Post-Game: Panthers De-Clawed In Third

This afternoon, the Calgary Flames tried to bounce back from a fairly hefty loss in Tampa Bay on Thursday. And for two periods, they played like they didn’t have a care in the world.

And then the third period happened, and the boys in red somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and skated out of Sunrise, Florida with a 6-4 win before a crowd of 9,230 fans.

THE RUNDOWN

Want the recipe for success on the road? It probably doesn’t start with giving up a goal to the home team just 77 seconds in. Scott Upshall banked a puck in off Karri Ramo and in. That began a weird (and bad) game for Ramo. Nobody else scored in the first. The Flames were out-shot 12-8 in the first.

The second period was river hockey. And by “river,” I mean sloppy. And by “sloppy,” I mean that the teams both decided that defense and goaltending were things of the past. Nick Bjugstad made it 2-0 for the Panthers four minutes in. David Jones scored 33 seconds later off a nifty set-up by Johnny Gaudreau. Scott Upshall scored his second of the game a few minutes later to extend the lead back to 3-1. Off a weird play, the Flames made it 3-2 via a short-handed goal: Lance Bouma and Paul Byron went in on a 2-on-2, resulting in Bouma wiping out Al Montoya and a trailing Mark Giordano tapped it in. The Flames then tied it up via a Jiri Hudler goal. However, the Panthers struck back 35 seconds later – via a Jimmy Hayes goal – and that spelled the end of the game for Ramo after 4 goals on 22 shots. Calgary held a 12-11 shots edge in the middle frame.

The Flames mounted a comeback in the third with three goals. Five minutes in, Sean Monahan tied it up off a feed from Gaudreau. Late in regulation, Lance Bouma teed up a slapshot that beat Montoya to put Calgary up by one. And Gaudreau iced the game with an empty-netter (with a Panther in the box for diving) to make it 6-4. The Panthers out-shot Calgary 8-5 in the third, which means the Flames scored three goals on five shots.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

The Flames were probably grumpy about being down by a goal after 40 minutes, but that score may have actually flattered them. Yet, down by a goal in an enemy barn, they dusted themselves off and won the third period.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with Lance Bouma, who’s been an unsung hero for the Flames lately, but he’s also really begun to see his offensive side of the game open up. He was strong today, and got a game-winning goal.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:17 Gaudreau tip 5 12 19 21 35 51 5 7 13 24 31 60 5v5
Away 1 14:43 Monahan 4 16 23 35 36 44 15 19 20 23 29 31 5v5
Away 1 14:15 Glencross 4 16 23 35 36 44 15 19 20 23 29 31 5v5
Home 1 12:56 Boyes 5 11 24 27 35 51 5 17 25 29 31 86 5v5
Home 1 12:34 Upshall 4 12 19 21 35 44 5 7 13 24 31 60 5v5
Home 1 11:27 Boyes 5 16 24 35 36 51 5 7 17 31 60 5v4
Away 1 7:23 Jones 11 12 21 35 44 51 15 19 20 23 29 31 5v5
Away 1 6:16 Jones 4 27 35 36 44 5 6 19 20 24 31 4v5
Home 1 3:33 Trocheck 4 12 19 21 35 44 4 6 20 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 3:10 Deflection 7 12 19 21 33 35 4 6 13 24 31 60 5v5
Away 1 1:05 Setoguchi 7 11 24 27 33 35 15 17 22 25 29 31 5v5
Away 2 19:27 Monahan 7 16 23 33 35 36 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 2 18:26 Campbell 5 11 24 27 35 51 4 13 22 29 31 32 5v5
Home 2 17:00 17 5 16 23 35 36 51 5 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 15:55 Bjugstad goal 7 11 24 27 33 35 4 6 22 27 31 60 5v5
Away 2 15:23 Jones goal 5 12 19 21 35 51 13 15 19 23 29 31 5v5
Away 2 13:23 Jooris 5 17 22 35 51 82 15 17 25 29 31 86 5v5
Home 2 12:24 Upshall goal 7 12 19 21 33 35 5 7 20 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 11:44 Grimaldi 5 16 23 35 36 51 15 20 22 29 31 60 5v5
Away 2 10:20 Bouma 7 11 19 27 35 44 5 7 17 31 32 5v4
Away 2 10:19 Byron 7 11 19 27 35 44 5 7 17 31 32 5v4
Away 2 10:17 Giordano goal 7 11 19 27 35 44 5 7 17 31 32 5v4
Home 2 9:34 Boyes tip 5 16 24 35 36 51 15 17 29 31 60 5v4
Home 2 9:00 Barkov tip 5 16 24 35 36 51 15 17 29 31 60 5v4
Home 2 8:07 Kopecky 7 17 22 33 35 82 5 7 13 19 23 31 5v5
Away 2 7:06 Hudler goal 11 24 27 35 44 51 4 6 20 24 31 32 5v5
Home 2 6:34 Ekblad 4 5 12 19 21 35 7 15 27 31 32 86 5v5
Home 2 6:33 Upshall post 4 5 12 19 21 35 7 15 27 31 32 86 5v5
Home 2 6:29 Hayes goal 17 22 33 35 44 82 1 4 6 17 25 60 5v5
Home 2 5:25 Jokinen 5 16 23 35 36 51 1 5 7 13 19 23 5v5
Away 2 5:10 Giordano 5 16 23 35 36 51 1 5 7 13 19 23 5v5
Home 3 19:03 Boyes 5 11 24 27 35 51 1 4 6 20 24 60 5v5
Home 3 15:28 Kopecky 5 17 22 35 51 82 1 4 6 13 19 23 5v5
Away 3 15:08 Monahan goal 5 17 22 35 51 82 1 5 7 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 9:25 27 27 35 44 51 82 1 5 7 13 19 23 4v5
Away 3 2:19 Bouma goal 5 17 19 35 51 82 1 5 7 17 24 86 5v5
Away 3 1:24 Monahan tip 16 27 33 35 51 1 5 7 13 19 23 4v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   3 4   1 1   0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:30 1 7 01:52 0 0 01:07 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 20:01 5 6 02:31 2 1 02:56 3 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 17:43 1 6 02:05 1 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 20:04 5 7 02:18 1 1 02:56 3 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 16:01 4 7 01:51 1 1 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 12:14 6 3 00:00 0 0 01:57 0 2
17 BOUMA, LANCE 08:53 3 2 00:00 0 0 03:22 3 3
19 JONES, DAVID 15:04 6 3 01:42 2 1 00:01 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 15:41 5 4 02:34 1 0 00:22 0 0
22 SETOGUCHI, DEVIN 05:22 1 3 00:35 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 17:07 7 6 02:40 1 1 00:47 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:20 4 6 02:28 1 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 06:43 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 07:07 0 3 00:03 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 12:04 6 3 00:00 0 0 03:04 0 2
31 RAMO, KARRI   9 12   1 0   3 3
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:12 1 3 00:03 0 0 02:26 3 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 17:26 1 6 00:20 0 0 02:47 0 3
86 JOORIS, JOSH 10:33 2 3 00:53 0 0 02:15 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 5 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 8 12 5 10 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0
3 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Calgary Flames now sit with a 9-5-2 – good for 20 points and a sterling 7-3-0 road record. They head up the east coast and finish off their road trip on Monday night with a date with the Carolina Hurricanes.

It took ’em 27 games to win 10 games last season. They could do it in 17 this year with a win on Monday.

  • Lober

    Hartley Probably didn’t love this game but the Flames battled back and got a road win (Largely thanks to terrible Florida goal tending) Mony and Johnny both played great which should make us all happy!

  • Skuehler

    Gotta love a team winning with a roster full of ‘misfits’…It warms the cockles. Love the over-achieving mentality, the different guys stepping up, the hard work, finding ways to win. Doing more with less. That’s what was so exciting in 2004.
    Also, the lowest paid team, am I right? If so then what great value! They also have to be one of the most injury plagued squad the past two seasons.

    No excuses hockey! Maybe a template being created here.

    Can’t wait to see the next wave of youngsters coming up too.

  • beloch

    Wideman started bad, sat, was hot for a bit, but now he’s cooled off. Hudler and Glencross are solid second line vets who chip in semi-regularly. Bouma is occasionally rewarded by the hockey gods for just plain loving the pain he soaks up every game. However, the offensive engine of the Flames, that contributes every game, is comprised of:

    • Giordano: 6 game streak, 11 points in those 6 games
    • Brodie: ended a 5 game point streak today, 7 points in the last 6 games
    • Gaudreau: 9 points in the last 6 games
    • Monahan: 5 game point streak, 7 points in those 5.

    Savor this for a moment. Three of the Flames top five scorers are 24 or under. One is in his second season and one just played his sweet sixteenth NHL game today. Gaudreau and Monahan have been some of the best possession forwards on the team for several games in a row and neither one is getting a lot of shelter.

    It’s also pretty sweet to take note of the fact that Monahan and Gaudreau are getting visibly better game by game. These two are great on a line together (they each gave the other an A today). The media is currently taking notice of the Brodano pairing but, mark my words, Monahan and Gaudreau will soon be noticed as well.

    Update: That carry in data just added is very, very nice. It would seem that Gaudreau is teaching Monahan the fine art of the filthy carry-in! Great googly moogly! What kind of monster will Monahan be if he becomes good at carry-ins too!

  • MWflames

    Was surprised at that Florida team. They’re on the verge of righting their ship with a lot of things going for them.

    While I think Calgary’s record is a little inflated with respect to the current talent of the team, there are so many things to be optimistic about the very near future. With the way Monahan and gaudreau are playing, it would appear we have the makings of a legit first line in the works. We have arguably the best defensive pairing in the league right now which makes a monumental difference in the teams play and results. Goes to show how important it is to have solid skating mobile defensemen rather the engellands and smids of the world. Which brings me to my biggest concern: I believe Calgary has the current assets in house or to use in trades to round out a team that contends within a few years. Except who takes Gio’s spot? He is fantastic but can’t play like this forever as one would think he will need 2nd line minutes and competition with 2-3 years. Replacing him will likely take a clever trade in the near future as our assets develop and become redundant.

  • MWflames

    Seems like the first half of the game the Panthers looked like huge power forwards, dominating the walls and the slot with Calgary just standing around. In the 2nd the Flames started skating more, winning more battles and the tide slowly turned. Ramo seemed to be flopping about quite a bit, however several of the Panthers’ goals were on redirections when Ramo actually was in a pretty good position.

    Calgary needs to skate, skate, skate and make solid, crisp passes to be effective. In the last game against Tampa Bay they obviously had been scouting us as they knew all about the drop pass on the PP and intercepted it twice, one leading directly to a goal. Against Florida they were able to intercept several of Brodie’s classic up-the-middle passes also interrupting our attack and flow.

    I think by mid-game we had adjusted and started pushing play up mostly along the edges and were much more effective. I’m assuming this is a combination of the players noticing was is and isn’t working but also coaching. Good to see them make the adjustments and keep pushing through until they got the win.

  • Hacker

    Tough to see Ramo lay an egg. Though not sure all were his fault, I was hoping he would push Hiller hard. Starting to look like Hiller is creating some separation. Seems to me we all want Baertschi to stay and develop into something, but he’s not helping his cause. Appears to lack confidence big time. I feel for him, but he’s got to do something more. He’s having zero impact when he’s on the ice. Hopefully some body can get through to him.

    • Hacker

      The silver lining is that Sven will learn from Gio and the boys what he needs to bring every night. He’s trying to keep his head above water right now, but in the end it Will be the best for him before he goes back to Adirondack. He maybe struggling but this is what’s best.

  • MonsterPod

    Baertschi’s mental problems are giving me mental problems. I can’t figure this guy out. The play just dies on his stick. This time last year he was showing some flashes, setting Monny up for a goal here and there.

    Now he just looks totally depressed. I wonder if he’s trying to get traded, if he has started to resent Hartley and Burke and even some of us berating fans and now he just wants to get out of Dodge and start over.

  • Hacker

    Hartley has a career .488 winning percentage with the flames. He has a career .559 winning percentage on mostly stacked nhl teams. Although winning a cup with Colorado his tenure only lasted 4 years. His tenure in Atlanta also only lasted 4 years. Hartley was able to put together winning seasons and managed to win one Stanley cup yet wasn’t able to last anywhere longer than 4 years. Gotta be a reason why no? Flames resigned Matt Stajan to a 4 year deal worth 3.1mill and a no trade without having the fortitude of knowing the depth that they have down the middle. Unless they plan on keeping Stajan over backlund or any of their other centres it really wasn’t a wise move. Stajan should have been traded. Flames lose cammaleri for nothing…not wise whatever your strategy is behind, ever. Flames trade a third rounder for Brandon bollig…need I say more. Flames sign engelland 3mill per and Devon setoguchi, need I say more? Seto had a horrible camp, terrible to begin the season, still gets ice time and pp time and has nothin to show for it except a -5. Worst part is he’s taking up a roster spot for someone who has more potential and deserves a chance more than he does. Ie. Reinhart, bartschi, hanowski, agostino,knight, wolf, poirier etc. I undestand covering your behind, but it doesn’t seem like management were prepared to see the kids take a step forward. It’s grest that the teams winning and some rookies have been afforded he opportunity to be successful though some on a very short leash while others have been longer. Personally I won’t consider this season a success unless Dennis wideman, Stajan, mcgratton, glen cross, and seto are moved. Ramo also only because hiller is a legit number 1 and ortio is on a one way next year and i think he’ll be a lot better with sigalet than he’s been with gouthrou to begin the season. This part of the rebuild needs to happen. Keeping your prospects motivated and showing them they have a legit opportunity in the nhl will only help progress their nhl careers. In the end I don’t think Hartley has earned an extension, odd player usage(backlund, bartschi, seto, ramo, Berra, engellland, Diaz)winning percentage, line combos, and communication with the players being the things I fault him on. Initial before the hiring I thought Hartley was the ideal candidate, yet what he’s done since coming on board has only been ok in my opinion.(taking into consider what he done so far on his three year term) positives for Hartley would be naming gio captain and that’s about it imo. could the flames had done worse, sure, do I think Hartley has done a decent job yes. Do I think he’s earned the right moving forward, no I dont.

    • RKD

      Cgy,
      Well fortunately you have little to do with the future direction of the team and coaches. Not sure what your problem is with Hartley because your blindness to the many, many positives from him over the past two years is in stark contrast to a relatively positive reality-based comment on other things.

      Hartley has been an excellent coach to date over the past two years. Too many positives to list and I wouldn’t agree with any of your negatives. Perhaps you’re a frustrated Oiler fan hoping Calgary drops the ball and doesn’t re-sign him so Hartley can come in and replace their disaster of a coach. What a difference that would make to them.

  • RKD

    I thought once the Flames were down 3-1 to Florida that the regression might have started. But not so, these guys just don’t give up and keep fight. Bouma is a warrior and he can chip in some timely goals. I hope Gio finishes first among NHL d-man, he puts guys like Karlsson and Subban to shame 100 times over. Johnny Hockey is really finding his form, he looks very comfortable out there and has some great chemistry with Monahan.