Game Takes: Flames 6 Panthers 5 (SO)

October 24th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well that was something wasn’t it?

Two good goaltenders beat for 10 regular time goals on just 47 shots, but I honestly wouldn’t say they played all that poorly (save for maybe the Panthers go ahead goal in the third). A Calgary 4-2 lead in the third period blown with three straight Florida goals, only to see a late Sam Bennett goal send the game to overtime. An overtime period that featured a late powerplay, and then a shoot out where Calgary goes perfect both in shooting and shot stopping in a crazy 6-5 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

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Game Takes: Caps 5 Flames 3

October 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You never want to chase a game.

The Flames were money through the first period, outplaying their visitors and setting a solid two way five on five tone after delivering a win in Anaheim. The second saw back to back odd goals though, and really from there the Flames never really recovered.

The first a tough angle shot that had Cam Talbot looking unprepared and then almost hurt after the play. The second on a bobble behind the net and a puck off of Rasmus Andersson’s skate. Just like that it’s 2-0 Washington and the Flames never really found their game again.

They tied it briefly in the second, but the Caps pulled ahead again on an Ovechkin one timer and that was that in setting up a listless third period.

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Game Takes: Flames 2 Ducks 1

October 20th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames won a game in Anaheim! I know!

Sure they broke that nasty streak in 2017 with Mike Smith making his first visit as a Flame, but it hasn’t been pretty since so it was nice to see another goaltender making his first start for Calgary at the Honda Center, Cam Talbot repeating that good news story.

It wasn’t a perfect performance mind you, as the Flames repeated their misery in the face off circle, gave up three more powerplays than they earned, and started a period on their heels once again.

But two points are two points, and a weekend split in Los Angeles feels pretty good after that face plant last night.

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Game Takes: Kings 4 Flames 1

October 19th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

When you play a trash period it’s hard to win a hockey game.

For the second straight game against the Pacific fodder Kings the Calgary Flames mailed in a period completely, and it cost them the hockey game.

Just over a week ago the Flames were out shot 20-3 in the first period, almost recovered but lost the game in overtime.

Tonight they were out shot 20-3 in the second period, but gave up three goals, a lead that was insurmountable in losing a listless and disappointing 4-1 setback in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Can’t imagine Bill Peters will be happy with that one. Will be more than a little interesting to see how they respond in Anaheim tomorrow night.
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Game Takes: Flames 5 Wings 1

October 17th, 2019 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

In what felt like the first relaxing win of the season, the Calgary Flames shook off a rusty second period and rode the avalanche of depth scoring to a 5-1 win on Thursday night at the Saddledome.

A newly created third line of Milan Lucic, Derek Ryan and Sam Bennett led the way with a total of four points in routing the Wings and moving the team over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Fingers crossed that Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm are both ok after second and third period injuries respectively, as the lines and team appears to be finally getting on a roll.

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