season game certainly doesn’t make up for a series, but it would at least suggest there was more to the Calgary club than the feeble group that stepped on their own rake and bludgeoned themselves seven months ago.

The result was another loss, but at least a terrible start did turn into an interesting and entertaining hockey game as Calgary pushed back and made a game of it in a 5-3 opening night loss.

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