Post-Game: Gerd’ Durn’ Bugs

 


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Despite a lethargic middle 40, the Flames were able to go into Columbus and get a win on the second night of a back-to-back, beating the Blue Jackets 4-3. Tonight’s game might not have had the same excitement as last nights, but a few shining moments and a solid overall game from the Flames made the contest fine overall.

The Rundown

The game started with a bang, with Sean Monahan knocking a pretty nice feed from Lee Stempniak past Sergei Bobrovsky for his first NHL goal less than 4 minutes into the period. The Jackets would strike back quickly, however, as Shane O’Brien took an idiotic interference penalty leading to a Jack Johnson goal.

TJ Galliardi would restore the lead with 12 minutes left, showing off a nifty little move after burning past Ryan Murray to undress Bobrovsky and go top ched for his first as a Flame.

Aside: Charlie Simmer took this chance to commend Shane O’Brien for taking the penalty where Johnson scored as the penalty showed grit. Personally, if that’s what grit is, I’m okay with less of it.

Joey MacDonald had a pretty good sequence during the 2nd kill of the period, stopping two deflected pucks in succession. Good to see after a particularly sluggish effort on the first goal – but hell, the guy isn’t that good, so that’s not surprising. The rest of the period was a bit of a tire-fire for Joey Mac – it’s obvious that he’s not going to be an above replacement-level goalie. 

There was a break later on in the period where TJ Brodie did about the feeblest roll ever in an attempt to block a pass. Obviously, it failed, but a nice play by Mark Giordano to take out the man rushing in the back door.

Before the end of the period, a nice 3-on-2 rush from the Jackets resulted in a Blake Comeau shot that took two bounces off of Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik’s sticks before ending up in the back of the net. Decent hand-eye co-ordination from Gaborik to knock the puck out of mid-air.

Much like last night, it was a pretty crazy first period. Chances were 7-6 for the Jackets (6-5 at EV) and shots were 14-11 for the Jackets (13-8 at EV).

The second period didn’t have the same scoring to it as the first did, and that was reflected in the chance total. Aside from two close Mikael Backlund chances, the Flames didn’t really legitimately threaten Bobrovsky. The period still had a good pace to it, however.

I don’t know if Joe Colborne just looks slow or is actually slow, but for whatever reason he just looked laboured to me tonight. I’m assuming there were 3 or 4 factors that led to that so I’ll give him a break. However, David Jones doesn’t have those excuses. He looks like he’s skating in quicksand.

There was also two big defensive plays that I noticed in the second – one good and one bad. For the good, Brian McGrattan made a nifty move by picking Ryan Murray’s pocket in the slot. Big Ern appeared to come out of nowhere to start a rush up ice with Street and Bouma. For the bad, Kris Russell made a poor decision with about 6 minutes left in the period to simply throw the puck up the middle of the ice. Russell was under a significant amount of pressure, but that’s just not something you should do as a defenseman for any reason.

Chances were 4-2 for the Flames, all at even strength. Shots were 8-7 for the Flames, 8-6 at evens.

The slow play continued for the better part of the 3rd period until a couple of nifty moves from Jiri Hudler lifted the Flames past the Jackets permanently: a nice little stickhandle in the phone booth type thing and seconds later a rocket of a shot from the left dot put the good guys up 3-2. Curtis Glencross would add another off of a Mark Giordano rebound just 41 seconds later to bring the Flames lead to 4-2.

However, score effects started to rear their ugly head as Columbus pushed back as hard as they could – and eventually they broke through. Artem Anisimov scored from close in late to cut the lead to 4-3, giving the Jackets some life. 

A late penalty from Jack Johnson erased any chance of a comeback, however, and the Flames emerged with a 4-3 victory. Shots ended up being 32-30 for the Jackets, 30-24 at EV.

Red Warrior

Gotta go with Jiri Hudler – I was impressed by his play the whole night and he seemed to be driving his line with a +3 EV scoring chance differential. Plus, that shot. Yowza.

Why The Flames Won

They were the luckier team tonight. This game was even through 55 minutes of play in basically every way possible until score effects and 2 more goals came into play. The Flames got lucky with one shot and took it from there.

Scoring Chances

 


 

 

Left = Columbus Right = Calgary

 

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:17 Hudler 17 38 10 7 47 72 8 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Away 1 17:35 Monahan (Goal) 42 55 14 21 27 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 1 17:24 Street 42 55 14 21 27 72 38 16 17 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 15:52 Dubinsky 18 24 71 7 47 72 8 54 20 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 14:04 Johnson (PP Goal) 42 10 13 7 21 72 17 20 5 6 35   5v4
Home 1 12:14 Comeau 42 55 14 21 27 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Away 1 12:05 Galliardi (Goal) 42 55 14 21 27 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Away 1 9:43 Backlund 18 24 71 7 47 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 9:11 Johnson 18 24 71 7 47 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Home 1 5:07 Umberger 18 24 71 6 58 72 8 54 47 5 7 35 5v5
Home 1 4:43 Dubinsky 17 10 14 7 47 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Home 1 4:41 Gaborik (Goal) 17 10 14 7 47 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 1 1:26 Jones 17 11 6 58 72   24 54 20 4 6 35 4v5
Home 2 15:09 Johansen 18 19 71 21 27 72 8 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Home 2 13:10 Jenner 24 38 13 6 21 72 38 16 17 4 6 35 5v5
Away 2 10:47 Stempniak 42 55 11 21 27 72 23 22 39 44 55 35 5v5
Away 2 7:02 Giordano 17 18 38 6 58 72 23 24 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 2 1:08 Backlund 18 19 14 7 47 72 11 24 39 5 6 35 5v5
Away 2 0:43 Backlund 17 10 14 7 47 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 18:51 Anisimov 17 10 14 7 47 72 8 54 20 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 18:50 Anisimov 42 55 11 6 58 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Away 3 12:13 Giordano 24 13 21 27 72   11 23 22 5 7 35 4v5
Away 3 9:58 Backlund 38 42 55 7 47 72 8 54 20 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 9:27 Johansen 18 19 71 6 58 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Home 3 9:27 Johansen 18 19 71 6 58 72 23 22 47 44 55 35 5v5
Away 3 7:51 Hudler (Goal) 17 10 14 21 27 72 11 24 39 4 6 35 5v5
Away 3 7:08 Glencross (Goal) 38 42 55 6 58 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 6:52 Anisimov 38 42 55 6 58 72 11 24 39 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 5:12 Comeau 17 10 14 7 47 72 38 54 20 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 4:13 Anisimov 42 55 11 6 58 72 23 22 47 5 7 35 5v5
Home 3 3:55 Anisimov 42 55 11 6 58 72 23 22 47 5 7 35 5v5
Away 3 2:43 Stempniak 24 10 14 7 21 72 23 22 17 5 7 35 5v5
# Player EV     PP     SH    
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 16:38 3 5 02:59 1 0 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:00 7 7 01:47 1 0 03:52 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 21:49 4 5 03:22 1 0 03:57 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:12 6 7 01:59 1 0 01:49 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:41 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 16:08 6 4 01:26 1 0 01:24 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 04:31 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 06:03 2 1 00:00 0 0 01:18 0 1
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 13:33 1 3 03:43 1 0 02:32 0 1
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 14:47 3 6 01:15 1 0 02:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:05 4 6 01:15 1 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:22 8 5 02:56 1 0 00:00 0 0
35 MACDONALD, JOEY   13 16   2 0   0 1
38 STREET, BEN 07:06 1 2 00:58 0 0 01:04 0 0
39 GALIARDI, TJ 17:41 8 5 00:11 0 0 01:56 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 13:48 3 4 00:11 0 0 01:54 0 0
47 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 11:39 2 7 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
54 JONES, DAVID 12:33 1 4 03:43 1 0 01:18 0 0
55 O’BRIEN, SHANE 09:49 3 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 7 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 8 4 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sum It Up

The Flames return home for Sunday night’s opener with a 1-0-1 record on a back-to-back. That’s not bad at all.

This game wasn’t exactly thrilling, but it was a good hockey game from the Flames against a team that will likely compete for a playoff spot. In saying that, though, it was painfully obvious that this team really needs Matt Stajan back and Joey MacDonald to not play anymore. I guess we’ll see what happens come Sunday.