Post-Game: Flames Lose Shootout, Players

There were two major sporting events carried on Sportsnet on Tuesday evening. On the main Sportsnet feed, we had Game 6 of the World Series between Kansas City and San Francisco, with the Royals fighting (at home) for their survival. That game – high stakes – was epicly one-sided, and the Royals spanked the visitors rather handily to force a Game 7 tomorrow night.

On Sportsnet’s dedicated Flames feed – a ways down the dial – we got an absolute barn-burner of a hockey game between old rivals, as the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames played 65 minutes of fantastic hockey. After regulation and overtime solved nothing, the Flames ended up losing arguably their best game of the season, a 2-1 shootout decision against Montreal.

Oh, and Joe Colborne left the game with an upper body injury in the second period and Matt Stajan left with an apparent knee injury in the third period.

THE RUNDOWN

This game was just great to watch.

The first period was very much even, end to end action. Both teams got power-plays. Both goalies were tested. Neither team scored. The Flames held a slight edge in shots (9-6), shot attempts (15-12) and face-off wins (10-5, a bit edge for the team).

The ice tilted a bit more towards the Flames in the second period, and it’s when Johnny Gaudreau really began to acquit himself as a National Hockey League player. With each side short a player due to coincidental minors, Gaudreau repeatedly stole the puck, set up a scoring chance, stole the puck back, and so-on. Two minutes into the period, Gaudreau carried the puck into the zone and teed one up for Mark Giordano, who beat Price top corner for a 1-0 lead. That lead held until mid-way through the period, when a Matt Stajan clearing pass didn’t make it out, and Tom Gilbert’s shot beat Hiller to tie it up. The Flames led in shots (16-5) and shot attempts (26-15) in the second, while face-offs were even at 13 wins apiece. Joe Colborne only had three shifts in the period, and later in the game the Flames announced he left the contest with an upper-body injury.

The third was similarly end-to-end, though the execution wasn’t quite as good for the Flames. Gaudreau continued to impress, and the Flames basically rolled their forward lines throughout the period hoping for a break. Despite many many chances (see “Scoring Chances” below), no goals were scored. The Flames led in shots (12-6) and shot attempts (27-14), while the Habs held the edge in face-offs by a 8-7 margin. Matt Stajan collided knee-on-knee with Jarred Tinordi late in the period and left the game. Also, Dennis Wideman got cross-checked in the face, but still finished the game.

Overtime solved nothing, though the game was similarly high-paced. Montreal led in shots (2-1) and shot attempts (5-2) and face-off wins (2-1). Johnny Gaudreau scored on a rebound in the shootout (which is a no-no, so it didn’t count), and P.A. Parenteau scored on Hiller to end the shootout and get the extra point for the visitors.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Carey Price. The Flames played arguably their most complete game of the season – despite taking some silly penalties – but they just couldn’t solve Price.

Oh, and not having Joe Colborne for the shootout was just tremendously bad luck.

RED WARRIOR

Johnny Gaudreau played his best game as a professional. He dictated the pace of play and what zone the game was played in whenever he was on the ice.

The line? 16:10, 6 shots, 2 giveaways, 4 takeaways and an assist on Calgary’s lone goal.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:12 Galchenyuk 1 11 15 29 32 14 15 27 31 76 79 4v5
Home 1 13:27 Monahan 1 4 6 20 23 24 20 31 32 43 74 5v4
Home 1 13:21 Monahan tip 1 4 6 20 23 24 20 31 32 43 74 5v4
Home 1 13:00 Hudler tip 1 4 6 20 23 24 20 31 32 43 74 5v4
Home 1 12:09 Giordano 1 4 5 6 8 24 14 31 43 79 5v3
Home 1 12:02 Russell 1 4 5 6 8 24 14 31 43 79 5v3
Home 1 10:51 Glencross 1 5 7 13 20 23 24 31 32 43 81 5v4
Away 1 8:23 Gallagher 1 11 15 29 32 11 31 51 67 76 79 4v5
Away 1 6:33 Bourque breakwaway 1 6 15 18 19 20 17 22 24 31 43 81 5v5
Away 1 6:15 Bourque 1 7 15 18 19 20 17 22 24 31 43 81 5v5
Home 1 3:56 Monahan 1 4 6 20 23 24 20 31 32 43 74 5v4
Home 1 1:06 Byron 1 4 7 23 24 32 8 17 24 31 43 81 5v5
Home 2 18:51 Gaudreau 1 4 6 11 13 31 51 67 77 79 4v4
Home 2 18:30 Gaudreau 1 5 7 11 13 17 31 43 79 81 4v4
Home 2 17:52 Giordano goal 1 5 7 13 32 15 31 43 79 81 4v4
Away 2 16:42 Moen 1 15 19 23 24 29 8 20 31 32 43 79 5v5
Home 2 16:00 Glencross 1 5 7 18 20 32 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Home 2 15:55 Glencross 1 5 7 18 20 32 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Home 2 13:42 Byron 1 11 13 15 29 32 8 20 22 31 74 76 5v5
Home 2 13:12 Jones 1 5 7 18 19 20 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Away 2 6:21 Malhotra 1 4 6 11 24 14 27 31 74 76 4v4
Home 2 0:49 Glencross 1 5 7 17 18 20 14 15 27 31 77 79 5v5
Home 2 0:05 Russell 1 4 6 13 23 24 14 15 27 31 77 79 5v5
Away 3 17:35 Parenteau 1 4 6 11 25 86 8 15 27 31 74 76 5v5
Away 3 16:20 Gallagher 1 5 7 17 19 20 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Away 3 16:05 72 1 5 7 17 19 20 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Home 3 14:06 Stajan tip 1 5 7 18 19 20 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Home 3 14:02 Glencross 1 5 7 18 19 20 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Home 3 13:51 Jones 1 5 7 18 19 20 11 31 51 67 77 79 5v5
Home 3 10:31 Glencross tip 1 5 7 18 19 20 20 22 31 32 74 76 5v5
Home 3 10:11 Glencross 1 15 18 19 20 29 20 22 31 32 74 76 5v5
Home 3 10:09 Jones 1 15 18 19 20 29 20 22 31 32 74 76 5v5
Home 3 7:20 Monahan 1 4 6 20 23 24 20 31 32 43 74 5v4
Home 3 6:54 Monahan 1 4 6 20 23 24 20 31 32 43 74 5v4
Home 3 6:04 Byron 1 5 7 19 24 32 14 31 67 77 79 5v4
Home 3 5:30 Gaudreau 1 5 7 13 20 23 20 31 32 43 74 5v4
Away 3 5:11 Galchenyuk 1 4 6 11 17 25 14 15 27 31 74 76 5v5
Home 3 4:04 Monahan 1 5 7 20 23 24 14 31 67 77 79 5v4
Home 3 3:36 Jones 1 4 6 13 19 32 8 22 31 43 74 5v4
Home 3 1:02 Glencross tip 1 5 7 20 23 24 14 31 43 67 79 5v4
Home 3 0:48 Brodie 1 5 7 20 23 24 14 31 43 67 79 5v4
Home 4 3:31 Glencross 1 5 7 20 32 14 15 31 77 79 4v4
Home 4 1:54 Giordano 1 5 6 11 24 31 51 67 77 79 4v4
Away 4 1:10 Parenteau 1 4 6 20 32 14 15 31 74 76 4v4
Away 4 0:12 Galchenyuk 1 4 6 13 32 11 27 31 76 79 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   18 10   15 0   0 2
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 19:35 3 5 08:00 9 0 01:27 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:25 12 2 06:33 8 0 01:18 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 18:50 3 6 07:15 9 0 00:08 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:37 12 3 06:00 6 0 02:49 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 05:38 0 0 02:16 2 0 00:15 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:07 4 3 00:30 0 0 03:21 0 2
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 12:12 5 1 03:58 3 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 08:02 3 3 00:00 0 0 03:15 0 2
17 BOUMA, LANCE 08:00 1 3 00:02 0 0 02:17 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 10:35 10 2 00:55 0 0 01:49 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 08:58 7 5 02:51 2 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 11:11 11 5 08:35 11 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 13:44 2 1 07:42 11 0 00:50 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:22 3 2 08:20 12 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 08:52 0 2 00:30 0 0 00:23 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 08:05 3 1 00:00 0 0 03:03 0 2
32 BYRON, PAUL 11:54 6 2 02:48 2 0 03:05 0 2
86 JOORIS, JOSH 07:40 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 8 4 1 2 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
2 9 2 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 14 4 6 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames stay at the .500 mark, as they sit at 5-4-2 through 11 games. They will, of course, have to wait to see what happens with the health of Joe Colborne and Matt Stajan. With Mason Raymond already on the shelf (at least through Saturday, per CBA injured reserve rules), there may be more recalls.

The Flames are back in action on Friday night (Halloween) when they host the Nashville Predators. The puck drops at 7pm MT and it’s on Sportsnet West (and Sportsnet 960 The Fan).

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    Based on this one game, I would be shocked if Johnny doesn’t win the Calder.

    He stole pucks, he made passes, he had dangerous shots, and in the end when the dome went bananas as he was about to take his shoot out shot, he was cool as a cucumber and damned near scored on maybe the best goalie in the world.

    Brodano was lights out too, of course, as was Mickis.

    I’ve probably seen enough of GlenX though.

    • jeremywilhelm

      Shocked? Ha.

      The Eastern media pick the Calder, and it always goes to a high profile guy from a big US team.

      I hope I’m wrong, but JG would have to be heads and shoulders above the rest (pun intended).

      Nugent-Hopkins rookie year he got 52pts in 62 games, tying Landeskog playings 20 less games! So he was on pace for about 70pts as an 18 year old. But the ‘hockey hq’ eastern media picked the Colorado darling poster child who was given the captaincy at 18.

      I’d be shocked if he even gets a sniff.

      But man he looked awesome last night… I love how he takes those sneaky shots from weird angels. They aren’t going in yet, but that reminds me so much of Kane. Every year he gets a dozen or so goals short side top shelf from shooting sneaky shots.

      • Matty Franchise Jr

        Fair point. The only thing that may out weigh the Eastern US media bias is that he became Johnny Hockey while playing lights out in Boston. They may still follow him way out here in the media desert.

      • Kevin R

        IMO Landeskog deserved that Calder Trophy. For the same reason that Backlund is (and always has been) a better player than Sam Gagner. Landeskog put up 50+ points playing HARD minutes. He led the Avs in every possible underlying category that year. Nugent-Hopkins was getting sheltered minutes with 76-point scorer Jordan Eberle that year.

  • Scary Gary

    I used to be a big Glencross fan, and one game doesn’t make a season but man was he terrible tonight.

    Gaudreau was getting a ton of ice time and it was noticeable, great game. Too bad he didn’t wait another second on the penalty shot, he had Price.

    Gio was the best player on the ice that wasn’t a goalie, he had a beauty goal and lot of looks for a second one but couldn’t get it past Price.

    Phenominal game to watch..

  • beloch

    Two good signs for Gaudreau:

    1. He’s been consistent and has gotten better every game.
    2. He’s more software than hardware.

    What I mean by #2 is that Gaudreau’s greatest asset is how he thinks the game, and that can change, adapt and evolve far faster than the human body can be built up. A NCAA or AHL player with great jets, soft hands, or a huge bruising body can come into the NHL and find that his top gear is suddenly slower than average, his hands are no better than an enforcers, or he’s one of the smaller guys on the ice. It can take years to turn what was a strength in a lesser league into a strength in the NHL, if that even happens at all. Gaudreau breaks the game in his head. That’s why it’s a little scary how fast he’s progressing. Every mind has it’s limits, but we have yet to see Gaudreau run up against his.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      Glencross was good with the puck last night, but his physical game was not there and without the puck his game was lacking. He’s effective without the puck when he’s checking opponents closely and stapling bodies to boards. I wonder if he’s nursing an injury?

      • Rockmorton65

        I wonder if his play is a sign (possibly subconscious) that he doesn’t want to be here anymore? Granted, I missed last nights game, but from what I’ve seen of him, he seems disinterested a lot. I also wonder if contract negotiations (or lack thereof) are playing a role.

        • scoopz

          Maybe he needs a patented BHB (Bob Hartley Benching) to straighten him out!

          I love me some GlenX, but he seems to start this way every year, then really ramp things up at the end of the year, if he’s not hurt.

          Last year he came back after missing a good chunk of games and tore it up.

          • Rockmorton65

            Could be. Although, I’m not talking about the results he’s getting on the ice. For me, it’s more about his level of engagement. There are times when he’s dialled in and plays with an intensity, and there are times when he just seems to be “punching the clock”. I think stats are secondary at this point. He just doesn’t seem to have that spark right now. I could be wrong.

  • jeremywilhelm

    Me and Kent both commented that Backlund looks not great. I mean, he looks great defensively, but he is skating in quicksand this season. I wonder if something is up? What was his injury in preseason?

  • RKD

    Another heartbreaking loss, grrrr. I’ll take the point. The Flames out shot the Habs 2-1 and outplayed them. Johnny Hockey mesmerized the Habs with his play tonight, he was all over the ice showcasing his skills. Stajan, Colborne and Raymond injured will surely test our depth, I smell a call up. Ferland anyone?

  • prendrefeu

    Anyone else think that the knee-on-knee swipe will result in a phone call from NHL HQ, a multi-game suspension? It looked semi-intentional.

    Of course I could be biased.

    But still… who does that? With the knee sticking out like that?
    I mean, besides Ovechkin, who does that?

  • Jeff Lebowski

    I liked a lot of things David Jones did. First game back and he got in there! He had chances and I gotta think the rust had some effect.

    I also loved how he responded physically to things.

    I’d like to see him find his groove (I bet he does too) because I wonder just how high his top level can get to (and stay at- all mental).

    -Man did CGY ever skate! Drew all those penalties etc.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      Jones was good last night, but I can’t help from thinking he’ll get hurt again.

      I hope not, since last nights performance was the guy I thought the Flames were getting.

  • beloch

    In case anyone needed fancystat confirmation of what they saw with their own eyes, check the game’s data out. The Flames destroyed Montreal and Gaudreau led the entire Flames team in both even strength and all-situations CF%. His ES CF% was 75%, and in all situations combined it was 81%! Even for a sheltered player that’s obscene. Was Johnny Hockey simply hot tonight or can we expect more performances like this? I can’t wait to find out!

  • Rockmorton65

    So I am wondering out loud here with Backlund.

    Let’s say he is hurt, he may take till say after
    the all-star break to feel better. I think I (we?) was kind of thinking he might have somewhat of a break out year point wise based on how he looked last year.

    Might Backlund’s injury save us a decent amount on a long(ish) contract with him? Maybe something like 3.25×5 or something like that?

    (I am assuming BT is smart enough to value Backlund and what he does, not just points)

    Either way I think the Flames might be gaining some bargaining position here

  • Kevin R

    What a great game to be at. So many Montreal fans, my Lord, we truly are Quebec city’s twin city.

    Best game yet from Johnny! Just wait to until this kid gets regular line mates with good players & forms chemistry with guys. His vision is comparable to Gretszky, & I’m just not saying that. Watching this kid anticipate & pass to open men is sick & I noticed he still(and rightfully so) has a slight hesitation in some scenarios where it gets a little crowded in the offensive zone. He’ll dish it off a little quicker than he probably wants. I am really going to enjoy watching this kid evolve. Calgary way outplayed the Canadiens. I have come to the conclusion, this team is no longer in the McDavid Eichel hunt. Thank Christ. All I thought was how bad would that be for Buffalo fans to watch that 10 shot performance. I would demand a reduction in my Season Ticket prices if I were subjected to that.

    Final this & that thoughts: 1/Get Hartley extended, 2/Glencross had good moments but plays ended with him too many times last night. Might be time to discuss that NMC with him if BT hasn’t already, 3/Wideman has been playing well enough to have some value & the appetite for Dmen out there, might be time to pull the trigger on a deal for him, I was checking who the heck #6 was early in the game & staple him to the bench last night, 4/ For God’s sake hit the @#@*ing net when we get point blank chances, did more than 1 face palm last night of missed shots, 5/Call up Granlund & Ferlund & trade Sven for Adam Larsson.

    Best of all, totally enjoyed the game last night, worth every penny. If this is a rebuilding team, we should have done it 4 years ago

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    So… Wideman to the wing, anybody? Moving D to F is #trending these days, so why not get on the band wagon while a couple of forwards are injured? Bring up a C from Addy, rotate Diaz back on D, and move Wides to the wing.

    It occurred to me last night during the game. He is good offensively, joins the rush and gets deep a lot, and isn’t great defensively.

  • Rockmorton65

    Glencross was okay. In the neutral and defensive zones. He flubbed every single scoring chance that came his way in the offensive zone. Poor guy.

    Jones. Best game I’ve ever seen from him, including his Colorado days.

    Gaudreau. Yeah.

    Smid and Engelland a combined 0 zone entries. Yup, I can believe it.

    Even Bollig was flying out there.

    That PDO regression is hitting Monahan hard. It’s a shame, because he’s actually playing quite well IMO. Certainly better than last year.

    Great game.

  • Jeff Lebowski

    Of course people are free to say what the want but I thought Smid and Engelland played well.

    I recall shifts in the offensive zone where those two were either:

    -Holding the puck in and getting shots.
    -Putting the puck back into spots for CGY to recover if they couldn’t get their shots through.

    If you have to constantly point out negatives…fine. BUT when they play well…recognize it!

    Backlund’s line and that pairing played quite well together. All over the ice.

    Well done!

  • Kevin R

    Backs and Gaudreau are gaining better chemistry with every game. It’s incrementally slow, but it’s there.

    One thing that would make Gaudreau hard to play with is that he’s all over the ice in the offensive zone. He’s very responsible, IMO, defensively, but in the offensive end he is everywhere and nowehere. The kid darts around and finds holes all over. If Calgary can ever find him a talented shooter to play with, who knows how Gaudreau thinks, it’ll be lights out.

    • everton fc

      The Flames should have invested more time putting Gaudreau and Ferland together, pre-season. Granlund might be a nice fit as well, with Gaudreau. No other shooters on the farm, really. Which is concerning.

      I like Backlund, but again see him as having a 3rd line/2-way centre ceiling. 15 goals/25 assists, tops. We have to take him for what he is.

      • everton fc

        I don’t disagree, but my only caveat to that is that Backlund, with two highly skilled wingers, could hold his own. He can skate, he can think, his hands are OK (better as a passer), and as the defensive conscience of the trio and given his status as a possession juggernaut, he could do it.

        • everton fc

          Backlund’s another I’d love to see playing with Ferland. Especially since Backlund is indeed a good passer. And Ferland’s also responsible in his own end.

          Gaudreau/Backlund/Ferland. Would be an interesting line.

      • everton fc

        That is where you are wrong, Backlund played last year all year as our #1 Center. I would say he is having a slow start getting going this year but the advanced stats speak for themselves. He was one of only 3 players on the team that could actually drive the bus so to speak.

        Backlund may never become a 60 point guy but don’t mistake lower production for low quality…

  • everton fc

    Max Pacioretty (interference) hauls down Gio from behind and Gio also gets an embellishment penalty.

    Why didn’t Carey Price (who goes down like he was shot in the chest by a cannonball every time someone skates in his crease) get an embellishment penalty when Joe Colborne got one for interference???

    Price is one of the biggest divers in the NHL!

  • Kevin R

    Blech. Win was all on Price. Dude played incredible.

    Johnny Hockey was amazing out there. Total domination. Every shift he had a scoring chance or created one.