Post-Game: Gerd' Durn' Bugs

Justin Azevedo
October 04 2013 08:02PM

 

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Despite a lethargic middle 40, the Flames were able to go into Columbus and get a win on the second night of a back-to-back, beating the Blue Jackets 4-3. Tonight's game might not have had the same excitement as last nights, but a few shining moments and a solid overall game from the Flames made the contest fine overall.

The Rundown

The game started with a bang, with Sean Monahan knocking a pretty nice feed from Lee Stempniak past Sergei Bobrovsky for his first NHL goal less than 4 minutes into the period. The Jackets would strike back quickly, however, as Shane O'Brien took an idiotic interference penalty leading to a Jack Johnson goal.

TJ Galliardi would restore the lead with 12 minutes left, showing off a nifty little move after burning past Ryan Murray to undress Bobrovsky and go top ched for his first as a Flame.

Aside: Charlie Simmer took this chance to commend Shane O'Brien for taking the penalty where Johnson scored as the penalty showed grit. Personally, if that's what grit is, I'm okay with less of it.

Joey MacDonald had a pretty good sequence during the 2nd kill of the period, stopping two deflected pucks in succession. Good to see after a particularly sluggish effort on the first goal - but hell, the guy isn't that good, so that's not surprising. The rest of the period was a bit of a tire-fire for Joey Mac - it's obvious that he's not going to be an above replacement-level goalie. 

There was a break later on in the period where TJ Brodie did about the feeblest roll ever in an attempt to block a pass. Obviously, it failed, but a nice play by Mark Giordano to take out the man rushing in the back door.

Before the end of the period, a nice 3-on-2 rush from the Jackets resulted in a Blake Comeau shot that took two bounces off of Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik's sticks before ending up in the back of the net. Decent hand-eye co-ordination from Gaborik to knock the puck out of mid-air.

Much like last night, it was a pretty crazy first period. Chances were 7-6 for the Jackets (6-5 at EV) and shots were 14-11 for the Jackets (13-8 at EV).

The second period didn't have the same scoring to it as the first did, and that was reflected in the chance total. Aside from two close Mikael Backlund chances, the Flames didn't really legitimately threaten Bobrovsky. The period still had a good pace to it, however.

I don't know if Joe Colborne just looks slow or is actually slow, but for whatever reason he just looked laboured to me tonight. I'm assuming there were 3 or 4 factors that led to that so I'll give him a break. However, David Jones doesn't have those excuses. He looks like he's skating in quicksand.

There was also two big defensive plays that I noticed in the second - one good and one bad. For the good, Brian McGrattan made a nifty move by picking Ryan Murray's pocket in the slot. Big Ern appeared to come out of nowhere to start a rush up ice with Street and Bouma. For the bad, Kris Russell made a poor decision with about 6 minutes left in the period to simply throw the puck up the middle of the ice. Russell was under a significant amount of pressure, but that's just not something you should do as a defenseman for any reason.

Chances were 4-2 for the Flames, all at even strength. Shots were 8-7 for the Flames, 8-6 at evens.

The slow play continued for the better part of the 3rd period until a couple of nifty moves from Jiri Hudler lifted the Flames past the Jackets permanently: a nice little stickhandle in the phone booth type thing and seconds later a rocket of a shot from the left dot put the good guys up 3-2. Curtis Glencross would add another off of a Mark Giordano rebound just 41 seconds later to bring the Flames lead to 4-2.

However, score effects started to rear their ugly head as Columbus pushed back as hard as they could - and eventually they broke through. Artem Anisimov scored from close in late to cut the lead to 4-3, giving the Jackets some life. 

A late penalty from Jack Johnson erased any chance of a comeback, however, and the Flames emerged with a 4-3 victory. Shots ended up being 32-30 for the Jackets, 30-24 at EV.

Red Warrior

Gotta go with Jiri Hudler - I was impressed by his play the whole night and he seemed to be driving his line with a +3 EV scoring chance differential. Plus, that shot. Yowza.

Why The Flames Won

They were the luckier team tonight. This game was even through 55 minutes of play in basically every way possible until score effects and 2 more goals came into play. The Flames got lucky with one shot and took it from there.

Scoring Chances

 

 

 

Left = Columbus Right = Calgary

 

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:17 Hudler 17 38 10 7 47 72 8 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Away 1 17:35 Monahan (Goal) 42 55 14 21 27 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 1 17:24 Street 42 55 14 21 27 72 38 16 17 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 15:52 Dubinsky 18 24 71 7 47 72 8 54 20 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 14:04 Johnson (PP Goal) 42 10 13 7 21 72 17 20 5 6 35   5v4
Home 1 12:14 Comeau 42 55 14 21 27 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Away 1 12:05 Galliardi (Goal) 42 55 14 21 27 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Away 1 9:43 Backlund 18 24 71 7 47 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 9:11 Johnson 18 24 71 7 47 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 5:07 Umberger 18 24 71 6 58 72 8 54 47 5 7 35 5v5
Home 1 4:43 Dubinsky 17 10 14 7 47 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Home 1 4:41 Gaborik (Goal) 17 10 14 7 47 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 1 1:26 Jones 17 11 6 58 72   24 54 20 4 6 35 4v5
Home 2 15:09 Johansen 18 19 71 21 27 72 8 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Home 2 13:10 Jenner 24 38 13 6 21 72 38 16 17 4 6 35 5v5
Away 2 10:47 Stempniak 42 55 11 21 27 72 23 22 39 44 55 35 5v5
Away 2 7:02 Giordano 17 18 38 6 58 72 23 24 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 2 1:08 Backlund 18 19 14 7 47 72 11 24 39 5 6 35 5v5
Away 2 0:43 Backlund 17 10 14 7 47 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 18:51 Anisimov 17 10 14 7 47 72 8 54 20 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 18:50 Anisimov 42 55 11 6 58 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Away 3 12:13 Giordano 24 13 21 27 72   11 23 22 5 7 35 4v5
Away 3 9:58 Backlund 38 42 55 7 47 72 8 54 20 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 9:27 Johansen 18 19 71 6 58 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Home 3 9:27 Johansen 18 19 71 6 58 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 3 7:51 Hudler (Goal) 17 10 14 21 27 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Away 3 7:08 Glencross (Goal) 38 42 55 6 58 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 6:52 Anisimov 38 42 55 6 58 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 5:12 Comeau 17 10 14 7 47 72 38 54 20 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 4:13 Anisimov 42 55 11 6 58 72 23 22 47 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 3:55 Anisimov 42 55 11 6 58 72 23 22 47 5 7 35 5v5
Away 3 2:43 Stempniak 24 10 14 7 21 72 23 22 17 5 7 35 5v5

# Player EV     PP     SH    
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 16:38 3 5 02:59 1 0 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:00 7 7 01:47 1 0 03:52 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 21:49 4 5 03:22 1 0 03:57 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:12 6 7 01:59 1 0 01:49 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:41 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 16:08 6 4 01:26 1 0 01:24 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 04:31 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 06:03 2 1 00:00 0 0 01:18 0 1
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 13:33 1 3 03:43 1 0 02:32 0 1
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 14:47 3 6 01:15 1 0 02:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:05 4 6 01:15 1 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:22 8 5 02:56 1 0 00:00 0 0
35 MACDONALD, JOEY   13 16   2 0   0 1
38 STREET, BEN 07:06 1 2 00:58 0 0 01:04 0 0
39 GALIARDI, TJ 17:41 8 5 00:11 0 0 01:56 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 13:48 3 4 00:11 0 0 01:54 0 0
47 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 11:39 2 7 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
54 JONES, DAVID 12:33 1 4 03:43 1 0 01:18 0 0
55 O'BRIEN, SHANE 09:49 3 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 7 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 8 4 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sum It Up

The Flames return home for Sunday night's opener with a 1-0-1 record on a back-to-back. That's not bad at all.

This game wasn't exactly thrilling, but it was a good hockey game from the Flames against a team that will likely compete for a playoff spot. In saying that, though, it was painfully obvious that this team really needs Matt Stajan back and Joey MacDonald to not play anymore. I guess we'll see what happens come Sunday.

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Justin is a 23-year-old Flames fan who also happens to be pursuing a double major at the University of Calgary. He has played hockey at high levels, enjoys wearing shorts and tends to drink far too much Grasshopper. Please don't hate him.
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#1 Bezer
October 04 2013, 08:47PM
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Brian McGrattan 2 GPs 0 PIMs 1 Assist 9ish mins played 3 penalties drawn.

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#2 Parallex
October 04 2013, 08:56PM
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Also your Calgary Flames are at present the 3rd best team in the NHL... yay small sample sizes!

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#4 Sean Bennett
October 04 2013, 09:48PM
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I`m starting to get really excited about Monahan -not because he scored a goal, but because he looks so comfortable in the neutral and d-zones for an 18 year old rookie.

This kid`s a keeper.

Baertchi also had some nice chances but seemed intent on passing rather than shooting.

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#5 Ryan Pike
October 04 2013, 09:01PM
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Zone starts!

Street's line: 4 O-zone, 2 D-zone
Colborne's line: 4 O-zone, 1 D-zone
Backlund's line: 4 O-zone, 1 D-zone
Monahan's line: 2 O-zone, 3 D-zone

Flames had more O-zone starts than D-zone starts, signifying they drove play a bit.

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#6 Baalzamon
October 04 2013, 08:18PM
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I actually thought Colborne's skating was okay. I mean, he is 6'5".

Another weird game for Russell. Anyone else notice that he's somehow a +4 through two games? I'm not a supporter of the stat, but that's just bizarre.

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#7 Walter white u
October 04 2013, 08:57PM
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Last night yet another near fatal injury when a Canuck (typical) kicked his skate up in the air and almost caused a horrible injury to an opposing player; the NHL needs to stop this before someone gets seriously hurt. Players should be responsible for their skates just like they are responsible for their sticks.....WW

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#8 coachedpotatoe
October 05 2013, 07:45AM
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Comments about depth, the Heat also won last night 5-2. Hankowski had two, Jooris had a couple of assists, Berra won. The rebuild seems to be beginning. They still have lots of work to do and there is still a lot of development to do. Hopefully they keep working hard and when the dark days come during the rebuild we don't loss our patience.

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#9 Dr. Philosophy
October 04 2013, 10:37PM
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I'm making a screenshot of the Pacific standings for comfort in January.

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#10 Baalzamon
October 04 2013, 11:39PM
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@Colin.S

"I like Colborne, but I see what a lot of leafs fans were saying about him. He has the size, but doesn't use it."

I don't want to be "that guy" but Joe did have four hits in this one.

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#11 coachedpotatoe
October 05 2013, 07:29AM
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Who are these guys? 1-0-1 they are playing pretty hard and playing as a team. If Monahan keeps playing the way he is there is no way he gets sent down. I have really like how Backlund is playing as it seems he has is becoming the player we wanted him to be (how many years he it taken, if we have had patience with him we need to show patience with Sven). I still see that some want to trow a parade and some want to throw players under the bus.(seems like Russel is the flavor of the night) I have to say that considering that he is playing 4th D minutes when he was a 6/7 in St L he has not been as bad as the haters think. Remember we have a lot of players whom on most other teams would be playing lower minutes, so I'm happy that they are stepping up. Also if a kid like Sieloff develops like the team thinks Russel will become a 5/6 and play the role best suited for him.

What I am pleased with is how hard they play as and it seems that right now they are a team; it's up to everyone but especially the vets to keep it in focus.

A couple of people have commented about how if they are to continue to play this style they will need depth in the system and tat is a true statement. But for the first time in a decade we actually do have some parts who can come up, I would say about 6 forwards (some gritty centers, some skill and some toughness) and about 4 defensemen and possibly a third goalie. Who can we thank for that, Feaster and team.

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#12 jeremywilhelm
October 04 2013, 11:33PM
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Jeebus Backlund has looked damn good on zone entries so far.

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#13 acg5151
October 05 2013, 04:29AM
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@Justin Azevedo

Oh I know, it just seems like a ridiculous amount.

Like Duncan Keith minutes in the playoffs.

Like Zdeno Chara from 2011 minutes.

Like Dion Phaneuf in Toronto as the only NHL caliber d-man two years ago minutes.

I know he's a good dman, traded for him in NHL 11 all the time. I thought he was a good pickup when Calgary signed him. Funny you never hear people praise him though, or say good things about Feaster for signing him.

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#14 jeremywilhelm
October 05 2013, 07:33AM
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39 shots and 30 shots for in two games against some ok teams. I like.

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#15 Walter white
October 04 2013, 09:06PM
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@ parallax I stand corrected; he won one draw, I owe him an apology....

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#16 aloudoun
October 05 2013, 12:46AM
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If this is the direction the team continues to go in the future... I like it. A lot. Rebuilding is fun!

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#17 Baalzamon
October 04 2013, 08:56PM
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@Parallex

Actually tonight it was Stempniak with the kids. Jones was on the Glencross line for most of the night.

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#18 Mitch P
October 04 2013, 10:45PM
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@jeremywilhelm

Even if this room fragments under pressure, listen to the Hartley interview, he pretty much spells it out that last year there were some major problems in the room.

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#19 acg5151
October 05 2013, 04:17AM
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Am I the only one who noticed that Dennis Wideman played over half the game?

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#20 Colin
October 05 2013, 09:56AM
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@HongKongHockeyFan

I gotta say, it's probably pretty tough for him, I mean he had training camp with the leafs, probably trained in the off season with a bunch of them and with the way Carlyle is described around here, who knows the way that guy runs practices and such. So coming over after all that and then trying to start such a chaotic season with a bunch of other young flames players that are also vying for Roster spots probably is a bit much and will take him time to adjust to team, roster and system.

I still think it was a very worthwhile acquisition and will be patient for the most part. There are some Flaws in his game like a lot of younger players and we'll see how he handles himself and see if he can improve during the season.

I'm still in the Top 6 potential camp, rather than Brian Burkes, bottom 6 strategy.

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#21 Kevin R
October 05 2013, 11:42AM
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Love the start, love the fact we have some real good positives to pull out of games so early. The wins now don't mean anything, I remember a team coached by Greg Gilbert & a goalie named Roman Turek had us jumped out to the #1 team & undefeated in the NHL after the first 12 games & we missed the playoffs that year. I guess its human nature to judge some of these kids out of the gate. But we all knew we had no superstars going into the season, but we do have some talented young players who are about to get the chance to make their own stars. I am thrilled that Backlund & Brodie are well on their way & Monahan & Sven are getting acclimatized to the big stage. I am very comfortable Hartley is a good coach for this group & I'm happy Feaster is getting some vindication for his work toward this rebuild so far.

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#22 jeremywilhelm
October 04 2013, 10:42PM
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@Mitch P

It's been two games, and they won one of them. Wait until a tough spell before making proclamations like this.

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#23 Jeff In Lethbridge
October 05 2013, 10:18AM
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@Colin

if he works out to be a strong bottom six, we win this trade by miles.

If he somehow cracks the top 6 and is good - we won a lottery.

just trading a future 4th for a current legit prospect is a win by bringing the build forward...

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#24 Baalzamon
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@Clay

as oilers fan said, "Blue Jackets" refers to the Union soldiers of the American Civil war.

Which also explains why they fire a cannon after every goal they score.

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#25 Parallex
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Wonder how long they'll keep the Baertschi/Monahan/Jones line together... that's two in a row they've been out-chanced.

Maybe split up the youngins' and put Galiardi on Monahan's left?

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#26 Walter white
October 04 2013, 08:50PM
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Colborne lost every draw he took tonight I believe.....

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#27 Mitch P
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Listening to the post game interviews (especially Hartley) it's clear the vibe in the room has done a 180. I wonder where the split in the room was last year and how much a surly Iggy had to do with it?

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#28 loudogYYC
October 05 2013, 01:45AM
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@clyde

I thought the exact same thing watching the game tonight. This team is going all out on the 50/50 battles. It's great to see as a Flames fan, but it'll lead to injuries.

As long as Cammalleri, Stajan and Stempniak can stay healthy, we'll be ok.

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#29 Jeff In Lethbridge
October 05 2013, 07:13AM
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now if i was taking lessons on how to chear for a team during the rebuild from my oiler fan friends, I'd be bragging about how good we were, and how good we are going to be as if it somehow translated to being good now without actually being good.

instead I'll just simply pull out the old "on pace to score" metric.

actually if during the rebuild they just play hard and occasionally beat the oilers, I'm gonna be happy.

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#30 HongKongHockeyFan
October 05 2013, 09:15AM
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Justin, it looks like the fan base is quite divided on Joe Colborne's potential.

I am in agreement with your assessment that he looked slow but it seems many others disagree. I was feeling the hate earlier when i made similar comments during the game. Maybe it is his long lanky stride.

What I will say is that I have only seen him for one game, so we only have small snapshot of him. Props to him that he did say he did not have a good game and he is playing with a new team.

As a Calgary kid, I hope he does succeed but I guess he still has some time to improve.

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#31 FireOnIce
October 04 2013, 08:41PM
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You kill bugs good, Hudler.

Decent enough game. At times, they looked like the Flames of old - slow, uncaring, immobile. At other times, excited, quick, and fun to watch. I don't think this consistency will last through 82 games, especially for the kids.

Hopefully Stempniak keeps up the good play. We're going to need another 1st rounder come next summer.

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#32 Parallex
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@Walter white

NHL.com has him at 20% so he won at least 1.

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#33 Colin.S
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Darn east coast games meant I only got the third period, but what I saw, I liked as a team. I don't think this team will be any sort of playoff competitive this year, but at least they will be exciting, which is more than you can say about some of these past couple years teams.

I like Colborne, but I see what a lot of leafs fans were saying about him. He has the size, but doesn't use it. I also for the most part like the play of Monahan. But again there is some mistakes there and I don't like the 9 game limit, because like Feaster was saying, if he had the Baertschi emergency recall he would redo that situation. Is the 9 games enough to really make this decision?

Also sucks to be Stajan, can that kid never catch a break? Hopefully he recovers well so that we can still fetch a good asset for him. Stempniak is well on his way to getting us a first if we can't resign him(which I'd like to).

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#34 Colin.S
October 04 2013, 11:01PM
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Also forgot to add, I did catch a bit of the end of the second on my way home from work on the Fan960 and I was listening, they had McGratton and O'Brein on the ice at the same and not only was there no GA, but a good back check by McGratton. Amazing.

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#35 clyde
October 05 2013, 12:35AM
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This a GRITTY, hard working team. Love the identity that Hartley is trying to instill in them. But, if they are going to play this GRITTY, team first, hard working style, they will need to ensure that there are players ready to come up and help from the farm as this GRITTY style is tough. Having some of their young gems developing would really help too.

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#36 Colin
October 05 2013, 08:56AM
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Baalzamon wrote:

"I like Colborne, but I see what a lot of leafs fans were saying about him. He has the size, but doesn't use it."

I don't want to be "that guy" but Joe did have four hits in this one.

I don't want to be "that guy" either, but using an arbitrary stat like hits to say that he was using his size effictively is stupid. I've seen plenty of smaller players than him that have hit a ton more. For example, that Komarov guy the leafs had last year was 5'10" and led his team team in hits and was top 5 in the league in hits.

What I'm saying with his size, is his positioning, or using his big body to gain position on defenders, I didn't see that. Hitting doesn't mean using his size effectively, it means he hit someone. I want to see him use his size to muscle defenders off the puck in corners, or push them around in from of the net. Telling me he had 4 hits doesn't tell me he did any of that.

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#37 Clay
October 05 2013, 11:15AM
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What the hell kind of a name is "Bluejackets" anyway. It'd be like renaming the Jets the "Black Flies"

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#38 Colin
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@lionlager

Wouldn't/Shouldn't be a surprise anyone to hear that the room was potentialy a bit of a mess. You have several vets in the room who probably were probably trying to organize trades out of town while other guys are pissed that people wanted to abandon the sinking ship. Add in the people were probably pissed with their role or whatever else, I mean look at Sarich for example, I don't think for a minute that guy was happy all year after being signed for what he was, he probably thought he would get a bigger role instead of press box sitting. Maybe some of the newly signed guys (Wideman/Hudler) were not happy with the teams direction either. Add in some players who were probably not happy with the lockout as well, as some guys took bigger hits than others and you had a recipe for a powder keg.

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#39 exsanguinator
October 04 2013, 09:28PM
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@Ryan Pike

It's a little odd but not that surprising that they would give Monahan the most Dzone starts. I didn't see the game tonight so maybe there were some icings involved.

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#40 jeremywilhelm
October 04 2013, 11:43PM
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@Baalzamon

Shhhh, you are ruining the grit/big body peoples narratives.

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#41 Clyde
October 05 2013, 02:02AM
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loudogYYC wrote:

I thought the exact same thing watching the game tonight. This team is going all out on the 50/50 battles. It's great to see as a Flames fan, but it'll lead to injuries.

As long as Cammalleri, Stajan and Stempniak can stay healthy, we'll be ok.

It will be tough to maintain. A deep farm team and having a couple of players developing into elite talents are needed. But, great to watch at any rate

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#43 lionlager
October 05 2013, 12:07PM
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Mitch P wrote:

Even if this room fragments under pressure, listen to the Hartley interview, he pretty much spells it out that last year there were some major problems in the room.

Like what I wonder? I got the impression that Tangs was pissed when Iggy was traded and he wasn't. Also from the looks of the Comeau - Giordano stuff out there last night, might have been something from last year too.

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#44 oilers fan
October 05 2013, 12:11PM
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Columbus supplied for the union during the American cival war.. that is why their nickname is the Bluejackets.

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#45 Colin
October 05 2013, 11:05AM
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@Jeff In Lethbridge

IMO, we've already won this trade, I'm not debating that, I agree with sentiment

I just personaly feel like we have a guy that has top 6 potential rather than the Burke camp that feels he should be moulded to be a checking center. I hope he is given the chance to be that top 6 guy without Stajan around for the next several games. I mean his center skills need work, his faceoffs were bad, but thats not saying much as this whole stinks at taking faceoffs.

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