Post-Game: Shut Out Again

Ryan Pike
December 29 2013 08:52PM

The Calgary Flames continued to stumble their way out of the Christmas Break on Sunday night, hosting the Vancouver Canucks at the Saddledome. Surely with the arrival of the club's possibly most bitter rival, the team would show some fire and put their stamp on the game early?

Well, they did, but probably not in the way they intended.

After seeing Brian McGrattan get tossed less than three minutes into the game, the Flames never seemed to get the car out of the garage. They fell 2-0 for the second straight game, at home, to a traditional rival.

After the emotional high of the come-from-behind win against St. Louis, the Flames have lost two straight. And not scored a single goal.

THE RUNDOWN

The game began with some truculence, as Brian McGrattan got his elbow up on Andrew Alberts - knocking Alberts from the game, prompting a fight for McGrattan with Tom Sestito, and banishing McGrattan from the contest. The Flames had a five-minute penalty kill, and kept the Canucks to the outside. The Flames tended to out-work those Canucks for the first period, until they gave up a late first period goal as Jannik Hansen was sprung for a break-away by Henrik Sedin. After 20, the Canucks led 1-0. Shots were 13-2 Vancouver.

The second period was full of perimeter play by both clubs. Even when the Flames got a power-play, they largely kept their passing to the outside and failed to generate much in the way of chances. To be blunt, nothing much of note occurred in the second. Vancouver led in shots by an 11-6 margin in the middle period.

The Flames pushed back in the third period, really pushing the pace and occasionally breaking from their perimeter play to attempt to score in the middle. They led the Canucks 10-6 in the third, but failed to score. The Canucks did score, though, as Ryan Kesler and Mike Santorelli took advantage of a turnover at the Flames blueline and beat Reto Berra on a 2-on-1.

The Canucks out-shot Calgary 30-18 on the whole.

RED WARRIOR

Lance Bouma made the most of his ice-time tonight, blocking two shots and adding five hits.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

They didn't score any goals. Moreover, they were generally out-chanced and out-shot at even-strength, and couldn't turn the momentum they gained from their five-minute kill in the first to much in the way of sustained offensive pressure.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:55 PP: Kesler's shot blocked 5 17 18 29 44   3 6 20 25 31 36 4v5
Away 1 14:47 PP: Garrison's shot blocked 3 7 11 29 39   2 5 17 22 31 33 4v5
Away 1 13:09 PP: Booth's shot saved 5 11 29 39 44   5 6 7 9 21 31 4v5
Away 1 8:58 H.Sedin rebound saved 7 18 22 29 39 44 2 3 17 20 25 31 5v5
Home 1 6:59 Cammalleri shot saved 3 11 13 29 32 44 3 5 22 31 33 36 5v5
Home 1 6:07 Bouma's shot saved 8 17 24 27 29 55 2 8 21 29 31 32 5v5
Home 1 3:53 Giordano's shot blocked 3 5 11 13 29 32 2 3 22 31 33 36 5v5
Away 1 0:40 Hansen breakaway goal 7 11 24 29 32 44 2 3 17 20 25 31 5v5
Home 2 18:34 Byron shot misses net 7 11 13 29 32 44 3 5 7 17 25 31 5v5
Home 2 18:20 Backlund shot saved 11 13 27 29 32 55 3 5 7 17 25 31 5v5
Away 2 17:08 Hansen shot missed 7 8 17 22 29 44 5 6 22 31 33 36 5v5
Away 2 16:44 Hansen tip missed net 3 5 18 29 32 39 5 6 22 31 33 36 5v5
Away 2 16:29 Kesler shot missed 3 5 18 29 32 39 5 6 17 20 25 31 5v5
Away 2 15:03 Booth wrap-around 22 23 27 29 32 55 2 3 21 29 31 32 5v5
Away 2 12:30 Kesler shot blocked 7 11 13 29 32 44 2 8 17 20 25 31 5v5
Home 2 11:14 Colborne drives net. 3 5 18 22 29 39 2 3 22 31 33 36 5v5
Away 2 7:09 Delpe shot saved 3 7 18 29 39 54 3 5 21 29 31 32 5v5
Away 2 6:48 Hansen shot 3 5 18 22 29 32 2 8 22 31 33 36 5v5
Away 2 6:46 H.Sedin rebound 3 5 18 22 29 32 2 8 22 31 33 36 5v5
Away 2 6:32 Santorelli misses net 7 11 13 24 29 44 3 5 17 20 25 31 5v5
Away 2 5:53 Bieksa shot saved 7 11 13 24 29 44 3 5 17 20 25 31 5v5
Home 2 3:14 Monahan shot blocked 23 27 29 39 54 55 2 6 21 29 31 32 5v5
Home 3 19:21 Backlund misses net 7 11 17 29 32 44 2 8 22 31 33 36 5v5
Home 3 19:05 Byron shot saved 7 11 29 32 39 44 2 8 22 31 33 36 5v5
Home 3 18:45 Jones shot saved 7 8 29 39 44 54 2 8 22 31 33 36 5v5
Home 3 14:26 Galiardi back-hand. 7 8 29 32 39 44 5 6 7 15 31 36 5v5
Away 3 7:04 Santorelli shot saved 8 22 29 32 44 55 2 8 15 20 25 31 5v5
Away 3 3:25 Kassian shot blocked 3 5 8 22 24 29 2 8 9 22 31 33 5v5
Away 3 2:16 Santorelli goal 5 7 8 13 24 29 3 5 17 20 25 31 5v5
# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 20:22 3 6 00:00 0 0 02:10 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 19:16 2 6 01:06 0 0 02:50 0 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:41 5 8 00:54 0 0 01:57 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 11:51 3 4 00:43 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:41 6 4 00:00 0 0 01:56 0 2
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 18:29 4 4 01:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 09:29 2 1 00:00 0 0 01:27 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 15:44 1 6 01:17 0 0 02:27 0 1
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 16:12 1 7 00:08 0 0 01:02 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 10:55 1 1 01:02 0 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 19:59 1 5 00:51 0 0 00:12 0 0
27 SMITH, DEREK 10:59 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 BERRA, RETO   11 15   0 0   0 3
32 BYRON, PAUL 15:33 7 8 00:50 0 0 01:42 0 0
39 GALIARDI, TJ 14:34 5 4 00:00 0 0 01:14 0 2
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 21:13 6 7 00:00 0 0 03:03 0 2
54 JONES, DAVID 13:12 2 1 01:09 0 0 00:00 0 0
55 O'BRIEN, SHANE 13:18 3 2 00:54 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2 4 10 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 4 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SUM IT UP

The Flames (14-19-6) are now 27th in the NHL, a point below below Florida. They close out 2013 with a date with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The game's at 7pm on Sportsnet West.

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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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#1 RonR
December 29 2013, 09:35PM
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I didn't think the Flames looked good at all in the offensive end, other than the first two minutes of the third period, and for a short time after the Canucks got their 2nd goal. Need more offensive skill. Ron R

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#2 coachedpotatoe
December 29 2013, 09:42PM
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Seems like I missed another barn burner. appears Granlund did not play, instead McG played. Note to BB you need skilled guys to score goals, not many are going to end 0-0 and then in a shot out.

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#3 chillout
December 29 2013, 09:44PM
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why do i get the feeling that there is going to be some sort of goaltending trade coming up here shortly

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#4 sathome
December 29 2013, 10:39PM
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I was at this one, for my first game at the Saddledome in years. It wasn't pretty, they really couldn't get anything going. I thought Berra was decent, along with Bouma, Backlund and Byron. And O'Brien is just terrible.

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#5 Justin Azevedo
December 29 2013, 10:44PM
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http://video.flames.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=11&id=523988&lang=en

hartley says berra's positioning is flawless. that is an absolute joke. berra's positioning is the worst part of his game.

there is no logical way he can actually believe that. goal after goal is scored on berra because he's out of position.

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#6 Lober
December 29 2013, 11:11PM
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So Washington's GM is in CGY talking with Burke the same day Neuvirth's agent says we wants a trade hmmmmm. I'm not against picking him up but I would not give up much for him.

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#7 Matt
December 30 2013, 01:32AM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

http://video.flames.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=11&id=523988&lang=en

hartley says berra's positioning is flawless. that is an absolute joke. berra's positioning is the worst part of his game.

there is no logical way he can actually believe that. goal after goal is scored on berra because he's out of position.

Berra stopped 28 of 30 and was probably the best Flame on the ice in the game (which isn't saying much when the team generates 8 shots over two periods).

Not saying Berra doesn't have big flaws in his game, just that it seems an odd time to point it out when he played an really good game tonight, and has been pretty good in general in December - .933, .963, .914, .935, .917 in his last five starts. He's giving the Flames a chance to win.

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#8 Derzie
December 30 2013, 01:59AM
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We suck again!

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#9 Walter White
December 30 2013, 06:24AM
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Lober wrote:

So Washington's GM is in CGY talking with Burke the same day Neuvirth's agent says we wants a trade hmmmmm. I'm not against picking him up but I would not give up much for him.

Not sure if that kid is really an upgrade from Berra or Ramo......kind of hard to blame Berra for the last 2 losses, with that kind of goal support.

I expect some significant trades this week; may well be with Washington...

WW

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#10 Craig
December 30 2013, 06:36AM
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It's going to be Sven for neuvirth and my soul will die a little bit.

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#11 Colin
December 30 2013, 07:05AM
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Lober wrote:

So Washington's GM is in CGY talking with Burke the same day Neuvirth's agent says we wants a trade hmmmmm. I'm not against picking him up but I would not give up much for him.

Bob Mackenzie tweeted out or retweeted something to the effect that Washingtons GM was in town for his kids hockey tourney/game or something to that effect, so no, not likely the lead up to a big trade of any sort.

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#12 RexLibris
December 30 2013, 09:51AM
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A Neuvirth trade would be interesting. Just pray that McPhee doesn't extract the same price from Burke that he did for Varlamov (conditional 1st - Filip Forsberg - and a 2nd - Mike Winther).

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#13 suba steve
December 30 2013, 10:13AM
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@RexLibris

My question would be:

Why would the Flames (at this stage of a rebuild) trade for another young (euro) goalie? I guess if you could get him cheap, and you are not keen on keeping one of the guys you currently have, and Wash is willing to take that tender off your hands in the deal. I'm just not certain that this move would be any kind of upgrade.

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#14 T&A4Flames
December 30 2013, 10:34AM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

http://video.flames.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=11&id=523988&lang=en

hartley says berra's positioning is flawless. that is an absolute joke. berra's positioning is the worst part of his game.

there is no logical way he can actually believe that. goal after goal is scored on berra because he's out of position.

I think he's gotten better, though as the season has gone on. I didn't get to watch last nights game but overall he seems to be in better control; no wild side to side slides that get him waaaaaayyyy out of position. I think by the time the Flames are ready to compete for the PO again, Berra could develop into a pretty decent goalie.

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#15 T&A4Flames
December 30 2013, 10:38AM
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RexLibris wrote:

A Neuvirth trade would be interesting. Just pray that McPhee doesn't extract the same price from Burke that he did for Varlamov (conditional 1st - Filip Forsberg - and a 2nd - Mike Winther).

Burkes not that dumb. He usually wins his trades. It's his off-season signings that blow.

Besides, Forsberg was moved for Erat, not Varlamov.

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#16 Kevin R
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Burkes not that dumb. He usually wins his trades. It's his off-season signings that blow.

Besides, Forsberg was moved for Erat, not Varlamov.

I agree that Rex is Oiler blue hoping Burke is stupid to do a deal like that but he is partly right in that Wash. picked Forsberg with the 1st rounder they extracted from Colorado in the Varlamov deal & then Mcphee peed it away in the Erat deal.

Wash may take a goalie back because Holtby isn't exactly tearing up the town either. So Burke may take Neuvirth, I would too, a way more known commodity than either of the 2 we have & I can honestly see Ramo as being part of a multi player package going the other way. Hartley seems to be pretty high on Berra. Wash are in the playoff hunt, so they may have several targets on the Flames they would like to acquire. I see the two guys going out for dinner & discussing a few scenarios. Trade doesn't have to be this week, but January is just around the corner.......

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#17 mk
December 30 2013, 11:26AM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

Burkes not that dumb. He usually wins his trades. It's his off-season signings that blow.

Besides, Forsberg was moved for Erat, not Varlamov.

I believe he means that the 1st they got in the trade for Varlamov was used to pick Forsberg.

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