Post-Game: Scraping Bottom

Kent Wilson
November 17 2013 09:49AM

 

It was the Clash of the Cretins last night as both Alberta teams entered the last night sitting 14th and 15th in the Western Conference. The Flames got off to a decent start in October and raised hopes that perhaps the rebuild wasn't going to be as long or as painful as initially feared, but that outburst was short-lived. The Oilers, in contrast, were meant to finally take a step forward this season and start actually contending for something after seven years of wandering the desert, but instead have found themselves in the familiar position of being the league's punching bag.

So, aside from pride and the Springfield-Shelbyville rivalry, the stakes were pretty low. 

The Rundown

Unlike the rest of their games this month, the Flames came out and dominated the first period. The Oilers only rarely made it out of their own zone and when they did, the Flames usually turned them away at the defensive blueline. Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak were stopped on point-blank opportunities within the first two minutes and Calgary added at least two shots of the posts over the course of the period. The Flames finally solved Dubnyk midway through the first when Sean Monahan completed a nifty give and go with Jiri Hudler during a 3on2 break. Scoing chances ended up 9-2 in the Flames favour, meaning the home team was unlucky to enter the intermission only up by one. This would prove to be significant later.

Edmonton found a way to push back in the second, closing the gap in terms of shots and chances, but not in goals. Dennis Wideman pounced on errant centering pass at the top of the circles with three minutes left in the frame and hammered an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Chances were 3-2 at even strength for Calgary, but 5-4 overall in favour of Edmonton. Nevertheless, the Flames still looked to be in charge.

The collapse began just three minutes into the third. Taylor Hall broke into the Flames end with speed and dished off a pass to Jordan eberle in the high slot. Eberle made no mistake, rifling a shot into the top of the net over a surprised Reto Berra. Edmonton tied things five minutes later off of a bizarre play. A Sam Gagner shot from just inside the blueline deflected off a few bodies and floated over Berra's head and in front of a waiting Hamsky, who batted it out of mid-air into the yawning cage.

Calgary had mostly controlled things at even strength until that point in the game, but the sudden shift in fortune threw them back on their heels for the rest of the third. Edmonton's only sustained onslaught in the game finally culminated in the David Perron's game winning goal, scored on a cheating Berra from behind the Flames own goalline (see video). That gut-punch marker sealed the Flames fate. Edmonton iced things with an empty-netter with only a few seconds left.

Why the Flames Lost

Because they couldn't run up the score in the first period when they were by far the better team. Also, because their goaltending continues to surrender at least one groaner per contest. Although Devan Dubnyk has been under siege this year, he proved to be the better puck stopper last night and is arguably the reason the Oil escaped with the victory.

Red Warrior

Let's go with Sean Monahan. The kid led the team in shots on net with 5, broke a lengthy scoring drought with his goal and won 63% of his faceoffs.

Partial credit to Mikael Backlund who wasn't stuck on the 4th line for a change and managed to do all the things that makes him an effective player (dogged puck pursuit, great play reading, etc.). He also knocked Sam Gagner over in the offensive zone with one of the best hits of the night.

Scoring Chances 

 

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:38 Stempniak 4 6 18 22 29 47 4 14 36 40 77 93 5v5
Home 1 18:58 Cammalleri 4 6 13 23 24 29 2 21 27 40 57 94 5v5
Home 1 14:31 Brodie 7 18 22 29 44 47 4 14 36 40 77 93 5v5
Home 1 13:45 Smith 3 13 23 24 27 29 2 21 27 40 57 94 5v5
Home 1 13:21 Galiardi 4 6 11 29 39 54 2 15 27 40 57 94 5v5
Away 1 12:25 yakupov 4 6 8 17 29 39 40 44 64 77 83 89 5v5
Home 1 8:39 Stempniak 6 18 22 29 44 47 2 6 20 21 40 41 5v5
Home 1 7:38 Monahan goal 4 6 13 23 24 29 4 14 36 40 77 93 5v5
Home 1 4:32 Jones tip 4 6 11 29 39 54 36 40 64 77 83 89 5v5
Home 1 3:24 Stempniak 7 18 22 29 44 47 2 4 14 21 40 93 5v5
Away 1 0:44 Smyth tip 3 11 17 29 44   36 40 57 83 89 94 4v5
Away 2 18:36 Gagner one-timer 4 6 13 23 24 29 15 40 44 64 83 89 5v5
Home 2 15:40 Backlund backhand 4 6 11 29 39 54 2 27 40 57 77 94 5v5
Home 2 8:43 Hudler PP 4 13 22 23 24 29 2 21 27 40 94   5v4
Away 2 5:56 Smyth tip PP 3 17 18 29 44   36 40 77 83 89 94 4v5
Away 2 5:43 Hemsky PP 3 17 18 29 44   36 40 77 83 89 94 4v5
Away 2 5:42 Gagner PP 3 17 18 29 44   36 40 77 83 89 94 4v5
Away 2 3:56 Eberle 3 23 24 29 44 47 4 14 15 40 44 93 5v5
Home 2 3:18 McGrattan tip 6 8 16 17 29 44 15 27 40 44 57 94 5v5
Home 2 2:53 Wideman goal 4 6 18 22 29 47 15 27 40 44 57 94 5v5
Home 3 16:56 Baertschi 7 18 22 29 44 47 40 44 64 77 83 89 5v5
Away 3 16:19 Eberle goal 3 11 27 29 39 54 27 36 40 57 77 94 5v5
Home 3 14:23 Monahan 4 6 13 23 24 29 36 40 64 77 83 89 5v5
Home 3 12:03 Cammalleri 4 6 11 13 29 54 4 14 36 40 77 93 5v5
Away 3 11:43 Hemsky goal 4 6 18 22 29 39 2 21 40 64 83 89 5v5
Away 3 7:12 tip 4 6 11 13 24 29 21 27 36 40 57 94 5v5
Away 3 6:22 Eberle 3 7 11 13 24 29 2 4 14 15 40 93 5v5
Away 3 6:05 Tip 3 7 8 29 39 54 2 4 14 15 40 93 5v5
Away 3 3:34 Eberle 4 7 23 29 39 54 2 4 14 40 77 93 5v5
Home 3 3:09 Galiardi 4 11 22 29 39 44 2 40 64 77 83 89 5v5
Home 3 3:08 Backlund rebound 4 11 22 29 39 44 2 40 64 77 83 89 5v5

 

# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 14:47 1 4 00:00 0 0 01:49 0 4
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 22:08 11 5 02:25 1 0 00:12 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 23:30 11 4 01:42 0 0 00:48 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:20 3 3 02:30 0 0 00:36 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 04:49 1 2 01:23 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:16 6 3 00:52 0 0 00:53 0 1
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 18:29 5 3 02:25 1 0 00:46 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 03:03 1 0 00:55 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 06:31 1 1 00:00 0 0 01:15 0 4
18 STAJAN, MATT 15:27 6 1 00:00 0 0 01:18 0 3
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 14:53 8 1 02:37 1 0 00:36 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 16:54 4 3 02:58 1 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 19:34 4 4 02:12 1 0 00:00 0 0
27 SMITH, DEREK 09:12 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 BERRA, RETO   17 9   1 0   0 4
39 GALIARDI, TJ 14:26 5 5 00:06 0 0 00:26 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 16:41 7 1 00:57 0 0 01:49 0 4
47 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 14:10 6 1 02:59 0 0 00:00 0 0
54 JONES, DAVID 13:24 4 3 01:19 0 0 00:00 0 0

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 2 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 4 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 5 6 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sum it Up

Losing to the Oilers always stinks and the fact that Edmonton has been the second worst team in the league so far makes it doubly humiliating. The only semi-comfort the Flames might take from this defeat is the fact that they probably deserved better, unlike many of their other losses this month.

Calgary has now lost six games in a row (adn eight of their last nine) and the mood around the club is starting to turn sour. The test for the organization now is to coldly evaluate the roster in light of a long-term vision, rather than start to make moves based on an unpleasant (albeit not unexpected) losing streak in year one of the rebuild.

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#1 Derzie
November 17 2013, 09:58AM
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Nice sober blog entry Kent. Given the current mental state of the Oilers, losing to them is indeed Rock Bottom. The early shine is gone. Let's hope Gio and Glencross help tip the effort back to positive. We do not want the losing-virus to dig in to the boys psyche.

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#2 the forgotten man
November 17 2013, 10:16AM
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Good news...we can hopefully acquire another stud defence prospect along with another top 6 forward prospect this coming draft.

Bad news...will free agents want anything to do with Calgary due to our current state...the Oilers have shown that youth alone does not equal success. Plus I am really worried about our goaltending - with our current crew it looks like Gillies or bust. It is now becoming more important for Gillies to pan out than Jankowski.

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#3 SmellOfVictory
November 17 2013, 10:31AM
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I really liked Baertschi's game. I realize it was against the Oilers (gross), but he made a lot of consistently good plays.

Also, Colborne on the PP. Again. Sigh.

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#4 bookofloob
November 17 2013, 10:32AM
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I hate you, Reto Berra

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#5 Primo
November 17 2013, 10:45AM
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Kent....what was the official response from the Flames regarding not signing Mason Raymond? He was a local guy, cheap, young, speedy, wanted to play here and as it turns out is outstanding in SHOOTOUTS!!!

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#6 FlamesRule
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I hope next game someone takes on Ference for jumping Stemp after such a great, clean check.

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#7 Jerod
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Oiler fan here.

I watched after hours with Brian McGrattan what a class guy. Impressive

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#8 Kevin R
November 17 2013, 11:22AM
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Our guys just couldn't finish, too much overpassing trying to make the prettiest goal of the week on TSN. I counted at least 3 or 4 posts/crossbars & knew it wasn't going to be our night. Oilers are really bad on that backend. Flames looked like contenders the way they were pressing the Oiler D & getting them to cough up the puck over & over & over. United way would have been proud with that many giveaways. But the Oilers have talent & when they got a whiff they sunk us.

We really look like we are at the beginning of a free fall to a top 3 pick. Time to get a look at some players like Reinhart Knight, Hanks Cundari & others. Time to make this year our exploratory year.

Ryan Smyth needs to retire.

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#9 Walter White
November 17 2013, 11:48AM
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I'm ok with a top 3 pick this year and next, all this talk about creating a culture of losing is overplayed. Sure those douchebag Oilers are losers, but that has more to do with their character than anything else (and Kevin Lowe.....).

Teams like the Blackhawks and Pens got a few first overall picks in their rebuild days, they seem to be putting competitive teams on the ice year after year since then...... Where would those 2 teams be now without their top 3 picks?

WW

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#10 Kurt
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Derzie wrote:

Nice sober blog entry Kent. Given the current mental state of the Oilers, losing to them is indeed Rock Bottom. The early shine is gone. Let's hope Gio and Glencross help tip the effort back to positive. We do not want the losing-virus to dig in to the boys psyche.

If you think rock bottom is losing a squeaker to the Oilers 20 games into this season, I think expectations need to be reset. Wait til Cammy, Stemp & Stajan are traded for draft picks and we have to call up 3 slugs from Abby to replace them.

My roommate (A Coiler fan) is disgustingly annoying today. Seriously, 1 flukey win in a battle to see who is the tallest midget and he is rubbing it in.... Disgusting.

But seriously if we think this is rock bottom I think its gonna be an ugly next 12-24 months. Rock bottom isn't even a dot on the horizon yet.

BTW - Dancing Bear is a beauty. Loved him on after hours.

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Stempniak made a great lean hit on Ference, ended up eating some cheap shots and lost a few teeth, and NOBODY on the Flames did **** about it.

That's almost as bad as losing to the Oilers.

Letting somebody beat on one of your best players for absolutely no reason when he clearly doesn't want to fight, and not one person on the team making him answer for it.

Not acceptable.

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Jerod wrote:

Oiler fan here.

I watched after hours with Brian McGrattan what a class guy. Impressive

He does seem like a cool cat. It's too bad he's not a very good NHLer.

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Very inspirational segment on Brian McGratton. I always roll my eyes when players talk about 'adversity' of being down a goal or something. That interview really puts 'adversity' in perspective.

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Stempniak made a great lean hit on Ference, ended up eating some cheap shots and lost a few teeth, and NOBODY on the Flames did **** about it.

That's almost as bad as losing to the Oilers.

Letting somebody beat on one of your best players for absolutely no reason when he clearly doesn't want to fight, and not one person on the team making him answer for it.

Not acceptable.

This is why I don't understand the role of the goon. I love McGrattan, but fighting other two minute tough guys and patting them on the head afterwards is a sideshow. What he should be employed to do is take run after run at Ference for what he did to Stempniak, but that never seems to be the case.

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It shouldn't be the goons role, for the rest of the game any Flame that had the chance should have been crushing Ference.

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#16 Jeff In Lethbridge
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Stempniak made a great lean hit on Ference, ended up eating some cheap shots and lost a few teeth, and NOBODY on the Flames did **** about it.

That's almost as bad as losing to the Oilers.

Letting somebody beat on one of your best players for absolutely no reason when he clearly doesn't want to fight, and not one person on the team making him answer for it.

Not acceptable.

It was my impression that Stempniak was shaken after they play - hit the boards or something, and was jumped by Andrew "The Union Guy" Ferrence

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@SmellOfVictory

Really I thought he carried the puck well, but passed when he should have shot and never seemed to put himself in a good position without the puck. Regardless' Hartley needs to give him quality ice time and keep him with Hudler

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Kurt wrote:

If you think rock bottom is losing a squeaker to the Oilers 20 games into this season, I think expectations need to be reset. Wait til Cammy, Stemp & Stajan are traded for draft picks and we have to call up 3 slugs from Abby to replace them.

My roommate (A Coiler fan) is disgustingly annoying today. Seriously, 1 flukey win in a battle to see who is the tallest midget and he is rubbing it in.... Disgusting.

But seriously if we think this is rock bottom I think its gonna be an ugly next 12-24 months. Rock bottom isn't even a dot on the horizon yet.

BTW - Dancing Bear is a beauty. Loved him on after hours.

Bring on the slugs from the farm.

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Baerschi and Monahan should play together because they are going to be here in the future going forward. Would like a bigger winger with them instead of Hudler.

Also why aren't we running Stajan out there on the PP? Need to pump up his value and then trade him latter this year. This season was over as soon as Giordano went down so it is all about developing the young players and pumping up value of the free agents to be. Some one should clue Hartley in.

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Over reaction or what. When the season started I suggested that the Flames would start well and fall off and this has indeed happened. The team will rebound and have times of collapse, this will be a reoccurring cycle and if everytime this happens people are freaked out then they will have a hard go for the next two/three seasons. This might cause management to start slowly giving auditions to the guys on the farm. When they are brought up they need at least 5 games and be given playing time in a role they are likely play.

Someone said it's not the role of the enforcer to go after Ference then for all those who love fighting what is his role?

Everyone of the power forwards should have laid an extra body on him each and everytime they had a chance, but I did not see this happen.

The pros from last night game was the play of Sven and Backs I thought.

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Well on the Flames website, it looks like Hartley is scratching Sven again!!! What a shame...2 game point streak ended by Hartley. Honestly...I've been a big supporter of Hartley, especially the way he had this team working earlier in the season, but he is just grinding Baertschi's confidence down to a fine powder and blowing it into the wind...

I sure hope the Flames website is wrong...if Tim Jackman really is slated to be on the 2nd line, either we've decided to go all out for the highest lottery odds or management seriously needs to have a talk with Bob Hartley. The goal right now should be to develop the young kids...I'd be willing to bet Tim Jackman's ceiling is just a "tad" lower than Sven's...Wake up Hartley

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Lose to the Oil - Riders Dominate - Crap weather. Looks like E-Town and Regina crapped on old Cowtown -lol. Awesome. I think i did one of your women this weekend as well. Enjoy your week Calgary. nyuk nyuk nyuk.

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Lose to the Oil - Riders Dominate - Crap weather. Looks like E-Town and Regina crapped on old Cowtown -lol. Awesome. I think i did one of your women this weekend as well. Enjoy your week Calgary. nyuk nyuk nyuk.

Suck my C*ck buddy, get bent. Enjoy 1 of the only wins you can expect to grab this year.

Calgary are still won 18/25 in the battle of Alberta.

EAT$HIT OILERS

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Jerod wrote:

Oiler fan here.

I watched after hours with Brian McGrattan what a class guy. Impressive

Same here. I realized Brian McGrattan is more than one of the toughest enforcers to ever play in the NHL, he is also a GREAT PERSON and INSPIRATION to all of us. I am an Oiler fan first and Flame fan second, but I think everyone would agree that the world could use many more people like BRIAN MCGRATTAN in it. I hope he writes a book when his hockey career is over, it would be a great read! GO GRATS!!!

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Lose to the Oil - Riders Dominate - Crap weather. Looks like E-Town and Regina crapped on old Cowtown -lol. Awesome. I think i did one of your women this weekend as well. Enjoy your week Calgary. nyuk nyuk nyuk.

Because the pickings in Edmonton amount to backwater filth?

Thanks for the compliment then.

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Well on the Flames website, it looks like Hartley is scratching Sven again!!! What a shame...2 game point streak ended by Hartley. Honestly...I've been a big supporter of Hartley, especially the way he had this team working earlier in the season, but he is just grinding Baertschi's confidence down to a fine powder and blowing it into the wind...

I sure hope the Flames website is wrong...if Tim Jackman really is slated to be on the 2nd line, either we've decided to go all out for the highest lottery odds or management seriously needs to have a talk with Bob Hartley. The goal right now should be to develop the young kids...I'd be willing to bet Tim Jackman's ceiling is just a "tad" lower than Sven's...Wake up Hartley

Was at the game too & Sven had some good shifts & you can see the talent is there. But he made 3 or 4 horrible giveaways. You can tell he is really struggling in his overall game. We think he needs to go back to Abbey & sort out his game. I don't get the Jackman thing either, I think a lot of young guys should be getting a lot of frequent flyer points from the flights back & forth between Abbey & Calgary. We should be looking at a lot of young players this year. Put Sven down with Ward for 5 or 10 games, give him top minutes, get him playing his game again, we need him.

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Lose to the Oil - Riders Dominate - Crap weather. Looks like E-Town and Regina crapped on old Cowtown -lol. Awesome. I think i did one of your women this weekend as well. Enjoy your week Calgary. nyuk nyuk nyuk.

But you're still from Saskatchewan. What could possibly be worst than that? Oh yeah, you might be from Edmonton.

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Was at the game too & Sven had some good shifts & you can see the talent is there. But he made 3 or 4 horrible giveaways. You can tell he is really struggling in his overall game. We think he needs to go back to Abbey & sort out his game. I don't get the Jackman thing either, I think a lot of young guys should be getting a lot of frequent flyer points from the flights back & forth between Abbey & Calgary. We should be looking at a lot of young players this year. Put Sven down with Ward for 5 or 10 games, give him top minutes, get him playing his game again, we need him.

What Sven and Backs need are 10 games playing 20 minutes per with some talent and time on the 1st pp unit.

It's now so obvious that Hartley plays favorites as to make a person physically ill. He needs a talking to: "Backs and Sven are the future, stop ruininng them. We paid 3.5 million for Ramo, so play him."

Now there's talk about Calgary going after yet another goalie. And searching for a couple of "star" players to put us back into contention.

You know, because we added Monahan, Klimchuk and Poirier so the pipe line is all stocked up and we moved Iginla so the attitude in the room is better. A goalie and a couple of overpriced "post-apex" vets and we'll be competing for 8th again in no time.

I sure hope it ain't true or I will be physically sick.

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