Post-Game: They Beat Carey Price Five Times

After going 4-2-0 on their season-opening six game road trip, I’ve learned not to doubt the Calgary Flames. But hey, they were playing Montreal at home, where the Habs are undefeated, so let’s just say the odds were stacked against them.

But then the Flames proved themselves ignorant of the odds – like the Han Solo of the Western Conference (“Never tell me the odds!”) – and beat Montreal 6-2 to win their season series with the old rivals.

It’s been a strange season.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames were quite good in the first period. They led in shots 19-4 and shot attempts 27-11, but Montreal led in face-offs 13-8. They also scored twice, both times with similar play set-ups: Johnny Gaudreau carried the puck into the zone, waited for his linemates to join the rush, then set them up for goals. Early in the period, Josh Jooris jammed home a rebound of a Dennis Wideman shot to make it 1-0. Later, Markus Granlund redirected a Jiri Hudler shot past Carey Price to double the lead. It was a fun period of hockey, much resembling the three periods of awesome hockey in Calgary earlier this week.

The Habs really pressed back in the second period. After all, they were down two goals at home. However, they couldn’t generate much in the meaty areas of the ice and were kept off the scoreboard. The Flames, however, added to their goal tally, with Curtis Glencross redirecting a T.J. Brodie shot past Price to make it 3-0. The Flames led in shots by a slim 11-7 margin, shot attempts were even at 24-24, while Montreal led in face-offs 9-7.

In the third, the Habs continued to press and finally broke through. Less than a minute into the third, Max Pacioretty beat Hiller to make it 3-1. The Habs continued to generate traffic and time in Calgary’s zone, but couldn’t get any closer. The Flames put the game out of reach via a gorgeous T.J. Brodie outlet pass to Josh Jooris, who beat Carey Price (on his second breakaway of the game) to make it 4-1. Mark Giordano fed Lance Bouma on a two-on-one a few minutes later to make it 5-1. Lars Eller scored to make it 5-2 late in the period, but Mark Giordano scored an empty-netter to close things out for the road team. Montreal led in shots (9-6), shot attempts (23-14) and face-off wins (15-5), but lost anyway because they gave up many goals beforehand.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

The Flames scored a lot. They scored a lot because they out-worked and out-hustled the Habs in the first two periods (and then hung on). Oh, and they used their speed to get a lot of scoring opportunities right out in front, which allowed them to beat Carey Price.

And limiting Montreal’s power-play chances (by staying out of the box) worked wonders, too.

RED WARRIOR

T.J. Brodie. Three assists and a team-leading 24:42 of ice-time. Brodie continues to impress.

Josh Jooris scored twice and was pretty good. And Johnny Gaudreau continues to be a pretty solid hand.

SCORING CHANCES

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(FLAMES IN BLUE)

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:38 Parenteau 14 15 31 74 76 81 1 5 7 13 24 60 5v5
Away 1 19:23 Monahan 22 31 51 67 77 79 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Home 1 18:08 Galchenyuk tip 11 17 27 28 31 43 1 5 7 17 27 32 5v5
Away 1 17:03 Gaudreau 14 31 43 67 74 1 4 6 13 22 23 4v5
Home 1 16:07 Wiese 20 22 31 77 79 1 5 6 19 20 24 4v5
Away 1 15:02 Jooris goal 11 14 17 28 31 43 1 4 6 17 23 25 5v5
Away 1 11:14 Bouma wrap-around 11 17 28 31 43 51 1 4 6 17 25 86 5v5
Away 1 6:11 Setoguchi tip 22 28 31 43 51 67 1 5 7 22 27 32 5v5
Away 1 6:03 Baertschi 22 28 31 43 51 67 1 5 7 22 27 32 5v5
Home 1 5:44 67 deflection 22 28 31 43 51 67 1 5 7 22 27 32 5v5
Away 1 4:53 Gaudreau 20 31 32 43 74 1 4 6 13 22 23 4v5
Away 1 4:27 Wideman 20 31 32 43 74 1 4 6 13 22 23 4v5
Away 1 4:03 Scrum in front of net 20 31 32 43 74 1 4 6 13 22 23 4v5
Away 1 3:53 Brodie 14 31 67 77 79 1 5 7 19 20 24 4v5
Away 1 2:48 Jooris 11 17 27 31 43 74 1 4 6 13 32 86 5v5
Away 1 2:47 Byron post 11 17 27 31 43 74 1 4 6 13 32 86 5v5
Away 1 0:52 Gaudreau 22 31 51 67 76 79 1 5 7 13 24 60 5v5
Away 1 0:28 Granlund goal 11 17 27 31 74 76 1 5 7 13 24 60 5v5
Away 2 19:47 Glencross 22 31 51 67 77 79 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Away 2 19:00 Granlund tip 11 14 27 31 74 76 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Home 2 18:12 Wiese 22 28 31 43 51 67 1 5 7 17 25 86 5v5
Away 2 16:41 Monahan 8 20 31 32 76 79 1 6 15 19 20 23 5v5
Away 2 16:39 Jones 8 20 31 32 76 79 1 6 15 19 20 23 5v5
Away 2 14:18 Setoguchi 20 31 32 43 74 1 4 6 13 22 23 4v5
Home 2 13:07 Galchenyuk 11 14 27 31 43 76 1 4 6 13 22 86 5v5
Home 2 12:32 Gallagher 11 14 27 31 43 76 1 4 7 17 22 32 5v5
Home 2 10:16 Plecanec 11 14 27 31 76 79 1 5 7 17 32 5v4
Home 2 9:15 Pacioretty 15 31 51 67 77 79 1 7 15 20 60 5v4
Away 2 7:26 Glencross post 20 31 32 76 77 1 5 7 19 20 24 4v5
Away 2 6:17 Monahan 31 43 67 79 81 1 4 6 13 23 24 4v5
Away 2 5:49 Wideman 31 43 67 79 81 1 4 6 13 23 24 4v5
Home 2 5:40 Pacioretty 31 43 67 79 81 1 4 6 13 22 23 4v5
Away 2 2:08 Glencross goal 11 14 27 31 76 79 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Away 2 1:43 Glencross 8 31 43 51 67 74 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Home 3 19:23 Pacioretty goal 11 14 27 31 76 79 1 4 6 22 27 32 5v5
Home 3 19:12 Gallagher 11 14 27 31 76 79 1 4 6 22 27 32 5v5
Home 3 14:05 Bourque 15 17 28 31 43 81 1 4 6 22 27 32 5v5
Home 3 14:02 Parenteau 15 17 28 31 43 81 1 4 6 22 27 32 5v5
Away 3 13:29 Jooris breakaway 15 17 28 31 43 81 1 15 17 25 33 86 5v5
Away 3 11:13 Jooris goal 8 31 77 79 81 1 5 7 20 24 86 4v5
Home 3 9:43 Gallagher 11 14 17 28 31 43 1 15 22 27 32 33 5v5
Home 3 9:25 Plecanec 11 14 27 31 76 79 1 5 7 22 27 32 5v5
Away 3 8:53 Bouma goal 11 14 27 31 76 79 1 5 6 17 25 60 5v5
Home 3 6:43 Bourque tip 15 17 31 76 79 81 1 4 6 17 25 86 5v5
Home 3 6:42 Eller goal 11 14 27 31 74 77 1 5 7 13 24 60 5v5
Home 3 4:53 Bourque 17 22 31 51 76 79 1 4 6 22 27 32 5v5
Home 3 2:08 Markov 31 51 67 76 79 1 13 15 33 60 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   17 16   10 2   0 2
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:24 6 8 06:43 7 1 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 16:46 8 6 05:28 3 1 01:14 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 16:23 9 7 07:18 7 2 00:38 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:49 7 7 04:31 3 0 01:22 0 2
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 11:11 5 4 05:47 7 1 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 12:06 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:46 0 1
17 BOUMA, LANCE 11:35 4 4 00:04 0 0 01:14 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 11:36 6 0 05:00 2 1 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:46 6 0 05:40 3 1 00:08 0 1
22 SETOGUCHI, DEVIN 10:40 2 10 04:58 5 1 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 11:38 7 0 06:01 7 1 00:38 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 10:05 3 2 06:25 5 1 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 09:56 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 10:49 2 9 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:24 4 10 00:01 0 0 00:47 0 1
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 10:54 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:34 4 3 00:36 0 0 00:35 0 1
86 JOORIS, JOSH 11:19 4 3 00:33 1 0 00:38 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 14 4 9 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 10 6 6 3 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 3 10 2 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames improve to 7-4-2 on the year (and improve their road record to 5-2-0).

They’re back in action on Tuesday when they travel to the capital of America to close out their season series with the Washington Capitals. That game starts at 5pm MT and airs on Sportsnet West (and Sportsnet 960 The Fan).

  • JohnyR

    One of the more enjoyable games of hockey I’ve seen in quite some time. Boys were buzzing and repelled any pressure from Montreal nicely.
    Also, TJ Brodie is a decent hockey player.

  • jeremywilhelm

    Can’t say enough good things about T.J. Brodie. He is ripping teams apart with his pinpoint accurate outlet passes (backhand, forehand, you name it) and is a force on the blueline on the powerplay. His stocks are rising fast, a perennial star in the making.

  • redricardo

    Great win. Fun to watch. We actually outperformed the opponent.

    However, statistically, we are being vastly outperformed this year. Most teams are outperforming us, regularly and by quite a bit.

    Enjoy the wins, as true fans do. But talkin bout playoffs?!? This team, as constructed, is nowhere near deep enough for that. Especially in the west.

    • jeremywilhelm

      If you look at the season overall, yes, but if yo look at, let’s say a rolling average Corsi or similar you would see a different story. The last few games the Flames have vastly outperformed the opponents, versus being vastly outperformed in the beginning.

      Face it, the last two games Hiller’s got wins but hardly broke a sweat. Thing’s they are a changing…

  • Burnward

    So many good comments this AM … well done to all. We have had such entertaining hockey this past week haven’t we? And beating Pekka and Price … wow. Two of the very best.

    Bottom line … it is good use of time to pop into FN after a Flames play … beats the old way of Herald and Sun the next day!!! But the commentators …. sheesh … “Dumbian Cox”, a rude nickname but if the shoe fits eh?

    BT and BB must have given themselves a few eyebrow-raised looks during the last 2 games … substitute a very competent looking Ferland in for Seto and the team seems better again. Such a pleasant problema … they could conceivably increase their number of vets that could be traded eh? If it can be proven to their satisfaction that the team performance is level at worst … why not?

    Have a good week all … looking forward to the Tuesday game.

  • FeyWest

    These are the type of games that build confidence and momentum, beating some “star players and outperforming stronger teams. Take it when you can, this is how you develop young players into stars. Hope teams start taking notes on the “Flames-Style” rebuild. Strong depth signings, deep draft wins, and solid leadership base sprinkling in youth where applicable for development, and when ready the new-guard takes over as the leadership they’ve learned, rinse and repeat.

  • scoopz

    I think there’s something to be said for having confidence in your goaltending. It allows you to play a little more offensive minded and means that if you make a mistake, you can count on your goalie to back you up.

    Porier with a couple of goals with the baby Flames in his first game of the year the other night as well!

    I wonder what they do with Bennett when he’s healthy. . . assign him to Kingston right away, or give him his 9 games? I’d have to think they’ll send him down as he should be quite out of shape.

  • redricardo

    Full disclosure. When the Flames signed JG, I wasn’t sure. In fact, I stated on this site that he was too small for the NHL. I was wrong. Johnny will be just fine and is showing even the biggest detractors that he can compete with the big boys.

    • Burnward

      Nice one.

      I bet if most people took a moment to acknowledge the things that they spoke against and were wrong about, people would be a lot less sensitive about opinions counter to their own and the word “troll” would be used more sparingly and appropriately.

      In general, I mean…not specifically here because I find FN provides the most insightful and well balanced Flames discussion.

  • Burnward

    The Flames veterans quietly lead the Flames last year to a 27th place finish. This year as they get injured they are quietly replaced by the new prospects who are in fact better hockey players.

    It’s not rocket science is it…this team has not made the playoffs in over 5 years….the guard is changing and so be it. Hopefully BT can get some decent returns in the form of drafts and prospects for some of these underachieving veterans.

    Go Flames!!

    • Burnward

      The Flames really seem intent on slowing that transition down, and for solid reasons, but the kids are literally smashing the door down. I’m already curious to see what the team will look like after trade deadline.

      Didn’t see the game last night, how was Sven?

  • Burnward

    I know this won’t happen and I’m know he’ll have some dry spells, but right now Gaudreau looks like he’s capable of a 150 point season. The most exciting player to watch inCalgary since Fleury.

    Eventually teams will start keying on him. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles it. He really needs a power forward pure scorer on his opposite wing like he had with Kevin Hayes.

  • prendrefeu

    Sven was o.k.
    He was present, not absent.
    He did work, was accountable, and effective in his role but not terribly noticeable.

    @the-wolf

    The French broadcast (I had to stream the game, only caught the MTL broadcast team) mentioned Gaudreau as a comparison to Theo Fleury.

    • FeyWest

      To be fair only 10 minutes as he’s eased in, and his line mates are also an indication of the quality. Given all variables I though he had a solid effort and I think he’ll be here to stay if he can be consistent.

      • Burnward

        Also played and travelled by car the night before, I thought his positioning was strong all night and his defensive awareness was high(head on a swivel in his own zone). Offense will come and proper line mates would help, but still looked quietly dangerous. With the stage and the pressure he’s under I thought he handled it well.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      We’re going to start hearing a lot if Fleury comparisons. Fleury was small, fast, had great vision and great skill, so does Johnny. Fleury was the most fearless player to lace up in the NHL. At 5’6″ he stood in front of goalies and took unbelievable punishment. He played along the boards and gave as many hits as he took. No other skilled player that I’ve witnessed played withe the reckless abandon that Fleury played with: he was crazy. This is where the comparisons are not accurate.

  • Jessemadnote

    Hey guys!
    First comment after lots of reading. Lots to be excited about on the flames right now. Gaudreau leads the league in takeaways and is second in rookie scoring. Brodie is second in defensemen scoring. Giordano is actually improving on last year and theres plenty down the pipeline!

    Just a thought, a lot of you were wondering why Jones and Seto are getting powerplay time, it’s because the lack of legit right hand forwards in our lineup. I’s also part of the reason for Wideman’s recent success.

    I really think we should target a young but proven right handed power forward. Any ideas?

    • mk

      We’ve got both Poirier and Hunter Smith and Austin Carroll coming up at RW (RHS?). Stud D is more of a need and should be a focus for trades early on. But I’m open to anything to improve the team if something different comes up.

  • Burnward

    Hopefully end of the year roster…

    Sven monahan hudler

    Gaudreau Bennett poirier

    Granlund backlund joe

    Ferland bouma Byron

    Extra-jooris reinhart bollig

    Gio Brodie

    Russell X

    Engelland wotherspoon

    Extra-smid cundari sieloff

    Hiller
    Ortio

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      Now that looks like a cap floor nightmare. I think that this could be the line-up some year. But certainly not this year.

      Need more vets to shelter the kids in my opinion.

      • Captain Ron

        You might be right, don’t know what the exact numbers would be, but if you account for trade, possible salary retention and player X I don’t think its a huge stretch. I think Bennett will only be better following his surgery and if poirier keeps playing well he’s a lock to be called up. Just my opinion on what I’d like to see going forward, but point well taken hadn’t put a lot of thought in the cap. Line does still does include some key veterans and I do think they are essential to the team.

      • mk

        Not sure if the flames rookies need as much shelter as everyone thinks, they seem to be driving play pretty well, consistency will be something to pay attention to I think. It’s still so early but I don’t think you can say the rookies have been outplayed, I would say they’ve looked even or better.

  • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

    Just took a look at the Flames’ game-by-game Fenwick numbers. Obviously it’s too early to draw too many conclusions, but they’ve been generally trending upward over the season. Only two games below 50% in the last six (and those two were closer to 40% than 50%). Three of the last six games have been above 60% (!!!).

  • Captain Ron

    So I was listening to the fan 960 this morning and on the big show they said it was rumored that Sven demanded a trade after being sent down and was disengaged for the first five games of the year in adirondak, reported by Elliott Freidman I believe. wonder how true this is, they said Elliott is usually correct with his rumor reporting…..

    • Kevin R

      Wouldn’t surprise me. Interesting thought but ironically Sven was called up for the Montreal game & coincidently Arizona just called up Gormerly & sent down a LW. Gotta wonder if an audition swap of players is in the stars, especially with BT’s connections with Arizona. Would be an excellent trade for both teams. 13th overall for a 13th overall.

    • piscera.infada

      I don’t know where you got that, Freidman neither explicitly nor implicitly said that. What he said was that other teams had been watching Sven and the prevailing thought amongst those scouts was that “[Sven] has a very uncertain future”. It sounded like his stock has plummeted so far that any return you would get in a trade has taken a big hit.

      He also said that generally, teams in this sort of situation with a prospect tend to wait it out until they are waiver eligible (which is next year for Sven, I believe).

      Obviously, all of this discussion is moot if Sven did actually ask for a trade, but I don’t tend to be easily persuaded by those arguments. That is rare, and even more rarely works out to the benefit of the prospect (I can only think of Turris recently that has greatly benefited from it – and Turris was considered a much more complete player than Baertschi is). Purely from optics, if Sven can’t make the Flames on merit – based on where this organization currently stands – he probably isn’t going to make it most places.