POST-GAME: BASEMENT BATTLE

 

Basement Rec Area

 

 -Thanks to Retro ReDesign for the pic

In this outrageously early afternoon affair, we saw the 30th placed Sabres host the 26th placed Flames.  The game between these two juggernauts was as you might expect … mediocre with very little highlight reel plays. Until the third period anyways. In the end, the Flames came out victorious, in overtime, over the Sabres.

THE RUNDOWN

Prior to the game, the Flames got an extra boost as rookie Sean Monahan made his return to the line-up today.

The game started like most afternoon games, a little diorganized and all over the place.  There were several penalties called on both teams early.  Stafford rang one off the post early but nobody really generated any momentum for either side.  With 17 seconds left the Flames appeared to have scored but there were some complications.  On the penalty kill, Brodie was tripped in the neutral zone.  On the ensuing delayed penalty, the Flamesbroke into the zone and Cammy eventually put it in.  However, it was waved immediately as the Flames had too many men on the ice for goal. Two Flames players jumped in off the bench to serve as the extra attacker in the delayed penalty.  So no dice on that one.

The second period was much of the same.  A little clumsy. Several powerplays and penalty kills for both sides but not much to speak of, offensively.  Buffalo clanked a couple off the post from bad angles and the Flames missed on a couple decent scoring chances in the slot.  All in all, a pretty even period between the two teams.  

Things finally ramped up in the third leading to two goals and a couple of good chances by both sides.  Early into the third, Girgensons broke in on the right side and fed a pass through Brodie’s legs to a wide open Matt Moulson who put Buff on the board.  A few minutes later, Butler, from behind the net, fed former Sabre Paul Byron who tapped it in to even it up.  The Sabres pushed hard to end it in regulation but to no avail.  

Early into overtime, Paul Byron entered the zone, fed Matt Franchise with a dish and Matty ripped it past Enroth.  That’s it and that’s all!

RED WARRIOR

This one goes to Paul Byron.  A goal and an assist and a pretty solid performance against his old club.  Really liked what I saw of the little guy this afternoon.  He now has 5 points in 7 games  since being called up by the big club.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They won because they kept with it after the Sabres goal early in the 3rd.  Usually, it’s the Flames giving up late-ish leads to opponents.  Tonight, they reversed that trend, scoring late to send it to overtime.  Ramo was also a factor as the Sabres really pushed hard in the third.  He kept the Flames afloat and was real good again today.

SCORING CHANCES

 

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:08 Stafford PP 1 4 10 21 26 63 5 11 22 31 44   5v4
Away 1 11:37 Hudler PP 1 20 28 57 65   4 5 13 20 24 31 4v5
Home 1 9:13 D’Agostini 1 6 9 23 27 44 3 18 20 22 31 44 5v5
Home 1 6:26 Leino 1 4 10 23 27 65 18 22 31 32 44 55 5v5
Home 1 6:25 rebound 1 4 10 23 27 65 18 22 31 32 44 55 5v5
Away 1 5:53 Stempniak 1 4 8 10 32 37 4 7 13 18 22 31 5v5
Away 1 5:02 Jones 1 6 9 21 44 82 4 7 11 31 32 54 5v5
Away 1 2:42 Cammalleri 1 20 26 28 57 63 4 7 13 18 22 31 5v5
Home 1 1:33 Ennis PP 1 4 10 21 26 63 5 11 22 31 44   5v4
Home 2 17:13 Girgensons 1 4 10 26 28 63 4 7 11 31 32 54 5v5
Away 2 16:27 Monahan 1 9 20 21 57 82 3 5 20 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 15:41 Cammalleri 1 6 9 23 27 44 13 18 22 31 44 55 5v5
Away 2 15:10 Giordano SH 1 4 10 21 26 63 5 11 17 31 44   5v4
Home 2 10:48 Leino 1 4 10 23 27 37 3 8 16 31 32 44 5v5
Home 2 9:36   1 6 26 28 44 63 4 7 20 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 8:35 Stempniak 1 9 20 21 57 82 5 18 22 31 32 44 5v5
Away 2 8:27 Stempniak 1 9 20 23 57 82 5 18 22 31 32 44 5v5
Away 2 4:38 Colborne 1 4 20 23 27 37 3 5 8 16 17 31 5v5
Home 2 2:41 Girgensons 1 4 26 28 44 63 4 7 20 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 2:20 Brodie 1 4 10 23 27 37 4 7 11 31 32 54 5v5
Home 3 18:49 Myers 1 20 23 27 37 57 3 5 17 20 23 31 5v5
Home 3 18:09 McNabb 1 6 9 23 27 44 4 7 20 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 14:20 Moulson goal 1 20 23 27 37 57 3 5 11 31 32 54 5v5
Away 3 12:46 Hudler 1 9 20 21 57 65 4 7 20 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 12:43 Colborne 1 9 20 21 57 65 4 7 20 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 11:43 Byron goal 1 4 10 23 27 82 11 31 32 44 54 55 5v5
Home 3 3:34 D’Agostini 1 6 23 27 37 44 5 13 18 22 31 44 5v5
Home 3 0:28 Ennis 1 20 26 28 57 63 4 7 13 18 24 31 5v5
Away 4 4:20 Stajan goal 1 4 9 10 21   3 5 18 31 32   4v4

 

# Player EV     PP     SH    
3 SMID, LADISLAV 14:39 3 4 00:10 0 0 02:32 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:33 6 5 06:39 1 0 01:39 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 15:07 5 3 04:32 1 0 06:10 1 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:19 6 5 03:05 0 0 02:40 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 06:12 1 1 01:16 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 11:01 3 2 02:01 0 0 03:53 1 2
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 11:48 3 2 03:59 1 0 00:44 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 06:49 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 06:31 1 1 00:00 0 0 04:26 1 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 15:23 6 5 00:06 0 0 02:40 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 13:15 3 5 03:57 1 0 00:59 0 0
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 12:30 5 4 02:45 0 0 03:37 0 2
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 11:59 3 4 03:20 0 0 00:01 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:33 3 4 04:06 1 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   13 12   1 0   1 2
32 BYRON, PAUL 11:50 6 5 00:00 0 0 02:30 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 13:52 4 5 00:20 0 0 05:28 1 2
54 JONES, DAVID 10:42 3 2 00:39 0 0 00:00 0 0
55 O’BRIEN, SHANE 08:59 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0

 

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

 

SUM IT UP

In a battle of basement dwellers, the Flames came out on top, gaining their second straight overtime victory.  The Flames, who find themselves on a pretty nice little run lately, improve to 13-15-4 and leap frog New Jersey into 25th place overall.  

Next up, the Flames continue their five game road trip tomorrow evening in NYC when they face the Rangers at MSG.  

  • ChinookArchYYC

    I wasn’t able to watch his one, but based on the comments here during the game it doesn’t sound like I missed much. How was Ramo today? Does he earn the next start?

    • Byron Bader

      Byron was great today. I actually forgot he was the Red Warrior selection last game. Hilarious coincidence given Burke’s want for more size though. Overall, Ramo was good. He got out of position a few times but Buffalo couldn’t cash in. He looks to be going again tomorrow.

  • Lordmork

    Troy Ward seems to be working miracles down in Abbotsford this year, first Street and then Jones and now Byron. Even if Byron is just a 4th liner (and I’d be fine if he proved better than that), this year he’s playing like the sort of player I want Abbotsford full of, to help develop our prospects and serve as replacements who can come into the lineup and do more than get chased around the ice for a few minutes.

  • The trade of Borque and Holland for Cammalari and Ramo is beginning to look like Feaster thievery. Cammy should bring a high pick and Ramo is beginning to look like a real number one goalie.

    I’m not totally convinced Berra won’t round into form given time and NHL experience either. Yes, he is out of position a lot, but also has great agility. That’s one of the reasons for a goalie coach.

    So of the things Burke didn’t like: trade return, drafting and size only the size issue seems accurate. I think Feaster and Weisbrod got shafted.

    Maybe even the Byron/Byron trade for Regehr isn’t looking so one-sided and less remember Buffalo took Calgary out of salary cap jail by acquiring Kotalik.

    • We also gave up a second rounder to the Habs in the Cammellieri trade. Thats why this team is in it’s current dilemma. Sutter gave them away at will! Giving up that Borque contract was important to the Flames but giving up 2nd rounders should be a non-starter in the future!

  • Just checked ice time. Backlund was 16:55 vs. 7:28 for Colborne. He seems to be working his way out of the doghouse, at least for now. Ramo is playing his way into starting consistently over Berra. Is Hartley a more fair coach than many on FN have given him credit for?

  • prendrefeu

    This Zemgus Girgensons looks like a pretty solid player. It appears that the 2012 draft was pretty deep. Lots of good players drafted in the teens like Tom Wilson and Tomas Hertl. And oh we got Jankowski with 21st pick!

  • prendrefeu

    So let me see if I can get this straight. Burke doesn’t think Feaster and Wisebrod are the right people to get the draft pick right next year because they choose the best player available instead of the biggest player available. Going by Burke’s criteria, he would have kept Phanuef over Giordanio. Yet we know Giordanio is far an away the better defensemen. Burke would not have pick Gaudreau who may be a star player for Calgary. It is Feaster and Wisebrod who has build the framework for Calgary with a good AHL club developing players like Jones, Ferland etc. Who has Burke brought in? Coulborne? It’s a crying shame they won’t see the results after being fired in the first 1/2 year of the rebuild. Shame on the owners and Ken King.

  • prendrefeu

    Enough of my energy wasted on speaking my displeasure on Burke and the speculation on whom he might hire.

    I would rather talk about the progress of the goalies. Ramo save % is now over .900 and his goals against is under 3; does that mean he has become an NHL goalie or is it a product of the team becoming better in the defensive zone. I suspect it’s a bit of both; he has seemed more confident, more calm and the team is definately better in the zone. Berra has been better as well although he still needs to be calmer and allow the team to help him more. Now I’m not saying that either will be the goalie of the future but they have come a long way in the last month. Ortio has also been great for the Heat. With Gilles likely 2-3 years away from the NHL we might not be as bad as many of us thought.

    Also a while back there was great deal of discussion about both Butler and Byron being busts. While I’m not a big Butler fan I have to admit that when he plays with the partner and the right minutes he is not as bad as we often make out. As a UFA we need to trade him and some team will take him as their 5/6/7(insurance defenceman) I suspect he will be part of a package in trade.

    Byron I always suspected that we had given up on too early; he’s still only 24. Last year he was called up for a reason and then he got hurt. His speed and work ethic fit into Hartleys style and he has been good so far.

    I think there are more keepers in this organization than many of us think and this was all accomplished before BB.

  • prendrefeu

    Praising Ramo is premature. He still has positioning issues (not as bad as Berra but still not good enough for a number 1 Nhl goalie). In the first 2 periods alone the Sabres hit the post or crossbar 4 times. We won by the skin of our teeth.

    • prendrefeu

      i’m not anointing him the next great goalie but I am commenting on his improved play and the defensive play of the team. Both great and good goalies all have had the luck of post and crossbars. even bad ones sometimes get the breaks.