Post-Game: Flames Win! Flames Win!

Ryan Pike
November 30 2013 11:04PM

After a sub-par effort in Anaheim against the Ducks, the Calgary Flames headed to Los Angeles hoping for a better result, particularly with the team's dads along for the road trip. With a few line-up changes (Karri Ramo, Shane O'Brien and Paul Byron in; Reto Berra, Chris Breen and Sven Baertschi out), the Flames hoped to jump-start their club.

The game ended up being a tight-checking, physical affair. But the Flames brought their working boots, especially compared to their game in Anaheim, and skated away with a 2-1 victory on the road.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period generated few shots – on either side – but the Kings generated more opportunities and the puck stayed out of Calgary's net due to some wonderful puck luck and the scrambly energy of one Karri Ramo, making his first start since the Reagan administration. The period was quite chippy, with many hits – foreshadowing more physicality later on – but the Kings kept Calgary to the perimeter, especially on their power-play. The Kings led after 20 minutes in shots (7-5) and shot attempts (20-13), but Calgary dominated the face-off dot 8-3.

If you think that “not getting blown out” in the first period in a Californian city is being successful, the Flames built upon that success in the second and played with a bit more confidence and drive. That resulted in more hitting, slightly more effective poke-checking and a period that wasn't quite “dominated” by Calgary five-on-five, but one that definitely saw them drive most of the play. The Flames PP continued to struggle, being reduced to just a single shot during 1:20 of five-on-three time. That's right – a single shot. The physical play continued, including Matt Stajan taking exception to a Dustin Brown check to his upper-body and executing what was basically a judo takedown. This resulted in a Flames power-play because the referees apparently saw the head-shot by Brown prior to that. Anyhoo, after a period that the Flames pushed the pace, Ladislav Smid got a game misconduct and a five-minute penalty for a hit from behind on Dwight King.

Because Calgary kept forechecking, and because Ben Scrivens is criminally unlucky, the Flames scored more goals on the five-minute penalty kill than the Kings did. The Flames dumped the puck into the LA zone. Scrivens went to play the puck, fell over awkwardly and Paul Byron fed Blair Jones, both recently of the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat, to put the Flames up by a goal. The Flames killed the remainder of the major. Even with an entire five-minute power-play, the Kings only eked out a slight shot advantage (10-9), were even with Calgary in shot attempts (19-19) and had a slight face-off edge (13-12). But the Flames scored the period's only goal.

It was a tight, tight third period. The first half or so of the period continued to be carried by the Flames, although the Kings pushed back at certain intervals. As the clock wound down, the Kings began to push for an equalizer. And the Kings scored a weird one, as Justin Williams evened it up with four and a half minutes left. It was a really quick snap-shot from the high slot, but there was no tip or screen or anything. The Kings continued to press, but the Flames pushed back. With the game looking like it would go to extra time, much like Calgary's last visit to Los Angeles, the Flames decided they didn't want to wait for overtime. Mikael Backlund, Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak combined for some nice offensive zone pressure, as Cammalleri got the puck down behind the red line and out-muscled Slava Voynov. Cammalleri got knocked down, but Stempniak collected the puck, fed it to Backlund, who fed it to a now-recovered Cammalleri, who deposited the puck behind a sprawling Ben Scrivens with 23 seconds left. The Kings had no time left to respond and the Flames skated away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory. Shots in the third were 6-5 LA. Shot attempts were 17-11 LA. Face-offs were 12-9 Calgary. The Flames were barely out-shot (22-20) and out-attempted (56-43) during the game, but kept the edge in the face-off circle for once (32-25) and won on the road.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Timely goaltending? Check. Gutsy performances from bottom-six guys like Byron and Blair Jones? Check. Good penalty-killing? Check. As complete a sixty minutes you could hope for from a team that played fairly poorly the day before in Anaheim? Check.

To be simple? The Flames won because they out-worked the Los Angeles Kings, full-stop.

RED WARRIOR

Lee Stempniak had maybe his best game as a Flame. And he's been gradually better and better since returning from his foot injury. But Stempniak played 23:05, was matched aganst some of the Kings best players and still managed to contribute and help set up the game-winner.

Honourable mention to T.J. Brodie, who played just shy of 30 minutes, including six minutes of penalty-kill time.

Scoring Chances

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:34 Voynov 11 14 23 26 33 54 3 11 24 31 44 54 5v5
Home 1 18:16 Brown 11 14 23 27 33 54 3 8 24 31 44 54 5v5
Away 1 15:35 Brodie 11 14 26 44 54 74 4 7 13 18 22 31 5v5
Home 1 15:04 Carcillo 11 14 17 27 33 54 7 11 24 31 54 55 5v5
Home 1 13:30 Clifford 13 26 44 54 57 73 4 7 13 18 22 31 5v5
Away 1 11:44 Butler 11 14 17 27 33 54 4 8 17 19 31 44 5v5
Home 1 11:07 Nolan 11 17 27 33 54 71 4 7 16 31 32 59 5v5
Away 1 10:10 Stempniak 26 28 44 54 71 74 3 13 18 22 31 44 5v5
Home 1 9:48 Doughty 6 8 10 54 74 77 3 13 18 22 31 44 5v5
Home 1 9:46 Carter rebound 6 8 10 54 74 77 3 13 18 22 31 44 5v5
Away 2 16:27 Stempniak 5on3 11 26 44 54     7 8 13 22 24 31 3v5
Home 2 11:57 Kopitar 6 11 23 26 54 74 4 7 13 18 22 31 5v5
Home 2 5:18 Carter PP 6 8 10 11 54 77 7 17 18 31 44   5v4
Home 2 4:31 Martinez PP 8 10 11 27 54 77 7 11 22 31 44   5v4
Home 2 4:29 rebound PP 8 10 11 27 54 77 7 11 22 31 44   5v4
Away 2 4:10 Jones goal SH 14 23 26 27 54 57 4 19 31 32 55   5v4
Home 2 3:03 Toffolli PP 6 8 13 28 54 73 7 17 18 31 44   5v4
Home 2 1:38 Voynov PP 6 10 11 14 26 54 7 19 31 32 44   5v4
Home 3 19:06 Vey PP 8 14 23 27 54 57 4 11 22 27 31   5v4
Home 3 14:02 Brown 8 11 14 23 33 54 11 24 31 44 54 55 5v5
Home 3 10:25 Clifford tip 13 27 33 54 57 73 4 7 11 13 31 54 5v5
Home 3 4:34 Williams goal 6 8 11 14 23 54 13 18 22 31 44 55 5v5
Away 3 4:07 Stempniak 10 26 44 54 74 77 4 7 13 18 22 31 5v5
Away 3 0:24 Cammalleri 10 26 44 54 74 77 11 13 22 31 44 55 5v5

 

# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 10:03 1 4 00:00 0 0 01:01 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:37 3 4 06:01 0 0 02:54 1 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 20:20 2 5 03:23 1 0 06:01 0 5
8 COLBORNE, JOE 09:43 1 1 05:23 1 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:21 1 4 02:33 0 0 02:20 0 3
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 14:31 4 6 07:33 1 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 02:33 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 10:56 1 0 00:00 0 0 03:36 0 2
18 STAJAN, MATT 16:09 3 5 00:41 0 0 04:31 0 2
19 JONES, BLAIR 10:51 1 0 00:00 0 0 02:23 1 1
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 13:39 4 5 06:09 1 0 03:17 0 3
24 HUDLER, JIRI 13:40 0 4 07:16 1 0 00:00 0 0
27 SMITH, DEREK 06:08 0 0 00:00 0 0 00:44 0 1
31 RAMO, KARRI   5 11   1 0   1 6
32 BYRON, PAUL 02:49 0 1 01:21 0 0 01:29 1 1
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 18:44 3 6 00:17 0 0 05:54 0 5
54 JONES, DAVID 13:49 0 5 02:28 0 0 00:00 0 0
55 O'BRIEN, SHANE 12:22 1 3 00:00 0 0 01:02 1 0
59 REINHART, MAX 02:36 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0

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

SUM IT UP

The Flames head home with two points from California, which is never bad. They also showed that they cold weather the storm and get through some adversity, as they killed off a five-minute penalty in the second period and played the third period with just five blueliners.

Calgary improves to 9-13-4. They'll fly home after Sunday's father-son golf day. They're back in action on Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome when they host the Phoenix Coyotes. It's an 8pm MT start and it's a Sportsnet game.

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Now in his third full 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, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#51 Captain Ron
December 02 2013, 07:02PM
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calgaryfan wrote:

win one hockey game and everything is great. lol have you looked at the standings lately! the future of the flames is the youth why not find a way to give them more minutes, they are near the bottom anyway.

I don't miss too many games either live at the Dome or on TV. I'm very well aware of what the team is all about and where the are in the standings thank you. Regardless of that wins like the one in LA on Saturday night on HNIC are to be celebrated even if it was their only win of the season.

Besides the fact your original comment was completely out of place in the post game thread it was also somewhat nonsensical.

If I say something dumb on this or any other thread I should expect to hear about it and rightfully so.

Having your comment trashed 31 to 1 vs props should give a hint as to what the majority thinks of it.

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#52 Kevin R
December 02 2013, 08:10PM
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To begin with I am not A troll, a total flames fan. Do not care what the Oil do or don't do. Just trying to voice my displeasure with the choice of Mr. Hartley as coach and the way he chooses to play his favorites and others go to the bench or pressbox. I am saying it would be a shame to lose a good prospect because the coach does not have patience for young players. Johnny hockey is an American born east coast young man. I am pretty sure he did not grow up dreaming of the Calgary Flames.

Johnny wasn't exactly a 1st or 2nd overall pick. It's a privilege to play in this league & make the money most only dream of playing a sport you would probably play for free because of the enjoyment. To say he wouldn't sign in Calgary because he doesn't like how Sven is being benched or that Backlund is getting 4th line minutes. Put it in perspective, Johnny needs to get himself ready so he can play in the NHL, anywhere in the NHL. Right now he has a ticket with his name on it & the dance is with the Calgary Flames.

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#53 calgaryfan
December 02 2013, 10:07PM
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Johnny wasn't exactly a 1st or 2nd overall pick. It's a privilege to play in this league & make the money most only dream of playing a sport you would probably play for free because of the enjoyment. To say he wouldn't sign in Calgary because he doesn't like how Sven is being benched or that Backlund is getting 4th line minutes. Put it in perspective, Johnny needs to get himself ready so he can play in the NHL, anywhere in the NHL. Right now he has a ticket with his name on it & the dance is with the Calgary Flames.

I wouldn't play for free that is for sure! I was saying he might not sign because of Hartley and his reputation. I think he could play year four at Boston and then be a free agent in the summer, and if the Boston Bruins came calling what would you do?

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