Post-Game: The Danger Zone

Ryan Pike
November 18 2013 09:48PM

Winless in their last six games, the Calgary Flames roamed into unfamiliar territory – Winnipeg's MTS Centre – on Monday night for their first visit to the Winnipeg Jets since the spring of 1996. With visions of blown leads and getting wildly out-chanced in the back of their collective heads, the Flames hoped to avoid their recent losing ways.

And despite falling into exactly the kind of habits that caused them to lose each of their last six games, the Flames somehow came out on top against the Jets.

THE RUNDOWN

Nobody scored a goal in the first period, but it was a fairly fast-paced, back and forth period. The Jets generally carried the play, hemming the Flames in their own zone for a few stretches – notably once off a Mikael Backlund turnover – but the Flames avoided much of the danger. The Jets and Flames each had maybe one solid scoring chance, but overall the period was nothing terribly memorable. The Jets out-shot the Flames 11-6, out-attempted them 24-14 and won more face-offs by a 13-6 margin.

The Flames generated some decent chances in the second, including one gorgeous chance for Lance Bouma on a two-on-one shorthanded rush with Matt Stajan. Calgary finally opened the scoring on the power-play midway through the period. With some good puck movement around the perimeter, the Flames attacked – Sean Monahan fed Lee Stempniak, who slid the puck to Mike Cammalleri who scored his ninth goal of the season. However, soon after that, the Flames weren't able to clear their own zone and Michael Frolik put a rebound past Reto Berra to tie the game.

The Flames responded, though. Again, via some nice puck movement in the offensive zone; Lee Stempniak and Matt Stajan won a puck battle, the puck trickled to Cammalleri, who passed to Kris Russell, who fed T.J. Brodie at the point. Brodie's point shot glanced off Frolik's stick and fluttered over top of Al Montoya to re-establish Calgary's on-goal lead. The Jets out-shot the Flames 23-9 in the second, out-attempted them 37-18 but the Flames won more face-offs by a 13-8 margin.

Entering the third period with a lead, the Flames had only lost once all season (against Edmonton). Olli Jokinen tied things up with a weird goal through a screen – it was basically a soft wrister that beat Reto Berra just over his near shoulder. Immediately afterwards, the Flames again couldn't clear the puck and after getting hemmed in their own zone for a bit, took a penalty. The usual game script called for a Jets power-play goal and a Flames third-period collapse. But this group really doesn't seem to care about the script.

Lance Bouma made up for not capitalizing on his earlier two-on-one, as he went into the Jets zone short-handed with Stajan and, via some nice puck movement on the rush, beat Montoya to put Calgary up 3-2. Then 53 seconds later, the Flames PK couldn't clear out a loose puck and Dustin Byfuglien slapped a puck past Berra to tie the game up once more. The Flames responded again, establishing some offensive zone pressure and going to work. Sven Baertschi, Jiri Hudler and Brodie cycled the puck and Hudler shot the puck at the net – glancing it off Mark Scheifele's skate and in for another Flames lead.

Unfortunately, the Flames couldn't hold on (again), with the Jets pulling their goalie and Bryan Little taking advantage of the holes in coverage having a sixth skater opens up. He put a rebound past a diving Reto Berra with just 5.6. seconds left in regulation to send the game to extra time. The Flames narrowly out-shot the Jets in the third 13-10, but the Jets had more shot attempts (24-19) and face-off wins (15-9). Oh, and goals.

Overtime was another back and forth affair, with Ladislav Smid even getting into the Jets zone on a rush and generating some chances. But the extra five minutes solved nothing. Calgary out-shot the Jets 5-3, but were out-attempted 7-6 and lost the face-off battle by a 6-2 margin.

The shootout went to eight rounds – with Joe Colborne, Lee Stempniak and Sean Monahan scoring for Calgary and Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler scoring for the Jets – but Calgary skated away with a 3-2 win in the skills competition, finally breaking their losing skid.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Because the Jets are roughly as bad in the defensive zone as the Flames are. Besieged by injuries on their blueline and pretty disorganized, the Flames were able to play a punch-counterpunch game with the Jets simply because the Jets weren't able to shut them down.

But the Flames also gave up points to an in-conference opponent because they couldn't hold a third-period lead, so it's not like this was a hugely successful game. They got out-shot, out-shot-attempted and lost many face-offs, but didn't roll over and were able to be opportunistic enough to be in a position to win the game.

SCORING CHANCES

 

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:25 Brodie 16 18 24 26 33 35 4 7 13 18 22 29 5v5
Home 1 17:07 Wheeler SH 24 26 33 35 67   6 7 18 29 47 54 4v5
Home 1 16:01 Steoguchi rebound 2 9 12 25 35 40 3 23 24 29 44 47 5v5
Home 1 14:53 Ladd 7 16 18 26 35 39 6 8 16 17 29 44 5v5
Home 1 13:18 Setoguchi 2on1 9 12 24 33 35 40 7 13 18 22 29 44 5v5
Home 1 11:31 Jokinen rebound 9 12 24 33 35 40 4 7 8 16 17 29 5v5
Away 1 11:12 Stempniak 9 12 24 33 35 40 4 7 13 18 22 29 5v5
Home 1 5:40 Jokinen 2 9 12 25 35 40 6 11 29 39 44 54 5v5
Home 1 4:21 Setoguchi 7 9 12 35 39 40 6 11 29 39 44 54 5v5
Away 1 0:26 Jones tip 7 9 12 35 39 40 4 7 11 29 39 54 5v5
Home 2 19:01 Kane break away 9 12 24 26 33 35 6 23 24 29 44 47 5v5
Home 2 17:43 Rebound 2 14 25 35 55 67 6 23 24 29 47 55 5v5
Away 2 17:00 Bouma 9 12 24 33 35 40 3 8 16 17 29 44 5v5
Home 2 15:24 scramble 2 17 22 25 27 35 3 7 23 29 47 54 5v5
Away 2 13:45 Bouma SH 16 18 26 33 35 39 7 17 18 29 44   5v4
Away 2 13:44 Bouma rebound SH 16 18 26 33 35 39 7 17 18 29 44   5v4
Home 2 13:05 rebound PP 9 12 33 35 39 40 4 6 11 29 39   5v4
Away 2 11:42 Cammalleri 14 24 25 35 55 67 3 13 18 24 29 44 5v5
Away 2 11:41 Cammalleri rebound 14 24 25 35 55 67 3 13 18 24 29 44 5v5
Away 2 11:12 Monahan PP 16 18 33 35 39   4 13 22 23 24 29 4v5
Away 2 11:00 Cammalleri goal PP 16 18 33 35 39   4 13 22 23 24 29 4v5
Home 2 8:50 Frolic goal 12 14 24 33 35 67 6 11 29 39 44 54 5v5
Home 2 7:07 Wheeler PP 16 18 26 33 35 39 3 18 22 29 44   5v4
Home 2 2:33 Ladd 7 16 18 26 35 39 4 7 13 18 22 29 5v5
Home 2 2:32 Rebound 7 16 18 26 35 39 4 7 13 18 22 29 5v5
Home 2 0:45 Jokinen tip 7 9 12 35 39 40 4 7 17 23 24 29 5v5
Away 3 19:14 Monahan PP 2 9 17 24 35   4 13 22 23 24 29 4v5
Away 3 19:13 Stempniak PP 2 9 17 24 35   4 13 22 23 24 29 4v5
Away 3 18:42 Monahan PP 7 18 26 35 39   4 13 22 23 24 29 4v5
Away 3 14:10 Stempniak PP 2 16 18 24 35   4 13 22 23 24 29 4v5
Away 3 13:25 Stempniak PP 2 9 17 24 35   4 13 22 23 24 29 4v5
Home 3 9:29 Ladd 16 18 24 26 33 35 6 13 18 22 29 44 5v5
Away 3 8:52 Bouma goal SH 9 12 33 35 39 40 3 7 17 18 29   5v4
Home 3 7:51 Byfuglien goal PP 16 18 26 33 35 39 3 7 17 18 29   5v4
Home 3 6:23 Tangradi tip 7 27 35 39 55 67 3 7 8 29 39 54 5v5
Home 3 0:06 Little goal 7 12 35 39 40 67 4 13 23 24 29 44 5v5
Away 4 3:26 Smid 16 18 24 33 35   3 4 8 22 29   4v4
Away 4 2:47 Brodie tip 7 12 35 39 40   7 23 24 29 44   4v4
Home 4 2:27 Wheeler 9 26 33 35 39   4 13 18 29 44   4v4
Home 4 1:33 Byfuglien 16 18 33 35 39   3 7 8 22 29   4v4
Home 4 1:02 Setoguchi 9 24 26 33 35   4 6 13 18 29   4v4

 

# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 17:01 4 4 00:00 0 0 02:30 1 2
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:44 4 7 05:02 7 0 00:56 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 17:30 0 8 02:25 0 1 01:51 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 24:22 4 8 00:41 0 1 03:24 3 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 10:22 2 4 00:31 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 08:25 1 3 00:10 0 0 01:30 0 1
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 17:30 4 7 05:28 7 0 00:05 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 04:45 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 06:35 1 3 00:10 0 0 02:55 3 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 19:31 4 6 01:17 0 1 02:49 3 2
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 16:30 3 5 04:20 7 0 01:44 0 1
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:06 1 6 04:44 7 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:31 3 5 05:37 7 0 00:00 0 0
29 BERRA, RETO   8 19   7 1   3 3
39 GALIARDI, TJ 13:42 1 4 00:21 0 0 01:47 0 1
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 18:29 4 10 00:00 0 0 02:09 2 1
47 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 12:59 0 4 00:50 0 1 00:00 0 0
54 JONES, DAVID 13:48 1 5 01:54 0 1 00:00 0 0
55 O'BRIEN, SHANE 06:35 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0

 

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 7 3 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 9 3 7 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
3 6 4 0 3 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
4 2 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RED WARRIOR

A few candidates, but I'm gonna give it to Lee Stempniak. Stempniak was a factor for arguably the first time since returning from his foot injury. He was involved in all three zones, including a crucial goal in the shootout to extend the game.

The runner-up is Sven Baertschi, who was pretty damn good all game long after looking like a potential healthy scratch early in the day.

SUM IT UP

The Flames improve their record on the year to 7-11-3. They're in action again on Wednesday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The game starts at 8pm and will be on all manner of Sportsnet media properties for your viewing and/or listening pleasure.

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Now in his fourth season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers and the Wrestling Observer.
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#1 cunning_linguist
November 18 2013, 10:35PM
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Now the question is: Does Bob Hartley think Sven was "pretty damn good" tonight?

Doesn't really matter what it looked like to us or to the average fan. Hartley is really smart and can always find a reason to play Tim Jackman instead.

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#2 Graham
November 19 2013, 07:44AM
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I think it might be time for the fans to reevaluate Backlund, he has scored 25 goals in 190 games which simply is not enough for a top six forward.

Most nights he is a solid defensive center, but if he only scores every seven or eight games, that puts him in the bottom six, not the top six. He seems to have lost all confidence, and he doesn't seem to like playing Hartley's system. Time for the kid to step up his game, or he will be packaged off in a trade.

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#3 jeremywilhelm
November 18 2013, 09:52PM
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Alright boys, lets start this 15 game win streak, then, PLAYOFFS!

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#4 Burnward
November 19 2013, 03:19AM
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I wonder how we would look if we played out East? Crazy this year how the Lightning wouldn't even be in the playoffs out West.

We could be three points out!

Stupid West.

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#5 SmellOfVictory
November 19 2013, 10:15AM
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Graham wrote:

I think it might be time for the fans to reevaluate Backlund, he has scored 25 goals in 190 games which simply is not enough for a top six forward.

Most nights he is a solid defensive center, but if he only scores every seven or eight games, that puts him in the bottom six, not the top six. He seems to have lost all confidence, and he doesn't seem to like playing Hartley's system. Time for the kid to step up his game, or he will be packaged off in a trade.

Absolute worst case scenario, he's an ideal 3rd line centre (well, aside from the faceoff thing). Remember, as Kent mentioned, he gets no PP time. He also has spent a great deal of time in his career on the 4th line with plugs.

Last season, the only season in which he got consistent top 9 minutes (and still, was either on the 2nd PP unit or not at all), Backlund produced at a 0.5 points/game rate. That's in spite of being the team's go-to defensive centre.

Why would you want to trade him? What value do you think you're going to get for someone who, in your opinion, doesn't produce enough points? He's far more valuable to the Flames as a player than a trade asset. Who replaces him? Joe 8-points-in-20-games Colborne? Joe Bambi-on-ice Colborne? Joe seriously-what-the-hell-are-you-doing Colborne?

Backlund needs to be kept around at least until we know the NHL capabilities of Knight/Reinhart, if not longer.

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#6 Kent Wilson
November 19 2013, 09:04AM
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Backlund looks like he was playing scared yesterday. He's at his worst when he's too tentative and getting rid of the puck too quickly and that happened more than once. That said, sometimes guys have bad games.

As for scoring, well he's probably a 40-point guy at best, but he'll never really get there if he gets zero PP time and is moved down the rotation whenever the team is losing or he makes a mistake. Which is true of pretty much anyone on any roster.

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#7 SmellOfVictory
November 19 2013, 10:29AM
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I think he could be an ideal third line winger. That might be the perfect role for him.

I personally think he's better in the middle of the ice than on the boards, but he'd probably be a good winger as well. Or again, why not try him as a defenceman? I am never letting this go.

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#8 Jibmeister
November 18 2013, 11:35PM
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mattyc wrote:

Almost 30 mins for Russell.

Brodie played even more than him. Awesome.

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November 19 2013, 08:02AM
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@Graham

That's exactly where I'm at. Well put.

If we do move him, might be interesting to see what we could get out of a Josh Bailey type. Kid with talent but just hasn't put it together yet...kind of like Mickis.

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November 19 2013, 10:19AM
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@SmellOfVictory

I think he could be an ideal third line winger. That might be the perfect role for him.

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#11 O REALLY NOW
November 19 2013, 10:50AM
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How does Butler avoid Hartley's doghouse?

I have to admit, Butler used to definitely be my goat...but I have to say in the past couple of weeks or so since Gio has been out, he's stepped up his game and doesn't look like a constant liability anymore.

I would guess that's why.

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#12 Captain Ron
November 18 2013, 10:06PM
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Sean Monahan is a very bright light on what is going to be a dismal season from a wins/losses perspective. Can easily see why some say he would have been a top three pick in most draft years. It is an understatement to say that he is going to be a huge part of the Flames future.

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#13 mattyc
November 18 2013, 10:24PM
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Almost 30 mins for Russell.

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#14 kypreos
November 18 2013, 11:54PM
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Almost 30 mins for Russell.

He leaves everything on the ice. How can you not like this guy?

Get a contract extension done.

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#15 beloch
November 19 2013, 12:58AM
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I think Baertschi is safe for next game. Backlund on the other hand...

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#16 ChinookArch
November 19 2013, 06:25AM
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I thought Stajan was simply great last night. Picking pockets, and sound in all 3 zones all for the entire game. It was probably Baertchi's best game as a pro and I hope the first next big step his career. Backlund's play was worrisome for me, and I'd be surprised if he does get benched. He was noticeably bad on two giveaways in a row that led to the goal. Hartley sat him for the rest of the game, I hope that was the only message, but it does seem to be Hartley's M.O when it comes to Backlund.

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#17 Dave
November 19 2013, 08:12AM
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Backs for Couturier

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#18 Rockmorton65
November 19 2013, 08:29AM
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Sean "Money" Monahan comes through again!

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#19 SeanCharles
November 19 2013, 08:57AM
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Captain Ron wrote:

Sean Monahan is a very bright light on what is going to be a dismal season from a wins/losses perspective. Can easily see why some say he would have been a top three pick in most draft years. It is an understatement to say that he is going to be a huge part of the Flames future.

I remember I was watching the draft with my buddy and he was disappointed that Lindholm was already gone at our pick. He was also a little miffed we didn't take Nichushkin.

I'll admit part of me wanted him too but I told him this kid was exactly what we needed. He was a big center who is good on FO's with good offensive instincts. I also told him there was no evidence that Lindholm was a better prospect and this kid probably would be in the top 5 if his team made the OHL playoffs.

We really hit a home run with this kid. I am truly excited for the future of this team.

We have young players with big upside at every postion: Sven, Gaudreau (LW), Monahan, Jankowski (C), Poirier (RW), Brodie (D - I dream Ekblad will be added here), and Gillies (G).

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#20 piscera.infada
November 19 2013, 09:26AM
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Takes a lot of poise to not try and do too much with your first career shootout attempt, in the ninth round, with a chance to win it. Monahan may not win a rookie scoring race, but the guy will be a hell of a player for a long time in this league.

In fact, that goal is much like his game all around - don't do to much, just be sound, and chip in all over the place. It's exactly the kind of game I like, can't wait for him to get a little more experience under his belt and be surrounded by some more good, young players.

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#21 VK63
November 19 2013, 09:58AM
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I liked Boumas game. that pick on big buff was awesome before the shorty and had a huge negative effect on the Jets bench. they came unzipped.

Loved it!!

Yah they came back and evened it up on the rest of the PP but it seemed to break the dam on the Jets whining, culminating in Little getting tossed before the shootout.

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#22 Bean-counting cowboy
November 19 2013, 10:09AM
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Don't forget Colborne's goal. That was sick. With his reach he can really get around goalies.

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#23 please cancel acct
November 19 2013, 10:26AM
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How does Butler avoid Hartley's doghouse?

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#24 Parallex
November 19 2013, 10:44AM
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How does Butler avoid Hartley's doghouse?

Lack of options? Maybe?

I dunno, I think the pairings ought to be juggled a bit pre-Gio returning.

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#25 Captain Ron
November 19 2013, 10:48AM
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SeanCharles wrote:

I remember I was watching the draft with my buddy and he was disappointed that Lindholm was already gone at our pick. He was also a little miffed we didn't take Nichushkin.

I'll admit part of me wanted him too but I told him this kid was exactly what we needed. He was a big center who is good on FO's with good offensive instincts. I also told him there was no evidence that Lindholm was a better prospect and this kid probably would be in the top 5 if his team made the OHL playoffs.

We really hit a home run with this kid. I am truly excited for the future of this team.

We have young players with big upside at every postion: Sven, Gaudreau (LW), Monahan, Jankowski (C), Poirier (RW), Brodie (D - I dream Ekblad will be added here), and Gillies (G).

The one thing this team has needed for years is a big center who can score and play a two way game, win faceoffs etc.

I was wishing, hoping, praying for this to happen at the draft. When they called his name I was ecstatic at the though of finally having a big center in the system with as much promise as this. What is even better is that he has far exceeded my expectations already. I think this is the tip of the iceberg with Sean. We will see a lot more of him skating away from the net with his arm in the air and stick in hand like he did after last nights shootout winner.

If the rest of the guys pan out like this we will be in fine shape in a few years.

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#26 mk
November 19 2013, 11:11AM
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@Captain Ron

I think that your first sentence applies to half of the teams in the league. :)

My dream: Sean channels him inner Toews, Johnny Hockey flys like Kane, Brodie develops into Keith and Sven is solid like Hossa. A guy can dream, can't he? :D

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#27 kittensandcookies
November 19 2013, 11:40AM
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Captain Ron wrote:

Sean Monahan is a very bright light on what is going to be a dismal season from a wins/losses perspective. Can easily see why some say he would have been a top three pick in most draft years. It is an understatement to say that he is going to be a huge part of the Flames future.

I was screaming at the TV "Put Monahan in!!". Guess it took a while for Hartley to hear me.

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#28 Tach
November 19 2013, 11:44AM
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Those Butler-Wideman numbers are some kind of ugly. I was listening to the game on the road and didn't necessarily pick up they were getting that hammered.

For those that saw it - was it as ugly as those numbers suggest?

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#29 seve927
November 19 2013, 12:26PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

I personally think he's better in the middle of the ice than on the boards, but he'd probably be a good winger as well. Or again, why not try him as a defenceman? I am never letting this go.

Or maybe solve our goaltending problem?

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#30 kittensandcookies
November 19 2013, 12:45PM
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@Tach

Yes. The team defense was hideous. Berra won this one, despite giving up four goals.

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#31 Captain Ron
November 19 2013, 01:03PM
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I was screaming at the TV "Put Monahan in!!". Guess it took a while for Hartley to hear me.

I think Hartley mentioned in the post game interview that apparently Sean isn't that good at shootout attempts in practice. Happy to see him get the chance to win the game last night.

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#32 the-wolf
November 20 2013, 07:14AM
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Most entertaining Flames game I've seen in years and years.

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#33 Jeff In Lethbridge
November 20 2013, 01:05PM
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Alright boys, lets start this 15 game win streak, then, PLAYOFFS!

wow, for a second i thought I was on the Oiler Nation

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