POST-GAME: ♫ “What Can I Say?” ♫

 

When it’s crunch time, when you need to have that win. When you are going against a team that you’ve recently dominated to get that win, then the formula should be fairly elementary to achive that goal, right?

Tonight your Calgary Flames went into Nashville with the peace of mind knowing that they can beat the Predators, but with the uncertainty of whether they could do it on the road.

Instead of following the game plan that got them the win a week earlier, they left it out in the open for the Preds to study and use against them. And use it they did.

The Rundown

For the first few minutes of this game, it looked like Calgary was going to be in for a rough night as they seemed a step behind Nashville and a wee bit sluggish in their step. How long was it going to take the Flames to find the clutch and flip the ignition to get this show "on the road"?

Lee Stempniak picked an opportune time to take an offensive initiative when he turned the tables on the Preds power-play after the slightest of miscues. A slight bobble on the point was enough to send Lee on his way. He could have actually drawn a penalty but instead stayed on his feet. With a quick buttonhook in the Preds zone, he seved up Mark Giordano with a perfect tee’d up flat pass. Gio hit the one-timer and blew it right passed Rinne. 1-0 on the shorty!

At 11:15, Mikael Backlund would take a double-minor for highsticking and once again, Nashville was going to the PP. This time, the Preds would only need 21 seconds for Martin Erat to tip in Roman Josi’s shot from the point. We were all tied up and the Preds were staying on the PP.

Nashville might have considered declining all future power-plays as in the back half of Backlund’s double minor, the Flames and Giordano would go back to work. As Mark came down the left side into the Preds zone, he would thread the needle with a pass to the center of the ice. Waiting right in front of Rinne would be Blake Comeau (Yes, THAT Blake Comeau) to tip in his 4th of the season; and the Flames were up 2-1, at the expense of Nashville’s PP.

With two minutes left in the period, Calgary decided they didn’t really need to cover the middle of the ice in front of Kipper. Chris Butler would deliver a perfect pass to Erat behind the net who would then center the pass to a wide open Mr. Underwood, who in turn promptly snapped the puck over Kipper’s right shoulder. Heading to the intermission with deuces wild.

Nashville out-shot the Flames 10-7, but dominated them with seven scoring chances to Calgary’s one… Sometimes it’s good to be lucky, and the Flames were lucky they got out of the first unscathed.

Calgary would go back on the PK early in the second, so naturally, they were going to retake the lead right? Well no…  In fact Miikka Kiprusoff would have to make a few big saves just to keep the game tied.

Common themes we have seen from this team in the middle frame, started to re-surface once again. When you stand still instead of moving your feet, it stretches the team trying to come out of their zone. When this happens, you are waiting for plays to happen and you end up chasing the play. Calgary was going to need something to change; soon.

When you don’t do something to change the flow of the game, the tide usually drowns you.

Not learning from his first goal, the Flames continued to leave Mr. Underwood unchecked. At 13:24, he would camp just off to Kipper’s right side. When the pass made it’s way cross-crease, it was a wide open tap in. When you get the lead, the best way to keep a team on their heels is to bump their goalie, so Nashville did and a minute later Nick Spaling would give the Preds a two goal lead with Kiprusoff knocked on his backside.

That was about enough for Kipper as a few moments later he’d have Legwand laying across him, which prompted Miikka to let David feel his blocker in the small of his back. Frustration was mounting with the Flames.

Not surprising that Nashville doubled up the score. They doubled up the scoring chances (6-3) and were still dominating shots 10-8. A two shot differential isn’t that much, unless your goalie is being knocked around like a tackling dummy!

What would be in store for your Calgary Flames in the final frame?

#68 Kent Wilson March 21 2013, 08:34PM +1 0 props
Better period so far in terms of puck possession, but they can’t get anything to the net.

Unfortunately this is also something that we have seen far too often. The team comes together to mount a push back, yet just can’t seem to get through to generate results.

When they finally did break through, Mikael Backlund was able to pull the Flames within one, only to have the gol negated because Alex Tanguay was standing in the blue paint. Curious how the refs could call that one interference while allowing the goal from Spaling with a Preds player lying on top of Kiprusoff.

And then like it was scripted, Kevin Klein (No, not THAT Kevin Klein) would come down the other way and make it 5-2 for the Preds.

The Flames would finally get a PPG when Jarome Iginla would get his eighth of the season with the goalie on the bench. At this point it was just too little, too late. Calgary drew even chances 2-2 in the third but overall were out-chanced 15-6; yes you read that right.

Why the Flames Lost…

Because like I just said, they got out-chanced by the Predators 15-6 tonight. Their first scoring chance of the game actually came on their second goal of the game, which was short-handed.

Because the Flames continue to believe they don’t have to play 60 minutes in order to have a shot at winning the game.

Because this team was completely and utterly absent while 5 on 5 and didn’t have the wherewithal to cover one of the oppositions top players, like for example…. MR. UNDERWOOD!!! (YES THAT MR. UNDERWOOD!!)

Firestarter

Ummm no… no… Just no Not even a little bit tonight.

Scoring Chances

Preds Chances:

Flames chances:

Scoring Chance Summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:53 Beck slot 11 56 57 8 64 35 18 22 20 5 26 34 5v5
Home 1 18:41 scramble 13 18 16 6 59 35 11 24 17 4 7 34 5v5
Home 1 15:55 Beck drive 11 56 57 6 59 35 18 22 20 4 7 34 5v5
Home 1 14:05 Ellis (PP) 11 56 57 4 7 35 17 25 26 44 34   5v4
Home 1 8:40 (PP) 12 10 19 6 59 35 18 22 4 5 34   5v4
Home 1 8:25 Erat tip goal (PP) 12 10 19 6 59 35 18 22 4 5 34   5v4
Away 1 6:56 Comeau goal (SH) 11 56 57 6 59 35 18 17 4 44 34   5v4
Home 1 1:51 Fisher goal 11 56 57 6 59 35 12 13 40 5 26 34 5v5
Home 2 16:35 Josi open net (PP) 11 56 57 6 59 35 20 40 4 26 34   5v4
Home 2 16:03 slot shot (PP) 11 56 57 6 59 35 20 40 4 26 34   5v4
Away 2 15:30 Jackman rebound 13 18 16 4 7 35 15 16 25 6 7 34 5v5
Home 2 14:59 Beck slot 13 10 74 8 64 35 12 15 13 4 5 34 5v5
Away 2 12:15 Jackman slot 17 18 16 8 64 35 15 16 25 4 7 34 5v5
Home 2 6:36 Fisher slot goal 13 18 16 8 64 35 15 16 25 6 44 34 5v5
Home 2 4:49 Legwand wrap-around 11 10 74 6 59 35 18 22 20 5 26 34 5v5
Home 2 3:48 Legwand re-direct 11 56 57 4 7 35 18 24 22 4 7 34 5v5
Away 2 1:33 Stempniak backhand 12 13 57 6 59 35 18 22 20 5 26 34 5v5
Away 3 7:49 Stempniak 11 17 57 8 64 35 22 13 20 5 26 34 5v5
Home 3 4:37 Fisher slot 12 10 74 6 8 35 22 13 20 4 7 34 5v5
Home 3 4:06 Yip 2on1 goal 17 19 24 4 7 35 11 17 40 6 44 34 5v5
Away 3 1:00 Iginla goal (PP) 12 10 74 8 64 35 12 13 20 40 5 26 5v5

 

Predators Player Summary

# Player EV     PP     SH    
4 ELLIS, RYAN 13:08 2 1 01:38 1 0 00:00 0 0
6 WEBER, SHEA 19:20 5 1 04:35 4 1 02:24 0 0
7 BLUM, JONATHON 11:31 2 1 01:38 1 0 00:39 0 0
8 KLEIN, KEVIN 16:13 4 3 00:08 0 0 03:28 0 0
10 ERAT, MARTIN 14:52 3 1 02:16 2 0 01:02 0 0
11 LEGWAND, DAVID 14:03 5 1 03:40 3 1 01:31 0 0
12 FISHER, MIKE 15:37 1 2 02:24 2 0 01:55 0 0
13 SPALING, NICK 14:24 3 2 00:08 0 0 01:46 0 0
16 CLUNE, RICH 11:58 2 2 00:22 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 MUELLER, CHRIS 06:32 1 2 00:09 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 YIP, BRANDON 14:56 2 2 00:31 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 BUTLER, BOBBY 03:58 1 0 02:16 2 0 00:00 0 0
24 HALISCHUK, MATT 05:21 1 0 00:09 0 0 01:24 0 0
35 RINNE, PEKKA   10 5   5 1   0 0
56 BECK, TAYLOR 10:18 4 0 03:34 3 1 00:00 0 0
57 BOURQUE, GABRIEL 15:01 4 2 03:34 3 1 01:05 0 0
59 JOSI, ROMAN 20:24 4 1 04:35 4 1 01:45 0 0
64 BARTLEY, VICTOR 15:29 3 3 00:08 0 0 03:28 0 0
74 KOSTITSYN, SERGEI 14:16 3 1 00:00 0 0 03:01 0 0

 

Flames Player Summary

# Player EV     PP     SH    
4 BOUWMEESTER, JAY 20:42 1 5 01:49 0 0 03:54 1 4
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:58 3 4 03:08 0 0 02:38 0 2
6 SARICH, CORY 10:53 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 17:58 2 4 02:32 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 12:45 0 2 00:26 0 0 00:10 0 0
12 IGINLA, JAROME 15:20 1 2 03:39 0 0 00:00 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 15:13 2 3 03:22 0 0 00:26 0 0
15 JACKMAN, TIM 04:04 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 03:11 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 COMEAU, BLAKE 13:17 0 2 00:00 0 0 02:15 1 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 15:46 1 4 00:41 0 0 02:10 1 2
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 14:41 3 4 03:54 0 0 02:35 0 2
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 14:13 2 5 02:13 0 0 01:21 0 2
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:42 0 2 02:38 0 0 00:19 0 0
25 BEGIN, STEVE 05:04 2 1 00:00 0 0 01:09 0 1
26 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 17:10 3 3 03:31 0 0 03:45 0 3
34 KIPRUSOFF, MIIKKA   4 10   0 0   1 5
40 TANGUAY, ALEX 16:16 1 2 02:48 0 0 02:17 0 2
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 11:03 0 2 00:00 0 0 02:25 1 1

 

Predators Period Summary Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 7 1 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 3 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Flames Period Summary Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 1 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
2 3 6 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sum It Up

Like the title and Mrs. Underwood said, What can I say? 

At this point, there is little left to be said and it feels like fans are just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

As of this loss, the Flames are now tied for last place in the NHL. Yes you read that correctly, we have officially become the Edmonton Oilers; so what’s left to happen?

As I write this, my twitter timeline is bouncing with, "trade Iggy", "trade Kipper" and "Trade everyone on the team"! The vitriol has overflown that it feels like the fanbase is screaming that enough is enough. Your Calgary Flames have officially hit rock bottom and subsequently dragged the fans down with them.

Poor Book of Loob is disgusted and has developed twitter turrets towards all the fans that seem to be happy this team continues to lose.

Are we really happy the team is losing or has it just come to the point where there is nothing now that can possibly go more wrong with this team, so the ball in fully in managements court and we are all waiting with anticipation to see what happens next?

The only problem is that sometimes the anticipation of death is worse than death itself.

The Boys are right back at it tomorrow night in Columbus, where believe it or not…. Life will NOT get any easier.

Game time is 5:00 pm MST on SNET-W and the Fan 960.

  • Chris Fairfield

    Before the start of every Flames game there is a nervousness, even after they score. After being married for 24 years, my wife is used to and puts up with my anger outbursts and mood swings when they win or lose. She still gets angry at me and tells me to stop, I even had an empty Gatorade bottle chucked at my head last night when nashville tied it at 2. The point of this is that I still care enough to freak out when they are losing, but lately, and the losing and apathy is building, I just can’t react anymore because it just does not seem to be worth it until changes are made. Seeing Iginla’s face post game said it all. I will not give up hope until they are mathematically out of it, but, at this point, the hill is too damn steep.

    Props to the quote from ChinookArch

    “The only problem is that sometimes the anticipation of death is worse than death itself.”

      • Franko J

        Oh, come on, you know he’s looked at it. Him and Weisbrod and Conroy all huddled around a table, talking about how with Gaborik playing on the other side of Iginla and Tanguay in the middle they’d be an unstoppable powerhouse!

  • Chris Fairfield

    The only thing worth cheering about or getting excited about when it comes to the Calgary Flames is whether or not they can get a top 4 pick this summer.

    MASSIVE culture change needed. All the veteran ‘leaders’ need to go.

    Gio to Philly, JBo to Detroit, Iginla to Boston or Pittsburgh (though I have my doubts he goes there), Cammi and Tanguay for whatever draft pick we can get.

    New blood, new leadership, young legs and cap space.

    I don’t even care if the rebuild does take 5 years. Seriously, think about it. Everyone complains about having to suck for 5 years. Well, NEWS FLASH – once past the first in 24 years. If done right, 5 years is a small price to pay. If done wrong, what have we lost? 9th place?

    Time to stop dreaming of shortcuts that involve moving only 1 or 2 vets off this team. The problems run so much deeper than that.

    That said, I think we’d have enough vets, not to mention cap space, beyond those I listed to start seeing a turnaround in 2-3 years.

  • RKD

    The short season and having a new coaching staff without a proper training camp are the only problems. The team will be like the Flyers when they finished second and were right back in the playoffs. No need to go through a rebuild because then we would have to get a general manger in that believes in that sort of direction. Intellectual honesty makes me think that the answers are in the dressing room and are not going to come in the form of trades. After all this is a team that beat Vancouver and San Jose in back to back games so they have the ability to play at an above average level and compete for the playoffs. After all fans want to see this team in the playoffs and wont stand for heros being discarded.

  • RKD

    This team is full of passengers, way too many guys who are only in it for themselves and not the team. They only play hard in front of the home crowd then don’t show up on the road. Eight straight road losses is pathetic, what’s even more pathetic is that they couldn’t even score an even strength goal.

    This franchise is going nowhere, the Flames have become worse and will stay that way for a long time before things get better. They can’t follow the Ottawa model because behind Alfie was Spezza. There’s no one here to follow Iggy. The players here don’t hate to lose, their interviews are just disappointment. There is no anger, no fire in their belly, the team has no identity. The O’Reilly was Feaster trying to put a band-aid solution on the problem which blew up in his face.

    The Calgary Flames are the laughingstock of the NHL.
    The Blue Jackets are on their way up, with JD running the show.

  • RKD

    Other than Jagr and Selanne there is nobody in the league who has scored more goals that Iginla. How can we possibly even think about trading somebody who has scored 523 goals. Nobody we get in a trade is ever going to be able to score so many goals. If we dont continue to build around Iginla than we are not going to have an elite goal scorer. Plus he has worn the “C” on his chest for a number of years now so he has to be a a great leader and captain for this hockey team. How can the franchise survive without its greatest leader. I think that the only reason that we have not gone past the first round in 24 years is that Iginla has not had an elite centerman. Should we fall short of our very possible and realistic goal of making the playoffs this year than I am sure that we will be able to draft that potential elite centerman (though they will find it tough to beat out Jankowski for that #1 center role).

    We need to keep Iginla as our top player so that we can compete with the elite teams that have players like Crosby, Malkin, Toews, Kane, Carter, Richard, Perry, and Getzlaf. And remember none of these players have scored more goals than Iginla so he has to be the better player to build around. Remember that the answers are in this dressing room and if they are not than you are just asking the wrong questions.

    Iginla will win the Stanley Cup in Calgary we just need to give him time and the proper veteran talent to help him succeed. Once he wins the cup he can go on to be mayor, premier, and prime minister and lead our nation with the same great competitiveness and determination that he shows not only nightly but every shift for this franchise that is so lucky to have him as their commander and chief.