Game Takes: Flames 6 Yotes 3

February 22nd, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

First off … how the hell did the Arizona Coyotes go nine games with a point?

Secondly … didn’t that seem like the Flames season in a microcosm again? Outshooting the Coyotes 30-7 in the second period they were sitting down 1-3 on the scoreboard and looking like yet another loss to a bottom feeder.

Instead the Flames score two in the second and three more in the third to lay waste to the Coyotes and win the game 6-3 on Wednesday night.

The win is huge for the Flames as they couldn’t let this one get away with the Knights, Avalanche, Bruins and Leafs on tap and the Flames having to win at almost a .700 clip the rest of the way.

Two points banked tonight.

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Game Takes: Flyers 4 Flames 3

February 20th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

If this was a one off it would be a moral victory.

But it’s the theme of the season so there’s no solace in out shooting, out chancing and controlling the play.

You need to convert your chances. You need to get a save.

The Flames haven’t had enough of either on the season and tonight like so many nights they come up short losing 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Family Day Monday in Calgary.

Just not their season.

Tired of saying it.

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Game Takes: Flames 3 Rangers 2 (OT)

February 18th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Flames won a game in extra time? Pinch me!

After a woeful season of losing games either in the extra time or shoot out the Flames were the recipient of an overtime powerplay, the high stick to public enemy number one Adam Fox, with Mikael Backlund doing the honours in the extra period.

The Flames had a two nothing lead on two quick goals in the game’s first minute before the Rangers got back on even terms with a goal in each of the second and third period to tie things up.

The win gives the Flames points in three of their last four games which sounds a lot cheerier than a blown lead in Ottawa and a face plant against the Red Wings on home ice two nights ago.

Still in the hunt.

Still no breathing room.

Bring on the Flyers.

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Game Takes: Wings 5 Flames 2

February 16th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

They just can’t keep finding ways to lose games.

Tonight some cobwebs after a long road trip; they hadn’t been on home ice in 21 days, and some spotty goaltending again hands the Wings a 5-2 win at the Saddledome on Thursday night.

But enough is enough.

In this season from hell they just keep finding a way not to put together the streak that’s needed to secure a playoff spot. Not getting a timely save, not getting some finish on a key scoring chance, the blown lead in Ottawa taking away a point, or their horrendous record in both one goal games and overtime and the shoot out.

Just a laundry list of reasons this just isn’t their year.

They’re still in it, but man this just keeps limping along.

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Game Takes: Senators 4 Flames 3 (OT)

February 13th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

A solid road effort with a hugely disappointing finish.

You could laugh it off if it wasn’t in the 65% mark of a season that has just been a head scratcher, but instead it’s just another straw towards that proverbial camels’ back.


The Flames dominate the game from start to finish, build up a two goal lead in the third period and then with the goalie pulled give up not one but two goals and then the overtime winner after dominating the overtime period as well.

The five game trip all in all was successful enough with six points; they’re in better shape than when they left.

But such a different feel to this season …

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