Post-Game: Flames Keep it Simple

 

Pondering Sedins

pic via Project Cat

 As we all know, the Flames have nothing to play for right now but pride. The kids are getting their chance to prove themselves and give 110% on every shift, so there’s effort there. On the other hand, the Canucks no doubt entered the evening assuming they were going to win.

The Rundown

Although I talked to none of the players about their state of mind, this obviously completely explains why Vancouver came out flat and the Flames outchanced them through the first half of the game. In the first period the Flames kept their feet moving and got pucks and bodies to the net. Also, the kids enthusiasm was contagious. The big body of recent call-up Blair Jones cleared space for everyone, including guys who weren’t even on his line. Glencross opened the scoring when his strong effort found the back of the net. Alex Burrows tied things up when he fell in the crease, kneed the puck past the line and then conspired with the NHL to allow the goal to stand for some reason.

The Canucks pushed back in the second. They started keeping it really simple, and managed to get both pucks AND bodies to the Flames net a lot more often. Alex Tanguay spent the entire period not moving his feet and constantly not keeping it simple, resulting in more than one quality chance for Vancouver on the penalty kill. Kipper was reinvgorated by the prospects enthusiasm, though, so was able to keep Vancouver at bay. The second ended as it started, tied 1-1. 

Flames somehow reignited the momentum from the first period in the third, outshooting and outchancing the Canucks 14-3 and 8-1 respectively to start the third. However, the Canucks experience and veteran savvy eventually took over and the Vancouver scored three straight goals on five straight chances to close things out. I was assured by the rich, steady voice of reason during the broadcast that it was the canucks consistency that delivered the victory. So much for youthful exuberance.

Why the Flames Lost…

Because, in the end, the Canucks simply wanted it more and know how to win games like this. Although they spent most of the being outplayed, they knew when to turn it on and put their heel on the throat of their foe.

Red Warrior

We’ll get serious for a bit and give this one to TJ Brodie. Some of the kids had strong performances, including Max Reinhart and Roman Horak, but Brodie is killing things right now. He led all Flames skaters with 26 minutes of ice, a +8 chance differential (+10-2) and an incredible +15 corsi, which included a 20-3 shot on net advantage at even strength (!). Holy crap.

Brodie started the season out as a healthy scratch and is now playing first pairing type minutes and tearing the cover off the ball.

Scoring Chances:

Flames in Red:

 

# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 CARSON, BRETT 09:32 5 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:08 7 2 02:26 0 0 01:15 1 0
6 SARICH, CORY 14:11 6 3 00:00 0 0 00:40 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:08 10 2 02:42 1 0 02:10 0 2
10 CERVENKA, ROMAN 12:49 5 3 00:27 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:24 5 4 02:24 1 0 00:00 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 13:04 9 3 03:50 1 2 02:37 0 2
15 JACKMAN, TIM 11:19 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 JONES, BLAIR 09:58 3 4 00:00 0 0 01:05 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:53 7 2 03:37 1 2 01:59 1 2
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 15:00 6 7 03:18 1 2 01:14 0 0
26 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 18:01 10 4 04:17 2 2 03:40 1 1
34 KIPRUSOFF, MIIKKA   22 13   2 2   1 3
40 TANGUAY, ALEX 12:20 2 2 03:50 1 2 02:02 0 2
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 16:07 7 9 00:27 0 0 03:21 0 3
47 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 15:12 9 5 02:11 1 0 00:00 0 0
51 HORAK, ROMAN 13:28 11 2 02:24 1 0 00:22 0 0
59 REINHART, MAXWELL 11:57 5 3 00:27 0 0 01:47 1 0

 

Sum it Up

One last cliche: it was the best of both worlds for the Flames tonight – they played well, pushed the Canucks most of the evening, but still lost, furthering the short-term goal of finishing in range of a top-3 pick for the draft. The kids are acquitting themselves well in their audition and really it’s the vets looking out of sync with things out there (jeers to Chris Butler and Alex Tanguay tonight in particular).

Like the previous lost to Vancouver, Calgary really has nothing to be ashamed of after this defeat given the circumstances and their overall performance.

  • Captain Ron

    “The Canucks pushed back in the second. They started keeping it really simple, and managed to get both pucks AND bodies to the Flames net a lot more often. Alex Tanguay spent the entire period not moving his feet and constantly not keeping it simple, resulting in more than one quality chance for Vancouver on the penalty kill. Kipper was reinvgorated by the prospects enthusiasm, though, so was able to keep Vancouver at bay. The second ended as it started, tied 1-1”

    Epic Charlie Simmer post game report.

    Well done!

  • Franko J

    Since the game against the Bluejackets, TJ Brodie has improved and each game he is getting better. On a day where one 4th round pick decided to stay in school the other one is at the head of the class with this team.

    I don’t mean to pick on the guy, but Tanguay seems like he is playing most of the game without any emotion or desire. Maybe not conscientiously, but it appears he is playing his way off this team. Can you say compliance bye out?

  • loudogYYC

    It was another good night for the Flames. Good effort, kids showing up, and Colorado winning!

    Tanguay looks terrible lately, but he’s also a perennial support player. Can’t expect him to be the difference maker without a sniper or scoring centre on his line. I’d like to see him on a line with Briere and Stalberg next season.

    @FireOnIce, college players can’t be called up unless they have an NHL contract. Once they sign a pro contract, they can’t play NCAA anymore, so we won’t be seeing Janko anytime soon.

  • Brodie looks great out there!

    Liked the effort from Reinhart as well. Dude was around the puck a lot.

    Here’s hoping the puck starts bouncing the right way for both the Avs & Panthers. It’s still very possible we can end up 1st Overall!

    • Scary Gary

      I think Reinhart has great potential. One more year in the AHL is needed so he can keep getting stronger and hopefully be given a far more offensive role. I see him as a perfect 3rd liner at the NHL level, but it’d be nice he can regain his scoring touch to some degree.

    • Scary Gary

      Thats the beauty of needing new studs in every position, Statsny & their 2nd overall pick for the 1st would be awful tempting.

      Would like to see Reinhart get a real good look next year like we did with Horak.

      Sure weird how many of us wanted the season to playout this way & now its happening. How sad this team needed to go a new direction & didnt make any moves until it was forced to & all us peons saw this one coming a mile away.

        • I did think of that, not sure Sherman would trade him out of spite. We would probably have to give another one of our later 1sts plus a good D prospect like Seiloff or Wotherspoon. Still think I would do that deal in aheart beat to get a top 1- 2 centre punch in one draft & trade. How sweet would that be.

      • Double Dion

        Yuck, Stastny wouldn’t even be tempting on the waiver wire. Assuming the ping pong balls fell our way, I’m not saying we shouldn’t trade down to #2 and take Mackinnon if someone really wants big Seth, but definitely not for a guy like Stastny. He’s a lesser version of Tanguay. He really only plays well against us. If we pick him up he won’t play well against anyone. I’d send 1st overall to the Avs for their 1st next year. Or even 2nd and 3rd rounders this year. I think the draft has players all the way to 45 or so. Would be a nice year to have our 2nd round pick… Of course, we never have our 2nd round pick, so I guess business as usual.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Look at Horak’s scoring chances. Holy crap.

    Congratulations to Reinhart for that 1st point. He’s a good kid and he’s had a rough year. He deserved it for sure.

    It’s nice to see that the Flames have a good collection of middle-rotation 2-way forward type players already in the system. Bodes well for the rebuild, I think.

    Sorry, “retool”

    And T.J. Brodie. The guy has done nothing but exceed expectations since he turned pro. Great to see in a 4th round pick.

  • Except that ROR cant be traded until a year after the date he signed the contract so there is no way that we get him in a trade.

    But you do have to think that if the Flames have the first overall pick that there is some sort of deal available with the Avs to guarantee them Jones if they are picking second.

  • wattree

    I wish we could rebuild the TV crew at the sametime we rebuild the team.

    Every game we have to listen to those 2 just feels like insult being added to injury.