Game Takes: Flames 3 Panthers 1

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

Sometimes you play well but don’t get the points.

We saw that in the Flames recent road trip with solid efforts in all three cities, but only two loser points to show for their efforts.

Tonight though, the opposite … a relatively complacent home effort against the Florida Panthers, but a first star lap from goaltender Jacob Markstrom in his return from a two week absence with a broken finger the difference in a 3-1 win.

The Flames score two third period short handed goals to break a 1-1 tie, that’s five shorthanded goals in seven games for a team that can’t buy a powerplay goal.

Such a strange season.

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Game Takes: Flames 4 Bolts 2

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

The Flames have scored the first goal of the game in their last four games and lost them all.

They had third period leads in each of their last three games and lost them all.

Tonight they scored the game’s first three goals and had a tense third period, but righted the ship on a Connor Zary goal and held on for a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

The win snaps a losing streak and sets the stage for a Matthew Tkachuk game on Monday night.

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Game Takes: Wild 3 Flames 2 (SO)

December 14th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

That’s three straight games on this trip with third period leads, and three straight losses.

Not the best recipe for a team looking to dig themselves out of a hole and into the mix in the West standings.

At least the last two blown leads resulted in points as the Flames lost back to back extra time games; this one a 3-2 shoot out loss in Minnesota.

Calgary returns home to play the Lightning on Saturday night.

Need a streak … stat!

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Game Takes: Knights 5 Flames 4 (OT)

December 12th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

That has to hurt.

Two goal lead heading into the third period last night in Denver and lose in regulation.

One goal lead heading into the third period tonight in Vegas, and they lose in overtime.

At least this time they scored the tying goal with the goalie pulled to secure a point.

Road trip winds up with another long flight to Minny for a game on Thursday.

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Game Takes: Avalanche 6 Flames 5

December 11th, 2023 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

For the last month the Flames have moved between two games under .500 and .500 itself.

Never worse. Never better.

Tonight with their fourth loss the Flames move back to three games under .500 for the first time since their win in Montreal on November 15th.

They’ve held serve in the last few weeks, but they’re just not making up any ground on that pace needed to make a push into a playoff spot.

Tonight they take a 5-3 lead into the third period and are doing quite well for the first ten minutes. Then the house of cards come crashing down with the Avalanche scoring three straight goals and skating away with a 6-5 win.

Things don’t get any easier tomorrow night with the team heading into Vegas to play the Cup Champs.

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