Post-Game: Wipeout

Ryan Pike
March 30 2014 09:30PM

The Calgary Flames kicked off their final big road trip of the season with a loss on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 6-3 decision in Ottawa to the hometown Senators. The Flames held a lead for the better part of the second period, but their habit of allowing late-period goals may've come back to bite 'em.

THE RUNDOWN

The first frame was rather even, with each side putting 13 pucks on net and getting some timely offense. The Senators opened the scoring mid-way through the period via a Milan Michalek tip-in of an Erik Karlsson shot. Matt Stajan soon responded back with his 12th of the year to even it up. However, just after the Flames finished killing off a Kevin Westgarth slashing penalty, Michalek scored his second of the period to give Ottawa the lead, really sapping the Flames of some momentum.

The second was all Calgary. They out-shot Ottawa 21-9, and it's lucky for the Senators that Robin Lehner kept all but two of 'em out. Ottawa kid Paul Byron scored his 7th early in the period to tie it. Ottawa 67s product Sean Monahan scored his 20th of the year (woo!) to give Calgary the lead. Just when things were going so, so well, Ottawa's Kyle Turris put a Clarke MacArthur feed past Karri Ramo with just over 3 minutes left to tie it at 3-3.

And while second was most Calgary, the third belonged to the home side. Ottawa out-shot the Flames 16-5 and scored three times: Jared Cowen gave 'em the lead 72 seconds in, Clarke MacArthur added insurance half-way through the period and Turris added an empty-netter late to ice it.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Two big reasons: they gave up key goals late in the first and second periods, and they didn't have much to show for their third. When you only put up five shots in the third period on the road, in a game you're trailing, you probably won't win.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 18:05 Glencross 2 22 40 62 68 93 5 16 18 20 31 41 5v5
Away 1 16:47 Byron 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Home 1 12:45 Zibenejad 2 22 40 62 68 93 5 7 8 18 20 31 5v5
Away 1 12:35 Brodie 2 9 22 40 62 93 5 7 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 1 9:47 Michalek 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 1 9:33 Michalek 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 8 18 20 31 5v5
Home 1 9:24 Hemsky 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 8 18 20 31 5v5
Home 1 9:20 Michalek goal 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 8 18 20 31 5v5
Away 1 7:22 Backlund 2 15 25 28 40 65 4 11 13 31 32 44 5v5
Away 1 6:39 Stajan goal 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Home 1 6:00 Karlsson 22 40 46 65 68 93 5 7 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 1 0:24 Michalek goal 2 9 19 40 62 83 7 17 24 31 44 5v4
Home 2 19:46 Spezza 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Away 2 19:20 Cammalleri 3 9 19 40 65 83 4 13 18 31 32 44 5v5
Away 2 17:21 Monahan 4 15 25 28 40 46 4 8 17 23 31 44 5v5
Away 2 16:03 Byron goal 3 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Away 2 15:55 Glencross 2 7 16 40 61 62 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 2 15:49 Glencross 4 7 16 40 46 61 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 2 13:25 Glencross 3 7 16 40 46 4 5 11 13 20 31 4v5
Away 2 13:05 Monahan 2 15 22 40 65 5 7 8 23 24 31 4v5
Away 2 12:57 Monahan goal 2 4 15 22 40 65 5 7 8 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 7:46 Russell 4 9 19 40 65 83 5 7 15 18 24 31 5v5
Home 2 5:26 Hoffman 15 22 40 46 65 68 4 7 17 23 31 32 5v5
Home 2 3:15 Turris goal 3 7 16 40 61 62 18 20 24 31 41 56 5v5
Home 2 2:54 Hoffman 2 15 25 40 62 68 4 8 17 23 31 44 5v5
Home 3 18:48 Cowen goal 2 15 25 40 62 93 5 7 8 17 23 31 5v5
Away 3 17:08 Cammalleri 2 4 7 16 40 61 5 7 11 13 16 31 5v5
Away 3 11:25 Colborne 4 15 25 40 46 93 4 8 17 23 31 44 5v5
Away 3 11:05 Brodie 2 15 22 40 62 5 7 11 13 20 31 4v5
Away 3 8:02 Glencross 2 7 16 40 61 62 5 7 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 3 7:40 MacArthur goal 2 7 16 40 61 62 5 7 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 3 5:17 Turris 7 16 40 46 61 65 4 7 8 13 31 5v4
Home 3 2:08 Smith 4 15 25 40 46 93 5 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:51 6 2 02:11 1 0 01:12 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 16:31 9 10 04:31 3 0 02:46 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 17:35 7 10 03:49 2 0 01:27 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 13:40 3 6 02:39 1 0 01:06 0 1
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:33 4 1 03:21 2 0 01:50 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 16:13 5 1 03:21 2 0 00:30 0 1
15 WESTGARTH, KEVIN 06:45 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 06:54 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 13:48 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:54 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 16:44 8 9 00:00 0 0 01:04 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:39 6 9 03:29 2 0 00:08 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 11:33 3 3 02:39 1 0 00:36 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:09 7 5 02:31 1 0 00:00 0 1
31 RAMO, KARRI   15 13   3 0   0 2
32 BYRON, PAUL 15:55 4 2 00:00 0 0 01:52 0 0
41 BILLINS, CHAD 11:32 1 1 01:29 0 0 00:00 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 21:13 7 2 00:00 0 0 02:35 0 1
56 WOTHERSPOON, TYLER 11:22 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 7 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 9 4 7 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 4 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

RED WARRIOR

As tempting as it is to go with one of the Ottawa boys, Mikael Backlund had 9 shots and won half his draws. #11 continues to be nothing if not a reliably strong player.

SUM IT UP

Calgary drops to 31-37-7 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention. They head to Toronto for Tuesday night's game with the Leafs, where they will attempt to spoil their playoff hopes.

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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 The Sultan
March 30 2014, 11:33PM
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Not one of Ramo's best games, but then again the Flames in general were pretty sloppy all around. When the score was 3-2 Flames, I couldn't help but think, "you don't win many games when you let in 3 goals". Before you know it it was 3-3 then 4-3 Senators. If we want to become a contender, we can't take off nights, or off periods. Gotta play desperate in the third.

Congratulations to Sean Monahan for scoring his 20th goal of the season. As Don Cherry would say, "this guy's a beauty!"

Also, am I crazy to assume Backlund (aka Beastlund) is a legitimate number one center in the NHL? He may not be producing elite numbers, but his play throughout the season has steadily gotten better, his ice time has gone up, he's setting career highs, and all this while matched up against the opposition's best night in and night out. Playing for the Calgary Flames, a team in the midst of a rebuild, with no real 'elite' talent around him.

GFG!

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#2 cunning_linguist
March 30 2014, 11:38PM
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Really speaks to the kind of season the Flames are having that today's sloppier gameplay / weaker third period today feels like a one-off and not status quo. Last couple years, I would have chalked that one up to "the Flames being the Flames". Tonight, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. The funny part is, this is the worst record we've had from all of those last few years. Really goes to show that fans can still enjoy the game, even in a rebuild. Please Burkie, don't do anything dumb to "accelerate" the rebuild. Draft the right players, watch Byron and Cammy and realize that recognize that skill and speed can trump size, and let Hartley keep doing what he's doing. As long as the boys keep giving it an honest effort, Flames fans won't abandon this team.

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#3 amaninvan
March 31 2014, 05:44AM
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@The Sultan

''Mikael Backlund had 9 shots''

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#4 amaninvan
March 31 2014, 06:41AM
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Interesting to see Butler and Russell leading all defensemen in ice time, 4 or 5 full minutes ahead of Brodie and Gio. I personally thought Hartley may split that pairing up and play Wotherspoon or Billins with either of them, but the coach chose to rely on his top two defensive pairings instead. I personally think Butler has done enough to earn a new contract in Calgary, but if the team wants to work one of the youngsters in with a permanent spot, there just won't be a roster spot left for Butler. Unless we see a trade that involves Smid or Wideman, I think we will likely say goodbye to everyone favorite whipping boy at seasons end.

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#5 suba steve
March 31 2014, 06:57AM
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@amaninvan

Butler and Russell did log a lot of ice, but I think you didn't factor in for special teams play in the total ice time picture.

I agree that re-signing everyone's favorite whipping boy (Butler) wouldn't be the worst move possible.

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#6 T&A4Flames
March 31 2014, 09:48AM
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suba steve wrote:

Butler and Russell did log a lot of ice, but I think you didn't factor in for special teams play in the total ice time picture.

I agree that re-signing everyone's favorite whipping boy (Butler) wouldn't be the worst move possible.

Do we even have a favorite whipping boy on this team now??

Stajan....good

Butler...good

Hell, even the face punchers have been pretty good.

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#7 Frank Miron
March 31 2014, 11:44AM
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I was at the game, only my 2nd live Flames game... too bad they lost but at least we had a great offensive show, not like my first game ever at Bell Centre this past february ! It was surprising to see so many Flames fans out there...

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#8 Jay
March 31 2014, 03:33PM
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this is perfect. calgary ain't in the playoffs and we're fighting for a draft pick. we need to lose. i hope we lose every game we play, the game was pretty entertaining tho, i wouldn't say we rolled over.

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