Post-Game: Karri’d To Victory

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The Battle of Alberta isn’t quite what it used to be. Tonight’s clash between last year’s 27th and 28th ranked teams in the National Hockey League might as well have derisively been called the “Battle of LOL-Berta.” Well, it may have been ugly at times, and the Flames were on their heels for the first 40 minutes (or so), but they managed to persevere and grinded out a 5-2 victory in Rexall Place over the hometown Edmonton Oilers by the sheer greatness of Karri Ramo.

It was the 108th time the Flames have beaten the Oilers in the regular season, and after the missed opportunities last evening at home, the Flames are likely very happy to leave Edmonton with some points.

THE RUNDOWN

The Oilers carried the play for much of the first 20 minutes. They dominated in shots (14-7) and shot attempts (26-10). Unfortunately, the Flames were much more opportunistic than they were last evening – capitalizing on a pair of chances in a 60-second span in the Oilers zone to go up 2-0 despite playing fairly “meh” to that point. Mason Raymond generated a turnover on the forecheck and fed Mark Giordano at the high slot, who slapped it home for the 1-0 lead. (The NHL changed this to Raymond’s goal, but I couldn’t see a tip. Who knows?) A minute later, the Paul Byron/Sean Monahan duo generated another loose puck in the Oilers zone, with Hudler getting a feed from Monahan for his second such goal in two games and a 2-0 lead. The Flames got shelled late, and Teddy Purcell converted on a mid-period man advantage shot that eluded Karri Ramo that made it 2-1 after 20.

The second was pretty ugly for Calgary. The Oilers pressed a lot. They generated a lot of chances. They generated a lot of shots. They had a 5-on-3 power-play and tied the game when Taylor Hall rifled one past Ramo. It could’ve been a lot worse. The Oilers led in shots 11-4 and shot attempts 27-12. Karri Ramo? Full marks.

The third was basically two periods. The first half featured more or less a continuation of the second period, in that the Oilers were content to out-work the Flames and let the boys in red weep with terror. And then in the latter part of the period, the Oilers got tired and the Flames found their legs, and suddenly everything just flipped. The big turning point was Mason Raymond’s game-winning goal. He collected a neutral zone pass, sped into the Oilers zone cleanly and wired a shot past Ben Scrivens. From that point on, the Flames out-chanced the Oilers 8-4 and Dallas Eakins had the demeanour of a man headed to the proverbial gallows. Joe Colborne set up Raymond for either his second (or third) goal of the night, with a gorgeous pass that Raymond tapped home while being tied up by an Oilers player with basically one hand on his stick. T.J. Brodie made it 5-2 on a really nice pass from Curtis Glencross on a play where Glencross and Backlund each had three or four whacks at the puck. The Oilers led in shot attempts 22-17 overall, but shots were even at 15-15 and in the only metric that mattered (goals), Calgary led 3-0 and won the hockey game.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Karri Ramo was really great when the rest of the team wasn’t, and the team managed to out-work the Oilers in the third. I mean, Calgary played a tough game last night and lost, yet still had enough in the tank in the third period to pull away.

Oh, and the team was able to make the most of their (relatively) few chances.

RED WARRIOR

Karri Ramo made 38 saves. He was excellent, especially in the first 40 minutes.

And hey, Mason Raymond and Joe Colborne each had three points. By sheer coincidence, they’re both from the Calgary-area, which proves that Calgary is superior to Edmonton. At least at hockey. At least tonight.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:02 Bouma 5 16 26 30 57 86 5 7 8 17 21 31 5v5
Home 1 17:59 Deflection 2 4 14 21 30 93 5 7 11 19 20 31 5v5
Home 1 17:42 Hall 2 4 14 21 30 93 5 7 23 24 31 32 5v5
Away 1 16:44 Giordano goal 2 4 14 21 30 93 4 17 18 25 29 31 5v5
Away 1 15:44 Hudler goal 16 19 26 30 57 59 11 15 19 20 31 33 5v5
Home 1 11:26 Gordon 4 14 19 30 59 93 5 7 17 18 25 31 5v5
Away 1 10:29 Russell 2 10 21 29 30 67 4 23 24 29 31 32 5v5
Home 1 5:55 Gordon 5 6 23 27 30 86 8 13 15 21 31 33 5v5
Home 1 3:55 Yakupov 10 19 29 30 59 67 4 17 18 25 29 31 5v5
Home 1 3:28 Purcell 2 16 21 26 30 57 7 15 23 24 31 32 5v5
Home 1 3:19 Nugent-Hopkins 4 5 14 30 86 93 5 7 8 13 21 31 5v5
Home 1 1:51 Gordon 6 19 23 27 30 59 4 17 18 20 29 31 5v5
Home 1 1:28 Joensuu 6 19 23 27 30 59 4 17 18 20 29 31 5v5
Away 1 0:26 Raymond 5 16 26 30 57 86 5 8 20 21 29 31 5v5
Home 2 19:18 Purcell 2 16 21 26 30 57 4 11 24 29 31 32 5v5
Home 2 19:16 Purcell 2 16 21 26 30 57 4 11 24 29 31 32 5v5
Away 2 18:38 Byron 5 6 23 27 30 86 4 23 24 29 31 32 5v5
Home 2 14:47 Eberle 4 14 19 30 59 93 15 17 18 19 29 31 5v5
Home 2 14:09 Nugent-Hopkins 2 14 16 21 30 93 5 17 18 19 29 31 5v5
Home 2 9:17 Schultz 4 14 19 27 30 93 5 17 29 31 5v3
Home 2 9:15 Nugent-Hopkins 4 14 19 27 30 93 5 17 29 31 5v3
Home 2 8:36 Hall goal 4 14 19 30 67 93 5 11 29 31 5v3
Away 2 5:43 Monahan 5 16 26 30 57 86 7 15 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 2 4:08 Petry 2 10 29 30 59 67 4 11 17 25 29 31 5v5
Away 2 2:39 Colborne 5 16 26 30 57 86 8 15 24 31 32 33 5v5
Away 3 18:05 Gaudreau 5 10 29 30 67 86 8 13 15 17 31 33 5v5
Home 3 17:20 Joensuu 2 6 21 23 27 30 5 7 18 21 25 31 5v5
Away 3 17:02 Backlund 16 19 26 30 57 59 5 7 11 19 20 31 5v5
Away 3 15:59 Byron 2 4 14 21 30 93 5 7 17 23 31 32 5v5
Away 3 15:38 Raymond goal 4 5 14 21 30 93 5 7 8 17 21 31 5v5
Away 3 12:09 Jones 6 19 23 27 30 59 5 11 19 20 31 33 5v5
Away 3 7:59 Bouma 5 10 29 30 67 86 8 15 17 21 31 33 5v5
Home 3 7:19 Nugent-Hopkins 4 14 19 30 59 93 5 7 11 19 20 31 5v5
Away 3 6:00 Byron 2 5 26 30 57 67 15 23 24 31 32 33 5v5
Away 3 5:18 Raymond goal 4 14 19 30 59 93 4 11 19 20 29 31 5v5
Away 3 3:31 Hudler 5 16 26 30 57 86 15 23 24 31 32 33 5v5
Home 3 3:18 Acrobello 5 16 26 30 57 86 15 23 24 31 32 33 5v5
Home 3 1:55 Perron 2 16 21 26 57 67 4 11 19 20 29 31 5v5
Away 3 0:43 Backlund 4 19 30 59 93 5 7 11 20 24 31 4v5
Away 3 0:41 Glencross 4 19 30 59 93 5 7 11 20 24 31 4v5
Away 3 0:40 Brodie goal 5 10 29 30 67 86 15 17 18 25 31 33 5v5
Home 3 0:24 ?? 5 10 29 30 67 86 15 17 18 25 31 33 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 19:00 4 7 02:11 0 0 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:40 6 7 02:06 2 0 02:13 0 3
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:26 5 7 01:04 2 0 01:25 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:24 6 2 00:52 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 17:12 4 6 01:02 2 0 01:33 0 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 11:52 1 2 01:02 0 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 15:43 8 5 00:04 0 0 01:24 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 12:00 7 8 00:00 0 0 01:46 0 2
18 STAJAN, MATT 11:25 2 8 00:00 0 0 00:59 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 16:22 5 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 17:33 6 5 01:02 2 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 13:50 4 3 01:44 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:58 6 3 01:02 0 0 00:46 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:40 5 5 01:06 2 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 09:41 2 5 00:10 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 19:55 5 9 00:00 0 0 02:12 0 3
31 RAMO, KARRI   18 19   2 0   0 3
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:24 6 5 00:48 0 0 01:19 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 14:10 8 3 00:27 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 9 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 8 3 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
3 12 5 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames have clawed their way back to .500 and sit with a 1-1-0 record with 80 games remaining. They hit the road for real after tonight, with a game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night representing the first massive test for this group.

I would presume Karri Ramo gets the start, but I really have no insights beyond he was great tonight and he should be given a second start as soon as humanly possible.

  • SavardianSpinorama

    The Oilers have no leadership and play purely individual skill games. The forwards don’t backcheck and the the forwards and D don’t play as a cohesive unit.

    I had originally predicted that the Oilers would pass Calgary last season, just based off of talent alone. Obviously, I was very, very wrong. Usually, I hate being wrong, but in this case it feels really good.

  • SavardianSpinorama

    Always happy when the Flames beat the Oilers and not to rain on a sunny day parade, but . . .

    The Flames are giving up way too many shots. It’s early and all, but 73 shots against in two games against opponents that can hardly be deemed, “elite,” has to be addressed and the sooner the better.

      • Burnward

        Agree!!

        If we beat the Oilers every game this season, develop our young talent, finish last and win out on drafting McDavid….well that’s an incredibly successful season IMO!!

  • Willi P

    My favorite post from ON this morning;

    #85 ultrathinzigzags
    October 10 2014, 12:26AM

    Remember when the Oilers were the class of the league?? Don’t worry nobody else does either

    • Willi P

      I read that one. They always start the seaon so optimistic, but they lose one game and have 3 pages worth of comments blasting the team. Coach’s fault again, btw.

      And where’s Harry and those other Oilers trolls? Not even a Rex? I love it.

      • Willi P

        Indeed. Think the trolls are still picking crow out of their teeth. Sadly for the Oil, I think they lose the next three games. Panic levels will elevate to extreme levels. It will be quite enjoyable.

  • Burnward

    I hated his game against Vancouver, but thought he was great last night. Will be interesting to see how he progresses.

    Agree with you guys. He’s definitely tracking upwards.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Oil can’t get any more 1st overalls. If they get Eichel or McDavid this next year – what an embarrassment (although I’m sure they’d take the player) & I will be pissed. One more player to ruin.

    No way on earth they would fit all those players under the cap! But then what to they trade them for? Nobody gives up their #1 Dman in this league & that’s really what they need. Anything they got back in a trade would be more of the same. Yikes.

    • Burnward

      If you’re doing it right, that should lead to your team regaining the puck and taking it the other way. That doesn’t happen when Engelland is on the ice. The Oilers just took shot after shot after shot. He did nothing.

      BTW, I don’t think many of the Oilers’ shots or chances were “kept to the outside” by Engelland anyway. He was the defenseman caught out of position on both goals (though I’m not going to judge him too harshly on goal #2, given the 5 on 3 and Taylor Hall and things).

  • Burnward

    Anyone else see McKenzie mention that Myers was on the market in Buffalo? That’s something I would like.

    Russell-Myers behind Brodano could solidify the D for years.

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      Reinhart (to go play with his brother) & David Jones (retain 1/2 salary) for Meyers.

      c’mon Buffalo, all you’d need is the other Reinhart and you’ll have the whole set!

    • RealMcHockeyReturns

      Agree that would be awesome, maybe one good and one middling prospect plus a 3rd round pick, prospects like Jooris plus Wotherspoon? Before you trash the idea, recall Myers is big, decent overall, former Calder winner, and experienced so you need to give up something to get something.

  • Burnward

    Loved the chemistry between Joe Colborn and Mason Raymond! Hope it lasts….and WOW two more former Leafs providing their worth with the Flames!
    Kudos to Hartley breaking in Colborn on the wing last year so he could get his bearings in the NHL before putting him back at centre, a more difficult position to master.

  • xploD

    There is literally no point trying to compare. Two different ages. If we had a time machine sure. It’s 100% hypothetical so might as well not even bother.

    For instance, take crosby with his conditioning and understanding of the game in all aspects, put him in place of gretzky at the time and I’m willing to bet he would outscore him. Still just a theory.

    But we only make the best of the current situation, there’s still no telling if you take gretzky and give him the conditioning and understanding of todays game if he’d be better than crosby.