Post-Game: Low Event

Justin Azevedo
November 05 2013 08:59PM

 

 

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Tonight's Flames game against Minnesota was simply a continuation of the type of play that led to Sunday's overtime win in Chicago - for the first, oh, 47.5 minutes.

Things came off the rails after that, though, and the end result was an ugly 5-1 loss to a very good Minnesota team.

The Rundown

Like all of the games against the Triumvirate of Bore™, this one was slow to start. Two scoring chances were all that were managed before Jiri Hudler continued his sublime season, scoring off a nice pass from Lance "Top-6" Bouma. The Wild would answer back quickly, as Mikko Koivu scored less than 4 minutes later with a nice display of hand-eye co-ordination. Koivu's second chance of the period resulted in a particularly nice stop from Reto Berra, as the goalie had to come all the way across the net to make the save on the streaking centre. Shots were 8-7 Calgary, all at EV. Chances were 4-4, all at EV.

The second period was somehow even lower event than the first. A couple of penalties were called in the period, but there wasn't much action aside from that and a PP goal from Zach Parise to put the Wild up 2-1. Brodie allowed Parise to sneak in behind him while working the box, and Parise caught a great pass from Ryan Suter. Berra almost had it - he made the first stop on Parise - but the second whack sent the puck behind the net. The rest of the period was sleep-inducing. Shots were 9-8 Calgary, 7-4 Calgary at EV. Chances were 3-2 Minnesota, 4-1 Minnesota at EV.

The third actually started off with a huge block by Chris Butler on a 5-on-2 early on after a horrific change by Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan. Perhaps that was a sign of the apocalypse to come, as the Wild scored three goals off of the sticks of Justin Fontaine, Zach Parise (again, ugh) and Zenon Konopka (yeah, I know!) in quick succession. Redonk play from Koivu on the second Parise goal, drawing Wideman away from his man. It's hard to see what Wideman was doing on the play, as Koivu was clearly Backlund's man. The Flames didn't really manage anything offensively in the 2nd half of the period. Shots were 9-8 for Minnesota, 8-7 Minnesota at EV. Chances were 5-2 Wild, all at EV.

Why The Flames Lost

A pisspoor second half of the third period. Despite being marginally outplayed and down a goal, the Flames were in it until the Wild decided to play like the team they are with about 10 minutes left. The Flames had no counter.

Scoring Chances

Wild in Red, Flames in Blue

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 16:37 Glencross 20 22 25 29 37 64 4 7 18 20 29 54 5v5
Away 1 16:18 Cammalleri 3 9 11 20 25 37 7 8 13 29 39 44 5v5
Away 1 14:37 Hudler (Goal) 2 4 15 17 28 37 6 17 23 24 29 55 5v5
Home 1 10:56 Parise 2 3 4 9 11 37 7 8 13 29 39 44 5v5
Home 1 10:53 Koivu (Goal) 2 4 15 17 28 37 11 15 16 29 41 55 5v5
Away 1 4:07 Cammalleri 3 11 20 25 37   6 8 13 29 55   4v4
Home 1 2:43 Koivu 2 9 15 20 22 37 7 20 23 29 44 54 5v5
Home 1 0:56 Parise 3 9 11 20 25 37 7 18 20 29 44 54 5v5
Home 2 15:05 Pominville 20 24 25 29 37 64 4 6 11 15 16 29 5v5
Home 2 13:32 Parise (Goal) 6 15 22 37 46 64 4 6 15 23 24 29 5v5
Home 2 9:16 Heatley 15 17 20 25 28 37 18 20 29 41 54 55 5v5
Away 2 6:15 Russell 20 21 22 25 29 37 4 6 11 13 29 39 5v5
Away 2 5:00 Hudler 2 4 9 11 37   4 6 13 20 24 29 4v5
Away 3 17:53 Hudler 2 4 22 29 37 64 7 15 23 24 29 44 5v5
Away 3 14:33 Jones 2 4 15 17 28 37 6 11 18 29 54 55 5v5
Home 3 13:14 Koivu 3 9 11 20 25 37 4 6 8 13 29 39 5v5
Home 3 11:56 Fontaine (Goal) 6 14 21 24 37 46 15 23 24 29 41 55 5v5
Home 3 6:47 Parise (Goal) 9 11 20 25 37   4 6 11 18 29   4v4
Home 3 6:35 Spurgeon 6 29 37 46 64   7 8 13 29 44   4v4
Home 3 6:05 Granlund 6 29 37 46 64   7 8 13 29 44  

4v4

 

# Player EV     PP     SH    
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:57 2 4 04:28 1 0 00:55 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 18:50 4 4 04:17 1 0 01:07 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:00 3 5 01:33 0 0 02:00 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 16:48 2 4 01:28 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 10:36 2 3 01:07 0 0 00:36 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 16:18 3 4 04:09 1 0 00:31 0 0
15 JACKMAN, TIM 09:54 1 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 07:31 0 2 00:11 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 09:56 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:38 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 15:16 2 3 00:06 0 0 02:04 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 09:16 1 3 01:50 1 0 01:17 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:42 2 3 01:35 0 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:11 2 2 04:22 1 0 00:27 0 0
29 BERRA, RETO   7 12   1 0   0 0
39 GALIARDI, TJ 14:48 2 2 00:28 0 0 00:41 0 0
41 BILLINS, CHAD 10:30 0 3 00:30 0 0 00:00 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 20:51 2 5 00:03 0 0 02:12 0 0
54 JONES, DAVID 14:26 2 3 02:17 0 0 00:00 0 0
55 O'BRIEN, SHANE 12:01 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0

 

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

Red Warrior

I'm going to go with Jiri Hudler, who is driving the offensive bus for the Flames in pretty much every way right now. It would be great if this could hold up till the trade deadline.

Sum It Up

The Flames really did play okay for the majority of the game. Minnesota is a really good team and they ran into the buzzsaw that is Josh Harding: .969 EVSV% in 12 games, which is essentially impossible. (No, seriously, it is. Only 6 goals on 186 shots? Holy hell.) They just couldn't hold onto the rope. In a vaccum? Poor game, with only 7 EV scoring chances generated. However, they only gave up 12 against a much superiour team, so...

A rather ugly loss will have to be flushed from memory (not really, they should probably study it) as it doesn't get any easier for the Flames as they travel to St. Louis for their next game. Puck drop is at 6 on Thursday.

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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 Baalzamon
November 05 2013, 09:08PM
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Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

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#2 Jeff In Lethbridge
November 05 2013, 09:12PM
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i missed baeertschi tonight.

2 UGLY turnovers, two goals.

someone please remind me whose idea it was to keep Monahan up??? haha jk, dont get mad.

ok silly but real queztion... is Jackman just a face puncher or is he sposed to be a legit bottom 6er??

:-D

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#3 Kevin R
November 05 2013, 09:54PM
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Kind of ironic, each time Hartley sits Sven, we lose 5-1. Thank God they cant blame Sven for the 2nd stinker of the year. I'm OK with Berra, I think we play him against St Lou, poor bastard. I think with GlenX down, they will need to get Sven back in any way, so I guess the drum we want to beat has filled up with water.

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#4 Willi P
November 05 2013, 10:36PM
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Sit #47 so #15 and #16 can play. Sit #11 so #15 and #16 can play. Sit #47 AGAIN so #15 and #16 can play. Time to sit 'artley until #15 and #16 don't play again

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#5 ?
November 05 2013, 10:38PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

i missed baeertschi tonight.

2 UGLY turnovers, two goals.

someone please remind me whose idea it was to keep Monahan up??? haha jk, dont get mad.

ok silly but real queztion... is Jackman just a face puncher or is he sposed to be a legit bottom 6er??

:-D

His first year here in Calgary I really liked Jackman. I thought that he was a capable fourth line guy that hit, score, fight, and block some shots. However, the guy has just become the carbon copy of mcgratten, albeit with a little more actual hockey playing ability. Shame..

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#6 Nighteyes
November 05 2013, 10:39PM
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I think I might start referring to him now as "Bob Fartley." Why, I don't know.

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#7 Willi P
November 05 2013, 10:54PM
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? wrote:

His first year here in Calgary I really liked Jackman. I thought that he was a capable fourth line guy that hit, score, fight, and block some shots. However, the guy has just become the carbon copy of mcgratten, albeit with a little more actual hockey playing ability. Shame..

That was "apex" Jackman. Scored a few handfuls of goals three years ago and management is in love. Declining ever since. Don't think he would make any other NHL teams' roster now. Can't score, won't fight, can't keep up. Put him on the line with #23 and #24 and sit #47 ???Pathetic. Sorry Jax, you're done. Get a grip 'artley.

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#8 BitGeek
November 05 2013, 11:38PM
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Yaaaaay. Thumbs up for using "The Red Warrior" in your recap.

Sadly (or fortunately) I missed the game, but it sounds like it was a good effort till the third. Hopefully next game is better.

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#9 EducatedHockeyFan
November 06 2013, 12:06AM
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How did Chad Billins look in his first game?

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#10 SmellOfVictory
November 06 2013, 12:22AM
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I'm glad I missed this game. It must've been unBerrable.

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#11 loudogYYC
November 06 2013, 01:08AM
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The team fell apart in a hurry tonight, but Minnesota is looking good this season so it's not too disappointing. I'm just glad they're still outshooting and for the most part out competing the opposition.

Billins looked just fine to me, not a top 4 by any means but skates really well and has a good outlet pass.

Year 1 of the rebuild still looking good!

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#12 ChinookArch
November 06 2013, 06:51AM
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My eye pretty much matched JA's view. Other observations: - the collapse occurred right when GlenX went down. - Bultler saved the day on a day on a 5 on 2, when the Flames should have had 5 players on the ice. - the next Wild rush was caused when all 5 Flames skaters ignored the player with the puck and let him rush in to the net unfettered. (Terrible d coverage!). - It was Tim Jackman's best game of the year, and it still not good enough. - Calgary's PP tonight was okay. - and my Flames Goat is Brian McGrattan .... again.

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#13 BitGeek
November 06 2013, 07:24AM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

I'm glad I missed this game. It must've been unBerrable.

Ah ha! I see what you did there... Nice :-)

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#14 piscera.infada
November 06 2013, 07:59AM
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EducatedHockeyFan wrote:

How did Chad Billins look in his first game?

I couldn't watch the third period (which, thank God, I guess). But, to my eye, he played pretty well. Obviously he was saddled with O'Brien (who I don't have total distaste for - he actually stands up for his goalie when the poor guy gets run over in net, which is something that has been missing for about 5 years - but he's by no means a great NHL player), so he had a few shifts where he was hemmed in.

All in all though, he's a pretty good skater with the puck and he has some good sense in the offensive zone. The one issue I noticed with his game is he has a small tendency to pinch at the wrong time. That is likely part and parcel of his first game in the show however, you usually don't get burned as bad in the AHL when you make a bad pinch, so I'm sure he'll figure it out.

That said, I think it's entirely worthwhile to see what he can do at this level.

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#15 piscera.infada
November 06 2013, 08:03AM
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loudogYYC wrote:

The team fell apart in a hurry tonight, but Minnesota is looking good this season so it's not too disappointing. I'm just glad they're still outshooting and for the most part out competing the opposition.

Billins looked just fine to me, not a top 4 by any means but skates really well and has a good outlet pass.

Year 1 of the rebuild still looking good!

I completely agree. There will be games like this with a young team - all fans need to keep this in mind. I thought the game could have been tied or 3-2 Flames going in to the third (by eye at least), and Harding has been unreal.

On a side note, Harding might be the best story in the NHL - big ups to that guy. Fantastic.

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#16 meat1
November 06 2013, 08:17AM
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A stinker at the end no doubt. But I agree with 'loudogYYC' in that year one of the rebuild is right on schedule, or ahead of it even.

I was not scared to voice my displeasure over Feaster and his hockey ops group in the past 1-2 years. Therefore, I'm also not against saying that I think they have made some very shrewd moves since their off-season began in April. The light at the end of the tunnel may not hurt our eyes to look at, but it's on.

That being said, Jay and Bob, my concern at this point is Baertchi and Backlund. Without a doubt, this organization NEEDS both of these young talents to become players HERE. Only one year ago, we/they were touting these two as a foundation with which to build. They still should be. I like Monahan as much as the next guy, and Johhny G looks magnificent. Hell, there are a dozen kids coming up that could be more than bit parts. But please, Feaster, don't get so caught up in this next wave of prospects to abandon two game ready ones here right now.

Continually benching and/or brow beating Sven and burying Backs, in my opinion, is not the way to handle these young talents. Put them in a position to be successful. We need them both.

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#17 Yogi
November 06 2013, 09:02AM
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For the record I thought Berra played great but was let down by his team. I'm excited about this guy.

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#18 CDB
November 06 2013, 09:21AM
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I wonder if Hartley can have a video session with Jackman on how to not get owned by 5'11 Matt Cooke on the tide turning 3rd Minnesota goal. Glad we had that size/grit/toughness in the lineup.

I'm actually all for having a tough guy on the roster (mock me, it's fine). I see some benefit. But not at the expense of your young talent.

One thing that I don't understand is what sort of offence did Colborne generate on the 4th line that he warranted the move up? Not hating on him, he's done a decent job with Cammy, just curious if I missed something.

Billings was ok. Looked nervous, to be expected. A few soft plays with the puck that probably worked in the AHL weren't very successsful. Definitely generally skates and moves the puck well. Hopefully get to see a few more games of him. I still prefer O'Brien over Sarich. He hasn't been near as bad as people are maknig him out to be. and Butler has been a little better since that disastorous 5 or 6 games. He seemed to be blocking everything last night

I agree with "meat1" comments

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#19 Monaertchi Gaudnett
November 06 2013, 01:59PM
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I'm totally OK with the Baertschi benching. They did some video review of things they want him to do going forward, get him to sit in the press box to watch 1 game, probably do some more video review, and then back in the line up. I think that is totally fine to do to a guy who is as young and inexperienced as Baer is. He is still officially a rookie, after all.

I fully expect Monahan will, and should, get the same treatment on more than one occasion this year.

Backlund on the other hand, I don't get.

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