Post-Game: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

 

Chicago Blackhawks / NHL

pic via Nicole Yeary

The Calgary Flames headed east to sweet home Chicago for their final date of the truncated 2013 season. Given that it was a contest between a non-playoff squad and the NHL’s newly-crowned Presidents’ Trophy winners, there were certain expectations for how the game would go.

Would those expectations be met? In terms of the result, yes, but in terms of the effort? Not entirely.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames stumbled out of the gate, generally getting out-chanced and out-played by the Blackhawks. Chicago out-shot the Flames 13-5 in the first and had two goals. The first came off a weird in-zone bounce, where Joey MacDonald made the first save and then the defensive zone coverage appeared to disappear. Patrick Kane snapped the puck home on a nifty feed from Patrick Sharp to put the Flames behind the eight-ball 1-0. Jonathan Toews took advantage of a beautiful rebound (and no defensive coverage) four minutes later to put the Flames down by two.

What would the team do?

Oddly, they fought back. Down two goals after 20 minutes, on the road, in a barn where they usually aren’t very good, the Flames out-shot the Blackhawks 13-12 in the second and crept back within one goal via Chris Butler’s first (and only) goal of the season. Lee Stempniak and Ben Street earned assists on a goal created on the forecheck.

The Hawks woke up and out-played the Flames in the third – let’s face it, as they should – and Marcus Kruger snapped the insurance marker home to seal the deal mid-way through the third period.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s give it to Ben Street, who had 2 shots, 3 hits and his first NHL point via his assist on Calgary’s lone (short-handed) marker. Plus, look at that head.

Honourable mention to Lee Stempniak, who also had an assist and ended the year tied with Mike Cammalleri for the team lead in points. (Cammalleri played fewer games and had more goals, so he wins on both tie-breakers, but Stempniak had a great year.)

SCORING CHANCES

(via Justin Azevedo)

 

Scoring Chance Summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:41 Toews 19 81 20 7 8 50 18 46 29 5 6 35 5v5
Away 1 17:39 Horak 65 25 29 2 17 50 10 11 51 5 6 35 5v5
Away 1 17:24 Cervenka 65 25 29 2 17 50 10 11 51 5 6 35 5v5
Home 1 10:26 Kane (Goal) 65 25 29 7 8 50 18 46 16 26 44 35 5v5
Home 1 9:58 Stalberg 65 25 29 7 8 50 19 22 58 5 6 35 5v5
Away 1 7:09 Stempniak 19 81 20 27 32 50 18 46 22 26 44 35 5v5
Home 1 6:58 Toews (Goal) 26 10 88 7 8 50 19 22 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 1 6:30 Kane 26 10 88 7 8 50 19 22 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 1 4:14 Saad 19 81 20 27 32 50 18 22 58 42 44 35 5v5
Away 2 19:12 Street 26 10 88 7 8 50 11 29 51 7 42 35 5v5
Home 2 17:17 Stalberg 65 25 29 27 32 50 19 22 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 2 17:11 Stalberg 65 25 29 27 32 50 19 22 58 26 44 35 5v5
Away 2 16:36 Brodie 16 67 52 8 32 50 38 29 13 7 42 35 5v5
Home 2 11:35 Stalberg 26 10 25 27 32 50 18 46 29 7 42 35 5v5
Away 2 10:29 Hanowski 65 88 29 7 8 50 19 29 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 2 10:05 Shaw 19 10 88 25 2 50 11 13 5 6 35   5v4
Away 2 8:10 Cammalleri 65 67 81 27 32 50 11 13 5 7 35   5v4
Away 2 7:23 Jones 16 67 52 27 32 50 19 38 13 26 44 35 5v5
Away 2 3:52 Cundari 19 81 20 7 8 50 38 46 22 26 44 35 5v5
Away 2 1:51 Aliu 16 67 52 7 8 50 19 22 29 26 44 35 5v5
Home 2 1:19 Bollig 19 67 52 7 8 50 19 22 29 26 44 35 5v5
Away 3 19:17 Stempniak 19 81 20 2 17 50 19 38 22 7 42 35 5v5
Away 3 19:15 Brodie 19 81 20 2 17 50 11 19 22 6 7 35 5v5
Away 3 19:14 Backlund 19 81 20 2 17 50 11 19 22 6 7 35 5v5
Home 3 16:17 Kruger 16 67 20 27 32 50 38 29 13 5 6 35 5v5
Home 3 13:43 Stalberg 65 25 29 2 17 50 19 29 58 7 42 35 5v5
Home 3 11:36 Toews 19 81 20 7 8 50 19 16 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 3 9:30 Bickell 65 25 29 7 8 50 19 46 29 5 6 35 5v5
Home 3 9:14 Frolik 16 67 52 7 8 50 19 46 29 5 6 35 5v5
Home 3 8:39 Frolik 19 81 20 2 17 50 18 16 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 3 7:48 Saad 26 81 20 2 32 50 18 16 58 26 44 35 5v5
Home 3 5:21 Kane 19 10 88 2 32 50 19 46 26 44 35   5v4

Home Team Player Summary

# Player EV     PP     SH    
2 KEITH, DUNCAN 18:14 3 5 02:01 2 0 00:00 0 0
7 SEABROOK, BRENT 19:09 9 4 01:34 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 LEDDY, NICK 20:25 9 5 01:46 0 0 00:00 0 0
10 SHARP, PATRICK 13:53 3 1 02:01 2 0 00:00 0 0
16 KRUGER, MARCUS 13:31 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BROOKBANK, SHELDON 17:17 2 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 TOEWS, JONATHAN 13:37 5 5 02:01 2 0 00:00 0 0
20 SAAD, BRANDON 14:34 6 5 00:47 0 0 00:00 0 0
25 STALBERG, VIKTOR 12:43 7 2 00:48 1 0 00:00 0 0
26 HANDZUS, MICHAL 13:33 4 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 ODUYA, JOHNNY 17:21 5 2 00:13 0 1 00:00 0 0
29 BICKELL, BRYAN 14:28 6 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 ROZSIVAL, MICHAL 19:34 6 3 01:38 1 1 00:00 0 0
50 CRAWFORD, COREY   17 12   2 1   0 0
52 BOLLIG, BRANDON 12:10 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
65 SHAW, ANDREW 15:48 6 3 01:59 0 1 00:00 0 0
67 FROLIK, MICHAEL 13:26 3 3 00:05 0 1 00:00 0 0
81 HOSSA, MARIAN 12:52 5 5 01:59 0 1 00:00 0 0
88 KANE, PATRICK 17:25 2 2 03:08 2 0 00:00 0 0

Away Player Scoring Summary

# Player EV     PP     SH    
5 GIORDANO, MARK 20:49 2 5 00:00 0 0 00:56 1 1
6 SARICH, CORY 20:03 4 5 00:00 0 0 01:20 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 15:45 6 4 00:00 0 0 01:07 1 0
10 CERVENKA, ROMAN 01:34 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:51 5 0 00:00 0 0 01:04 1 1
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 15:43 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:49 1 1
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 15:28 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 11:54 1 6 00:00 0 0 01:36 0 0
19 JONES, BLAIR 18:22 6 10 00:00 0 0 01:13 0 1
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 18:42 6 7 00:00 0 0 00:25 0 0
26 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 20:08 4 7 00:00 0 0 02:17 0 1
29 ALIU, AKIM 16:26 4 7 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
35 MACDONALD, JOEY   12 17   0 0   1 2
38 STREET, BEN 14:38 4 1 00:00 0 0 00:22 0 0
42 CUNDARI, MARK 15:45 4 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 19:36 4 8 00:00 0 0 02:20 0 1
46 BANCKS, CARTER 15:36 2 5 00:00 0 0 01:13 0 1
51 HORAK, ROMAN 12:34 3 0 00:00 0 0 00:34 0 0
58 HANOWSKI, BEN 13:49 1 10 00:00 0 0 00:44 0 0

Home Team Period Summary Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 3 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 5 7 4 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 8 3 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Away Team Period Summary Scoring Chances

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 6 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 5 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
3 3 8 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

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WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Let’s be blunt here: they were playing the NHL’s best team. They fought valiantly, they scored a short-handed goal and they played a defiant scrappy game. But they probably should have lost this game, and they did.

DRAFT PICK PROGRESS

Edmonton won! They passed Calgary! If Carolina gets a point or wins tomorrow, Calgary moves up a draft pick. Similarly, if Nashville wins tomorrow, Calgary moves up a draft pick.

Worst-case, Calgary sits sixth headed into the draft lottery. If Carolina and Nashville both succeed, they can draft as high as fourth. Go Hurricanes and Predators!

UP NEXT

The 2013 season is over. What’s left is reflection on 2013 and preparation for 2013-14.

It’s Green Garbage Bag Day down at the ‘Dome on Sunday. We’ll have an extra special day of coverage for you, in the sense that I’ll be live-blogging in-between running to and from scrums. It’ll be ever-so-much fun!

 Until then.

  • gotommygo

    Damn, its looking pretty likely we are picking 6th. So Jones, Drouin, McKinnon,Barkov are off the table. Who goes 5th? I think we get Monahan or Linholm. Nothing wrong with that guys. The trick is not to trade down below the 6th, I think it’ll be more likely we trade for that 8th or 9th pick. Two top 10 picks should be the goal of this management team, trade the other 2 1st’s we have or preferably one of our other 1sts & someone like Butler for the 8th or 9th pick and take an ugly cap hit.

  • RexLibris

    We draft in that lucky 6 spot. A little annoying we finished this high considering we were bottom three most of the year .

    Anyhow I have no doubt we win this draft lotter.

    Till monday FN

  • RexLibris

    Well it looks like we will be picking 6th my guess is Lindholm or Monahan. Either way we get a decent player so there’s no worries on my end. I’m hoping the Flames will go after no one of real significance over the summer through free agency. I’m not exactly too keen on the talent pool this summer so why not stick with some of the kids and see how that turns out?

    Having that said I could see Feaster making an attempt at Horton and Raymond for some reason and I cn actually see Raymond signing with us being a hometown boy and all. If Feaster winds up signing both this is what our opening day lineup might look like or next year

    Cammy Backs Horton
    Tangs Stajan Baerschi
    Raymond Monahan/Lindholm Glencross
    Hanowski Bouma/Reinhart Jackman

    Gio Brody
    Wideman Butler
    Cundari Sarich

  • T&A4Flames

    At #6, CGY still has a shot at Barkov and certainly Momahan and Lindholm. Jones, MacKinnon and Drouin will go for sure. I can see a team taking Nurse or another D before us and its not out of the question that a team will take Nichushkin top 5 as well. Quite. Few of the teams ahead of us need D, so anything is possible. Invariably, there is always a top prospect that drops. Remember Couturier dropped, Grigerenko and Fowler as well. Barkov is out with a shoulder injury which may amuse him to drop. Barring winning the lottery, Barkov is still my guy.