Post-Game: Flames Beat Oil, Give Atomic Wedgies, Steal Lunch Money

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This night of nights, this game of games, is the sweetest of victories for your fightin’ Flames as it comes against our perennially pathetic polar … poo-heads from the North. It’s not that the Flames won big, in Edmonton, it’s that the game was just so fun to watch for so many different reasons. Including a Taylor Hall/Dallas Eakins “mis-communication” which looked an awful lot like a cat fight. 

The Flames turned the second period into a highlight package and scored EIGHT TIMES. IN ONE GAME. AGAINST THE OILERS. One of them by Kevin Westgarth, the Brick Tamland of hockey. Drink it in Flames fans, this game is ties the largest margin of victory in a BOA and this may have been the most unexpected of Flames big wins in Edmonton. We can worry about the draft lottery and tanking and the rebuild tomorrow. For right now, this feels great.   

Best game ever.

Also, Matt Stajan melted some hearts with a penalty shot goal, Read all about it after the jump  

GAME SUMMARY

Right off the bat, Kevin Westgarth, whom was dressed tonight for reasons I do not understand, took a roughing penalty two minutes into the game. On that power-play, Jeff Petry scored on a point shot with Ryan Jones parked directly in front of him without a stick. Though the difference between Jones with a stick and without a stick are frankly negligible.  

After the 1-0 goal, Westgarth decided to correct his error by fighting Luke Gadzic, the same guy who knocked him out in a scary incident. Westgarth tried to protect himself throughout the majority of the scrap and was able to hold his own for the most part. Basically, who cares? Westgarth fighting a fellow goon seems inconsequential to me but that hardly seems important now doesn’t it? I won’t complain about anything else from this point on I promise.

Because after that, things were all smiles in Flameland. T.J Brodie, who rules, started a breakout and the puck found Mark Giordano who absolutely blasted one past Fasth and tied the game at 1. The game was tied at one heading into the second period. All things considered, the game was quite even going into the room, the Flames were leading in shots 9-8.

The second period started off pretty good for the Flames when four and a half minutes in, Paul Byron forced a turnover to Mikael Backlund who found a wide-open red-hot Mike Cammalleri to give the Flames a 2-1 lead. Things got very good after that.

One minute later, Matt Stajan was the recipient of a fairly generous call and was awarded a penalty shot. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from Stajan, whom isn’t known as much of a shootout specialist, I think anyone who saw what happened were pretty pleased:   

A pretty emotional goal considering all the hardship that Stajan and his family have endured recently. He points to the sky after the goal and …yeah. That is a pretty cool moment. Good on him.

The Flames would score twice more before the second period ended, one from Lord Byron, who rules, and one from Glencross who roofed one on Fasth and ended his night. The Flames went into the third WINNING 5-1?! I was tingling with glee. 

Heading into the third, I am sure most Flames fans would have been content with sitting on the four goal lead. However, the Flames decided to reward us for our loyalty this year by laying into our northern foes for three more goals on Ben Scrivens who must be super glad he willingly signed up for another tour of duty in goaltending Vietnam. 

Glencross scored twice in the third to complete the hat-trick and even, sigh, Kevin Westgarth scored in the third off of what I am going to assume was an intentional chest pass from Tyler Wotherspoon to make it 7-1 at that point. The game ended 8-1 and all is good in the world. 

THE RED WARRIOR

One may be tempted to make Ryan Smyth the Red Warrior tonight as he somehow, and I have no idea how, managed to be even in an 8-1 loss. That is amazing. How is that even possible? Anywho, enough of the report from Shelbyville. The Flames had a number of amazing performances tonight including Curtis Glencross who scored a friggen hat trick, Mark Giordano who seems to be on a one man mission to make Dan Hamhuis pay for not being picked for the Olympic team, and T.J Brodie who, along with Gio, was +5 tonight. Even though we all hate that stat, that’s still pretty impressive.

However, the obvious choice is good ol’ Matthew “Ragin Franchise” Stajan who had four points tonight to go with his penalty shot goal. Just great stuff all around.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 14:00 Perron 4 19 21 35 57 89 5 7 18 20 24 31 5v5
Away 1 11:19 Agostino 5 14 35 51 84 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Home 1 7:52 Schultz 14 19 21 35 51 93 5 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Home 1 6:50 Hendricks 2 23 27 35 68 85 3 11 13 31 32 56 5v5
Home 1 5:36 Hall 4 5 35 57 84 89 5 7 8 18 20 31 5v5
Away 1 5:08 Colborne 14 19 21 35 51 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Away 1 3:08 Monahan 5 21 35 93 94 4 5 11 13 23 31 4v5
Away 1 2:45 Giordano 5 21 35 93 94 4 5 11 13 23 31 4v5
Home 2 17:33 Smyth 2 14 35 51 93 94 3 13 31 32 44 5v4
Away 2 16:41 Glencross 2 27 35 51 68 85 4 7 11 20 24 31 5v5
Away 2 16:18 Monahan 2 27 35 51 68 85 3 8 23 31 51 56 5v5
Away 2 15:48 Cammalleri goal 19 21 23 27 35 68 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Away 2 14:40 Stajan PS goal 2 4 35 57 85 89 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Away 2 14:01 Byron goal 2 4 35 57 85 89 5 7 11 13 31 32 5v5
Home 2 13:06 Lander 5 14 35 51 84 93 4 15 16 17 31 44 5v5
Home 2 11:50 Lander 14 19 21 30 51 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Home 2 10:12 Jones 5 20 28 30 84 94 3 15 16 17 31 56 5v5
Away 2 5:34 Hudler 2 30 85 93 94 4 5 8 20 24 31 4v5
Home 2 3:49 Nugent-Hopkins 2 5 14 21 30 93 5 7 17 23 31 51 5v5
Away 2 2:59 Glencross 19 30 51 57 84 89 3 5 18 20 24 31 5v5
Home 3 19:26 Nugent-Hopkins 14 19 30 85 93 5 7 11 31 32 4v4
Away 3 15:16 Glencross 14 19 20 21 30 93 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 3 15:11 Glencross goal 14 19 20 21 30 93 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 3 14:44 Bouma 5 23 27 28 30 84 3 15 16 17 31 56 5v5
Away 3 14:34 Westgarth goal 5 23 27 28 30 84 3 15 16 17 31 56 5v5
Away 3 13:47 Cammalleri 2 20 30 57 85 89 4 8 13 23 31 44 5v5
Home 3 10:10 Smyth 19 20 21 28 30 94 4 15 16 17 31 44 5v5
Away 3 7:06 Glencross 19 20 21 28 30 94 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Home 3 6:57 Gazdic 5 20 30 57 84 94 4 18 20 24 31 44 5v5
Away 3 4:50 Monahan 4 14 19 21 30 93 4 8 23 31 44 51 5v5
Away 3 3:45 Bouma 5 20 28 30 84 94 3 15 16 17 31 44 5v5
Away 3 3:30 Agostino 19 21 30 51 57 89 4 16 23 31 44 51 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
3 SMID, LADISLAV 19:30 5 2 00:00 0 0 01:12 0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:20 9 4 03:45 3 0 00:01 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 13:15 4 5 04:19 3 0 02:13 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 16:30 4 4 01:56 0 0 00:40 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 15:05 5 2 02:04 1 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:00 4 2 03:22 2 0 00:39 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 13:08 4 1 03:22 2 0 00:33 0 1
15 WESTGARTH, KEVIN 10:05 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 11:13 4 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 13:17 3 4 00:15 0 0 02:15 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 09:39 4 4 00:00 0 0 02:09 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 10:28 5 4 02:04 1 0 00:01 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 17:26 6 2 03:24 2 0 00:04 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 10:11 5 3 02:17 1 0 00:01 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   17 11   3 0   0 1
32 BYRON, PAUL 13:32 3 2 00:00 0 0 01:10 0 1
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 17:07 9 5 01:22 0 0 02:46 0 1
51 AGOSTINO, KENNY 13:17 5 2 00:15 0 0 00:00 0 0
56 WOTHERSPOON, TYLER 17:04 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 4 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 5 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 9 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SUM IT UP

Flames rule, while the Oilers a pathetic excuse for a joke… also, they drool.

Flames host the Sharks on Monday.

    • TheoForever

      Not everyone hates Westgarth.
      Not everyone hates Butler.
      Who btw. has shown a great improvement and deserves another contract.

      The coaching done in Calgary and Abby has been very good. Clearly those guys are good teachers.

    • TheoForever

      Westgarth plays his role given to him well. He is energetic, physical and courageous. He never takes a shift off and he showed last night that he will do what it takes to fulfill his role no matter what. That rubs off on younger players and they see what needs to be done to fulfill their roles as well. Not everyone on here hates him. As was said in an earlier comment, it takes all kinds of players to build a team

      • beloch

        It takes a special kind of courage/madness to fight the same guy who kept his visor on and put you in the hospital the last time your team played his.

        Honestly, I think the league’s enforcers should skate away from fights Gazdic starts until he starts removing his helmet. Let him learn to fight fair or watch him rack up so many one-sided penalties that even the Oilers won’t put him on the ice.

  • TheoForever

    Once in a while someone comes along and starts criticizing enforces and fighting. Those people make empty statements about lack of evidence to support the claim that enforces can change the outcome of a game, which btw. they can and do.

    I have been thinking about who those people are and why they think the way they do, and finally I think I understand.

    There is a GENERATION GAP.

    I’m going to take you back to a time, that once was and has come to an end in places like Canada. A time before lawyers and crybabies. Back to a time where your mommy and daddy didn’t drive you around to clubs and events.

    A time where kids played in their own neighbourhoods policed themselves on the playgrounds with no adult supervision. Yeah, that time existed not that long ago.

    There was 10 of us or so, we were about 12 years old and we were playing soccer. A bunch (6) of 16-17 year olds came around and they took our ball and told us to get lost. We knew them but being younger didn’t hang out with them.

    One of our group was bigger and more aggressive, he was our leader and best player the driving force in all the games. That day he challenged one of the older boys and fight erupted, he got some licks in but he was loosing. The older boy had him in a headlock, and was telling him to give up but our guy wouldn’t. The moment he was realised he kept coming at the older kid. It didn’t matter how badly he got hit he would not give up. Finally, the other older boys stepped in and separated the two.

    They gave the ball back and left. We stayed on the playground and kept playing.

    A few hours later they came back and said -‘let’s play’. We split into groups to make it fair. From that day on we weren’t picked on and not just by those guys but anyone else. We had our protection.

    It took one guy’s bloodied nose and never give up attitude no matter what.

    This brings me back to Westgarth and why Hartley put him in the game. Westgarh had to face his nemesis, because he is a ‘gunfighter’ and has no choice. Hartley, understands what it is like and he knows what it does for the team. Yeah, Westgarth played a big role in this win.

    You can criticize as much as you want but the players felt it and coach knew it.

    Cheers

    • beloch

      There’s also a bit of a disconnect between people who played nothing but refereed ice hockey and never ball-hockey or shinny. Things do get out of hand easier when there’s no box or higher authority. In the NHL the players are so big and passionate that the referees and box aren’t always enough to maintain control. What you’ve described is a valid reason to employ and deploy the big guys.

      There are subtleties to the debate over enforcers however. Something else is going on when prearranged goon fights happen the moment the puck first hits the ice. There’s nothing about sticking up for team-mates or preventing nastiness going on there. It’s just a circus side-show to get the crowd cheering. Those fights are an embarrassment to the league and pose needless risk of injury to the enforcers themselves. The question is, how do you rewrite the rules to cut out the meaningless fights without removing the meaningful ones?

      Although changing the rules on the ice remains a conundrum, one thing I would like to see is a little less gladiatorial pomp in arenas when fights happen. Even in hitmen games where it’s just kids that are playing, fights break out frequently. When they do, on come the flashing lights and heavy-metal music. The crowd is encouraged to cheer and jeer. I’m surprised they don’t have the ice-crew come on and start throwing loaves of bread into the stands! It’s repugnant. Leave the lights the way they are. Don’t turn on the music. Treat it like two kids are out there risking injury or death.

      • piscera.infada

        “Although changing the rules on the ice remains a conundrum, one thing I would like to see is a little less gladiatorial pomp in arenas when fights happen.”

        While I’m not swayed one way or the other on “goons” (I have my opinion, and usually discussion on the issue just devolves into utter chaos), I couldn’t agree more with what you’re saying. It seems ludicrous to me that the NHL can constantly have an open discussion regarding the merits of fighting, yet the league and many of its teams use it as one of the most marketable aspects of the game.

      • piscera.infada

        “how do you rewrite the rules to cut out the meaningless fights without removing the meaningful ones?”

        Well said Beloch. Policies/rules are made and applied fairly for all. Referees want, whenever possible, to administrate to black and white rules rather than applying judgement.

        A good example is delay of game penalties for shooting the puck out without touching the glass…no judgement as to the intent of the player, only administration of the rule.

        Short of an absolute ban in fighting (which would also have some unintended consequences), fighting will likely remain in the game.

        Therefore the only other decision is whether to further diminish fighting through rule changes and penalties, with a desire to reduce/eliminate meaningless fights, but likely impacting meaningful fights.

    • Derzie

      The gap you are referring to is an education gap. A few years in school will teach you that bravery is smart, bravado is dumb. That is why as sports have learned the real meaning of getting your bell rung and have seen people die young and commit suicide, that they are changing the game. That said, Westgarth is highly educated and chooses to be a tough guy. That is very, very rare but admirable.

      • Burnward

        Maybe Westgarth made an educated decision weighing his skill set against potential earning power.

        Not a whole lot of jobs out there paying what he makes a year.

  • How in the name of all that is holy did the ancient, unnecessary, and poorly-fought argument about enforcers erupt in the post-game thread of an 8-1 win over THE OILERS??? Enjoy it. Savour it. Marvel at Westgarth’s hand-eye coordination.

    Otherwise, everyone just shove it.

  • Burnward

    Re: Westgarth/McGratton

    I think last night displayed the differing “identities” of the Flames and Oilers.

    We are a hard working, in your face club…and they are soft as hell.

    While Big Ern and Westgarth may not have the most skills on the team, they do allow the more skilled players to play their game.

    When’s the last time a Flame got cheap shotted? The other teams know they have to answer the bell if that happens.

    While it’s easy to dismiss them…these guys go to war each night and knowing that you have nukes, just in case, probably opens the ice a little bit more.

    This team could have been fallen apart at times but instead has grown together.

    This isn’t about CORSI or any stats, it’s about a mentality that a team needs to win in this league.

  • Franko J

    The best part of last night was Matt Stajan. Here is a player who was a few years ago by many Flames would have traded for a bag of pucks and a few broken sticks. Now through the toughest adversity and tragedy he symbolizes why giving up or giving in is not an option or excuse for this team. A classy player who wears the Flaming “C” with pride.

  • TheoForever

    @ Derzie

    “The gap you are referring to is an education gap. A few years in school will teach you that bravery is smart, bravado is dumb…..”

    Life teaches you those lessons, not school.

    School if you choose it right, will give you tools to use in life to make a living.

    Some people need school and some don’t.

  • mk

    I think there should be an 8-part follow up series about this game: “Flames vs. 8ilers: A goal-by-goal review”. Mentally, I’m not done with this. 🙂

    Is the bet where Flames Nation gets to write the GDT for the next game still going? If so, this next GDT better be one for the ages!