Post-Game: Cheer Up, Bud!



It was an emotional night down there at the Scotiabank Saddledome, as Jarome Iginla made his first appearance in the building as a visitor following playing the better part of two decades as a Flame. Despite the distraction of Iginla’s return, the Flames played a strong and structured game and out-worked Boston.

Well, for 40 minutes, at least.


Following a ceremonial face-off for a charity and a tribute video for Jarome Iginla, the game began. The first period was low-event but got gradually more energetic, as both sides attempted to find their footings after watching all those ceremonies and tributes. The Bruins had a slight advantage in play for most of the first, but the tides turned a bit after a Matt Bartkowski penalty that gave the Flames their only power-play of the period. The PP was quite good, generating four shots on net, but being foiled by Tuukka Rask. The Flames continued to gain momentum as the period came to an end. Shots in the first were 11-5 Calgary, attempts were 15-15, and Boston had a 7-5 face-off advantage. Jarome Iginla played 6:57 in the first, with 2 shots and 1 missed shot.

The Flames continued their steady and structured play in the middle frame. They continued with their aggressive forecheck, forcing the Bruin to make quick (and sometimes bad) decisions with the puck. In one such instance, Mark Giordano striped a Bruin at the blueline, where a quick Sven Baertschi chip-pass sent Jiri Hudler in on a partial break against Tuukka Rask while being chased by Dennis Seidenberg. Hudler unleashed a knuckle-puck, which beat Rask and put the Flames up 1-0. Also of note, Flames face-puncher Brian McGrattan had perhaps his best shift as a Flame, throwing his body around and even going deep into the Bruins zone against three defenders and setting up a scoring chance. The Bruins seemed more and more tired late in the period, exemplified by an odd mental lapse late in the period that resulted in a too many men penalty. The Flames dominated in shots 11-4, had a slight edge in attempts 19-13, but were brutalized in the face-off dot by a 13-6 margin. Iginla played 5:30 in the second and had 1 hit and 1 takeaway.

The Bruins dominated the third. Whether that was because the Flames tired out from defending the Bs over 40 minutes, or the Bruins woke up, is up to your interpretation. But things just stopped working for Calgary. They were frequently hemmed in their own zone and unable to clear the puck; four failed clearing attempts on one shift resulted in a Shane O’Brien penalty. Later on, Joe Colborne cleared the puck over the glass (instead of “glass and out”), putting the Flames on the penalty kill. Unfortunately, Calgary’s kill ran out of gas and David Krejci tied the game at one apiece. A minute and a half later, with fans pondering overtime, Reilly Smith rushed up the right wing, beat T.J. Brodie with and chipped the puck over Reto Berra’s shoulder to give Boston the lead. The Flames pushed back late in the game, but just couldn’t tie it. On the other hand, they didn’t give up an empty-net goal, which is a kind of moral victory. But they don’t give out points for moral victories, and the Flames fell 2-1 despite playing 40 really strong minutes against Boston. The Bruins dominated most numbers in the third: shots (15-5), shot attempts (31-10), face-offs (11-4) and, of course, goals. Iginla played 9:09 in the third and had 2 shots, 1 blocked shot, 1 missed shot, a giveaway and a takeaway. He finished +6/-2 in EV scoring chances (and +9/-2 overall), and was also named third star of the night.

Scoring Chances

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:53 Hudler 4 7 8 24 29 47 11 32 38 40 43 86 5v5
Home 1 12:10 Backlund 11 24 29 44 47 55 25 33 34 40 51 86 5v5
Away 1 10:04 Iginla 3 5 11 17 29 54 12 17 40 43 46 55 5v5
Home 1 5:12 Giordano 4 5 13 22 24 29 33 37 40 55 63   5v4
Home 1 4:45 Stempniak 4 5 13 22 24 29 11 33 38 40 55   5v4
Home 1 3:36 Backlund 4 7 8 11 29 54 40 44 46 51 86   5v4
Home 1 3:33 D. Jones 4 7 8 11 29 54 40 44 46 51 86   5v4
Away 1 1:04 Krejci 4 7 17 18 22 29 12 17 33 40 46 86 5v5
Home 1 0:49 Stempniak 4 7 17 18 22 29 12 17 33 40 46 86 5v5
Away 2 16:53 Johnson 3 5 16 19 29 32 11 32 38 40 43 55 5v5
Home 2 15:38 D. Jones 4 7 11 17 29 54 12 17 40 43 46 55 5v5
Home 2 7:13 Stempniak 13 18 22 29 44 55 18 37 40 44 47 63 5v5
Home 2 1:05 D. Jones 4 7 11 17 29 54 11 32 33 38 40 44 5v5
Home 2 0:05 Cammalleri 5 7 11 13 22 29 33 37 40 55 63   5v4
Home 3 18:46 Cammalleri 4 5 13 22 24 29 11 38 40 44 86   5v4
Away 3 18:05 Krejci 3 7 17 18 29 54 12 17 40 46 47 55 5v5
Away 3 17:44 Lucic 3 7 18 29 47 54 12 17 40 43 46 86 5v5
Away 3 15:58 Campbell 17 19 22 29 44 55 11 32 38 40 43 86 5v5
Away 3 15:49 Chara 3 7 11 18 29   12 17 33 40 46 47 4v5
Away 3 13:01 Iginla 4 7 13 18 22 29 12 17 33 40 43 46 5v5
Away 3 11:46 Lucic 4 7 13 18 29 54 12 17 33 40 46 86 5v5
Away 3 6:29 Iginla 3 7 13 18 29   12 17 33 40 46 47 4v5
Away 3 6:12 Krejci (Goal) 3 7 13 18 29   12 17 33 40 46 47 4v5
Away 3 4:34 Smith (Goal) 4 7 8 24 29 47 18 33 34 40 47 51 5v5
Home 3 2:27 Baertschi 5 8 24 29 44 47 11 18 34 40 43 55 5v5

# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 15:37 0 4 00:00 0 0 03:18 0 3
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 20:12 4 4 03:41 5 0 00:09 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:24 1 2 02:39 4 0 01:45 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 20:34 4 6 01:40 3 0 03:27 0 3
8 COLBORNE, JOE 13:20 2 1 01:02 2 0 00:14 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:11 3 1 01:10 3 0 01:22 0 1
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 16:25 1 2 03:03 4 0 01:12 0 2
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 05:47 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:11 3 4 00:11 0 0 01:05 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 16:32 2 5 00:11 0 0 02:52 0 3
19 JONES, BLAIR 10:50 0 2 00:14 0 0 00:40 0 0
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 16:32 2 3 02:47 4 0 01:28 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 13:58 3 1 02:39 3 0 00:05 0 0
29 BERRA, RETO   7 9   6 0   0 3
32 BYRON, PAUL 05:11 0 1 00:00 0 0 01:26 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 14:51 3 1 00:00 0 0 01:45 0 0
47 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 12:23 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
54 JONES, DAVID 14:29 2 4 00:46 2 0 00:00 0 0
55 O’BRIEN, SHANE 13:11 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0


Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 7 2 3 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 4 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 9 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0


The Flames played 40 strong minutes of simple, structured, workmanlike hockey. In the third period, they stopped moving their feet as much. And the Bruins began moving their feet a lot more than they did in the first two periods.

The Bruins also started hitting the net. Through 40, the Bruins just couldn’t hit the net and had 13 missed shots. In the third, when things started clicking for them, they only had 4 shots miss the net. The Flames also didn’t use the body nearly as much in the third as they did in the first two periods. Boston got time and space to work and, shocker, they turned out to be pretty successful when given that time and space.


Lee Stempniak had a pretty solid game on the top line. He led the Flames with 6 shots and played 20 minutes in virtually every situation.

Honourable mention to Brian McGrattan, who barely played in the third, but used his body to great effect in the first two periods. He had 6 hits to lead either team.


The Flames ran out of gas, but played a pretty decent game. Their record is now 11-15-4. They’re back in action on Thursday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

  • Truculence

    Dear Flames goalie coach, please teach Berra not to leave a foot long space between himself and the goal post when opposing players are shooting from angles. I have a theory he might stop more pucks that way.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Going into this game all I could think of is the thrashing the Bruins laid on the Flames in Boston last time they met. That would have pretty much ruined Iggy’s return for me.

    A win would have been nice, but in the end it was still an entertaining game.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    On the bright side, with Berra losing might mean Ramo’s in the next outing. Then again, it’s Hartley’s decision and his love for Berra is seemingly unconditional.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Dear Mr. Feaster…as we put up with these European goalies trying to learn the NHL game and not able to come up with the big saves late in the game why are you not asking your scouting staff or perhaps yourself for not signing Martin Jones. An undrafted free agent who was playing for all those years with the Hitman right under your own roof! Tonight he shut out out the Habs and has a nice goalie controversy underway in LA.

    • flamesburn89

      1) Hindsight is 20/20. There are 28 other teams that didn’t sign Jones either.

      2) Not too many people were talking about Jonesy before his recent call up.

      3) Still too early to say anything much about Jonesy at the NHL level, although he has the pedigree to be a great goalie.

      4) I don’t think Feaster was a part of the Flames organization when Martin Jones was signed by the Kings.

      But I do still love Jonesy. He was amazing in both runs to the WHL Finals (the year they lost to Mikael Backlund’s Kelowna Rockets, and the year they beat Patrick Holland’s Americans).

      Like you, I wish the Flames had him, but there are 28 other teams that didn’t give him a shot. Can’t really blame Feaster much.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    The term is quite simple. “Playing a full 60 minutes.” Shots on goal at one point were 22-9 for the Flames. Colborne makes 2 bonehead decisions tonight. The 1st being the delay of game penalty and the second being when Calgary had possession and instead of passing to an unchecked Baertschi in behind Boston’s net, he decides to throw it blindly behind him, which led to TJB’s braincramp as if only for a second, he forgot how to play defense, which in turn led to Boston’s second goal. For the love of god, teach Berra how to play angles! I can’t wait to see the projected lines for the Carolina game after tonight’s game.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    These last two games have been surprisingly unsatisfying for me. The ‘simple, structured, workmanlike hockey’ is boring as hell. Like Minnesota Wild circa 2009 trap like your life depends on it boring.

    I don’t knows what I expected from this season to be honest. But bored wasn’t one of the possible options. Still trying to figure out if bored is better than frustrated or mad. I’m certainly becoming quickly disinterested. How do the Oilers do this for 10 years straight??

    Iggy is a beauty. Watching that tribute live was pretty awesome.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Anyone else think the video tribute was kinda short? I also think that if you’re gonna give the guy a token star it should be the 1st not the 3rd! Either way great to see Iggy back in Cgy. Thought the fans did a great job tonight… Would love to have seen him score!

    • Nieuwy25

      I thought it was the perfect length. The long tribute should and will be kept for after Iggy’s retirement and when the Flames hang #12 in the rafters. Last night he came in as a player on the opposition. He deserved to honoured, but it didn’t need to be a “30 minute, Toronto Maple Leaf pre game tribute to their trainer”.

      I think the Flames also figured there would be a standing O and a good Iggy chant that would and some length to the pre game ceremony. I hink he knows Flames fans appreciate all he did for this organization.

      Unrelated, I know the Bruins are good, but did they ever dominate in the 3rd period. When the ice girls would clean the ice in TV time outs, they didn’t even need to go to the Bruins zone. It looked like the zamboni had just gone over the ice since no on was skating on it.

  • RedMan

    I have to wonder…

    At a point a game pace this year, is Hudler quietly becoming a major draw for other teams?

    He is always so smart with the puck and without.

    All his talk of Matty Franchise – but did you know that he and McGratton have the same amount of shots on met this year (26 vs 27)? Matty just has a slightly higher shot%.

    I like the idea of keeping Hudler for the rebuild, but he has to be getting some serious looks from other teams looking to add that one piece.

  • RedMan

    OK, I don’t understand something…

    Why is David Jones getting $4 mil. per season, for several more seasons, and why did the Flames acquire him?

    He is tied for second highest paid player on the flames, and is essentially invisible, basically a replacement level for-checker?

    This is not intended to be a rhetorical question; i just guess I wasn’t paying attention during the trade, and must have missed something?

    were the flames expecting him to find his scoring touch or something? 4 mil??? wow

  • RedMan

    So the trade of Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich for Shane O.B. and D. Jones…

    we get rid of a slow D-man who is a real warrior but long passed his best-before date and a gifted winger with lots to offer but seriously bad attitude who clearly wasn’t staying and pouted visibly. (did he really wear a golfing hat on the ‘green-garbage-bag-day’ locker clearing day last season?)

    Glad to be rid of these two for different reasons, but what did we get? a 4M for-checker and a tough D man who has been conspicuous for his miscues?

    were the Flames forced into a trade by Tanguay, or did somebody owe somebody something? I am trying to understand this.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am very glad tanguay is gone – his attitude stunk to high heaven. I guess Jones helps us reach the floor…

    • Byron Bader

      I thought that was a funny one too. Tanguay can be lazy at times but he’s a gifted playmaker. You figure you’d be able to at least get a 2nd in that deal along with the pieces we got. Especially when guys like Steve Downie, Kyle Quincey and Paul Gaustad are getting traded around for 1sts. A classic case of you scratch my back and I’ll donkey kick you in the face.

      • Christian Roatis

        Tanguay’s words were not congruent with his actions; he said he was fine being here, but he played like he would rather be somewhere else. On a rebuilding Flames team Tanguay’s attitude and work ethic would not more detrimental than Jones’ lack of skill

        Just my $0.02

    • loudogYYC

      Remember the cap went down and half the league started the off-season with virtually no cap space. That trade wasn’t the best, but it is what it is, Flames got younger and the Avs got more skill.

  • RedMan

    there is no way anyone can suck worse then buffalo, but what would it take to let NY, Edmonton and Florida pass us in the standings, so we can get second overall? this seems like a real doable goal.

  • RKD

    The Flames were the better team, they pretty much gave Boston’s medicine back to them. It is nice to see the Flames improve defensively the last little bit. If they can limit teams to one or two goals, they will be in every game. Iggy had some good chances, came close with that ringer off the post.

  • supra steve

    My thoughts on the Flames goaltender situation:

    What is the problem? This team is in rebuild mode. If a 33yr old franchise goaltender had been begging to sign with the Flames this summer, they should have turned him away.

    Having 2 European goalies learning the North American game while the team rebuilds is great. If they make some errors and the team loses a point here and another 2 there…fine, we draft higher next summer.

    The hope is that as they learn, they improve and the team will have better tenders in the future. Also, Gillies will continue to develop and with a little luck will challenge to be the team’s starter in a few years, when we hope to be emerging from the rebuild.

    But for now, if Berra or Ramo F up, just RELAX.

    • flamesburn89

      Hey everyone, I’m an east coast guy who just relocated to the west coast, so hopefully it’s ok with you….I’ve adopted the Flames. I love this team! They work their tails off and play hard, which is more than you can say for a lot of east conference teams.

      Anyway, I’ve been following your site and comments all year and it is pretty clear that the majority of you love Ramo and hate Berra, but I love what suba steve said: let these guys develop. I happen to think that, after learning the game, Berra is going to be REALLY good, but I like Ramo too. The point is, either one has a chance to be very good, but you’ve got to let them learn. Unfortunately, that means blowing 1-0 leads in games you REALLY want to win.

      But don’t expect these boys to tank for a draft pick. I’ve watched them play. They care and they play hard.

  • loudogYYC

    Lots to talk about after last night. Disappointed in the loss yes, disappointed by the overall effort no. I actually liked how the three regular lines looked and was even pleased with the limited performance of the 4th line. We fall short in the 3rd period often because too few guys log too many minutes and are then prone to make mistakes or not be as productive as possible, As we get healthy on the forward front I would like to see Hartley roll 4 forward lines (i don’t know how many times I beaten this drum the minures don’t have to be equall but no forward should be much under 10 minutes) and would be happy to see the three lines from last night and a line of Monahan, Glencross and either TIG/Bjones. Play Mcg only when absolutely needed(I was actually okay with him last night but as he can’t play a regular shift and can’t pk or pp he can’t play ever night)

    Berra needs to make the save on the second goal but TJB needs to prevent his man from getting to the net.

    Tribute was long enough for a traded player go big time when he retires.