Post-Game: Flames Get Frozen Out By Avs

Ryan Pike
December 06 2013 09:58PM

 

 

The Colorado Avalanche came into Calgary smarting after an 8-2 whuppin' up north in Edmonton on Thursday night. The Calgary Flames were riding high after a pair of wins over Los Angeles and Phoenix. With the Flames rested up and riding momentum, you'd expect a simple grind-em-out home win for Calgary.

But you'd probably be wrong. With the Flames missing Joe Colborne (flu) and Brian McGrattan (lower-body) and replacing them with Derek Smith and Lane MacDermid, the Flames were riding a short bench and seemed to play it like a road game. After eking out a lead, the Flames fell by a 3-2 score, despite a pretty decent attempt at a comeback late in the third.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period was mostly Flames-driven, with the locals pushing the pace to take advantage of Colorado. The Avs had some momentum late, but the Flames generally were able to neutralize their opportunities or block them. Calgary opened the scoring via their power-play. With Lee Stempniak parked in front of J.S Giguere, Kris Russell's point shot found the net. Assists went to Sven Baertschi and Mikael Backlund, both gradually playing their way out of Bob Hartley's doghouse. J.S. Giguere complained about goalie interference to no avail, and even got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for his protests. The Flames could not capitalize on their subsequent power-play chance, and the Avalanche even came back a bit late in the period. The Flames led the period in shots (11-6), shot attempts (21-14), face-offs (12-7) and, of course, goals.

The second period was not all-Avalanche, but it was mostly Avalanche. As the period wore on, the teams spent more and more sustained time in the Calgary zone. Finally the proverbial floodgates opened, and not because of a Colorado dangle, but because of a puck-handling miscue. A soft pass behind the net by Karri Ramo was intercepted by John Mitchell, who fed Max Talbot out front for his first goal with the Avs. 54 seconds later, the Avalanche scored again, with Paul Byron unable to stop P.A. Parenteau from getting a pass in the slot. Suddenly, it was 2-1. In the middle frame the Avalanche led in shots (13-7), shot attempts (31-14) and goals, but the Flames maintained a face-off edge by a 13-8 margin.

You'd hope the Flames would play a desperate game in the third period, but the Avalanche began the period by continuing to push the pace. After a bit of back-and-forth action, Matt Stajan stole the puck on a line-change. He fed Lee Stempniak, whose stick exploded. This led to a Nathan MacKinnon-led 3-on-2. Karri Ramo made the initial save off Gabriel Landeskog, but the rebound went right to MacKinnon, who made it 3-1 Colorado. The Flames did push back after that goal, and with three minutes left they pulled the goal and got some results. The Flames battled in the offensive zone and Cammalleri found Stajan out front, tapping home a marker to make it 3-2. Jiri Hudler got his 19th assist of the season on that goal. With the net empty the Flames continued to press for the tying goal, but they just couldn't capitalize and 3-2 was your final. Calgary had a narrow lead in shots (10-6) and attempts (19-17) in the third, but the Avalanche held a narrow face-off advantage (10-9) and skated away with the road win.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

They failed to take advantage of a tired Colorado Avalanche team during the first when they were struggling to find their legs, and then they failed to adjust when Colorado found their legs. Standing around watching a talented Colorado top-six play with the puck is rarely a recipe for success.

In addition, taking two penalties that nullified power-plays completely derailed chances to regain momentum in the third period. Twice.

SCORING CHANCES

 

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:26 Smith tip 3 17 27 28 31 55 16 24 35 55 58 61 5v5
Home 1 13:59 Cammalleri PP 4 5 13 24 31 54 2 5 24 35 55   5v4
Home 1 13:20 Giordano PP 4 5 13 24 31 54 2 5 24 35 55   5v4
Home 1 13:12 Stempniak rebound PP 4 7 11 22 31 47 11 16 25 35 61   5v4
Home 1 11:03 Stajan PP 4 17 18 19 31 44 5 6 9 35 92   5v4
Home 1 2:34 Backlund rebound 5 11 24 31 44 54 5 15 16 26 35 92 5v5
Away 2 19:12 Duchene 4 7 13 18 22 31 9 16 29 35 61 92 5v5
Away 2 19:07 Landeskog 4 7 13 18 22 31 9 16 29 35 61 92 5v5
Home 2 16:10 Butler 3 24 31 32 44 54 15 16 26 35 61 90 5v5
Home 2 15:38 Cammalleri 2on1 3 13 18 22 31 44 5 6 9 29 35 92 5v5
Away 2 15:30 Duchene 3 13 18 22 31 44 5 6 9 29 35 92 5v5
Home 2 14:56 Stempniak 4 7 13 18 22 31 5 6 9 29 35 92 5v5
Away 2 12:40 O'Reilly 5 11 24 31 44 54 15 16 26 35 61 90 5v5
Away 2 8:25 Landeskog 3 17 27 28 31 55 5 6 9 29 35 92 5v5
Away 2 6:41 Mitchell PP 3 7 17 18 31   4 7 9 15 35 92 4v5
Away 2 6:22 Stastny PP 5 18 22 31 44   2 6 7 9 35 92 4v5
Away 2 5:30 Tip 3 24 31 32 54 55 5 6 11 24 25 35 5v5
Away 2 2:52 Landeskog 3 19 31 32 44 47 6 9 29 35 61 92 5v5
Away 2 2:01 Talbot goal 4 7 17 27 28 31 2 4 7 11 25 35 5v5
Away 2 1:06 Parenteau goal 4 7 13 18 22 31 15 16 26 35 61 90 5v5
Away 3 17:33 MacKinnon goal 4 7 13 18 22 31 5 6 9 29 35 92 5v5
Home 3 16:22 Byron 3 17 19 31 32 55 2 4 7 11 25 35 5v5
Home 3 14:52 Backlund 4 7 11 24 31 47 15 16 26 35 61 90 5v5
Home 3 9:08 scramble 5 7 11 17 31 54 2 4 9 29 35 92 5v5
Home 3 9:06 Giordano 5 7 11 17 31 54 2 4 9 29 35 92 5v5
Home 3 8:49 Jones 5 7 11 17 31 54 2 4 9 29 35 92 5v5
Home 3 7:28 Butler 3 22 24 31 44   15 16 26 35 61   4v4
Home 3 7:23 Hudler 3 22 24 31 44   15 16 26 35 61   4v4
Away 3 6:21 McGinn 4 5 7 11 31 32 5 6 9 11 35 92 5v5
Home 3 1:56 Stajan goal 4 7 13 18 24 54 2 4 15 26 35 90 5v5
# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 15:27 6 4 00:00 0 0 02:00 0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 20:07 3 6 04:17 4 0 00:06 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:14 4 2 05:06 2 0 02:01 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:24 6 6 01:39 1 0 01:53 0 1
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:29 5 2 02:03 1 0 01:55 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 17:05 3 5 03:23 2 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 07:31 5 2 00:10 1 0 01:53 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 18:42 3 5 00:10 1 0 01:22 0 2
19 JONES, BLAIR 12:09 1 1 00:10 1 0 00:39 0 0
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 15:16 4 5 02:03 1 0 01:31 0 1
24 HUDLER, JIRI 18:03 6 2 03:23 2 0 00:17 0 0
27 SMITH, DEREK 03:22 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
28 MACDERMID, LANE 04:08 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   12 11   4 0   0 2
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:34 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:39 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 17:26 5 3 00:10 1 0 02:16 0 1
47 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 12:44 1 1 02:03 1 0 00:00 0 0
54 JONES, DAVID 12:59 6 2 03:23 2 0 00:00 0 0
55 O'BRIEN, SHANE 10:44 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 11 3 9 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 8 2 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RED WARRIOR

Let's go with Matt Stajan. Matty Franchise had a late goal to make the game close. In a game where the Flames weren't great 5-on-5 he had a goal, wasn't a minus player and won 75% of his face-offs. In a rare game where the NHL's worst face-off team won most of their draws, Stajan was a big factor.

SUM IT UP

The Flames had their two-game winning string snapped by the Avalanche tonight, but they're back in action tomorrow evening. As per tradition, it's the late (8pm MT) game on Hockey Night in Canada, as they head up the road to Shelbyville to face off against their hated rivals, the Edmonton Oilers.

Don't you dare miss it!

(Unless you have already made plans. It'd be rude to break plans to watch the NHL's fourth-worst team play the fifth worst-team.)

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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 Jibmeister
December 06 2013, 10:53PM
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Missed the game. How was Ramo?

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#2 calgary candle
December 07 2013, 12:01AM
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Jibmeister wrote:

Missed the game. How was Ramo?

Ramo played well except for an epic giveaway behind his net which led to the then tying goal at 1-1.

Goal 2 was almost entirely Butler's fault. For the second game in a row he bounced off a player near his own net again leading directly to a goal. That made it 2-1.

I don't think Ramo could be faulted on #@3. Generally he is looking much stronger than before Berra was handed the majority of the work.

I know we're short a defenseman, but can someone explain Hartley's faith in Butler. He loses games for the Flames singlehandedly. I think he should be put on waivers NOW ( doubt if he has trade value). I'd rather see Smith in his place or maybe Billins. Comments?

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#3 coachedpotatoe
December 07 2013, 07:23AM
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calgary candle wrote:

Ramo played well except for an epic giveaway behind his net which led to the then tying goal at 1-1.

Goal 2 was almost entirely Butler's fault. For the second game in a row he bounced off a player near his own net again leading directly to a goal. That made it 2-1.

I don't think Ramo could be faulted on #@3. Generally he is looking much stronger than before Berra was handed the majority of the work.

I know we're short a defenseman, but can someone explain Hartley's faith in Butler. He loses games for the Flames singlehandedly. I think he should be put on waivers NOW ( doubt if he has trade value). I'd rather see Smith in his place or maybe Billins. Comments?

Epic giveaway. There were two errors on the play one Ramo made a bad choice but TJB did not help the goalie by shortening up the distance between himself and Ramo had he done so he could have least been in a puck battle which would have made the pass out front a bit more difficult. Regardless the puck handler(Ramo) made a bad choice.

I would love to see Billings up for a long period so we could determine if he could play at this level. It would also help the pp. Although for a while Butler played well, he seems only to play well with certain players ie TJB.( Heat won last night, Billings with another A, Granlund 1 g 2 a)

In many ways we were lucky only to lose 3-2 as at times it seemed we would never get the puck out of our zone and when that happened every one was responsible.

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#4 ChinookArch
December 07 2013, 07:36AM
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@calgary candle

I think Butler has served as a pretty good defender overall this season. The trouble is his deployment, and his incredible ability to standout when he does blow a play. Hartley has been forced to overuse Butler in time and position because of the Flames lack of depth and injuries to top defenders. Butler is fine as a bottom pairing defender with 15 or less minutes.

I might be the only guy left posting on FN who thinks he's actually OK, but my only question is who's better, (other than of course Wideman, Giordano, Brodie and Russell) on the team or in the Flames system today?

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#5 coachedpotatoe
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I think Butler has served as a pretty good defender overall this season. The trouble is his deployment, and his incredible ability to standout when he does blow a play. Hartley has been forced to overuse Butler in time and position because of the Flames lack of depth and injuries to top defenders. Butler is fine as a bottom pairing defender with 15 or less minutes.

I might be the only guy left posting on FN who thinks he's actually OK, but my only question is who's better, (other than of course Wideman, Giordano, Brodie and Russell) on the team or in the Flames system today?

Overall I have liked Butler in the last month more than in the first month but that does not mean he has not make some major mistakes. As for who is better, that is a hard question to answer because they have not given the prospects much of an opportunity. I would like to see Breen for 5/6 games warts and all as we need to see if he can play and if we can't lets move on. I would also like to see Billings for an extended period as I think he is probably very Russell like and I believe he would really help the PP. Is he better than Butler? Probably not yet but he is sure worth properly evaluating. Also Cundari and Ramage may be worth a look. The Spoon needs a full season in the AHL. I hope we do see them all and at some point Butler can be traded for a draft pick.

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#6 thprop
December 07 2013, 09:17AM
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I was at the game and I thought Ramo played really well at times...the giveaway was a bad decision but his positional play was quite good. I can see why Sven (who I really like) gives the coach fits though...although Backlund... how a coach couldn't like his game especially last night is confusing to say the least.

Lane McDirtmound is a steaming stack of stool. Bad penalties and then he loses the fight to boot. Please Lance Bouma mix a few fights into your game so that we don't have to endure more of this 'GRIT'.

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#7 Bring Back Tim Hunter
December 07 2013, 10:34AM
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Brody is starting to worry me. He still seems to be on the ice for way too many goals. Young yes but I was hoping for a more well rounded d-man by now. I'm not giving up, just sayin. Butler can't last on this team, feaster knows what he's doing. Just a matter of time before he's gone.

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#8 ?
December 07 2013, 10:54AM
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I really don't wanna lose to Edmonton… Please do not start Berra, Hartley.

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#9 Kevin R
December 07 2013, 11:04AM
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Bring Back Tim Hunter wrote:

Brody is starting to worry me. He still seems to be on the ice for way too many goals. Young yes but I was hoping for a more well rounded d-man by now. I'm not giving up, just sayin. Butler can't last on this team, feaster knows what he's doing. Just a matter of time before he's gone.

Not sure how Brody is starting to worry you??? He's playing 30 minutes + a game, of course he's going to be on for goals against. He just finished his ELC, I think your standards of success for this kid may be a little too high or maybe you have the cup is half empty perspective.

Butler we agree on. Interesting thing about Butler, he doesn't give me 3-4 D fuzzies, he doesn't have the right tools. Problem is, he plays is worst hockey playing less minutes in a 5-6 capacity, in fact he's horrible. I guess the value in him is that when injuries hit, his game improves when he's given more minutes. I don't know what to say, I just don't want to pull for injuries so Butler can play better. I think it's time to move him at the deadline & get best possible return.

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#10 Justin Azevedo
December 07 2013, 11:32AM
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a couple of bad defensive plays each by tj brodie and chris butler last night. reminds you that one is a 23-year-old playing against top competition and that one is barely above replacement-level.

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#11 Craig
December 07 2013, 12:58PM
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I know this is completely off topic but Markus Granlund is havin a pretty good year down in Abbotsford. He's really showing determination, and a lot of skill. I hope he puts In a full year down there and keeps on putting up the points. I think going into next year he's going to surprise a lot of people by making the flames out of camp.

Really good prospect flying under the radar a bit.

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#12 SeanCharles
December 07 2013, 03:42PM
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Bring Back Tim Hunter wrote:

Brody is starting to worry me. He still seems to be on the ice for way too many goals. Young yes but I was hoping for a more well rounded d-man by now. I'm not giving up, just sayin. Butler can't last on this team, feaster knows what he's doing. Just a matter of time before he's gone.

Brodie is awesome..

Butler should be traded at the deadline. I like our top 5 and the 6th spot should go to a prospect.

Side note: I saw Tim Hunter at Home Depot today!

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#13 Byron Bader
December 07 2013, 03:48PM
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Was at the game as well. Ramo looked good for most of it. That giveaway was horrendous obviously but he wasn't horrible. Brodie blocked a shot late in the third and could barely get off the ice. He fell three or four times trying to get off actually. It looked pretty brutal. He came out and played a little after so hopefully he's ok. If he goes down like Gio for six weeks cause of a broken foot or ankle that would be brutal stuff. Fingers crossed that's not the case.

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