Game 2: Stars 2 Flames 0 (Series tied 1-1)

May 6th, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Amazing how similar games one and two in this series have been.

One team scores early.

And that’s it … nobody scores again.

In game one the Flames struck early on a powerplay goal and hung on for a 1-0 win, tonight the Stars returned the favour converting a five on five Joe Pavelski goal in the first period into essentially the same final score; but with an empty netter to make it 2-0.

The Flames for their part looked rattled. They forced the play, were disconnected, and far too happy to shoot from the perimeter with no net front presence.

Will be interesting to see what adjustments are made for Saturday’s game in Dallas.

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Game 1: Flames 1 Stars 0

May 3rd, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The puck drops on a Calgary C of Red attended playoff game for the first time since that disappointing game five against the Colorado Avalanche in 2019, on a very good note.

The Flames came out hard and pushed the Stars onto their heels, running up a 9-0 lead in shots, and scoring what turned out to be the game winner on a powerplay with Elias Lindholm lighting the lamp.

From there the game ground into a very low event game, with the Flames literally giving up nothing in battling their way to a 1-0 win to take an identical 1-0 lead in their best of seven series against the Dallas Stars.

If you’re a Dallas fan you like the fact they hung in and didn’t get blown out.

If you’re a Flames fan you like the fact your team is up 1-0 in games despite the top line not having a whole lot going on five on five.

Game two goes Thursday night.

Good start!

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Predators 4 (OT)

April 26th, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Wouldn’t that be a playoff series?

The Flames came from behind three times to force overtime; the third of three games to enter extra time between the teams, before winning it on an Elias Lindholm strike through former Flame David Rittich.

The game was tied when Matthew Tkachuk tied the game with 0.1 seconds left on the clock.

The loss for the Predators moves them into a tie with the Stars with even games played for the final playoff spot.

Will be an interesting week.

With two fights and a lot of scrums the Flames were on their toes to send a message should the Predators be their first round foes.

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Game Takes: Flames 6 Vancouver 3

April 23rd, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Under Darryl Sutter the Flames play to roll their regular roster and stay sharp for their upcoming playoff series against one of Nashville or Dallas (yeah calling it).

Tonight, the Flames were text book in limiting the chances of a desperate Vancouver team, and getting it done before their backup and their backup to the backup with Jacob Markstrom in street clothes.

The Flames were full money to be up 2-0, but Vancouver tied it up early in the third before the Flames took it away with three straight goals.

Elias Lindholm joined the 40 goal club, and Johnny Gaudreau passed Joey Mullen for all time best seasons in a memorable night at the Saddledome for a meaningless game for the Flames.

Next home game … game one!

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Stars 2

April 21st, 2022 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

There it is!

The Flames can now officially start preparing for their first round playoff matchup as they clinched their second Pacific crown in four years with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

The game, which featured a mile stone 40th goal / 100th point strike from Matthew Tkachuk was another example of the Flames not firing on all offensive cylinders, but still playing the type of team defense that wins a lot of hockey games.

With four games to go on the schedule Sutter can now focus on systems and getting his club ready for what the city hopes is a bit of a run this Spring.

Home ice for the first two rounds are secure.

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