Post-Game: Jooris Scores, Flames Lose Anyway

A lot of the talk prior to tonight’s game revolved around a 60-minute effort. The Flames had a 60-minute game in Nashville and, combined with some great goaltending, the club won 3-2. They didn’t have a 60-minute game against Chicago and somehow won the game based on miracles, witchcraft and Jonas Hiller being crazy-good.

Tonight the Flames’ effort was closer to the Chicago game than the Nashville game. Travel, flu and four games in six nights will do that, but the team will really be kicking themselves for letting Columbus run the show for 40 minutes, as it left them scrambling in the third and their comeback fell short. The Flames lost 3-2 at Nationwide Arena.

Here’s how it happened.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames didn’t have a great first period. They failed to generate much and before they knew it, through some shoddy play in their own end and a wacky puck-over-glass penalty, they were down 2-0. Jack Skille scored early on with a tip-in. Ryan Johansen got a good shot away on the power-play and scored. After that, the Jackets were content to shuffle the puck around and didn’t press as much. Columbus led in shots by a 8-6 margin in the second. The “highlight” of the period was a scrap involving Ladislav Smid.

The Jackets continued to run their game in the second period and dictate the pace, and went up 3-0 after Matt Calvert poked the puck past Karri Ramo after a nice stop by Ramo on a point-blank Mark Letestu chance. However, the Flames began to move their legs a bit and generated more shots and chances in the latter half of the period. Overall, shots actually favoured the Flames 11-9, but the Jackets never really seemed on their heels and controlled much of the game.

The Flames finally got on the board in the third period (sound familiar?), with some excellent puck work on their power-play. Mason Raymond got a gorgeous set-up pass from Curtis Glencross and tapped it in just after the Columbus penalty expired to make it 3-1. Mid-way through the period, the Flames pulled even closer.

Welcome to the NHL, Mr. Jooris. Unfortunately, the Flames would press and press but not get any closer. They out-shot the Jackets 14-9 in the third, but couldn’t quite capitalize on enough of those opportunities and lost by a single goal.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

They were out-played by Columbus for the first 40 minutes and didn’t quite have enough left in the tank for a full third period comeback.

RED WARRIOR

Josh Jooris scored a goal and played in virtually every situation for the Calgary Flames tonight. He got 15 minutes of ice-time (including over a minute of PP and PK time), had 3 shots, 2 hits and his nice goal. He was noticeable all night long.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:02 Skille goal 10 11 47 51 55 72 5 7 8 17 21 31 5v5
Home 1 14:40 Johansen goal 7 13 19 58 71 72 4 7 8 31 32 5v4
Away 1 12:03 Bouma 20 21 41 42 43 72 5 7 17 18 31 5v4
Home 1 10:31 Atkinson 7 13 19 58 71 72 5 7 8 17 21 31 5v5
Home 1 10:15 Johansen 7 13 19 58 71 72 5 7 8 17 21 31 5v5
Home 1 8:45 Calvert 11 21 39 51 72 5 7 20 23 24 31 4v5
Away 1 7:45 Colborne 7 13 58 71 72 4 6 8 11 21 31 4v5
Home 1 0:03 Hartnell 20 21 41 42 43 72 4 6 8 17 21 31 5v5
Home 2 15:48 Hartnell tip 10 20 21 43 55 72 5 7 16 18 25 31 5v5
Home 2 15:46 Skille 10 20 21 43 55 72 5 7 16 18 25 31 5v5
Home 2 13:40 Foligno 7 13 19 58 71 72 5 7 23 24 31 86 5v5
Home 2 12:07 Letestu 10 11 20 21 55 72 4 6 16 18 25 31 5v5
Home 2 12:07 Calvert goal 10 11 20 21 55 72 4 6 16 18 25 31 5v5
Away 2 9:59 Stajan 7 26 39 41 58 72 6 11 15 20 31 32 5v5
Away 2 9:24 McGrattan 7 41 42 43 58 72 4 7 16 18 25 31 5v5
Away 2 9:03 Monahan 10 11 20 21 55 72 4 23 24 31 33 86 5v5
Home 2 5:45 Calvert tip 10 11 47 51 55 72 8 15 17 21 31 33 5v5
Away 2 4:43 Raymond 7 19 55 58 72 5 7 8 11 21 31 4v5
Away 2 4:35 Giordano 7 19 55 58 72 5 7 8 11 21 31 4v5
Away 3 18:56 Brodie 7 39 42 58 72 5 7 8 23 24 31 4v5
Away 3 18:44 Brodie 7 39 42 58 72 5 7 8 23 24 31 4v5
Away 3 17:43 Backlund tip 11 19 21 41 51 72 4 11 20 21 31 33 5v5
Away 3 17:39 Raymond goal 7 13 42 43 58 72 6 15 18 31 32 86 5v5
Home 3 16:59 Deflection 7 41 42 43 58 72 4 6 8 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 14:03 Stajan 7 13 19 58 71 72 5 7 18 20 31 86 5v5
Home 3 10:19 Goal-mouth scrum 20 21 42 43 55 72 5 7 11 17 31 5v4
Home 3 8:28 Goal-mouth scrum 7 13 19 58 71 72 4 7 8 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 8:18 Jooris goal 20 21 26 39 40 72 5 7 18 20 31 86 5v5
Away 3 7:52 Hudlerx 7 42 43 55 58 72 6 8 15 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 5:13 Atkinson 7 13 19 58 71 72 6 8 15 31 32 5v4
Away 3 1:54 Giordano 11 19 21 42 51 72 5 7 18 20 31 86 5v5
Away 3 1:47 Giordano 11 19 21 42 51 72 5 7 18 20 31 86 5v5
Away 3 0:15 Hudler 7 43 55 58 71 72 4 6 11 21 23 24 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 15:22 4 5 04:18 1 0 02:11 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 15:54 4 6 03:42 4 1 05:03 1 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 13:26 4 4 03:53 1 0 03:31 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 16:43 5 7 03:08 4 1 05:53 1 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 11:48 1 7 03:24 5 0 02:40 0 2
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:21 3 0 03:05 3 0 02:55 0 1
15 SMID, LADISLAV 10:05 3 1 00:00 0 0 02:26 0 1
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 05:46 1 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 07:39 0 5 00:09 0 0 03:36 1 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 10:23 6 4 00:00 0 0 03:12 1 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:51 6 0 03:03 0 1 01:42 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 13:16 2 5 03:54 3 0 00:30 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:18 3 3 02:56 2 1 00:13 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 11:20 3 3 04:29 2 1 00:23 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 05:56 1 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   10 12   5 1   1 3
32 BYRON, PAUL 11:55 2 0 00:53 0 0 02:52 0 2
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 13:10 2 1 00:59 0 0 00:16 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:05 6 1 02:07 0 0 01:17 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 2 6 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
2 5 6 3 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 10 4 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames’ record drops to an even 3-3-0 on the season. They’re back in action on Sunday in the sixth and final game on their long, long road trip when they face the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Center. The game will air on City TV as part of the Hometown Hockey coverage and the game begins at 5pm MT.

  • yomamen11

    And thats why Jooris has to be on this team after preseason camps and Seto dont. He did in one match more than Seto in all of his games together and dont need to gain confidence or what else people here on FN mention.

  • MattyFranchise

    While pouring it on in the third to make a comeback makes for exciting hockey I’d rather the flames have a boring 60 minute effort. Flippin awesome night for Jooris. I hope he sticks around.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      If Jooris can continue to assert himself as a player that deserves to be in the line up on a nightly basis, I can see Flames management making changes to find him a spot. While Setoguchi would be a good target for a demotion to Adirondack, I expect he’ll get more rope, in hopes of making him trade bait.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    If the Flames do want to make a trade, I think it could be Byron. Unfortunately, Paul Byron’s great play may get him traded. Any team looking for more speed from a creative player with some good hands will find Byron quite appealing. Add the fact that he’s young and very cheap and it may not take long for other NHL teams to take notice. I like Byron very much, but BT’s goal to play ‘heavy’ probably means he will likely want only one of Gaudreau or Byron. Also, with smallish kids like Grandlund and Baertschi knocking on the door for NHL time, Byron looks to be an obvious choice to be moved.

    • Brent G.

      If things work out with JG and he starts scoring, I could see them trading Byron. They won’t make that trade unless JG does tho. Today he is an unknown commodity and too much of a risk to depend on given his early play.

  • MattyFranchise

    Not a great night for Flames as the baby flames lose as well, at least they got a point. Best news from that game is that Granlund has finally started to play better as he got two assists. If Johnny was sent down how does this line sound Johnny/Granlund /Ferland?

    Have we over valued our prospects on the farm or is there something else going on down there?

    • Burnward

      Hard to say at this early stage if we have overvalued our prospects. As homers there is probably an element of that no doubt.

      As a Flames fan I am looking at this rebuild as a 3-4 year process.This is year 2 and we have new management in Calgary and new coaches in the AHL. Included are the young prospects who need development time.

      The cupboards still need filling despite the apparent strong crop of prospects we have. This years draft will be another critical draft for the Flames.

      Hopefully BB/BT can set up things nicely by obtaining a few more draft choices and swapping forward prospects for defensive prospects, an area the Flames organization is very weak in at this point of the rebuild.

    • MattyFranchise

      I don’t think that the prospects were over valued all that much. The Heat were very good last year and could have made a lengthy play off push if they didn’t run into Grand Rapids in the first round, because, well, you know the Detroit farm team is still full of guys on the cusp of becoming full time NHLers like they have been for years.

      I don’t think that I would read too much into JG sitting tonight, this is a hell of a road trip to start your NHL career on when you’re used to playing only 40 games in a season with limited travel.

      On that same note, I have to try to temper my expectations of Jooris as well, first NHL game and first NHL goal has happened before. I’m not gonna get into the whole coaching thing but being competitive while also losing a lot seems to be Hartley’s marching orders for this season given last season’s results.

      I’m sure if given the chance Hartley would be using different guys in different situations to win some more games but that doesn’t help the organization over the long term. I can only hope that Hartley is still around when his work finally pays off so he can see what he helped create.

    • The Last Big Bear

      New coach, new season, new building, new division, etc.

      It’s not a good thing that they’ve started off so poorly, but I don’t think it’s really a big deal yet.

      We DO want them to win, however. If you want to develop players as replacements to plug one-at-a-time into a thriving NHL team, then the farm team’s success doesn’t mean as much as the progress of individual players.

      But given that the vast majority of the Flames future talent is in that locker room, I think that satisfactory progress of our prospect base would give a strong winning record in Glen Falls.

      But give it some time.

    • piscera.infada

      I’ll reiterate what many others have said thus far; I’m not panicking about the slow start in Adirondack. As LBB said, everything is new; coach, city, schedule, leadership, chemistry, etc.. The slow start is most likely a function of all that. Remember, essentially all of the AHL vets that were with the team last year are gone. This is an incredibly young team, but they should be able to pull it all together eventually based on their skill alone. They’ve played what, three games? Four games?

      • MattyFranchise

        My intent was not based upon panic, I was just asking a fair question. Last year if I recall the Heat also got of to a slow start; I had hoped for better as the following key guys are AHL vets and we hope real NHL prospects: Sven, Granlund, Ferland(? as a vet because of his injury), Rhino, Knight, Ortio, Wspoon, Hanowski; I expected these guys to have a fire in their belly and come out gang busters. After that the team is really rather young; Agostino, Arnold, Sieloff, Kulak, Wolfe(getting adjusted), Van B etc. This organization may need to fins some AHL placeholders to help the kids along.

        My concern in many ways is team chemistry down on the farm, people are suggesting sending wides down or Eng’s or Djones or Gochi and I worry that if thsi could happen instead of being mentors they might become a coaches nightmare. Time will tell.

    • The Last Big Bear

      Not me, but then again Bobby O and I get trashed every time we point out the obvioius. Next thing I’ll read is that you don’t judge a scoring winger on his stats but he’s playing a great defensive game.

  • MattyFranchise

    On an unrelated note, six games into the season we have seen 2 games each of three types of play:

    A)2 strong 60 minute efforts

    B)2 lackluster first 40s with a strong finish

    C)2 strong first 40s with a weak 3rd period.

    Now obviously everyone wants a full 60 minutes so that’s not even an option but what does everyone predict to be Flames hockey this season?

    Props for B and Trashes for C.

      • MattyFranchise

        Bah, someone had to bring the math into it lol.

        I’m aware of this, I am a regular here after all, I’m just asking: What is Flames hockey going to be this year? Are they still going to be the little engine that could or are they just going to plateau?

        Early results point to the former but there is still a lot of hockey to be played.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      1. Hartley doesnt have a clue.
      2. Burke implements numbers rule yet Jooris wears 86.
      3. Gaudreau gets reduced min pp and es starting from the first regular season game for some inexplicable reason, literally. Watch the first game, after van scores he doesn’t play. MediAs all over gaudreau when it should be asked does Hartley believe in the skill of his young forwards to give them consistent ice time
      4. Brad treliving wonders where the scoring is going to come from, sends young skilled forwards down to the farm, keeps old junk players on the roster.
      6. Mcgrattan has yet to fight.
      7. Flames take bad penalties, why, because it’s truculent?
      8. Monanhan has yet to score, Sven could prolly help with that.
      9. Gaudreau doesn’t get first line talent to play with, Jooris does.
      10. Why Mcgrattan in the line up anyways? Hasn’t even had a fight yet
      11. Oh yea flames signed Stajan to a new 3 year deal with a no trade to play on the fourth line, 3.5 mill
      12. Nolan yonkman is the captain on adirondack, first year in the org….huh?
      13. Loyal fans of this franchise have to watch lousy overpayed players such as Jones, Stajan, mcgratton etc. when what we really want is to see our young players play and play a lot.
      14. A salary cap team with loads of space, loyal fan base, but are unwilling to accept their mistakes and buy out horrible contracts or allow the gm to make trades that will make your team better. The flames hired jay feaster not the fans.
      15. Jay then signed Dennis wideman to a horrible contract, not the fans.
      16. Sam Bennett was the most dangerous flame in the preseason, maybe not consistently, but it’ll come. Had he not been injured would he make the teAm? Prolly not but with standard set of earned not given you would have to think he shoulda made it.

  • everton fc

    Byron plays a gritty game for his size. His style actually fits the direction the organization wants to travel. He’s just tiny.

    But so was Scott Nichol, and he played gritty until he was almost 40. Byron’s not gonna drop the gloves with anyone, but he plays with an edge.

    I can see Glencross getting moved, over Byron.