Post-Game: First Blood, Part II

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The Calgary Flames were hoping to slow the playoff advance of the New York Rangers as they welcomed their Gotham contemporaries to the Saddledome tonight. In the end, the Flames would prevail 4-3 on the backs of Rämö (really good) and Lundqvist (not so good).

There was a lot of early action tonight – pretty sloppy, in fact – but as the game went on the two teams would gain more control of themselves and their play. The neutral zone battle was dominated by the Flames in the first, but it was one of the few areas where the Flames would outplay the Rangers.

The Rundown

Just five minutes in, Derek Dorsett would take a debatable penalty and the Flames capitalized on the opportunity as Curtis Glencross rocketed a shot off of the crossbar and out – right onto Joe Colborne’s stick, and the young winger would put it by an unfortunately positioned Henrik Lundqvist for his 10th of the season. Marty St. Louis looked to tie it just two minutes later but after further review it was determined that he kicked the puck in with his skate, which was absolutely the right call. The Rangers would continue to pressure throughout the period, with a couple of scrums that required a few beauties from Karri Rämö (who had a hell of a period) to keep the Flames up by one. Calgary would add a few more chances before the end of the frame, and although they were unable to match the total output by the Rangers in the frame shot-wise, Mark Giordano would make up for it with his 13th of the year with about three minutes left. Shots in the period were 18-10 for the Rangers, 18-7 at even strength.

Carrying a two-goal lead into the second period in the Sutter era meant you were about to see 40 minutes of terrible defensive “shell” hockey. For better or worse (usually better), Hartley’s Flames are not like that. Tonight was one of the “worse” nights: the Rangers would come out with the same ferocity that they ended the first with and pummelled Rämö with shots – and the dam broke. Three quick New York goals came in succession, as Brian Boyle, Raphael Diaz and Brad Richards would all score about 3 minutes apart to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead. Giordano got beat pretty bad on the first one. The Flames would push back, as Kevin Westgarth (?) scored his 3rd (?!) of the season with about 4 minutes left in the period and Mike Cammalleri would leave it until the final seconds to pot his 24th of the year – putting him on a 35-goal pace over 82 games. Shots in the period were 12-12, all at evens.

The final frame was punctuated by a lack of whistles in the early going; play was stopped just twice in the first seven or so minutes. Turns out that wasn’t a good thing for the Flames, as Rämö had to be fantastic in order for the Flames to remain up by a goal. St. Louis had another great chance and probably should have put one by the Flames’ goaltender as he was sprawled across the ice – but Rämö got back across his crease and absolutely robbed him. The majority of the play continued in the Flames end, as they only managed 6 shots in the first 15 minutes – but the fort was held and St. Louis would take a penalty with just 250 seconds remaining, sealing the fate of the Rangers. Shots in the period were 11-9, 9-7 at even strength.

Scoring Chances

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:41 Richards 4 18 20 24 31 44 6 18 19 30 62 67 5v5
Away 1 19:34 Stralman 4 18 20 24 31 44 6 18 19 30 62 67 5v5
Home 1 15:11 Brodie 4 7 8 20 24 31 6 21 27 30 36 5v4
Home 1 15:10 Colborne (Goal) 4 7 8 20 24 31 6 21 27 30 36 5v4
Away 1 11:15 Brassard 3 23 24 31 51 56 5 10 16 27 30 36 5v5
Away 1 8:39 Miller 4 8 23 31 44 51 5 10 16 27 30 36 5v5
Home 1 3:13 Giordano (Goal) 5 7 11 13 31 32 5 21 26 27 30 61 5v5
Home 1 2:04 Giordano 5 18 20 24 31 44 4 8 19 30 62 67 5v5
Away 1 1:09 Moore 4 7 11 13 31 32 5 15 22 27 28 30 5v5
Away 1 0:29 Stepan 5 18 20 24 31 44 4 18 21 26 30 61 5v5
Away 1 0:28 St. Louis 5 18 20 24 31 44 4 18 21 26 30 61 5v5
Away 2 17:48 Boyle (Goal) 4 8 23 31 51 56 4 8 19 30 62 67 5v5
Away 2 15:11 Dorsett 8 23 31 32 44 56 4 8 15 22 28 30 5v5
Away 2 14:22 Richards (Goal) 4 7 18 20 24 31 6 18 19 30 62 67 5v5
Away 2 10:49 Richards 7 11 13 24 31 56 6 18 19 30 36 62 5v5
Home 2 10:24 Cammalleri 7 11 13 31 32 56 5 10 16 27 30 36 5v5
Home 2 10:21 Backlund 5 11 13 31 32 44 5 10 16 27 30 36 5v5
Home 2 10:15 Backlund 5 11 13 31 32 44 5 10 16 27 30 36 5v5
Away 2 9:27 Stralman 4 8 23 31 44 51 6 18 21 26 30 61 5v5
Home 2 7:56 Colborne 4 8 18 20 31 56 5 22 27 28 30 67 5v5
Home 2 7:54 Colborne 4 8 18 20 31 56 5 22 27 28 30 67 5v5
Home 2 6:16 Westgarth 7 15 16 18 31 56 4 8 10 16 30 36 5v5
Home 2 6:13 Westgarth (Goal) 7 15 16 18 31 56 4 8 10 16 30 36 5v5
Home 2 0:42 Giordano 5 7 18 20 24 31 4 16 18 22 30 36 5v5
Home 3 18:29 Byron 4 8 23 31 32 44 5 8 16 19 30 36 5v5
Away 3 16:32 Girardi 7 18 20 24 31 56 5 19 27 30 62 67 5v5
Away 3 15:29 Staal 5 11 13 17 31 44 6 18 21 26 30 61 5v5
Away 3 14:40 Brassard 5 7 18 20 24 31 5 16 27 30 36 61 5v5
Away 3 12:16 St. Louis 5 7 11 13 17 31 5 21 26 27 30 61 5v5
Away 3 9:45 Stepan 7 11 24 31 32 44 6 18 21 26 30 62 5v5
Away 3 9:28 Stralman 5 7 18 20 24 31 6 15 18 21 30 62 5v5
Away 3 8:09 Richards 4 8 23 31 32 44 5 16 19 27 30 36 5v5
Away 3 3:23 Richards 4 11 13 17 31 44 5 19 27 30 62 67 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
3 SMID, LADISLAV 05:36 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 22:01 3 9 01:57 2 0 00:41 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 21:18 5 6 02:54 0 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 23:58 5 8 02:13 2 0 01:19 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 14:22 3 5 01:37 2 0 00:35 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 19:17 4 6 02:11 0 0 00:38 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 18:21 4 5 02:11 0 0 00:00 0 0
15 WESTGARTH, KEVIN 06:20 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 07:19 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 13:57 0 3 00:37 0 0 00:31 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 17:23 6 8 00:00 0 0 00:41 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 14:47 4 8 01:37 2 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 13:48 1 6 01:34 0 0 00:41 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:04 2 11 01:37 2 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   11 20   2 0   0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 14:40 5 4 00:00 0 0 00:54 0 0
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 20:35 4 11 00:32 0 0 01:32 0 0
51 AGOSTINO, KENNY 06:59 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
56 WOTHERSPOON, TYLER 15:15 5 5 00:00 0 0 00:28 0 0

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

Red Warrior

Honestly, I had this given out by the end of the first. Karri Rämö continues to provide some of the best goaltending we’ve seen for the Flames since 2004 and 2006 Kiprusoff. He made 18 stops in the first alone – at least ten of which were ten-bell chances. He was, and continues to be excellent – he is now sporting a .922 EVSV% on the season, which puts him in “above-average” territory. Mark Giordano and Mike Cammalleri also had good games. 

Why the Flames Won

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Lundqvist was pretty bad, too.

Sum it Up

There’s there no way to understate this: Rämö performed Grand Theft tonight in stealing this game for the Flames. It was exciting to watch, but not for the right reasons: New York controlled play for about 50 of the 60 minutes we watched. Always nice to see a win, though. The Flames are back in action on Sunday, when they travel to Ottawa for a matinee matchup.

  • beloch

    “Karri Rämö continues to provide some of the best goaltending we’ve seen for the Flames since 2004 and 2006 Kiprusoff. He made 18 stops in the first alone – at least ten of which were ten-bell chances. He was, and continues to be excellent – he is now sporting a .922 EVSV% on the season, which puts him in “above-average” territory.”

    This game brought his overall sv% up to 0.913, which is bang-on the current league average. It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate this. Ramo came from the KHL and had to adapt to the NHL. It did not go smoothly. He had a very rocky start. Also, he was injured and out for an extended period of time. For him to play well enough to be better than half the goalies in the league in spite of all that is tremendous.

    There are aspects to Ramo’s game that I still don’t like, such as his rebound control. However, that just means there’s room for improvement despite fact that he’s currently playing better than league average and making up for ground lost early in the season. Ramo has earned the starter job for next season!

    Berra may be gone, but let’s not forget that he also made some pretty huge strides forward over the course of the season. Clint Malarchuk deserves some recognition for this. Goalies come to Calgary and get better. It will be interesting to see what Ortio will look like with more experience and a full season under Malarchuk!

    • Tenbrucelees

      Agree with your assessment of Ramo. Once he works on his rebounds his potential can sky rocket. Not sure what his conditioning results look like so I will not speculate.

      Can’t agree on Berra. Given his age (27) I believe he has far too many gaps that will be impossible for him to improve on. The 2nd rounder the Flames got was a great transaction for us but a huge mistake by the Avs!

      • beloch

        Berra’s sv% was all over the map this season. He’s a wildly inconsistent goalie. That’s probably my biggest complaint about him. He played some games where he was peppered with quality scoring chances from start to finish and was just godly. In games where he was less busy he frequently lost focus and let in softies. That short-side hole he leaves open was particularly strange to see in a NHL caliber goalie. Berra is absolutely not a goalie you’d want on a team that isn’t letting a lot of shots reach the net, as the Flames have been lately (but not tonight!).

        That being said, Berra is big, skilled, and has insane lateral speed. Given that his biggest problem is mental, I still think he could take big steps forward. A 2nd rounder for him was certainly a steal though. No arguments there! Heck, the oilers got Scrivens for a 3rd rounder! (Although I doubt he’ll be worth that much when they’re done with him sometime midway through next season…)

        • Avalain

          It was obvious to me that Berra’s largest gap was rebound control. Although goalies mature at various stages I really don’t like his chances at 27.
          In comparison Ortio’s rebound control is outstanding and he is only 22. His composure, skill, and rebound control instilled confidence in the players in front of him.

          I believe Ramo will be a very adequate gap measure for the next 2 years until Ortio’s game fully develops. My gut feel say’s Burke will bring in a big name goalie in the summer to springboard the rebuild and having Ortio develop in Abby can’t hurt.

    • Jeff Lebowski

      There are aspects to Ramo’s game that I still don’t like, such as his rebound control. However, that just means there’s room for improvement despite fact that he’s currently playing better than league average and making up for ground lost early in the season. Ramo has earned the starter job for next season!

      Berra may be gone, but let’s not forget that he also made some pretty huge strides forward over the course of the season. Clint Malarchuk deserves some recognition for this. Goalies come to Calgary and get better. It will be interesting to see what Ortio will look like with more experience and a full season under Malarchuk!

      I agree. Berra has skills and just needs to develop the mental side.

      Malarchuk has done well but I think credit should also go to Jay Feaster.

      Feaster did a lot of great things, some will probably never be fully understood. There was a quote by Hartley recently, something along the lines of:

      I was in Switzerland, and Jay met me and laid out the plan.

      I think there are many, many parts to this plan- developmental philosophy etc- that are just going to be amazing for this franchise for years to come.

      Unless BB wrecks it.

  • the forgotten man

    Good to see Ramo showing Number One pedigree.
    Looks like Cammalleri is conveniently rounding himself into form for his UFA negotiations this summer…with every goal he scores, it looks more and more like the Flames are getting nothing for that asset.

  • the forgotten man

    If you’re the Flames, would you entertain the idea of keeping Cammaleri around for Backlund?. They seem to benefiting from each other fairly well in recent games(post deadline). Could be a decent second line duo in upcoming years.

  • mattyc

    I’d like Cammalleri back. I also don’t think a 2-3 year deal really messes with us cap-wise at all. If he’s looking for a 5-7 year deal at +6/per I’m not sure we can afford that though, given we probably won’t be competing for much while he’s around.

    • RedMan

      7 years at the right price, without a no trade clause (or limited) would be OK, he could just as easily end up contending for a cup here in five years. would i bet on it? no, but i think they will be back in the playoff hunt in 3 years or less, and who knows… lots of good prospects, some picks and cap space… skies’ the limit if done right. 🙂

    • RedMan

      You must be getting your info from Garth Snow. 5-7 year term will take the tiny player to 37-39 years old at $6M/yr. And no one would give you better than a 3rd rounder at the trade deadline. Hmmm I guess that’s how rumours get started!

      • mattyc

        Me and Garth go way back (I think you missed the ‘if’ in my comment.

        I also don’t think you’d sign a player with the idea of flipping him for a draft pick.

  • MattyFranchise

    If I was the GM, and of course I am the perfect arm chair GM, I would sign Cammaleri to a friendly 2 year deal so he could be flipped at this trade deadline if we are out of the playoffs at the trade deadline in 2016.

    Honestly, his work ethic is second to none and there is no role model like him for a younger team. If he is around when Goudreau comes up his influence is definitely needed.

    • MattyFranchise

      Do you think Cammy would agree to a flimsy offer like that? He has the opportunity of a lifetime to be a UFA at a time that his game has peaked. He will be entertaining ridiculous offers in excess of $6M/yr from contending teams. He is also soon to be 32 yrs old so no doubt term of contract will be a factor meaning he will laugh you out of your office at a 2 year offer.

      Welcome to the crude world of business!