Post-Game: Gaudreau, Jooris 86 The Jets

The Calgary Flames went into the last home pre-season game hoping for some decisions to become clearer.

They went into the third period of the game hoping for some signs of life from their veterans or their kids after a lackluster second period.

They left the contest with potentially even less clarity in their final cuts than they had hoped to find. The Flames dominated the third period and beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.

THE RUNDOWN

The opening 20 minutes was really two different periods. There were the three Flames power-plays, and then there was the rest of it. The Flames generated a bunch of chances on their power-plays but couldn’t score. The Jets generated a bunch of chances at even-strength and couldn’t score. The Jets and Flames were about even in chances overall at 7-7, but the Jets generated more at even-strength (5-3). The Jets led in shot attempts by a 19-15 margin, but a lot of those shots were blocked, so shots on goal were 10-7 Calgary. Karri Ramo was pretty good in the first.

The second period was not great for Calgary. It opened with a two-on-none break for the Jets off a horrendous line change. Then nobody got a clean shot on goal for the first 8 minutes of the period. And when it did, it was a flukey bank shot that deflected in off Grant Clitsome via Sean Monahan shot. The Jets again really carried play at even-strength, and they pulled even off a really gorgeous passing play between Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Scheifele, which ended up with a Scheifele goal. The Jets led 8-4 in chances, 6-5 in shots and 18-9 in shot attempts. Oh, and 1-0 in goals that weren’t weird bounces.

Whatever yelling or pleading Bob Hartley did in-between periods, the kids sure did respond to it, though.

Johnny Gaudreau drove the net and got a shot off. He didn’t score, but Josh Jooris potted in the rebound at close range to give Calgary the lead. On the very next shift, and the very next rush, Sean Monahan rifled a Paul Byron set-up past Michael Hutchison to make it 3-1. Five minutes later, on a really nice sequence of passes and board work by Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau, Bennett set up Jooris for a gorgeous tap-in goal out front that Hutchison had zero chance on. The Jets finally got on the board late in the period via a pretty goofy sequence of penalties that gave them a 5-on-3 advantage (which Chris Thorburn scored on), but it was too, too late. Calgary won 4-2. My unofficial chance tally was 9-5 for the Flames, with the Flames also leading 10-5 in shots and 3-0 in goals. Shot attempts were 17-17 apiece in the last period.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They were awful in the second period and flipped the switch and were very good in the third period.

In particular? Their kids – Bennett, Jooris and particularly Gaudreau – were superb in the third period. The Jets had no answer for their energy and skill in the final frame.

RED WARRIOR

Johnny Gaudreau had three assists. He gets it.

Honourable mention to Josh Jooris, who keeps surprising the heck out of everybody. He had two goals by being in the right place and reading the play well. He’s been very good all camp, probably the best or second-best player (behind Gaudreau).

SUM IT UP

The Flames are now guaranteed to finish over .500 this pre-season. That doesn’t mean much, but their roster decisions are really, really tough.

Johnny Gaudreau should be on this roster come October 8. That’s a virtual certainty. I have no idea what happens with Josh Jooris. He deserves to be here, too. But the Flames have a lot of veterans on one-way deals, and I’m not 100% sure if the team has the guts to bury some deals in the minors.

We’ll find out in short order.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of being at the game let me enlighten you:

    With the game out of reach in the third, one of the Jets douche bags cross checks Colborne into the boards and gives him 3 more cross checks in the back while he is down………no penalty.

    Next shift Hartley sends McGrattan over the boards, who verbally challenges the Jets players on the ice to a fight; all politely decline.
    He should have grabbed his guy right of the face off and destroyed him.

    McGrattan gets 2 plus 10, no Jets get a penalty…..

    Half our team is meat heads and still the softest team in the league to play against.

    WW

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      It’s why goons are useless. Somethign called the Instigator Rule, which has now been around for like 3 decades, but still teams dress dancing bears so that they can fight other dancing bears while the skilled players still suffer cheap shots and the idiot zebras do nothing.

      I would love to see the Instigator go and have the players police themselves again, but it will never happen. I don’t get it though, for 2 plus 10, why didn’t McG just take the game and and absolutely pound the living %^*#%*# out of Ehlers or Schiefle?

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      That’s why I love the way Hartley coaches and the way McGratten plays. Nobody is going to push the Flames around. The play was cheap but nothing too bad but Hartley needed to send a message. Over the boards goes McGratten to have a word with the Jets. No takers. Refs panic and hand out a 2 and 10 before things get out of hand. Penalty well worth it. Only thing missing was someone on the ice challenging Scheifele after he cross checked Colbourne.

      • SavardianSpinorama

        Never a good idea to go after a team’s top players as retaliation. It’s like a nuclear bomb. One bomb gets sent, one flies back in the other direction, and everything gets messed up.

        I really don’t want to see another team go after Gaudreau, Bennett or Monahan because the Flames got the ball rolling.

        • SavardianSpinorama

          Don’t disagree in general, except in this case Scheifele was the one doing the original cross-checking. Best scenario is refs gave him a penalty and game misconduct right then. But they didn’t, just stood there watching it happen. They should be dragged over the coals. If we (fans) focused on the real problem we could avoid these useless arguments.

    • SavardianSpinorama

      Cuz I like you Walter and you need something to get your sphincter tied up in knots, because that’s what you do.

      You’re like the crow in my back yard: if you’re not squawking, you’re pooping.

  • SavardianSpinorama

    @SavardsSphincter

    When you say: “my back yard” do you mean: your parents backyard, where you live in the basement, leeching away their hard earned retirement money, because you are too busy playing video games and have no time to get a job?

    WW

    • SavardianSpinorama

      Sorry, WW, my parents have both passed away, and I don’t live in their former home, but nice try. I do, however, have a vintage, 1984 arcade game that I purchased in Pennsylvania.

        • SavardianSpinorama

          I am young enough to do whatever I want and old enough to know better 🙂

          The SavardianSpinorama thing comes from watching Serge (not Denis) Savard.

          I do not lose sleep when verbal darts are tossed my way.

          Hockey is a great forum for debate.

          Cheers.