Post Game: So It Goes

bookofloob
March 10 2014 10:34PM

The march towards slow, grim death steadies on with a consistent cadence, and on this night, the Los Angeles Kings rolled into town to aid in this ominous reality for your Calgary Flames.

To call this game a pretty one would be to call the works of Thomas Pynchon a study in eternal whimsy. Choppy play. Sustained action lasting sometimes almost as long as 8 seconds. A Ben Stein pace. That's what this game between storied Pacific Division rivals amounted to in this one, and if you missed it, life is good.

Sure, watching the kids can be fun. A vision of the future not falling flat on their face is an encouraging sign. But when you're missing Stajan, Hudler, Glencross, Wideman, Jones (okay, not Jones), and have Lance Bouma on the first line (look we all love Boumer, but let's be honest here), these are the kinds of games we're going to see. Tonight, it was watching the Kings and former Calgary Hitmen standout Marty Jones choke even just a little bit more life out of the Flames season, and well, let's just land on "it'll all be over soon".

The Rundown


/Kings score 4 seconds later because the guy who tweeted that is a moron.

Yes, in the early moments of this game, the Flames were all over the Kings, playing kitty by the back door in the Kings end for a good minute and a half before the Kings broke out of their zone ONE TIME and Justin Williams scored on LA's first shot of the game.

Kind of a metaphor for this whole contest, really.

Despite a pretty good effort and some demonstrative control of the game, the Flames found themselves down 2-0 at the first intermission after a Trevor Lewis (!) notch. No one understands how this happens, but sometimes hockey is a cruel mistress.

Nothing interesting happened in the second period save for Kings center Jarrett Stoll trying to kill anyone with a Flaming C on their chest. Markus Granlund left the game with an upper body injury after sustaining a hit from Stoll, who then later tried to drill Norse God Mikael Backlund into the boards, whose superior Swedish genes allowed him to escape injury, to the relieved sighs of everyone in the whole damn world. You're a Stanley Cup champion, Stolly, why are you so angry?

The Kings held control of the game for most of the second, but didn't capitalize, in part because Joni Ortio was pretty tremendous, lending us to wonder what we were all thinking when we wondered if he could handle the NHL game.

Anze Kopitar tipped in a point shot midway through the third, and I started to write this post game report thinking the Flames weren't going to make it interesting.

So of course the Flames made it interesting.

Mike Cammalleri clocked a slapper off of Slava Voynov that bounced past a helpless Jones to ruin his shutout bid with 4 and a half minutes left, proving once and for all that not trading him at the deadline is Brian Burke's strongest move as Flames GM. Then current Flames sniper Brian McGrattan scored his second goal in as many games, you know because he's really good at hockey, and holy crap, was I going to have to re-write this whole post game report? I hope so!

But nope. Time ran out. 3-2 Kings final. Blugh.

The Flames outshot Les Reyes 26-23 on the night and spent a decent chunk of time being the better team despite being a peace meal nameless ragtag squad of misfits, but in the end, the talent outshone the effort.

Mikael Backlund is still awesome though.

Why The Flames Lost

Lack of skill? Lack of luck? WHITEY? Maybe there's a Costanza situation here where he switched the team over to cotton jerseys and they just weighed the Flames down?

Maybe it's all four?

No, it's because the Kings are a talented team who had won 7 in a row and the Flames are a bunch of damn rookies playing for pride and roster spots, and the good teams get the bounces. Sometimes it's as simple as that.

I guess Marty Jones was pretty good too. What happened to you, Marty, you used to be cool.

Scoring Chances

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:56 Williams goal 4 11 13 17 37 44 11 12 14 27 31 33 5v5
Away 1 10:02 Lewis goal 4 10 37 56 58 59 13 22 26 31 44 77 5v5
Away 1 7:34 Peason 4 10 16 37 44 58 6 8 13 22 31 70 5v5
Away 1 6:37 Carter 5 7 17 23 37 39 10 26 31 44 73 77 5v5
Home 1 0:14 Galiardi 5 10 16 37 39 44 11 12 14 26 31 44 5v5
Home 1 0:10 McGrattan 5 10 16 37 39 44 11 12 14 26 31 44 5v5
Away 2 19:02 Brown 4 11 13 17 37 44 23 27 28 31 33 74 5v5
Home 2 18:22 Monahan 5 7 17 23 37 59 23 27 28 31 33 73 5v5
Away 2 16:54 Lewis 3 10 16 37 56 58 13 22 27 31 33 70 5v5
Away 2 16:47 Pearson 3 10 16 37 56 58 13 22 27 31 33 70 5v5
Away 2 15:43 Carter 4 8 23 37 39 44 6 8 10 31 74 77 5v5
Home 2 14:35 Reinhart 5 7 11 32 37 59 11 26 31 44 73 77 5v5
Away 2 8:37 Toffoli 4 5 8 10 32 37 8 31 44 70 73 5v4
Away 2 2:49 Toffoli 4 8 10 13 37 44 6 27 28 31 70 73 5v5
Away 2 2:47 Pearson 4 8 10 13 37 44 6 27 28 31 70 73 5v5
Home 2 0:32 Colborne 4 8 13 23 37 44 26 28 31 44 70 73 5v5
Away 2 0:21 Pearson 4 8 13 23 37 44 26 28 31 44 70 73 5v5
Away 3 16:06 Doughty 3 10 16 37 56 59 6 8 28 31 70 73 5v5
Home 3 15:09 Backlund 5 11 17 37 44 6 11 12 14 27 31 4v5
Away 3 14:33 Carter 3 5 32 37 39 8 10 14 26 31 73 4v5
Home 3 13:24 Butler 4 13 23 37 44 58 22 23 27 31 33 74 5v5
Away 3 13:00 Kopitar goal 5 7 13 23 37 39 6 8 11 12 14 31 5v5
Away 3 12:40 Gaborik 5 7 10 17 37 58 8 11 12 14 31 33 5v5
Home 3 10:38 Galiardi 3 7 8 11 37 39 22 23 27 31 33 74 5v5
Home 3 9:40 Cammalleri 4 5 13 17 23 37 6 8 28 31 70 73 5v5
Home 3 2:36 Reinhart 4 10 16 37 44 59 22 23 26 31 44 74 5v5
Home 3 2:30 Russell 4 10 16 37 44 59 22 23 26 31 44 74 5v5
Home 3 2:24 McGrattan goal 4 10 16 37 44 59 22 23 26 31 44 74 5v5
Home 3 1:22 Byron 4 5 11 13 23 32 8 22 28 31 33 74 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
3 SMID, LADISLAV 16:47 1 3 00:00 0 0 01:53 0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:27 7 8 02:17 0 1 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 19:45 6 3 03:48 0 1 02:39 1 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:28 3 3 02:09 0 0 01:03 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 18:32 2 4 01:25 0 1 00:01 0 0
10 KNIGHT, CORBAN 11:44 5 8 00:27 0 1 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 20:29 3 2 02:39 0 0 01:20 1 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 18:30 4 6 02:39 0 0 00:15 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 08:31 5 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 11:09 2 4 00:38 0 0 01:49 1 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 18:25 5 4 02:23 0 0 01:02 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 14:20 2 0 00:59 0 1 01:42 0 1
37 ORTIO, JONI   11 14   0 1   1 1
39 GALIARDI, TJ 16:59 3 3 00:48 0 0 01:51 0 1
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 16:18 7 7 00:38 0 0 02:25 1 0
56 WOTHERSPOON, TYLER 10:23 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
58 HANOWSKI, BEN 07:06 1 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
59 REINHART, MAX 10:13 5 2 01:20 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 8 3 7 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
3 4 8 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Red Warrior

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There were some decent performances tonight, but what the hell, I'll go with Corey Osmak.

The Flames assistant equipment manager worked his 1000th NHL game tonight, a tribute to longevity in a world where such a trait does not usually exist. Osmak got some dap all night on the Sportsnet broadcast, even getting interviewed by the Million Dollar Man during the second intermission, and it was all pretty cool.

Also I'm sure as hell not giving it to McGrattan, so stop asking.

The Beat Goes On

Did you guys hear George Strombolopolous is going to be the new Hockey Night In Canada host? What's that about?

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#1 Jackson
March 10 2014, 11:33PM
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Who do you hate more? Props for oilers , trash for Canucks.

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#2 slapschtick
March 11 2014, 02:59AM
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I'm interested on how many times we play teams on the back end of another teams 2 in 2 nights? And how often do we see a team's starting goalie in those cases? I think we aren't taken too seriously around the league, and our pretend rebuild, and thus our standing in the league, is inflated and over-rated at best. Ugh... we won't know our actual potential and skill level until we aren't just a night off for most of the league... our season point totals are no indication of our standing. We are the worst team in the league... our best efforts (which are put in on a regular basis... much respect) are countered by a half decent teams single period of hockey... and an elite teams 5 minutes of effort. The compete level is great, but when it matters we can't compete with anyone. But because of that, we may not even pick in the top 5... thus hampering this 'rebuild' even more... sigh

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#3 beloch
March 11 2014, 01:21AM
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Re: Strombo

With all the public money that gets poured into NHL arenas in Canada, it seems downright ungrateful for the NHL to shaft the public broadcaster this way. This deal is going to make the NHL buckets of cash but it's utterly mercenary and devoid of class. In short, it was classic Gary Bettman. At least there is the sub-licensing deal that will allow HNIC to continue for the next couple seasons, but only under the thumb of Rogers. This small mercy exists only to quell any inconvenient blowback from the public, which is to be weened off of HNIC before the plug is pulled. Make no mistake, HNIC is indeed on life-support and Rogers' execs have their thumb on the switch!

CBC's HNIC certainly has its strengths and weaknesses, but it's an institution. It makes Saturday night hockey special. It's one of the few programs that makes the CBC any money but, unfortunately, the clowns in charge have been giving HNIC short shrift for a while now. They were too cheap to renew their rights to the HNIC theme and now they've proven too cheap to even buy rights to the hockey! Curling Night in Canada just doesn't have the same ring to it I'm afraid. If the CBC is too stupid to invest in their biggest cash cow, maybe it's time for a shakeup. If the CBC were a private corporation heads would most certainly be rolling as we speak!

If nothing else, the Rogers deal has shaken the CBC out of their complacency over HNIC. The CBC knows Rogers would prefer to make gobs of money off of Saturday night hockey on Sportsnet. If the CBC wants to hang onto HNIC they need to make it impossible to cancel. That's likely why they're throwing their only successful talk-show out the window and assigning its former host to HNIC.

Strombolopoulous actually got his start in sports journalism, even if nobody had a clue who he was until his Much Music days. He certainly makes the right noises about loving hockey even though he's been absent from the field for most of his career. However, this guy oozes charisma and could probably get an entertaining interview out of a comatose mime! After years of prying meaningful answers out of politicians, musicians, and actors, he must be eager to ply his trade with comparatively cerebral NHL hockey players! (Hockey players typically aren't stoned at game-time and some even have college degrees!)

Love him or hate him, Don Cherry is the single most flamboyant part of HNIC. He's the weird uncle who shows up drunk for Christmas every year like clockwork. He might be a mess, but Christmas wouldn't be the same without him. Cherry is 80 and, although he could soldier on until he's past 100, he might easily be gone tomorrow. If Cherry bows out in the next year or two HNIC might well find itself in crisis. The other guys are great and professional, but lack flair. Would fans accept a new personality grafted on after Cherry has gone? Bringing Strombo in now allows the CBC to position themselves for a post-Cherry HNIC. Strombo is not just another ex-Jock in a suit and will have the chance to win the crowd over before being seen as a replacement for Cherry.

Strombo is a significant investment in HNIC on the part of the CBC. For the first time since the Rogers deal was announced, it appears that the CBC might actually fight to keep HNIC on the air for more than just a couple years. Oh, and hey, with TSN being squeezed out, the HNIC theme might be up for sale again too! One thing is certain: In the next couple of years Hockey Night in Canada is either going to get freakin' awesome or be cancelled.

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#4 loudogYYC
March 11 2014, 12:11AM
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@Chris

Canucks are stinking it up lately that's for sure, but they have enough attractive assets to turn it around much sooner than us or even the Coilers. It probably won't be Gillis, but the next GM, who won't be attached to any player, can move Kesler and Edler, offer Stastny and Hiller a 5 year contract each and stay competitive.

I really hope they do this actually, two 34 year olds leading the way for the next 4 years pretty much ensures they'll stay mediocre.

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#5 the-wolf
March 11 2014, 07:42AM
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The Last Big Bear wrote:

MCGRATTAN!!!!!

F*** YEAH.

Haters gonna hate. McGrattan's just gonna keep calm, punch people in the face, and score goals.

Didn't see the game. Did he beat the snot out of Stoll for running guys?

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#6 Derzie
March 11 2014, 12:31PM
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McDonalds breakfast wrote:

Mcgrattans wife is sooooo fine. Lucky guy

So is his mistress (one K Hallett)

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#7 The Last Big Bear
March 10 2014, 11:45PM
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MCGRATTAN!!!!!

F*** YEAH.

Haters gonna hate. McGrattan's just gonna keep calm, punch people in the face, and score goals.

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#8 Derzie
March 11 2014, 12:30PM
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the-wolf wrote:

Didn't see the game. Did he beat the snot out of Stoll for running guys?

Not what he does. He fashions himself a hockey player. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again (e.g. 2 goals in 2 games). This year is littered with non-goons taking liberties with our guys and Big Ern not even flinching. Ference, Bieksa, Nolan, Stoll, etc. Do your damn job.

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March 11 2014, 12:56AM
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KCMO. Keep Calm and McGrattan On

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#10 Charleston Kingsley
March 10 2014, 11:45PM
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All things considered I thought it was a pretty solid effort by the Flames tonight. Eight rookies in the lineup and we nearly beat an elite team and cup contender in the Kings.

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#11 Igor ulanov
March 11 2014, 12:09AM
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Chris wrote:

Speaking of the Canucks....

The Islanders -- yes the Islanders with no Tavares and no Vanek -- hung SEVEN goals on the Canucks in the *third period*. The Canucks blew a 3-0 lead to a lousy team that's playing for pride & picks.

Consider the Canucks, Oilers, and Flames. The Flames' organization has the most momentum right now. That's not saying much. The other two management teams have flushed their own chances down the toilet this year.

Which franchise out of those three do you think will make the playoffs first? Strange as it sounds, I'd give the Flames good odds at that right now -- even if it takes them five years to get there.

They're all so bad it's tough to say. Vancouver is out of the question. I'd say it's close between Edmonton and Calgary. Even though times are tough in Edmonton and they are pathetic.. They're eventually going to get out of this hole.

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#12 McDonalds breakfast
March 11 2014, 09:47AM
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Mcgrattans wife is sooooo fine. Lucky guy

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#13 Charleston Kingsley
March 10 2014, 11:46PM
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@The Last Big Bear

Is that you McGrattan?

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#14 Chris
March 10 2014, 11:48PM
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Speaking of the Canucks....

The Islanders -- yes the Islanders with no Tavares and no Vanek -- hung SEVEN goals on the Canucks in the *third period*. The Canucks blew a 3-0 lead to a lousy team that's playing for pride & picks.

Consider the Canucks, Oilers, and Flames. The Flames' organization has the most momentum right now. That's not saying much. The other two management teams have flushed their own chances down the toilet this year.

Which franchise out of those three do you think will make the playoffs first? Strange as it sounds, I'd give the Flames good odds at that right now -- even if it takes them five years to get there.

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#15 The Last Big Bear
March 10 2014, 11:58PM
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Grats has more goals than Galiardi.

Jus sayin

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#17 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
March 11 2014, 12:42AM
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loudogYYC wrote:

Canucks are stinking it up lately that's for sure, but they have enough attractive assets to turn it around much sooner than us or even the Coilers. It probably won't be Gillis, but the next GM, who won't be attached to any player, can move Kesler and Edler, offer Stastny and Hiller a 5 year contract each and stay competitive.

I really hope they do this actually, two 34 year olds leading the way for the next 4 years pretty much ensures they'll stay mediocre.

Depends what the Nucks` next Gm gets for Kesler and Edler in the summer. They most definitely have the assets to retool on the fly, unlike the Flames circa 2010-2014 and the Oilers for...well, forever it seems.

There were rumors that Philadelphia was willing to part with one of Coutourier or Schenn and a pick for Kesler, but Gillis insisted on another prospect (Laughton or Morin) to be included in the deal. It`s like Gillis to demand the world and settle for a can of beans (how the hell do you deal away two starting goalies for spare change and Horvat? And I really, really like Horvat)

It`s just depressing to see all three Western Canadian teams suck. It means the media outlets are going to inundate our screens with more and more Maple Leafs crap over the next few months.

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#18 jordan
March 11 2014, 02:54AM
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Hahaha the nucks!! I'm so happy. Love seeing our guys fight till the end.

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#19 Kevin R
March 11 2014, 10:20AM
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Was at the game & up until the last 3 minutes, we looked like we were skating in sand for most of the night. If they played with the same intensity like they did in the last 3 minutes, we win that one. LA was happy to play the same snoozer & almost got caught at the end. It's year 1 of the rebuild, we will probably see more games like this one against smothering playoff bound teams like the Kings. We sure didn't get too many guys in front of Jones, let alone get chances at any rebounds. I credit the Kings D more than Jones. That was patented boring D Sutter hockey, but it wins hockey games. Sighhhhh.

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#21 the-wolf
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Derzie wrote:

Not what he does. He fashions himself a hockey player. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again (e.g. 2 goals in 2 games). This year is littered with non-goons taking liberties with our guys and Big Ern not even flinching. Ference, Bieksa, Nolan, Stoll, etc. Do your damn job.

What the hell is he there for then?

That's about the only reason I can see jsutifying a guy like that on the team. An idiot like Stoll starts running guys you send your goon over to beat the crap out of him.

5 and a game, who cares? Message delievered.

That's gonna have to change. cAn't see BB being too happy about that at all.

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