Post-Game: Dark Night

 


 

A disastrous stretch during the second period sunk the Flames tonight as they failed to finish the first major road trip of the season on a positive note. The 5-1 score wasn’t necessarily indicative of the game as a whole, as for the first 30 and last 10 or so minutes they kept up with the Stars. However, the result is the result and Calgary falls to .500 for the first time this season.

The Rundown

The period started off with a big chance from Jamie Benn right off the hop but a bunch of back and forth play resulted in a pretty tepid few minutes until Kris Russell completely abandoned his position to chase Cody Eakin (super underrated, by the way) and as a result allowed a wide-open Alex Chiasson to pot his 4th of the year past Karri Rämö. Really nice play from Eakin to draw Russell away but that’s still not a move a supposed top-4 NHL defenseman should be making. I thought TJ Galliardi had a really nice period – he had two of the Flames’ three chances in the period and drew a penalty on Kevin Connatton. Shots were 10-8 for the Flames (9-8 at EV) and chances were 3-3, all at even strength.

The second period picked up a considerable amount, though, as the Stars would put the pressure on around the 15 minute mark forcing Rämö to make a nice pad stop before the play turned the other way and a good rush from Lee Stempniak resulted in his 4th of the season. Legit snipe, too – it was a nicely placed shot just over the right shoulder of Lehtonen. From there, though, the wheels kinda fell off. In just over a minute, Rämö allowed 3 goals of varying quality. The goal that made it 2-1 came off of Alex Chiasson’s stick as a result of a garbage giveaway from Chris Breen. The goal that made it 3-1 was a pretty well-placed shot from Jamie Benn but the Stars’ fourth goal was pretty weak – Brendan Dillon scored his third of the year with a floater from the point immediately after a faceoff. The Flames reigned it in a little towards the end of the period but the damage was done. Chances were 9-4 for Dallas, all at even strength. Shots were 15-9 for Dallas, all at evens.

One more goal by Jamie Benn on a wraparound was basically the nail in the coffin about three and a half minutes into the period. Another situation where Kris Russell completely lost his man and as a result the puck ended up in the back of the net. A couple of good 5-on-3 kills were basically the sole positive from the period. Chances were 7-2 for the Stars in the frame, 4-1 at even strength. Shots were 11-10 for the Stars in the third, but 8-6 at even strength for the Flames.

Why The Flames Lost

Simply, they had a few breakdowns in the 2nd period and paid dearly for it. There were systematic breakdowns at every position on every goal. They didn’t possess the puck enough and looked pretty listless overall.

Red Warrior

No one really stood out tonight, but Lee Stempniak scored his 4th of the season, so let’s give it to him. He’s had a pretty good season so far and might actually fetch the Flames a first rounder in March – so that’s nice.

Scoring Chances

# Player EV     PP     SH    
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:59 2 6 02:28 0 0 02:13 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 19:30 2 7 02:35 0 0 02:19 1 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:01 4 5 01:05 0 0 03:15 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 08:23 0 1 01:44 0 0 00:17 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:25 3 3 00:00 0 0 02:14 1 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 14:43 2 4 02:16 0 0 00:00 0 0
15 JACKMAN, TIM 07:37 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:34 1 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 07:23 0 1 00:00 0 0 01:30 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 15:07 2 9 00:00 0 0 01:45 0 2
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 15:56 2 10 02:07 0 0 00:18 0 0
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 14:39 2 8 01:53 0 0 00:25 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:43 3 2 01:43 0 0 00:25 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:04 2 3 02:16 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   8 16   0 0   1 3
39 GALIARDI, TJ 13:45 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:56 0 1
43 BREEN, CHRISTOPHER 11:31 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:35 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 18:32 4 5 00:00 0 0 02:46 1 1
54 JONES, DAVID 13:54 3 4 01:53 0 0 00:18 0 0
55 O’BRIEN, SHANE 14:26 2 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:23 Benn 3 4 14 17 32 91 7 18 20 22 31 44 5v5
Home 1 15:57 Chiasson (Goal) 12 13 20 23 32 55 4 6 11 31 39 54 5v5
Home 1 13:17 Peverley 14 17 23 32 55 91 4 6 18 20 22 31 5v5
Away 1 13:02 Galliardi 12 14 23 32 55 91 4 6 11 31 39 54 5v5
Away 1 8:50 Monahan 6 21 24 28 32 38 7 20 22 23 31 44 5v5
Away 1 3:54 Galliardi 14 17 23 32 55 91 7 11 31 39 44 54 5v5
Home 2 19:42 Peverley 3 4 14 17 32 91 7 18 20 22 31 44 5v5
Home 2 15:42 Benn 6 12 13 20 24 32 4 6 18 20 22 31 5v5
Away 2 15:31 Stempniak (Goal) 6 12 13 20 24 32 4 6 18 20 22 31 5v5
Home 2 15:20 Nichushkin 3 4 10 32 43 72 7 13 23 24 31 44 5v5
Home 2 14:27 Roussell 21 23 28 32 38 55 13 23 31 43 54 55 5v5
Home 2 12:54 Chiasson 12 13 20 23 32 55 4 6 11 31 39 54 5v5
Home 2 10:35 Horcoff 3 4 10 32 43 72 18 20 22 31 43 55 5v5
Home 2 10:29 Nichushkin 6 10 24 32 43 72 18 20 22 31 43 55 5v5
Home 2 8:49 Chiasson (Goal) 3 4 14 17 32 91 7 18 20 22 31 44 5v5
Home 2 8:31 Benn (Goal) 14 17 23 32 55 91 4 6 8 15 17 31 5v5
Home 3 16:25 Benn (Goal) 4 12 14 20 23 32 4 6 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 3 14:41 Cole 3 4 32 38 43 72 6 11 13 24 31 55 5v5
Home 3 10:26 MacDermid 10 23 32 43 55 72 7 18 20 22 31 44 5v5
Home 3 7:09 Benn 3 12 13 14 32 91 7 31 39 44     5v3
Home 3 3:39 Chiasson 14 17 20 32 55 91 4 6 18 31     5v3
Home 3 3:09 Seguin 14 17 20 32 55 91 4 6 18 31     5v3
Home 3 1:58 Horcoff 4 6 10 32 43 72 13 20 31 43 54 55 5v5

 

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 4 9 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 7 1 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0

Sum It Up

Sven Baertschi obviously wouldn’t have turned the tide of this game by himself, but it’s even more disappointing to have him sit in the press box having to watch that.

The numbers are a little skewed due to the 3 or so minutes of 5-on-3 at the end of the third but it’s not like this was a game the Flames deserved to win.

In terms of the goalies, Rämö is still by far the superiour goaltender (.915 EVSV to MacDonald’s .899) even though Rämö allowed 5 goals at even strength tonight. He did, however, have a very nice sequence at the end of the 3rd while killing off a couple 5-on-3s.

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game between the Flames and Stars (or Blue Jackets or Coyotes) and been entertained. Anyway, the Flames play next on Saturday when Washington comes to the ‘Dome to play on HNIC.

  • cunning_linguist

    The whole point of this year was to assess and develop our young guys. The Flames need to stop wasting valuable games on useless plugs like Butler, Jackman, McGrattan (even though he’s a super cool dude). Get rid of Butler, bring up T-Spoon Sieloff or Ramage. Get rid of Jackman, let Baertschi play. Trade Stajan at the deadline for a 2nd rounder so that a Horak or a Corban Knight or even a Josh Jooris can come in. Trade Cammy at the deadline for a 1st rounder so that there’s room for Gaudreau this March when the college season is over, maybe that will convince him to sign with us. Trade Hudler because he’s putting together a career-best season. You probably won’t get any more value for him than you would right now and he won’t be in his prime anyways once we’re ready to compete again.

    The Flames need to stop making roster decisions as if we’re chasing the playoffs. Do the best you can to win with the lineup you have, but make sure that lineup is built so that you are developing and assessing young players, eliminating unknowns and investing in the future of the club.

  • SmellOfVictory

    Without Giordano, it will be difficult for the flames. Defenceman with good skating skill and size don’t seem to be easy to find, that is why Calgary should have taken Olli Maata, a solid draft choice for a defenceman instead of gambling on Jankowski. Maata is now starting for the Penguins, would have been terrific depth player for Calgary.

  • the forgotten man

    Take a deep breath everyone, count to ten and have a reality check. Many of us got overly excited after the start the Flames had and now we want to try and fix it overnight. The rebuild is going to take 2-3 years and if everytime the Flames get beaten badly we go nuts it is going to be a long ride.

    Here’s what we know after 10 games and some other experience depending on the player.

    In net: Joey is an adequate back up, thats it. Ramo is still an unknown and we may not geet a read on him for at least another 30 game. Berra is in the AHL to get used to NA hockey. We will find out what he is all about down the road.

    On D: We know that we have 3 solid NHL caliber dmen who are probably all playing one position up in a depth chart on most teams. Gio is at best a number 2 and TJB and Wides are probably 3/4 at best. Russell is a 6 at best and is being asked to play as a 4. The other two regulars are at best replacement NHL dmen. Which begs the question what do we have on the farm? Outside of Smith we have a D group of young pros mostly first year so we should not get to high or low on them. Candari and Billings have the most AHL experience and we need to see them. OOPs I forgot Breen whom we are seeing now, lets give him 10 games to evaluate him. Of the youngsters it seems that Ramage is likely to be the most prepared so lets see him as well. Ultimately it would be benificial to let spoon and Sieloff develop most of this year in the AHL.

    The forwards: Whose played well; Stemp, Hudler, Monahan and Backs.

    Who have had moments of showing they can be in show; Sven, Bouma, Colborne, and TJG.

    Whose been injured and should be given some slack; Cammi, DJ and Stajan.

    Who have underperformed: Glencross, Jackman, and McG.

    Who have played well enough in the AHL to take a look at. Hankowski leads them in goals and I think Knight and Jooris in assists. Although Byron is also up there as well. So for now we need to wait and see as none of these guys are really ready. Hopefully in another 10 games in the AHL the group will start have some seperation (Grandlund played well in 2 of his 3 games) Up front it would appear we will need to wait another year for the likes of Johny G (NCAA frozen 4 is after the end of the Flames regular season) and the other NCAA top kids and Poirier and Klimchuk too.

    For now all we can hope for is that we get GIO healthy as it will allow us to better evaluate guys like Breen as 6 defensemen rather than watch Butler try and play up. Up front Glencross needs to pick up his game even if he wants out as his trade value after 10 games has fallen.

    Lets not go to crazy or they will need to call the loonie bin for some of us.

    • piscera.infada

      “Take a deep breath everyone, count to ten and have a reality check. Many of us got overly excited after the start the Flames had and now we want to try and fix it overnight. The rebuild is going to take 2-3 years and if everytime the Flames get beaten badly we go nuts it is going to be a long ride.”

      I agree with this. Everyone I’ve come across has been preaching patience, and that’s good, because as things stand now, we’re going to need a lot of it. That said, I think a great number of Flames Fans need to understand that patience needs to be extended to both the coaching staff and management. Now is not a time to go soft, and say “well, these are young kids, stop the learning, stop looking for new players, stop looking for upgrades, and stop expecting effort and perfection.” In fact, this may be the best time to be instilling that idea in everyone. We have to realize that as new as this is for all the players (young kids, and veterans with new roles) it is equally as new and challenging for management and the coaches. It is their responsibility to ensure success now and in the long run – that’s not an easy balance.

      At the same time, it seems too easy to simply say “play the kids, get rid of everyone else”. No, you can’t just do that – we’ve seen that story before, and it doesn’t work. Development is about developing everything in these young kids – not just playing well, but being a real professional. Christ, a lot of these kids are 18, 19, and 20, if I had to be “a professional” at that time – let alone without anyone to learn from – I’m not sure I’d make it.

      • McRib

        I agree with you I was just trying to list off what I think our current assets are. I know we need vets and some of the Flames are proving this, ie Stemp and Hudler upfront and Gio and Wides at the back end. I’m seeing great progress in both Backs and TJB and see them with a leadership role next year. Where my concerns lie mostly are with Glencross whom I expected more from. I also am willing to be patient with kids on the farm but my concern are the vets who are in over there heads.

  • calgaryfan

    Hartley is starting to show his true colours for his desire to play veterans. That may be good for his own job security but not sure that is best for the team long term strategy of rebuild and development of the young talent.
    With Burke on board not surprising that this shift is taking place. At the end of this day I revert to these 2 guys who have won Stanley Cups and I believe are qualified to steer this ship.

    • McRib

      I just googled it! He is French from Quebec with a very successful coaching record! Sorry if I offended anyone – it was not my intention Go Coach and Go Flames!

    • Burnward

      I think this is a big year for him. A little more physically and mentally mature…could be exciting to watch.

      That being said, he might fizzle…but I really like the start to what, I personally consider, his rookie season. I understand it’s kind of silly to say that, but he was a kid last year playing at a level far removed from anything he had seen before.

      Given our drafting over the last couple years, I’m willing to ride with Weisbrod et al on this one.

      Perfect scenario: Monahan becomes our awesome second line center! Ha!

  • Burnward

    Lots of talk about bringing up the kids and letting them play. How many asking for this actually pay any attention to what is happening in Abby? Last night they win 4-2 and their top players are the guys we just sent down, Street, Horak and Smith. People are asking for Sieloff, Spoon and Cundari to be called up to replace Butler… none of them played last night, Sieloff is injured Cundari has not played for 3 games(injured or dog house I don’t know, and Spoon healthy scratch or injured again I don’t know) The two defenders other than Smith that might be close are Ramage and Billings. Are they ready for a shot?

    People talking about the NCAA kids should do some homework on the NCAA schedule; our kids all play on teams hoping to make the Frozen 4 and my research says the F4 is after the Flames regular season ends. By the Jankowski scored again and Gilles won again, Johny G scored and Arnold got an assist; they tied the #1 ranked team on the road.