Postgame: What a Beating

Pat Steinberg
December 01 2010 10:50PM

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 13: The Vancouver Canucks celebrate Mason Raymond goal during game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre November 13, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images)

When you spend too much time in the box, fail to convert on your own powerplay, and make shoddy mistakes in your own end...things like this are going to happen.  And that's exactly what happened on Wednesday night, as the Calgary Flames gave up four third period goals to fall 7-2 at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.

What Happened

Probably not the way the Flames wanted to start this hockey game, falling down 1-0 exactly two minutes into the first period...Mason Raymond would start a banner night with his fifth of the year and would an assist about seven minutes later when Jeff Tambellini potted his fourth at 8:51, and just like that the Flames were down by two goals.  Tambellini's goal was earned though, as he outraced Mark Giordano to a puck behind the net.  However, the Flames would score shortly thereafter, thanks to Tim Jackman's third of the season...he tipped home a Mark Giordano shot at 10:01.  It looked like the period might get away on the Flames, but they reeled it back in and were down by just the one goal after 20, despite being outshot 16-9 (even though scoring chances finished 6-6).

The Canucks would restore their two goal lead early on in the second period, this time on the powerplay...Daniel Sedin would pot his 14th of the season after his brother's shot went off of Kiprusoff's helmet; Ryan Kesler would scoop up the rebound and find Daniel at 3:05.  But once again, the Flames battled back...Alex Tanguay would bank a shot off the back of Roberto Luongo for his seventh at 6:22, and this one was close.  It looked like Calgary might gain some momentum after an impressive penalty kill on a Curtis Glencross cross checking major; and in fact, the Flames drew a penalty which would start in the third period.

That powerplay opened up the final frame, and didn't yield the right result...at all.  After the Flames came close to tying things, the Canucks broke in on a 2-on-0 odd man rush, which Raymond would make no mistake on...a sick deke put the Canucks up 4-2 just over a minute into the third.  And then things unravelled...Burrows at 6:16, Raymond for the trick at 15:37, and Dan Hamhuis at 17:56 would bring us to our lovely 7-2 score.

One Good Reason...

...why they Flames lost?  Well...we could probably count a number of ways, but it comes down to the fact that the Flames weren't good enough throughout.  Look, Calgary had their opportunity to tie things in the third period, and they didn't cash...but when this team fights the puck like they do, it's absolute kryptonite to trail heading into the final 20.  Yes, it's bad for every team...but it happens too much with this team.  13 times in 25 games the Flames have found themselves down after 40...that's too much.  They were down because Vancouver was better in the first two periods, but did a nice job of not letting it get away on them.  But they let this thing completely derail in the third period, and did not have the ability to reel it back once again.  Not good enough tonight.

Red Warrior

Do I have to?  I don't know what's tougher...finding the bright spot, or singling out one goat.  Yeesh.  I'll go with Robyn Regehr, who finished above water in even strength chances and played 23:36 of tough, tough minutes.  He was out there against the wheeling Canucks first line time and time again, as expected, and did a nice job.  However, all that penalty kill time takes it's toll...and it did, on him and the team.

Sum It Up

Once again, the Flames negate a good win over the Minnesota Wild by taking a big step backwards...and once again, they're three games below .500.  We hear this term "fragile team" and it certainly seemed apt on this night...yeah, the Raymond goal was a back breaker, but there was absolutely nothing from there.  Nothing.  If this team doesn't reign in that part of their game, things will continue to go in this direction.

Yet, after saying all that...you don't have to squint that hard to say this game could have been 3-3 early in the third period.  The margin on this team remains very, very slim...the difference between a tie game and a blowout loss is that small.  Odd, odd team.

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#51 Kent Wilson
December 02 2010, 12:16PM
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Trufan wrote:

I'll bet against the odds!!! Flames will make the playoffs n shut all u complainers up! Funny thing is, if they do make the playoffs I'll b right this whole time, n all u complainers will once again b cheering for the flames acting as if u weren't whining 4 months earlier! What's 63% really!!! It's not that difficult!

I Hate BandWagon Jumpers!!!

Ahh the true believers. If not always right, then at least always sanctimonious.

Contribute to the discussion in some meaningful fashion or take a hike.

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#52 Trufan
December 02 2010, 12:33PM
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Thanks for the comments boys :) @Gange You must be a Golfer since the worst scenario is making the playoffs. But there's other ways around rebuilding instead of throwing away the season just to get a high draft pick that could end up a bust anyways.

About the complainers or true fans, fans are just fans, let the gm's/owners/players play! If all the media in Calgary would just let them play without Talkin B.S everday about trades/firing gm's, coaches, I'm sure we would be in a better situation!

As for the situation were only 7 points out of 1st in our division, 6 out of playoff picture, everbodys acting like there's six more games left of the season!

Relax People

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#53 Sherw88d
December 02 2010, 02:52PM
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@CitizenFlame

When there was a standing ovation in YOUR barn full of rival fans to end the game, its disgusting. I really hope that resonates with athletes that get to sleep on their big piles of money.

We don't ask for alot, but getting squished under the thumb by a team that you've hated for years - that's unbearable.

I'd rather finish last in the league and beat Vancouver 6 times than finish in the playoffs and get lose the season series to the Canucks.

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#54 everton fc
December 02 2010, 03:02PM
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#55 everton fc
December 02 2010, 03:05PM
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@TruFan

I thought along the same lines last week - "We're only a few points out of first in our division..." And thought this game would be a competitive battle towards top of the table.

The team last evening showed they are incapable of making that next step.

That is the root of the current situation. It's toxic, I'm afraid.

Don't blame the press. Look inside the dressing room, at practices... strategy... which includes trades... free agent signings... scouting... drafting...

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#56 B
December 02 2010, 07:18PM
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Perhaps the 5 D on the PP was just an attempt to get some of the players with NMC/NTC to get ticked off enough to ask for a trade. We can only hope.

As a note, I think we all know that Sutter has earned to much loyalty from the Flames brass to be fired; he'll be promoted and I don't really have an issue with that. As long as whoever (Feaster) takes the GM role has a new, fresh vision of where to take this team.

Iginla and Sutter need to sit down together and realize a championship isn't going to happen anytime soon and collectively agree that they should part ways. Iginla deserves a shot at a winner and shouldn't feel any shame in moving on.

...the 5 D on the PP stunt was just a big middle finger to all the Flames top players by Brent Sutter.

...loyalty? It's more about results than loyalty. Above average to average regular season team every year and only 1 playoff miss. Some questionable moves, but some good ones as well. 2 straight playoff misses qualifies for the "firing Sutter discussion" to seriously open IMO.

...if the Flames miss the playoffs and Sutter is promotoed it would be another big middle finger from a Sutter, this time to all the Flames fans. A fresh vision isn't possible for the new GM when your new boss is rewarded for failure.

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#57 Mike
December 02 2010, 08:05PM
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Gange wrote:

Lanny and Playfair? Really? Ok...not really sure how Lanny got into this. I'd probably look to Kisio for GM and leave Ken and Brent in place.

I think Mikkelson has some upside. He's shown flashes of good play. For next year I'd be happy to see him on a 5-6 with Pardy. Reggie and J-bouw as 1-2 and Gio with a pickup for 3-4.

I'd say that we don't have a problem on defense for next year. Well other than Sarich but he can sit in the press box and be a 7th.

Gange this is the thinking that keeps this train wreck on the tracks. Doesn't matter where you put the rocks or pylons, the outcome will be the same. A loss. Liquidate the prime assets (Robin, Kipper, Bo), jettison anyone else over 26, keep Iggy & Tanguay as mentors, call up some AHL players and play for draft picks. It's over Gange and shuffling won't help.

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#58 That_Angela
December 02 2010, 08:44PM
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@Trufan,

You do the team more of a disservice by blindly accepting that which is placed before you. Some of us would rather feast on turkey and all the trimmings, while you seem pleased with limp and lukewarm hamburger from McDonald's.

Those who criticize want the best out of the team. We want the team to play with heart, with pride, with consistency.

We want them to play good hockey.

We aren't getting that. Our cranberries are canned, not fresh.

And it sucks.

That doesn't mean anyone is less or more of a fan than anyone else.

We just refuse to accept that this is the best team we can be given to watch.

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#59 John F
December 02 2010, 09:29PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Ahh the true believers. If not always right, then at least always sanctimonious.

Contribute to the discussion in some meaningful fashion or take a hike.

Kent-You tolerate the Negative commenters,Sutter and Jokinen haters to make unintelligible grunts without much complaint. Hold them to the same standard and we will take your requests a bit more seriously.

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#60 CitizenFlame
December 03 2010, 12:56AM
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@Sherw88d

I agree 100%. I hate the Canucks more than anything. Also agree with your statement about getting your hopes up only to be steamrolled by your archenemies. Having to endure their fans celebrating right in front of you is almost too much to bear and is enough to drive a guy over the deep end. A couple of beers and I might have donkey-punched the dude in front of me!

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#61 CitizenFlame
December 03 2010, 01:11AM
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@everton fc

I liked that you refenced T-bay as an example for the Flames to follow instead of so many others who tout the Oilers, Blackhawks, Penguins, etc. I'm not a fan of the blow it up and suck for 7 years model for becoming an elite team. Tampa is an example of a team that had some good pieces (St Louis, Lecavelier) and was able to draft some good players (Stamkos & Hedman) add a few good free agents (Gagne, Ohlund) to retool their team into a competitive team. I think Calgary has better pieces in place than Tampa did. If Calgary could snag a top 5 pick this year and maybe next I think that would be great. I also think that Calgary needs to follow T-bays example and move now to bring in a good GM to ensure this happes.

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#62 Grumpy
December 03 2010, 01:45AM
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@CitizenFlame

Could this really be a coaching issue? I mean our PP sucks anyway you slice it! Whats up with the team coming out so flat in the 3rd.

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#63 PrairieStew
December 03 2010, 08:14AM
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John F wrote:

Kent-You tolerate the Negative commenters,Sutter and Jokinen haters to make unintelligible grunts without much complaint. Hold them to the same standard and we will take your requests a bit more seriously.

The point, for the most part is discussion and analysis based on observation. While trufan may believe .630 is possible, a little insight would be expected if you are going to bother to shout down the others. Complaining about the players or management is one thing, complaining about the complainers is another. If you want to attack my position, please give reasons why you disagree rather than brilliant repartee like this :

" Funny thing is, if they do make the playoffs I'll b right this whole time, n all u complainers will once again b cheering for the flames acting as if u weren't whining 4 months earlier".

And, for the record, I still think they can make the playoffs because : Their schedule so far has been weighted heavily to tougher teams, the west is extremely tight, they have lots of games left with St Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Minnesota - all the teams they will be competing with. This from a guy who was a primary advocate of "blow the thing up" last summer.

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#64 John F
December 03 2010, 02:54PM
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The point, for the most part is discussion and analysis based on observation. While trufan may believe .630 is possible, a little insight would be expected if you are going to bother to shout down the others. Complaining about the players or management is one thing, complaining about the complainers is another. If you want to attack my position, please give reasons why you disagree rather than brilliant repartee like this :

" Funny thing is, if they do make the playoffs I'll b right this whole time, n all u complainers will once again b cheering for the flames acting as if u weren't whining 4 months earlier".

And, for the record, I still think they can make the playoffs because : Their schedule so far has been weighted heavily to tougher teams, the west is extremely tight, they have lots of games left with St Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Minnesota - all the teams they will be competing with. This from a guy who was a primary advocate of "blow the thing up" last summer.

Fair enough.

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