Post-Game: Berra Wins (In Regulation!)

Ryan Pike
February 06 2014 08:02PM


(courtesy the NHL/NHL.com)

The Calgary Flames continued their eastern trek on Thursday night, visiting the New York Islanders in Uniondale, New York. Underneath the many Stanley Cup banners in the Nassau Coliseum, the Flames hoped to return to their winning ways.

And they did so. After a hard-fought, tight-checking 60 minutes of hockey, the Calgary Flames left Long Island with their 22nd win of the season.

And most importantly, it was the first regulation win in Reto Berra's NHL career.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period was a bit herky-jerky in pace, but things picked up near the end of the period. The Flames pushed the pace a bit early on, generating three of the first four scoring chances. After that, though, through a combination of skill and a couple Flames penalties, the Islanders poured it on. Reto Berra was sharp, though, and the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes.

The middle frame was very similar to the first. Once again, Calgary took a penalty, but their kill on Joe Colborne's minor seemed to give them some momentum. They poured it on, and they finally broke through via a Sean Monahan goal. Kris Russell flung the puck from the point towards a mass of bodies near the Islanders net, and the Flames 19-year-old rookie emerged from the pack and put the puck past Evgeni Nabokov. A few minutes later, on a Flames power-play, Dennis Wideman converted a sweet Mikael Backlund feed to give the Flames a temporary two-goal lead. I say temporary, because the Islanders stormed back and Thomas Hickey made it a one-goal game with a goal with just seven seconds left in the second. Gotta hate those late-period goals...

The Islanders had an early power-play in the first that the Flames killed. The Flames failed to capitalize on a power-play of their own, and the Isles took advantage of the momentum and tied the game, as their super-skilled top line set up Calvin de Haan for the game-tying goal. The remainder of the third period was a back and forth affair, until David Jones broke the deadlock with a weird goal. Basically, a point shot from the blueline got knocked towards the corner after hitting Nabokov in the shoulder. Matt Stajan collected the puck and flung it towards the net. Remember how Montreal's first goal on Tuesday was a puck that bonked in off of a couple bodies? Well, David Jones was the last body this weird-angled shot bonked in off of. Thus, the Flames had a 3-2 lead. The Islanders could not capitalize on a Jiri Hudler penalty late and Mikael Backlund added an empty netter to give the Flames a 4-2 victory.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They played a very smart, even-keeled game on the road and three of their four lines continued to contribute here and there. Mikael Backlund was good again, especially distributing the puck on the power-play, and Reto Berra stood on his head in stretches.

Overall, a very similar game to what they did in Montreal, although they got more of the bounces and executed a bit better than on Tuesday.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 18:22 Jones 14 15 20 40 47 51 3 18 24 29 44 54 5v5
Home 1 15:44 Grabner 11 14 15 20 40 51 4 16 29 32 39 44 5v5
Away 1 15:28 Hudler 12 13 20 29 37 47 3 6 11 22 24 29 5v5
Away 1 15:16 Wideman 12 13 20 29 37 47 3 6 11 22 24 29 5v5
Home 1 13:07 Martin 11 17 20 36 37 53 4 16 29 32 39 44 5v5
Away 1 10:48 Bouma 11 14 20 21 26 91 5 7 17 18 29 54 5v5
Home 1 10:31 Vanek 11 14 20 21 26 91 5 7 17 18 29 54 5v5
Home 1 10:28 Tavares 11 14 20 21 26 91 5 7 17 18 29 54 5v5
Home 1 10:21 Vanek 11 14 20 21 26 91 5 7 17 18 29 54 5v5
Home 1 9:26 Vanek 11 20 21 26 51 91 5 17 22 29 44   5v4
Home 1 9:25 Okposo 11 20 21 26 51 91 5 17 22 29 44   5v4
Home 1 8:22 Nelson 12 15 20 29 44 46 3 7 17 22 29   5v4
Home 1 2:04 Clutterbuck 12 15 20 29 44 47 5 7 18 22 29   5v4
Home 2 17:01 Cizikas 11 14 17 20 36 53 3 6 8 23 29 32 5v5
Home 2 15:50 Tavares 20 21 26 37 47 91 5 7 17 18 22 29 5v5
Home 2 13:04 Okposo 20 21 26 37 47 91 3 6 16 29 32 39 5v5
Away 2 5:46 Monahan goal 11 14 15 20 40 51 4 6 8 13 23 29 5v5
Away 2 5:19 Brodie 20 21 26 44 46 91 5 7 11 22 24 29 5v5
Away 2 5:12 Giordano 20 21 26 44 46 91 5 7 11 22 24 29 5v5
Home 2 4:44 Martin 17 20 36 44 46 53 3 6 16 29 32 39 5v5
Home 2 3:20 Tavares 11 14 15 20 26 91 4 11 22 24 29 44 5v5
Away 2 1:52 Wideman goal 20 21 26 44 46 91 5 7 17 18 29 54 5v5
Home 2 0:07 Hickey goal 17 20 36 37 47 53 5 7 11 22 24 29 5v5
Home 3 16:54 Donovan 11 14 17 20 36 53 3 6 16 29 32 39 5v5
Home 3 16:51 Donovan 11 14 17 36 53 91 3 6 16 29 32 39 5v5
Home 3 15:43 Okposo 11 20 21 26 51 91 4 7 11 22 29   5v4
Away 3 15:30 Backlund 11 20 21 26 51 91 5 11 22 29 44   5v4
Away 3 15:15 Monahan 12 20 40 44 46   4 6 13 23 29   4v4
Away 3 14:35 Cammalleri 12 20 40 44 46   4 6 13 22 23 29 4v5
Away 3 12:52 Stempniak 20 21 26 44 46 91 5 7 17 18 22 29 5v5
Away 3 11:59 Colborne 15 20 37 40 47 51 4 6 8 13 23 29 5v5
Away 3 8:21 Stajan 11 14 20 21 26 91 5 6 18 29 32 54 5v5
Home 3 2:18 Vanek 11 20 21 26 51 91 5 17 18 29 44   5v4
Home 3 1:25 Tavares 11 12 20 21 26 91 3 7 18 22 29   5v4
# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 15:01 3 5 00:10 0 0 02:43 0 2
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 14:55 3 3 01:22 1 0 00:33 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:25 6 5 01:17 0 0 06:05 1 4
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 16:35 6 5 01:11 1 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 16:53 5 5 01:06 0 0 02:54 0 4
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:50 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:16 4 2 01:11 0 0 03:05 1 1
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 12:25 3 0 01:17 1 0 00:03 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 06:46 0 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 12:54 3 4 00:00 0 0 05:23 0 4
18 STAJAN, MATT 14:45 5 4 00:00 0 0 04:37 0 3
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 13:11 5 3 01:14 1 0 04:02 1 6
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 11:38 3 1 01:17 1 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:01 5 2 01:11 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 BERRA, RETO   12 13   1 0   1 7
32 BYRON, PAUL 06:53 1 7 00:00 0 0 00:56 0 0
39 GALIARDI, TJ 06:38 0 6 00:00 0 0 00:36 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 14:33 1 3 00:00 0 0 06:27 1 3
54 JONES, DAVID 14:39 4 3 01:04 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 9 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
2 4 6 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 5 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0

RED WARRIOR

Tempted to go with Backlund or Berra again, but give it up for Dennis Wideman. Wideman had a goal and an assist, and led the Flames with a plus-2 rating and four shots on net. A very good game for #6.

Honourable mention to Lance “Bruises” Bouma, who had four hits and four blocked shots.

SUM IT UP

The Flames (22-28-7) have won six of their last seven contests and are playing well. They finish off their pre-Olympics schedule on Saturday morning with an 11am MT game in the city that hosts this year's NHL Draft, Philadelphia. Their tilt against the Flyers can be viewed on Sportsnet.

And you never know, it may be the last game in a Flames uniform for one or two players...

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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 clyde
February 06 2014, 08:20PM
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Bouma could really get the Flames an over payment at the deadline. Wonder if Burke will be tempted?

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#2 David Clare
February 06 2014, 08:22PM
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This was a very entertaining game! Overall I liked how the flames played.

I thought cammy was virtually invisible

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#3 RexLibris
February 06 2014, 08:48PM
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clyde wrote:

Bouma could really get the Flames an over payment at the deadline. Wonder if Burke will be tempted?

Useful player coming into his own on a team rebuilding but in need of depth moved out for a draft pick?

For reference, that's page 71 in the Steve Tambellini Guide to NHL Asset Management.

:)

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#4 RexLibris
February 06 2014, 08:50PM
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I find the Cammalleri-re-signing chatter very interesting.

If anyone can convince him to come back it is Burke, and if all he is hearing from other GMs is a late-round 1st or a mid-range prospect in return then, assuming Cammalleri is open to it, keeping him would be the best move.

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#5 RexLibris
February 06 2014, 09:04PM
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To ?

Not sure if you'll see this, but you had asked in a previous thread about my take, as an Oilers fan, on what Giordano would be worth to Edmonton.

I wanted to reply in a more current thread, so here it is.

From an Oilers' fan perspective, not much because of the risks involved in the necessary overpay between the two clubs. Giordano's upside relative to what Burke would likely ask doesn't mesh when the Oilers could offer less and perhaps get someone like Erhoff or Campbell who are at least comparable to Giordano.

Now, from the perspective of someone looking at other teams needing to acquire Giordano, that is a different story.

I think Giordano is worth the package that Burke keeps asking for from Cammalleri: a 1st and a top-drawer prospect and perhaps a lesser-light thrown in.

Were the Oilers to make an offer I would probably table something like a 1st (which isn't going to happen when that pick is almost guaranteed to be a top-three pick), a player like Martin Marincin, and a prospect knocking at the door like Tyler Pitlick or Anton Lander, perhaps a signed Mark Arcobello instead.

Keep in mind that the Oilers' best forward prospects at this time are generally all 1st overalls or Eberle, and the dropoff to the next tier based on development is steep right now.

Other teams like the Kings or Penguins could offer Linden Vey, Tyler Toffoli or Simon Despres as part of their packages.

Does Giordano have value to the Oilers? Yes, but in the sense that he is a very good defenseman on a good contract. Giordano has value to virtually every team in the league. What that value is in terms of negotiable assets varies widely depending on the state of those organizations.

The only way Giordano becomes an Oiler, in my opinion, is through free-agency. Granted, stranger things have happened through trade these past few years, but with Burke in charge I just don't see things lining up right for both teams.

That is unless the Flames really wanted Gagner...

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#6 kittensandcookies
February 06 2014, 09:10PM
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Michael Beastlund.

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#7 KetchupKid
February 06 2014, 09:26PM
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@RexLibris

I think Campbell would be an excellent fit on the Oil.

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#8 RexLibris
February 06 2014, 09:34PM
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KetchupKid wrote:

I think Campbell would be an excellent fit on the Oil.

So do I.

I like Kulikov more right now because he has a longer future, but beggars and choosers and all that.

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@RexLibris

I've heard Ehrhoff on quite of few of JW's articles, interesting player for the Oilers.

I really wonder what Gio could get under Brian Burke. Feaster's deal for JBouw was underwhelming to say the least, and with Gio having arguably the best year of his career, I feel that Burke, a pretty good "trading GM", could really get a return for the Flames.

Question is, is the return worth moving the captain?

Thanks for your take Rex.

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#10 Kent Wilson
February 06 2014, 10:13PM
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A very good game for #6.

This might be the first game since he returned from injury where Wideman looked like an NHL caliber defender for most of the night. Hopefully that means he's through the dark times.

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#11 ChinookArch
February 06 2014, 10:32PM
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RexLibris wrote:

I find the Cammalleri-re-signing chatter very interesting.

If anyone can convince him to come back it is Burke, and if all he is hearing from other GMs is a late-round 1st or a mid-range prospect in return then, assuming Cammalleri is open to it, keeping him would be the best move.

Cammalerri has been a good soldier for the Flames, but he doesn't strike me as a re-build kind of player at this stage in his career. Burke is likely a persuasive character, but I doubt he even bothers with Cammallerri. Regardless on the trade return, he's gone by the deadline, Burke won't let that asset waste away into nothing.

The beautiful reality to this season is the large bulk of teams that will likely be in a playoff hunt at the real trade deadline. It means very few sellers and a lot of buyers. For once, the Flames will be on the right side of the supply and demand curve. 3 weeks more rest for Michael and he'll be ready to pump his value up.

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#12 beloch
February 06 2014, 11:49PM
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I could see Cammalleri signing a 1 year extension if the money was right.

Cammalleri gains: MONEY!!!
The Flames:
-avoid the risk of Cammalleri walking for nothing.
-can bide their time looking for a better trade until next year's trade deadline.
-get another year of mentorship.
-won't have massively overpay an inferior free agent to meet the cap floor.

Basically, if Burke doesn't like the offers he's getting for squid (which may be depressed by his post-concussion play), all he has to do is throw enough cash at Cammalleri to make him postpone his cup-dreams for one season. It solves a lot of problems.

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#13 loudogYYC
February 07 2014, 12:04AM
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I don't believe for one minute that Burke is actually planning on re-signing Cammalleri. Having 'contract talks' is pretty simple and it'll help bolster demand for a player that has had playoff success in the past. Cammo will be traded and hopefully for a great return. Emerson Etem and a 2nd kind of return.

On another note, I'm kinda puzzled as to why the Flames haven't flexed their wallets yet by taking on a bad contract or 2 as a way of increasing their amount of picks in the top 100. Erat, Briere and Booth are all players who's cap hits are hurting their teams plans next season. I'd be ok with 1 year of any of those 3 here if it gets us another 2nd rd pick.

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I would tend to agree that a trade with Edmonton involving Giordano is highly unlikely.

The Oilers have, to date, proven to be absolutely unwilling to part with any of their top offensive players, and that's obviously the starting price for Giordano. Burke wants to accelerate the rebuild, not slow it down to wait on a yet-to-be-drafted rookie to mature. Also, while an early first-round pick is very likely to turn into competent NHL'er there is still a very significant chance of it failing to become a top-pairing defender or top-3 forward. As good as the Oilers' first-rounder is likely to be this season, there's no way Burke would trade Giordano for it and a career AHL'er. (Edmonton basically consists of lottery picks and players who have no business playing on a NHL playoff team. There's not a lot of middle ground.).

Were I Burke, I'd probably even be dubious of an offer involving Eberle. The Oilers play a defensively unstructured and irresponsible system that inflates their scorers' counting stats. Eberle's production would probably take a huge dive if he were moved to another team. Burke would probably prefer to pick up a young forward who has proven he can put up points while playing responsibly, and who hasn't been given an overinflated contract to boot! That pretty much puts every star the Oilers have off-limits.

The Oilers and Flames both lack talent and need pretty much everything. They're not really in a position to be each other's trading partners.

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#15 clyde
February 07 2014, 07:07AM
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RexLibris wrote:

Useful player coming into his own on a team rebuilding but in need of depth moved out for a draft pick?

For reference, that's page 71 in the Steve Tambellini Guide to NHL Asset Management.

:)

I said an over payment, not necessarily a draft pick as you are right, he is a very useful. You are also right when you say that we are rebuilding. If you can get an over payment, wouldn't you consider it?

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#16 Stubblejumper
February 07 2014, 07:36AM
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Actually the Oilers and Flames, while they both certainly lack talent, are probably very good trade partners for a couple reasons:

Stage of Re-Build Cycle - the Oilers are 3-4 years ahead of the Flames and are under pressure to win right now. Oilers need experience and leadership to finalize their rebuild with a core aged 21-24; Flames need additional draft picks this year and next to support their core currently aged 16-20.

Deficiencies - the Oilers critically need to improve their defence with experienced defenders, second line centre and bottom 6 role players..they have 1-2 top 4 defenders in their system but it will be 2-4 years until they reach their prime and are competent. Flames' current strength is their experienced defence while their need is to rebuild their top 2 defenders and top 9 forwards in the 16-20 age bracket.

In short..there is a match to move experienced quality Flames to the Oilers in return for high picks and quality prospects.

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#17 beloch
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You've identified things the Oilers might want from the Flames, but what will they trade for it? That's Edmonton's big problem. They need every speck of talent they currently have in the NHL, need to keep their picks because their prosoect pool isn't great, and have nothing but AHL'ers aside from all that. They're not a good trading partner because they have little to trade and overvalue their talent even before you factor in the pressure of trading to a division rival.

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#18 Stubblejumper
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I appreciate your view but differ in that the Oilers do not need their picks as much as they need quality experienced talent.

Flames want/need the Oilers 1st and 2nd rounders this year or next so we can acquire top talent within a narrow age-range. Buffalo has done a marvellous job with their trades and is stocking up fast..are the Flames able to do the same?

To do so we need to trade assets when they are at their highest value. Fans deride the Flames mgt for not trading Iggy, Bouw or Kipper 2-3 years ago. Well maybe we need to look right now not only at Cammy, Stemp, Hudler, Butler but also at the two highest value assets who fall outside the core age-band..Gio and Backlund.

Easy to trash this viewpoint because they're fan favourites. But in the game of buy-low sell-high these are exactly the players that fetch the highest returns which are needed during rebuilds.

However Gio is right now where Iggy was 4 years ago. We waited and got 1/3 the value we could have. Gio's value is maxed..would two 1sts or a 1st plus Klefbom be reasonable or something similar? Would that help the Oilers and the Flames (who coincidentally would be better positioned to go after McDavid next year).

Backs's value has not peaked yet..but somewhere in the next 24 months he could fetch a terrific return as a 25 or 26 year old in the prime of his career as a 20 goal, 50 point player. Perhaps like Kyle Turris, what would Backs fetch on the trade market?

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#19 Stubblejumper
February 07 2014, 12:40PM
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Burke's dream

Trade Gio to the Oilers for their 1st (2014) plus one of Nurse / Klefbom / Marincin (let the scouts decide).

Flames now have - Nurse (for example) - Ekblad (Oilers 1st) - Reinhart, Bennett or Dal Colle (Flames 1st)

Add prior 1st rounders - Monahan - Baertschi - Poirier - Klimchuk

Plus top prospects - Gaudreau - Gillies

Can Burke turn this dream into reality..?

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#20 beloch
February 07 2014, 06:11PM
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Burke might be able to talk Edmonton out of their 2015 pick because the Oilers are totally going to be awesome next year (again). There's little chance of getting their pick this year though. They've probably already penciled Ekblad into next year's lineup!

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