Special Teams Are Special in Flames Win

Special Teams Are Special in Flames Win

Calgary 4 – Arizona 2 You are supposed to beat Arizona. I may not be easy but you’re supposed to take those two points on the worst team in the league (maybe the worst franchise?). Calgary squeak out two points thanks largely to the play of their special teams. At the beginning of the season the power-play and the penalty kill were less than stellar. In fact, they were at the bottom of the week. With the winning ways of…

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Flames Dropped at Home vs Lightning

Flames Dropped at Home vs Lightning

The Calgary Flames came into tonight’s game vs. their nemesis Tampa Bay Lightning (why does Florida have two teams? Anybody?) riding a six game winning streak. Two things were lost, the Flames winning streak, and their chances of every getting a day off in the future. With some breathing room in the schedule the team got a full extra day off, and rewarded home town faithful with a flat pathetic effort. The Flames were coasting after the first five, got…

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Calgary Flames Finally Serve Anaheim Ducks Massive Loss 8-3

Calgary Flames Finally Serve Anaheim Ducks Massive Loss 8-3

This was actually a 7-1 blowout until the final 2 minutes. You knew the Flames’ were due. A result years in the making, Calgary has spent seasons trying to get over the ‘Duck Demons’, consistently losing, and sometimes badly, to the bigger, tougher, talented Ducks. The storyline was perfect for a Sunday evening game too. The return of Johnny Hockey. Gaudreau, originally slated to miss 4-6 weeks, has been practicing as of late, and made a surprise return to the…

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Calgary 3 – Toronto 0

Calgary 3 – Toronto 0

With this THIRD shut-out of the season, Chad Johnson back stopped the Flames to a convincing home victory against the refresh Toronto Maple Leafs. Coming off their longest road-swing of the season, the Flames took the lead early scoring twice in the first minute of the opening period. From then on it was more Calgary as the team comfortably road the lead to a victory. A couple of insight on tonight’s game.

Flames 3 – Detroit 2

Flames 3 – Detroit 2

In one of those rare days when both the Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Flames play, and win, the Flames did their part by sticking to their gameplan and pulling out a late game win thanks to the emerging second line lead by Mikael Backlund. Chad Johnson started his 4th game in a row, leading the Flames to their 3rd victory in a row. With the likes of the top line mostly non-existent, the big money players injured or invisible (Monahan…

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Flames 1 – Wild 0

Flames 1 – Wild 0

A photo posted by Calgary Flames (@nhlflames) on Nov 15, 2016 at 8:10pm PST We’ve always known that the Minnesota Wild please boring hockey, that means a low scoring game, which maybe, just maybe, gives the Flames a chance, and all you need is a chance for 29th best team in a league of 30 teams. Coach Gulutzan has taken the first month of the season to experiment with line combinations trying everything in the bag of tricks except for…

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Brief Report Cards – Flames Drop Two in Underperformance in Anaheim and LA

Brief Report Cards – Flames Drop Two in Underperformance in Anaheim and LA

How about that for identity?! A few losses here and there, and two games where a team ‘strengthening’ their identity had little to show. You know that feeling when you have a kid who’s clearly crappy at anything sports related, and even though they have shameless enthusiasm, when they start playing you can only keep your fingers crossed they don’t horribly embarrass themselves? That’s the Calgary Flames. There’s little to show with an ‘improved’ lineup and 14 games under their…

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California Swing – Flames 3 – SJ 2

California Swing – Flames 3 – SJ 2

The only saving grace for the inconsistent Flames’ play is the fact most other Western Conference teams are struggling too. Identity is the key to this team, something they’re still trying to find amidst a brand new system deployed by a brand new coaching staff. Slowly the team is picking up the pieces and assembling a competent on-ice product–slowly. Some games things look good for a while, other games things don’t look good. The Flames have been relying on the…

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