Post-Game: Missed It By That Much

The Calgary Flames returned home from their mega-trip on Tuesday evening, hoping to gain their first taste of victory on home ice. Despite some strong goaltending, some slick scoring and keeping the dangerous Tampa Bay Lightning at bay for the bulk of the game, they dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at the Saddledome.

They got a point, which is pretty okay I suppose, but after playing as well as they did for 57 minutes, they have to be disappointed with the loss.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames spent a LOT of time in their own zone in the first period, but generally did a good job keeping the Stamkos line to the outside. The Lightning seemed to be pressing a bit too much, particularly in the first, and a lot of passes ended up just a bit behind or in front of where they were supposed to go. Thus, despite some nice pressure, the visitors generated very little in terms of great chances in the first. Nobody scored and the Flames held a narrow edge in shots (8-5) and shot attempts (16-12), while the Lightning led in face-offs by a 8-4 margin. Mark Giordano hit Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov in open ice – from behind and the side, so it was a bit of a blind-side hit, leading to a fight with J.T. Brown

The home side seemed to have more confidence and used their feet a bit more in the second, something that generated a pair of power-plays. Despite pushing a bit more in the second, the Flames didn’t generate a lot and the game at times devolved to some fun punch/counter-punch hockey. In fact, there were barely any whistles for the period, basically extending Giordano’s fighting major to about ten minutes. Like the first, we closed out the second with zero goals. Shots were even at 7-7, while Tampa held an edge in shot attempts (18-13) and face-off wins (9-8).

We actually had goal-scoring in the third, as Johnny Gaudreau fed a pinching Dennis Wideman on the power-play (the period began with 1:26 held over from a late Tampa penalty) to beat Evgeni Nabokov and put Calgary up 1-0. Gaudreau tumbled into the boards awkwardly and briefly left the game, but he did return. Matt Stajan blocked a shot in the second frame, left briefly and also returned. The Flames basically tried to replicate the pace of the Winnipeg third period – a lot of dump-ins and skating around – but the Lightning pressed late. Mason Raymond had a chance to make it 2-0, but the puck clanged off the post, and the Lightning hit the post on the subsequent rush back to the Flames end. The Flames had a break-down in coverage, which allowed Jason Garrison to put it on net and Valtteri Filppula to knock the puck in with 2:16 remaining to tie it up. Shots were 8-6 for Tampa, shot attempts were 15-9 for Tampa, and face-off wins were 11-10 for Tampa. A slight improvement in any of those metrics probably gets Calgary another point.

Anyhoo, off to overtime, where again it was end-to-end. And again, the Lightning press and score, when Ondrej Palat put the puck past Ramo. Shots were 3-1 Tampa in OT, shot attempts were 4-4, and the Flames actually won both face-offs. It didn’t matter, though, and they ended up with a single point for the OT loss.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

They had some giveaways and breakdowns late in the game that really hurt them. They had a few earlier-on, but they didn’t hurt them (because of weird off-sides for the Lightning and some nice saves from Karri Ramo). And they weren’t able to bury all of their chances like they did on the road.

RED WARRIOR

Karri Ramo gets it for being sharp late and absolutely robbing Jonathan Drouin in OT. A stick-tap to Johnny Gaudreau for another strong offensive game (he was shaky in his own end) and Josh Jooris for playing the tough minutes. The minus-2 rating he amassed tonight wasn’t a reflection of his total game.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 18:07 Johnson 4 6 11 24 31 86 5 9 14 18 20 62 5v5
Home 1 16:33 Raymond 5 7 13 21 23 31 2 8 20 23 86 90 5v5
Home 1 13:31 Gaudreau 5 7 13 21 23 31 2 8 20 23 86 90 5v5
Away 1 12:58 Brewer 13 15 21 23 29 31 2 8 20 27 90 91 5v5
Away 1 12:36 Stamkos tip 8 13 15 20 29 31 6 20 25 27 51 91 5v5
Away 1 12:02 Filppula 8 13 15 20 29 31 6 20 25 27 51 91 5v5
Away 1 11:15 Johnson 4 6 11 24 31 32 5 9 14 18 20 62 5v5
Away 1 11:14 Johnson 4 6 11 24 31 32 5 9 14 18 20 62 5v5
Home 1 9:34 Jooris 5 7 8 20 31 86 6 20 25 27 51 91 5v5
Home 1 3:29 Byron 11 15 24 29 31 32 6 10 11 20 25 46 5v5
Home 1 3:16 Backlund 11 15 24 29 31 32 6 10 11 20 25 46 5v5
Home 1 2:01 Giordano 5 7 21 23 31 86 5 20 23 62 86 90 5v5
Home 2 14:19 Bouma 6 7 17 18 25 31 5 9 14 18 20 62 5v5
Away 2 8:02 Palat 5 7 8 13 21 31 6 9 18 20 25 5v4
Home 2 7:11 Jooris 5 7 11 21 31 86 2 6 20 51 91 5v4
Away 2 2:57 Palat 4 6 13 21 23 31 2 8 9 14 18 20 5v5
Home 3 18:49 Wideman goal 4 6 13 21 23 31 6 9 18 20 25 5v4
Away 3 16:49 Boyle 6 15 21 23 31 32 5 10 11 20 46 62 5v5
Home 3 14:31 Monahan 4 6 20 23 31 32 5 20 27 51 62 91 5v5
Away 3 13:01 Namestikov 13 15 18 21 29 31 2 8 20 23 86 90 5v5
Home 3 11:46 Jooris 15 18 25 29 31 86 6 9 14 18 20 25 5v5
Away 3 7:09 Deflection 15 17 18 25 29 31 6 10 11 20 25 46 5v5
Away 3 5:43 Connolly 5 7 11 13 24 31 6 14 20 25 86 90 5v5
Away 3 5:39 Stralman 5 7 11 13 24 31 6 14 20 25 86 90 5v5
Home 3 5:01 Raymond post 5 7 17 21 23 31 6 20 25 27 51 91 5v5
Away 3 4:25 Stamkos post 4 7 17 18 21 31 2 8 20 27 51 91 5v5
Away 3 3:23 Kucherov 4 6 11 20 31 32 5 9 20 23 62 86 5v5
Away 3 2:17 Filppula goal 5 7 8 20 31 86 5 6 20 27 51 91 5v5
Home 4 3:45 Byron tip 5 7 11 31 32 5 20 27 62 91 4v4
Away 4 3:26 Drouin robbery 5 7 11 24 31 2 8 20 27 91 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:37 1 6 01:17 1 0 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:34 6 4 02:29 1 1 00:00 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 22:54 2 6 01:17 1 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 23:21 7 5 02:29 1 1 00:00 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 17:00 1 3 02:44 0 1 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 16:11 3 7 00:19 1 0 00:00 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 12:57 2 7 02:22 1 1 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 15:32 3 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 12:07 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 12:24 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 14:34 2 4 01:05 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 15:50 4 5 02:41 2 1 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 13:56 5 3 00:43 1 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:02 2 6 01:05 0 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 12:56 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 16:30 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   11 16   2 1   0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 15:10 4 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 16:52 3 2 00:19 1 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 4 8 3 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames are now 4-3-1, which is still decent when you consider where they were supposed to be right now. The locals are off tomorrow entirely, then dust themselves off and hope to have a better effort on Thursday night when the lowly Carolina Hurricanes visit the Saddledome.

That game is 7pm MT and airs on Sportsnet Flames (and Sportsnet 960 The Fan as always).

  • Jeff Lebowski

    I was at the game. Everyone will talk about JG’s helper and deservedly so – I literally jumped up and did machine gun fist pumps – Frank the tank style!! Wow.

    The game was a tactical affair, low event, that was there for the taking. Oh well.

    Brandon Bollig impressed me. In the first his backchecking to pick up dangerous guys stopped scoring chances from happening. That line was very good at what they were tasked with.

    I think they didn’t skate TBL hard enough, but maybe they were tired too. I don’t know how it looked on tv but to me there could’ve been more jump.

    Gio’s fight (awesome) jumbled the pairings so not much got accomplished during that span.

    The effort has there but the execution needs to get better.

    Except for Ramo!!! Man o man what a save (but how do you give up a 2-0 breakaway – again (preseason)?

    -Also, jerseys. I’ll leave it at that.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      When Bollig is separated from McGrattan he is better, and I’ve liked what I’ve seen. He’s okay when playing with actual NHL calibre talent (like Bouma and Stajen), but struggles if he is forced to haul more than his own weight.
      I don’t understand Hartley’s preference to load up a single line with 2 heavy weights. Add that when the forth line plays with the 3rd pairing of Engelland and anybody else, and I want to throw the remote through my tv. Hartley can make some good logical decisions and then . . . he makes me crazy.

      I’m not suggesting Hartley not try different combinations, but when they are clearly not working and are getting completely destroyed every single shift, stop it.

    • RealMcHockeyReturns

      I agree with your notes, except jersey thing. Bollig is decent and tough, and I dare say, so is Engelland at times. Thus over next 3-4 months I think Flames should trade McG for 4th rounder and let a young guy like Jooris or Granlund come up permanently. Trash me if you want, it makes more sense to develop the most talented guys at NHL level and let less consistent veterans support and come in when needed. To me, guys like Diaz and Seto, sometimes Engelland or whomever can sit out more often than not in favor of young guns.

  • RKD

    A pretty strong effort, the boys had a much better start. Nice setup on the Wideman goal by Johnny Hockey. I thought the Flames did a great job of taking away time and space from Stamkos. Too bad for Ramo, so close to a shutout but on both Tampa goals the Flames gave them too much time and space. They should be a lot tighter on the their net.

    • RKD

      Especially when they controlled the third period again. Oh well, you win some you didn’t deserve and lose some you don’t deserve too. Man, does the 1 point feel bad!

  • Jeff Lebowski

    When you think about it, this was like the last game of a 7 game road trip. Gone so long, get back- no real rest, and play.

    Even though TBL played last night CGY has been more taxed with travel & games in the last little bit, I bet.

    But the boys battled hard. They care. We all saw it. Next time.

    I think they are going to get on a roll at home.

  • Brownblazer

    Why does Hartley never deploy Johnny G is ot? You’d think he would excell with the extra space.

    I get that he needs to earn his stripes (in the earlier road trip games) – but when he is the primary offense producer in the last 2 games?

  • RexLibris

    Flames won the possession game against a team on the second night of a back to back and down some bodies including their top defenseman.

    This was karmic debt-collection for the Chicago game, but if they play this game again against Carolina things should break their way.

    Flames are currently 6th in the WC tied with Chicago, LA and San Jose and one point ahead of Dallas.

    • RexLibris

      Nabokov also deserves some credit for Tampa’s two points, and Calgary didn’t have a lot of quality chances.

      On a side note, everyone looked good out there except for Engelland. I can’t be convinced that he’d is a better option then Kulak or Wotherspoon, or a pylon for that matter!

  • RexLibris

    Why does SN saddle us with a sports desk from toronto when it is a Flames broadcast. And we get unimformed talking heads like Heatly and/or Dumbian Cox (if you are going to make a comment on Flames goaltending – why not look at the Flames roster before putting foot in mouth)…. Must be on a minimal budget…

    the West has guys like Eric Duthatchek, Cam Cole, Iain McIntyre, to name just a few. I can even take Eric Francis..in small doses lol. Knowledgable about NHL hockey and the Western Conference…I switch to Fan 960 for between the periods and post game.

  • RexLibris

    A tough way to lose, but there were definitely some positives out there.

    Would love to see some coverage or a weekly summary of the Adirondack games. Has anyone seen them? Going by just a quick glance at their games and stats, it looks like a rough start. Is Sven been as bad as his stats suggest?

  • Freakin' Saprykin

    Small issue, but after we iced the puck near the end of the third, we called a timeout. I get that you want to give the guys a breather, but that gives the team that is down a goal with a couple minutes left a chance to go over exactly what they need to do (which they promptly went out and did). Am I putting far too much into Hartley’s decision there?

    • piscera.infada

      I guess you could definitely argue that. It’s a very common occurrence though, so I wouldn’t read too much into Hartley’s decision making on that one.

  • Freakin' Saprykin

    Also, Wideman has become a scoring machine. Is it time to try and sell high? Or do we just ride the wave until he inevitably crashes back to mediocrity?

  • The first game of the season where we indisputably went toe to toe with our competition. The game has lots of examples of us outplaying them (should be typical in a game where even Engellend looks good, I suppose, such as last night). For all intents and purps I think we deserved to win this one (but will stop before I start sounding like an Oilers fan).

    Will not bother mentioning anything about Gaudreau’s dirty dangles…

      • RexLibris

        I don’t know.

        I think most Oiler fans think he looks great in Flames’ colours.

        😉

        Seriously though, he is a placeholder for one of Kulak or Sieloff. They aren’t ready and the Flames needed someone to cover the spot.

        They could have gone after a better defensemen, there were many better players available for far less that would help the Flames reach the cap floor, but ask the pro scouts and management why they felt Engelland wasn’t just right for this year but two more on top.

  • Wow…just wow….Just looked at oiler nation to see what kind of crazy stuff they are thinking up there today.

    Current thinking is if they trade Yakupov, Malkin would be the expected return…………

    I almost fell out of my chair

    • RexLibris

      For the record, I am not thinking that.

      Nor is anyone with whom I regularly converse.

      By the same token, Haggerty out of Boston suggested that the Bruins might have to move both Chris Kelly AND Matt Bartkowski is they wanted Jordan Eberle.

      So inability to reason is a shared human trait regardless of geography or affiliation.

        • MonsterPod

          I remember how Tambellini grinned when they won the draft lottery on that stupid little lottery reveal show. (Grumpy Burke with the Leafs was priceless)

          Coilers jumped ahead of Columbus who then took Ryan Murray #2, who is developing way better than the Yak and is a dman. Does Ed need stud dmen?

  • RealMcHockeyReturns

    Also great job on article Ryan but when you said “used their feet more” above I thought you were channelling Charlie (I Repeat A lot and Have Tall Hair) Simmer. More importantly is it not interesting that players carrying the puck in more score more points and during the third when Flames mostly played prevent defense, they also dumped the puck in mostly….thus did not retain possession, and then got tied up. Hmmmm those advanced stats doubters need to wake up.