Post-Game: Flames Lose Rematch With Canucks

Ryan Pike
March 08 2014 11:59PM

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Just over 24 hours removed from an emotional come-from-behind win at home against the New York Islanders, the Flames visited Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Aside from a brief skirmish between Mark Giordano and Kevin Bieksa in the first period, the Flames didn't have as much intensity and emotion as they did against the Isles. Their execution was also a bit lacking, particularly around the net.

As a result, the Calgary Flames were defeated in a tight-checking 2-1 game that was alternately sloppy, choppy and occasionally hard to watch.

THE RUNDOWN

There was no scoring in the first period. Both teams played, essentially, road-style games. Well structured, but restrained, in the sense that neither team took risks. There were lots of neutral zone and perimeter plays, but nothing much inside each zone. The Flames had 17 shot blocks, Canucks with 10. Giordano missed the majority of the first getting repairs after a fight with Kevin Bieksa – he had less ice-time than even Tyler Wotherspoon (5:15 vs. Gio's 4:26). Shots were 3-2 Calgary, attempts 19-13 Canucks, chances 7-4 Canucks, face-offs 7-6 Canucks.

The second period featured two goals! They were both fairly ugly, garbage goals. Brian McGrattan beat Eddie Lack from center ice. It was ugly, but Wotherspoon got an assist. Darren Archibald answered back for the Canucks, driving the net and chopping the puck past Joni Ortio amidst a big scrum. Both goals counted, but neither were pretty. Shots were 11-6 Calgary, attempts 23-20 Canucks, chances 5-3 Flames, face-offs 14-9 Canucks

Joni Ortio was really good in the third. Eddie Lack was a little better. Lance Bouma was set up with a wide-open net by Sean Monahan, but whiffed on the shot, putting it through crease but not into the net. The Flames soon began suffering the same brain-farts in their zone that they faced in the second period against the Islanders – including a complete inability to clear a puck out of their own zone. Such a break-down lead to another chippy goal by the Canucks – Shawn Mattias drove the net, the Canucks boxed out the Flames defenders as the puck squirted into the slot on the rebound, and Yannick Weber had a wide-open cage for the go-ahead goal. The Flames had two power-plays to tie things up, but a combination of the Flames passing the puck a bit too much and Eddie Lack being in the zone kept the Canucks up by one, and that's how she ended. Shots in the third were 14-8 Calgary, attempts 42-33 Canucks, chances 5-3 Flames, face-offs were 21-15 Canucks.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Eddie Lack was better than the Flames shooters, aside from that one wonky Brian McGrattan shot. In addition, the Flames didn't execute well in the offensive zone, with many passes ending up in skates, or just missing the mark. A lack of execution in general plagued them, and they play just poorly enough to lose.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:47 Matthias 5 6 7 27 29 31 4 16 17 37 44 60 5v5
Home 1 18:54 H.Sedin 3 17 23 27 31 33 3 5 32 37 60 5v4
Away 1 16:33 Granlund 3 7 23 27 31 49 4 32 37 39 44 60 5v5
Home 1 15:55 Booth 3 7 23 27 31 49 3 7 8 17 23 37 5v5
Home 1 14:55 Hansen 2 6 14 17 20 31 5 10 16 37 44 58 5v5
Away 1 13:55 Backlund 2 8 14 27 31 4 5 11 13 23 37 4v5
Home 1 13:27 Higgins 3 5 17 20 31 4 5 11 13 23 37 4v5
Home 1 13:27 Higgins 3 5 17 20 31 4 5 11 13 23 37 4v5
Away 1 6:34 Cammalleri 2 8 17 20 31 46 4 11 13 17 37 44 5v5
Away 1 6:24 Butler 2 8 17 20 31 46 4 11 13 17 37 44 5v5
Home 1 2:29 Jensen 3 17 20 23 31 46 4 11 13 17 37 56 5v5
Away 2 18:59 Reinhart 5 6 7 27 29 31 4 32 37 44 59 60 5v5
Home 2 18:01 Dalpe 5 6 21 31 45 49 3 10 16 37 56 58 5v5
Away 2 14:43 Bouma 3 17 20 23 31 46 4 11 13 17 37 44 5v5
Home 2 14:15 Archibald goal 5 6 14 31 33 36 5 7 32 37 59 60 5v5
Away 2 12:27 Colborne 8 17 20 23 31 46 4 8 11 13 37 44 5v5
Away 2 12:24 Butler 8 17 20 23 31 46 3 8 11 37 39 44 5v5
Home 2 7:55 Booth 3 7 23 27 29 31 3 8 23 37 39 56 5v5
Away 2 5:40 Cammalleri 3 17 20 23 31 46 3 11 13 17 37 56 5v5
Away 3 18:03 Knight 5 6 21 31 45 49 3 10 16 37 56 58 5v5
Home 3 17:26 Higgins 2 8 17 20 31 36 4 11 13 17 37 44 5v5
Home 3 17:15 Kesler 2 8 17 20 31 36 4 13 17 23 37 44 5v5
Away 3 17:06 Monahan 2 8 17 20 31 36 4 5 13 17 23 37 5v5
Away 3 17:05 Bouma 2 8 17 20 31 36 4 5 13 17 23 37 5v5
Home 3 16:15 Jensen 3 14 23 31 33 46 3 7 8 23 37 39 5v5
Home 3 16:12 Burrows 3 14 23 31 33 46 3 7 8 23 37 39 5v5
Home 3 15:03 Matthias 5 6 7 27 29 31 5 10 16 37 56 58 5v5
Home 3 15:02 Weber goal 5 6 7 27 29 31 5 10 16 37 56 58 5v5
Home 3 14:02 Higgins 2 8 17 20 31 36 5 7 11 13 17 37 5v5
Home 3 14:00 Hamhuis 2 8 17 20 31 36 5 7 11 13 17 37 5v5
Home 3 12:35 Hansen 3 14 17 23 31 36 4 11 13 17 37 44 5v5
Away 3 12:20 Bouma 3 8 17 20 31 36 3 4 11 13 17 37 5v5
Away 3 12:03 Cammalleri 3 8 17 20 31 36 3 11 13 32 37 56 5v5
Away 3 9:57 Cammalleri 3 17 20 23 31 36 3 13 17 37 56 60 5v5
Away 3 9:54 Bouma 3 17 20 23 31 36 3 13 17 37 56 60 5v5
Away 3 8:57 Monahan 2 8 14 27 31 4 5 11 13 23 37 4v5
Away 3 4:19 Backlund 2 8 14 17 31 4 5 11 13 23 37 4v5
Away 3 4:06 Cammalleri 2 8 14 17 31 4 5 11 13 23 37 4v5
Away 3 1:40 Colborne 2 8 14 17 31 4 5 8 11 13 23 4v5
Away 3 0:03 Giordano 8 17 20 23 27 31 4 5 8 11 13 23 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
3 SMID, LADISLAV 15:32 7 5 00:00 0 0 00:49 0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 16:44 10 5 07:59 5 2 00:56 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 14:46 3 6 07:08 5 2 01:04 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:38 0 6 02:27 0 0 01:11 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 14:08 3 4 04:59 1 0 00:00 0 0
10 KNIGHT, CORBAN 04:25 1 4 00:04 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 16:52 9 5 06:33 5 2 01:11 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 16:28 12 6 07:24 5 2 00:07 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 05:03 1 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 16:12 9 8 00:05 0 0 01:04 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:31 3 5 06:28 5 2 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 11:53 3 1 02:34 0 0 00:49 0 1
37 ORTIO, JONI   15 16   4 2   0 1
39 GALIARDI, TJ 14:54 2 3 00:08 0 0 00:00 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 18:34 7 5 02:26 0 0 00:00 0 0
56 WOTHERSPOON, TYLER 11:58 5 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
58 HANOWSKI, BEN 04:39 1 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
59 REINHART, MAX 11:59 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:52 4 2 03:23 0 0 00:49 0 1
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 7 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 5 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 12 9 8 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RED WARRIOR

Lance Bouma. Shot-blocking robot from the future.

SUM IT UP

Calgary (25-32-7) is off tomorrow, and then back in action at the 'Dome on Monday night for a battle with the Los Angeles Kings.

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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 Fire It Up
March 09 2014, 03:07AM
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McGrattan made a fool of Lack, the Canucks, and their fanbase when he scored with a howitzer from center ice.

McGrattan has 2 goals on the year.

Burrows has 0.

I consider this game a win.

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#2 Flash
March 09 2014, 04:04AM
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The fun part about this season is that we win when we win and win when we lose!

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#3 ChinookArch
March 09 2014, 07:40AM
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So that was a very boring game. At the risk of being a homer, it's fine when one side uses 'shot blocking' as a team concept, but it's just no good when they both do.

I'm getting great satisfaction watching the kids play. Colburne is fine on the wing, Reinhardt is a strong on the puck and plays a 200 ft game, Byron has made a believer out of me, Ortio is steady in net, and I can't help but be very excited about Granlund's ceiling (that kid is really good).

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#4 Walter White
March 09 2014, 08:50AM
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Wow; Reinhart was awful.....20 minutes of wasted ice time. I can't wait for the advanced stats lovers to tell us how great his game was; unfortunately he was horrible on the ice.

All the other young kids had decent outings.

WW

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#5 ChinookArch
March 09 2014, 09:18AM
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@Walter White

If you wanted to criticize a rookie, Hanowski is very long hanging fruit.

Edit: low hanging fruit.

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#6 Walter White
March 09 2014, 09:34AM
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ChinookArch wrote:

If you wanted to criticize a rookie, Hanowski is very long hanging fruit.

Edit: low hanging fruit.

Not sure how to respond? I don't know the phrase "long hanging fruit"....you are going to have to dumb this down for me a bit....

WW

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Walter White wrote:

Wow; Reinhart was awful.....20 minutes of wasted ice time. I can't wait for the advanced stats lovers to tell us how great his game was; unfortunately he was horrible on the ice.

All the other young kids had decent outings.

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Loser.

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#8 Walter White
March 09 2014, 09:57AM
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Chambers wrote:

Loser.

Agreed!

Let's hope we can trade him at the draft for a decent return to whatever team drafts his brother........

WW

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@Walter White

Damn autocorrect. Low hanging fruit.

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I 100% agree with the Red Warrior nomination, was there ever any doubt that it would be Bouma?

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Eddie Lack had to stand on his head in the third for the Canucks to beat a Team with 6 or 7 AHL Callups.

WOW, these guys are headed nowhere fast by next season they could easily be drafting Top. 3 especially if they squander the Kesler trade (with Gillies as GM it is likely). I actually am worried that they may fight with us this season for a Top. 5 pick with what I saw Saturday after they recently lost 11 of 12 games, I could see them having another stretch like that again they are downright awful up front. Ottawa beat Vancouver in a huge game at the Heritage Classic recently then had two lopsided loses again Edmonton & Calgary. At this point Vancouver may be the weakest Western Canadian Team with the Sedins battling injury.

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