Post-Game: Locals Win The Third, Win The Game

The 2013-14 Calgary Flames were an entertaining, resilient bunch. They won a scant 35 games, but did so with guts, grit and determination.

The 2014-15 Calgary Flames, with 12 wins already – in just 20 games – look upon the 2013-14 edition of the club as a bunch of unlucky slobs. Needing just 23 wins (in the remaining 62 games) to hit their win total from last year, I think it’s safe to say that this year’s edition of the Flames won’t be as bad (standings-wise) as last year’s gang.

No Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel around here, folks.

The Flames completed the first quarter of their season with a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Despite getting out-shot and out-chanced through the first 40 minutes.

THE RUNDOWN

Maybe it was the fact that the Ducks were coming off an embarrassing loss to Florida on Sunday. Maybe it was the lengthy delay for the Peter Maher ceremony – which was wonderfully and tastefully done, by the way – but the Calgary Flames came rather slow out of the gate. The Ducks out-shot them 9-4. The Ducks out-scored them 1-0 off of a Sami Vatanen shot from the high slot that Sven Baertschi attempted to block (but didn’t quite get it).

The Flames were about as bad in the second, as the Ducks found their legs in the second period and despite the Flames seemingly having more jump, their execution was wanting and the Ducks skated circles around them overall. Anaheim out-shot them 10-3 and extended their lead to two goals off a Matt Beleskey power-play goal that squeaked through traffic.

The third period? Calgary woke up and Anaheim fell asleep. Jiri Hudler got Calgary on the board after a nifty deke by T.J. Brodie opened up a lane, and Hudler whacked in a rebound to make it 2-1. A few minutes later, Dennis Wideman’s slap-shot made it 2-2. Then a few minutes later, Johnny Gaudreau teed up another shot for Wideman, who scored a second goal of the period to give the Flames a 3-2 lead. However, less than a minute later Josh Jooris took a penalty and Kyle Palmieri scored to tie the game. The lead lasted a minute and 22 seconds. The Flames lead in shots 10-6.

Following the dry scrape (RIP: Leave the memories alone!) overtime solved nothing. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan scored in the shootout to give the Flames their 12th win of the year and move them to within a point of first place in the Pacific.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

The Ducks took their foot off the gas in the third period and the Flames, a strong third period performer all season long, flipped the switch and started playing their game. Forechecking? Check. Lots of shots? Check. A bunch of goals in a hurry? Check.

RED WARRIOR

Sean Monahan had an even rating, played 25:19 (only Jiri Hudler had more among Flames forwards) and was 17-for-31 in the face-off circle. Oh, and he scored the game-deciding shootout goal.

Honourable mentions to Dennis “2 Goals” Wideman and Markus “2 Assists and Plus-3” Granlund.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:12 Monahan 1 6 15 16 23 25 5 10 15 16 31 45 5v5
Home 1 15:11 Gaudreau 1 6 13 24 33 86 3 4 7 31 33 5v4
Away 1 14:27 Palmieri 1 6 13 32 33 86 17 21 31 39 42 47 5v5
Away 1 14:20 Beleskey 1 6 13 32 33 86 17 21 31 39 42 47 5v5
Away 1 14:14 Beleskey 1 6 13 32 33 86 17 21 31 39 42 47 5v5
Away 1 11:54 17 1 5 7 13 24 60 3 4 17 21 31 39 5v5
Home 1 7:44 Hudler 1 5 7 13 24 60 7 31 33 42 44 47 5v5
Home 1 7:42 Gaudreau 1 5 7 13 24 60 7 31 33 42 44 47 5v5
Away 1 4:07 Vatanen goal 1 27 29 32 33 86 5 7 31 33 44 45 5v5
Home 1 1:58 Gaudreau tip 1 6 13 15 24 60 5 17 21 31 39 45 5v5
Away 2 16:55 Rakell 1 6 15 22 27 86 3 4 18 19 31 67 5v5
Away 2 14:05 Getzlaf 1 5 7 17 23 4 10 15 19 31 45 4v5
Away 2 13:59 Kesler 1 15 29 32 86 17 21 31 39 45 47 4v5
Away 2 13:15 Kesler 1 15 29 32 86 17 21 31 39 45 47 4v5
Away 2 13:07 Palmieri 1 5 7 17 23 17 21 31 39 45 47 4v5
Away 2 10:18 Jackman 1 20 29 32 33 60 3 4 18 19 31 67 5v5
Away 2 8:36 Deflection 1 6 15 22 27 86 5 10 15 16 19 45 5v5
Away 2 7:32 Beleskey goal 1 15 17 29 86 17 21 31 39 45 47 4v5
Away 2 3:54 Cogliano 1 6 22 27 33 86 3 4 7 17 31 33 5v5
Home 3 18:06 Diaz 1 6 23 24 32 33 5 7 31 33 45 5v4
Home 3 17:06 Glencross 1 5 7 13 20 32 10 15 21 31 42 47 5v5
Home 3 16:59 Glencross 1 5 7 13 20 32 10 15 21 31 42 47 5v5
Home 3 16:36 Hudler goal 1 5 7 17 24 60 3 4 10 15 16 31 5v5
Home 3 14:35 Deflection 1 5 7 17 24 60 3 4 17 21 31 39 5v5
Home 3 14:20 Granlund 1 5 7 17 24 60 3 4 17 21 31 39 5v5
Home 3 12:38 Monahan 1 5 6 13 23 24 7 31 33 42 47 5v4
Away 3 8:51 Perry tip 1 5 6 13 32 60 10 16 31 42 44 45 5v5
Home 3 6:53 Monahan 1 5 7 20 23 24 3 4 17 21 31 39 5v5
Home 3 6:19 Wideman goal 1 6 13 15 32 60 5 10 15 16 31 45 5v5
Away 3 4:56 Palmieri goal 1 5 7 17 23 4 17 21 31 39 45 4v5
Home 3 4:26 Granlund tip 1 6 13 15 24 60 7 31 33 42 44 47 5v5
Home 3 2:40 Glencross 1 6 20 32 33 60 15 17 31 42 47 5v4
Home 4 4:16 Monahan 1 5 7 23 24 17 21 31 42 47 4v4
Home 4 3:56 Monahan tip 1 5 7 23 24 17 21 31 42 47 4v4
Home 4 3:47 Hudler 1 5 7 23 24 17 21 31 42 47 4v4
Home 4 3:44 Brodie 1 5 7 23 24 17 21 31 42 47 4v4
Home 4 2:15 Gaudreau 1 6 13 33 60 3 7 31 33 42 4v4
Home 4 0:23 Brodie 1 5 7 13 60 10 17 31 45 47 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   18 10   4 0   0 6
5 GIORDANO, MARK 20:41 13 2 05:26 1 0 02:24 0 3
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 23:10 5 7 03:56 4 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:06 13 1 04:28 0 0 02:24 0 3
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 18:05 9 5 04:12 2 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 20:09 4 2 00:00 0 0 01:04 0 3
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 04:42 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 09:43 3 0 00:00 0 0 01:36 0 4
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 15:26 3 1 03:52 1 0 00:00 0 0
22 SETOGUCHI, DEVIN 11:25 0 3 00:57 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 18:45 6 0 05:05 2 0 01:29 0 3
24 HUDLER, JIRI 19:23 12 1 05:57 3 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 05:12 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 07:10 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 09:12 0 2 00:00 0 0 01:04 0 3
32 BYRON, PAUL 14:04 3 6 01:34 2 0 01:52 0 2
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 12:16 1 6 02:50 3 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 18:42 10 3 02:00 1 0 00:31 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:20 0 7 01:03 1 0 01:28 0 3
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 5 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 0 9 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
3 11 2 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames are now 12-6-2, somehow – well, the somehow is scoring more goals than the teams they were playing against. They’re 3 points back of Montreal for first overall and 14 points up on last-place Buffalo.

And this graphic just makes me feel good.

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The Flames host the Chicago Blackhawks (10-7-1) on Thursday night.

  • everton fc

    Baertschi was hurt after the first goal, could this have impacted his minutes a bit more than his play? I’m asking…

    As for JMK’s lines, I’d move Glencross for a d-man the calibre of Russell, but twice his size, if possible. Put this person as a 5th d-man to help Smid/Engelland. That might be the only move I make, unless someone wants one of our centres (which, thinking like management, Stajan and, yes, Backlund, come to mind, and with the budding of Granlund, perhaps both are expendable, in management’s minds…) Again, move Glencross for a more capable, seasoned d-man and make a charge for the playoffs. Use the kids on the farm to fill holes from injuries/suspensions. To me, that’s a recipe for success during a rebuild.

    And yes, without Ferland, we are small….

  • Johnny’s most impressive game thus far in my opinion, and I realize that’s saying a lot. The way he is able to play such strong hockey on the boards despite his size is inspiring. See the way he disarmed the guy behind the net, took control of not only the puck but also of the time he had with it and set up that 3rd goal? (As just one of many examples)

    In other news, how bout that Granlund guy?

  • everton fc

    Certainly it had been a ravishing ending to a slow start. The two power play goals that were scored by the opposition truly hurt, but the Flames’ perseverance is evident. The boys certainly don’t give up easily. The team cohesiveness, the coach’s confidence in their players and their self concept is consequential to the outcome of each game.

    The Calgary Flames are showing their true spirits and their dedication is evident. All the best boys.

  • everton fc

    While I think last night had a lot to do with score effects and the Ducks just sitting back after dominating two periods, it was still fun. I don’t think that realizing this team still has a lot of holes on it’s roster now and moving forward are mutually exclusive with still enjoying these types of games. I don’t think games like that should skew anyones thoughts as to how good this team is but it still is a lot of fun to watch a group of younger players carry the Flames. I’m not sure when this bubble will burst, I think once the Flames have to go on the road vs some top western opposition things could get ugly but who knows, they could just ride this out a little more and get some healthy bodies back. Still so much more enjoyable to watch then years past

  • KiLLKiND

    Say Calgary did want to add another D we would likely have to give more than just GlenX as someone earlier suggested and if we are trying to add a D I;m not sure if Myers is available but I have heard rumours so potentially him and Reinhart as moving forward I don’t know where fits in with Granlund, Bennet, Ferland, Monahan and Bouma looking solid.

    • KiLLKiND

      Can’t see a rebuilding team like Buffalo finding any value in GlenX and Reinhart is a pretty average prospect. That being said, I think there is some definite value in GlenX come deadline time. The biggest problem right now over upgrading the blue line centre around the players currently on the roster. Widemen, Engelland and Smid are almost entirely unmovable. No team is going to want anything to do with those contracts. That’s the scary part to me, I honestly don’t know how the Flames are going to be able to upgrade their defence.

      • everton fc

        You might be able to move Wideman at deadline with salary holdback. Should we buy out 1 of the others at seasons end, if a better replacement is available? Possibly Petry at right price. Sounds as if Wotherspoon will be ready for next year.

        • everton fc

          Have to agree with that. Wideman is basically the only one out of the 3 the Flames have any chance of moving and there is an outside shot that if he could keep putting up points that perhaps a team out of desperation might pick him up with the Flames taking on some money.

          Smid and Engelland, I just have no idea about. Engelland likely has zero chance of being bought out after just signing him to a 3 year contract. I think Smid would make the most sense but I just have no idea how management values him at this point.

        • everton fc

          Why move Wideman? He’s affordable, cann play a scoring role…

          We just need another guy like Russell, Russell’s skill, with a much bigger body, to fill the #5 slot while the youngsters mature. That’s how I see it. Why tamper with what appears to be working, as there seems to be chemistry developing we’ve not seen here in years.

          Leafs might take Glencross. Or a team like the Pens, teams like that. Maybe even the Isles. He’s 3rd line player now. Nothing more. And he may need a change of scenery.

          Only a contender looking for a piece to their puzzle takes a punt on Glencross.

          • everton fc

            Because the last thing the Flames should be doing is not making any moves or addressing any weaknesses because things are going relatively well. You still need to view your team and players objectively if you want to be successful. Wideman makes 5.26 million. That’s terrible value for the Flames for a player with is overall game and in his decline years.

            With the eye test and underlying numbers, I feel that Russel and Wideman are best suited to be a teams 3rd pairing. I think the most pressing need for this team is a strong defensmen that could solidfy a 2nd pairing. Engelland and Smid have no business getting regular minutes on an NHL team ri

          • everton fc

            I didn’t say they shouldn’t be making moves. What I guess I was trying to say is don’t make in radical moves to move deep into the playoffs this season.

            I think we need a solid 3/4 pairing. Two d-men. So saying Wideman/Russell are better as a 5/6 pairing, you won’t get an argument from this fan. I don’t mind one of Smid/Engelland as the %7 d-man. So we are on the same page here; immediate need at least one, if not two, solid d-men. Agreed.

            Who can you move? Glencross. And I hate to say it, but perhaps Backlund. And maybe you can move Wideman for a similar player and save some coin, but why now? Might as well leave him be for this season.

            We have an over-abundance of serviceable forwards at the moment. Mid-tier, yes. But worth a 3/4 d-man, me thinks. Close those two holes and we may surprise people come playoff time.

          • everton fc

            Great points. Agree with almost all of them. Backlund would be tough to get a fair return on only because I think that his actual value as a player still isn’t valued enough in the trade market yet. I imagine in 4-5 years when advanced statistics are much more common, he’d have a lot more. And he’s likely to sign a pretty team friendly contract. It is tough though to find assets the Flames have that cold improve their defence. It’s likely going to be a pretty uneventful trade deadline because of it. I think it honestly all starts with getting ride of one of these defensmen anyway possible

          • Kevin R

            Personally, I think if we do a Smid for a Brian Campbell type of deal with Florida would be a coup. Campbell would definitely fit in the 3-4 spot, allow Florida to dump some salary & not mess too much with the chemistry the team seems to have going right now. Not sure if we drop Wideman to our 3rd pairing is going to improve that 3rd pairing, but I do believe we would have improved the 2nd pairing. Campbell is not a bad fit for the transitional style Hartley likes to see from his blue line.

    • everton fc

      Jeff Petry (Oilers) will become a UFA at the end of this season if the Oilers dont sign him or trade him at the deadline for a team that wants D depth for the playoffs…Feeling is he wants big bucks ad wants to test the free agent market in July….

  • everton fc

    I completely disagree with Burke’s comments that the Flames are too small. The Flames are a young, fast team and uses speed to their advantage. Last night in the 3rd and overtime you could see how effective it was against a big team. The first 2 periods it took to long for the Flames to adjust their game and passing strategy, so their speed was shut down. But when adjusted the Ducks looked lost.

    My biggest fear is BB and BT are going to sign and trade players that can’t play the Flames game, just because they want some size. I honestly think we need to keep building a fast team. If you can find a big guy that is fast and talented, perfect. But adding size, to add size makes no sense.

  • JohnyR

    Not sure why people want Wideman gone. Sure he makes too much money but there’s room galore there. He’s serviceable in a limited role and is another weapon from the point. Why not keep him around? With that contract he’d be hard to move anyway, and would we be improved with returning player?

    • JohnyR

      I think he’d be great for a 3rd pairing and PP guy. Unfortunately he has to play in front of two d-men who should not be in the league at this point. I’d still take his contract and term over both Smid and Engelland’s. Unfortunately because of those two and their ugly contracts, you need a reallly good 2nd pairing. That’s sort of where the desire of if you can trade any one of those 3 d-men, do it in a heart beat

  • JohnyR

    In re: to Burke. I’m prety neutral towards Hartley as a head coach but thank god the Flames are close to re-signing him before Carlyle is a free agent. I’m not sure I could actively support a Randy Carlyle coached team

  • MWflames

    Trade Dennis Wideman for what? Do you want Engelland, Smid or Diaz in the top 4 consistently? Because if you trade Wideman you’re not going to get a top 4 D back to replace him and we’ll have to solve the problem from within. He has his defensive blunders but his offensive prowess of late completely covers that.