Post-Game: Another Loss in Disneyland

Tonight the Calgary Flames attempted to finally overcome the Disneyland Curse by beating the Anaheim Ducks in the Honda Center.

Despite following their typical game-plan to the tee – spotting their opponent a few goals and then trying to come back in the third period – they did not win in Anaheim. The final score was 3-2.

They came that close. Their next chance will be January 21, the last game prior to the All-Star Break.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames got down fairly early, giving up a Matt Beleskey goal five minutes into the game. Despite this, they had some good chances and out-shot the Ducks 12-9.

The second period was more of the game: the Flames out-shot the Ducks 14-12 and had three power-plays in the period (one carried over from the end of the first period). But no power-play goals. The Ducks made the most of their chances. Corey Perry got a nice bounce from traffic and bonked in the loose puck to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead. And late in the period, the Ducks went up by three as Kyle Palmieri scored one Jonas Hiller probably wants back, tucking the puck behind Hiller while falling down to make it 3-0.

The third? At first the Flames played possum. Then? They played well. The Flames spent a good deal of the first half of the period in their own zone, but following a power-play mid-way through the period they finally got rolling and really dictated the pace of the second half. T.J. Brodie turned the tide nearly at the exact mid-point of the period, sneaking in from the point and lasering a shot past Frederik Andersen off a feed from Sean Monahan to at least ensure the club wouldn’t get shut out for the first time this season. And after a bunch of chances that they couldn’t capitalize on, Jiri Hudler tipped home a Mark Giordano point shot with 25 seconds left. If that sounds like it wasn’t enough time to come back, you are correct and the comeback fell just a bit short. (Johnny Gaudreau had a goal called back prior to Hudler’s marker because Johnny Hockey thought he was Johnny Soccer with his distinct kicking motion.)

But hey, good effort after not capitalizing on a lot through the first 40 minutes (despite playing a fairly strong road game through 40).

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

The PDO chickens came home to roost. The Flames out-shot the Ducks overall – including getting 7 power-play shots – but didn’t get the bounces to the same degree they have in the past.

They also lost 56% of their draws, which is a great way to ensure that any momentum you’ve generated gets diffused by the home team pretty quick.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with T.J. Brodie, who had 4 shots (tied for the team lead) and put a lot of rubber at the net. Oh, and he had a goal and an assist on Hudler’s late-game goal. Another strong game from #7.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:33 Ferland 4 17 19 21 31 42 1 4 6 32 79 86 5v5
Home 1 19:06 Perry 10 15 23 31 39 45 1 5 7 17 20 23 5v5
Home 1 16:39 Palmieri 4 17 19 21 31 42 1 4 29 32 79 86 5v5
Home 1 16:34 Palmieri 17 19 21 23 31 45 1 5 7 17 20 23 5v5
Home 1 16:16 Kesler 17 19 21 23 31 45 1 5 7 17 20 23 5v5
Home 1 15:37 Getzlaf 10 15 31 37 39 47 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Home 1 15:33 Perry 10 15 31 37 39 47 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Away 1 15:10 Knight 4 7 31 33 42 44 1 10 15 25 27 29 5v5
Home 1 12:42 Beleskey 10 15 31 37 39 47 1 5 7 32 79 86 5v5
Home 1 9:29 Maroon 17 19 21 23 31 45 1 4 7 17 20 23 5v5
Away 1 7:39 Gaudreau 7 31 33 37 44 47 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Home 1 6:14 Vatanen 12 14 18 23 31 45 1 4 6 17 20 23 5v5
Home 1 5:18 Thompson 7 23 31 33 44 45 1 5 7 32 79 86 5v5
Away 1 2:39 Baertschi 7 23 31 33 44 45 1 15 25 27 29 86 5v5
Away 1 0:36 Hudler 15 23 31 44 45 1 5 6 20 23 24 4v5
Away 1 0:03 Monahan 15 23 31 44 45 1 5 6 13 20 23 4v5
Away 2 18:06 Glencross 4 10 15 31 39 42 1 5 7 17 20 23 5v5
Home 2 14:57 Perry goal 10 15 23 31 39 47 1 5 7 17 20 23 5v5
Home 2 8:09 Perry 4 10 15 31 39 42 1 4 6 13 24 60 5v5
Home 2 7:43 Kesler tip 4 17 19 21 31 42 1 15 29 32 79 86 5v5
Home 2 6:14 18 14 18 31 37 44 47 1 5 7 17 20 23 5v5
Home 2 3:07 Cogliano 7 23 31 33 44 45 1 5 7 32 79 86 5v5
Home 2 0:17 Palmieri goal 4 17 19 21 31 45 1 13 15 29 32 60 5v5
Home 3 17:50 Thompson 4 7 31 33 37 44 1 15 24 29 79 86 5v5
Away 3 17:32 Ferland 4 12 14 18 31 37 1 15 23 27 29 79 5v5
Away 3 15:48 Granlund 7 31 33 42 44 47 1 7 15 20 32 60 5v5
Home 3 14:28 19 4 17 19 21 31 45 1 15 17 25 29 86 5v5
Home 3 13:03 Silfverberg 7 31 33 37 44 45 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 3 12:59 Silfverberg 7 31 33 37 44 45 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 3 12:43 Silfverberg 7 31 33 37 44 45 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 3 11:35 Russell 4 10 15 31 42 1 4 13 15 32 4v4
Home 3 11:14 Manson 4 7 31 42 44 1 4 15 24 86 4v4
Home 3 11:13 Manson 4 7 31 42 44 1 4 15 24 86 4v4
Away 3 9:00 Brodie goal 12 17 31 45 47 1 5 7 20 23 4v4
Away 3 4:57 Baertschi 4 17 31 42 44 1 4 6 20 23 32 4v5
Away 3 4:32 Brodie 10 15 31 37 39 45 1 4 7 27 60 86 5v5
Away 3 4:04 Brodie 10 12 15 31 37 45 1 5 7 27 60 86 5v5
Home 3 3:01 Beleskey 10 15 31 39 45 47 1 4 6 20 23 32 5v5
Home 3 2:47 Scrum/deflection 10 15 31 39 45 47 1 4 6 20 23 32 5v5
Away 3 2:11 Hudler deflection 10 17 31 39 45 47 5 7 13 20 23 24 5v5
Away 3 0:38 Hudler tip 4 12 17 21 31 42 5 7 20 23 24 86 5v5
Away 3 0:25 Hudler goal 10 15 31 44 45 47 5 7 20 23 24 86 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   11 25   3 0   0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:56 4 10 02:58 1 0 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 20:39 6 11 05:02 2 0 00:00 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 19:16 2 6 04:40 3 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:16 8 12 03:04 0 0 00:00 0 0
10 KNIGHT, CORBAN 06:15 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 14:17 3 7 03:31 1 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 12:06 5 6 00:16 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 12:17 1 8 00:14 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 15:15 6 9 04:36 3 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 15:50 6 9 04:35 3 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 17:19 4 9 03:57 1 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 07:18 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 08:15 5 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 11:53 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 14:07 3 8 01:22 1 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:40 4 4 00:57 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 12:57 2 6 03:19 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 18:03 6 12 01:29 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 10 4 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 1 6 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 10 9 9 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames don’t have time to stew over the loss, as they’re hopping a plane and jetting to Northern California for a date in San Jose with the Sharks. Odds are somebody gets sent down to the AHL, as most likely David Jones will make his return to the line-up and the roster already has 23 men on it.

It’s an 8:30pm start tomorrow in Silicon Valley. Can the Flames avoid back-to-back regulation losses? We’ll find out in less than 24 hours.

  • The Sultan

    IMO they’ve been overplaying Hiller and not giving Ramo a chance to get in a groove. Cogliano’s goal was a weak play from Engelland (hardly hard to play against) followed by a flubbed save from Hiller. He hasn’t been at the top of his game for a couple weeks now.

  • The Sultan

    Listening to hillers post game comments, he throws the team under the bus…Not great leadership skills, kinda like how Burke, Hartley and crew threw Sven under the bus last year…not great leadership skills. Love how media asks jooris about the streak…he’s a first year flame don’t think its gonna affect him, if you listen to him awnser the question he seems confused he’s even being asked. The streak probably affects longtime members of the flames media more so, or they’re just trying to sell newspapers.

        • playastation

          I honestly can’t get over how people are all over the Sven thing in here. He’s not better than any of the other rookies that have come up. Heck, even Johnny Hockey had a more physical game yesterday than Sven did.

          That Pierre Page comment from a few days ago made me lose 10 iq points.

          • The Last Big Bear

            In all fairness to Baertschi, he’s averaging less than 9 minutes a game at even strength. The Flames do not have another rookie who has played at least 50 minutes of EV ice-time getting such low ice-time. In addition, Gaudreau, Granlund, and Jooris all receive some sort of special teams time on top of their even strength minutes. Baertschi is playing roughly the same amount per game as Brandon Bollig.

            I’d also add that Baertschi has a Points/60 of 2.09, which is surprisingly fourth on the team behind only Colborne, Granlund, and Hudler. This is somewhat noteworthy (at least in my books, although Baertschi’s sample size is still really small) because Baertschi hasn’t yet scored a goal this year, meaning his shooting % is still at 0. He’s managed to produce points at a high pace relative to his ice-time, and the fact that none of his points are coming off an unsustainably high shooting percentage (cuz its 0 lol). In comparison, Hudler’s put up a points/60 of 2.23, but his even strength shooting % is a crazy 33.33%. I think Hudler is an above average finisher, but 33% seems a tad lucky.

            I’m not saying Baertschi is a great player or anything like that, but he seems to have gotten a raw deal from some of the fans and media. The Flames coaches need to figure out what his role is on this team. If he continues to waste away on the fourth line, I’d send him back to Adirondack or trade him. Baertschi’s at the point that he has to show well, but the coaches need to give him the opportunity to do so.

          • redricardo

            Sven gets unwarranted negativity from some here, but also unwarranted praise from others. The reality lies somewhere in the middle. His usage aside, he doesn’t seem to make as much of an impression as others have, when given the chance.

            Against the Devils, I noticed he was out on the ice for a couple key moments in the 3rd. Last night he was on the ice for a late PP with Johnny in the 3rd. He may not be given the high road playing on the 4th line, but he has been given chances to show his offensive skill set.

  • prendrefeu

    This team seems to turn it up a notch any time the goalie is pulled. If only there was a way to put that desperation into period 1 and 2.

    Having said that, I love the winning spirit I see in them.

    The Oilers meanwhile are following Lambert’s approach to a tee. How is that working for their fan base?

  • playastation

    Yah, when Perry and Getz wanna go… man do they go.

    I thought they did well. 2 of the goals against us were pretty bad. And Perry’s goal was kind of lucky.

    We were lucky with shots the whole year. They get the bounces in Disneyland… Always.

  • The Last Big Bear

    This season is not about the wins and losses, its about development.

    And last night, the Flames showed why this season has been a tremendous success so far, and it has nothing to do with the standings.

    Ferland had a great game. By my eye, Sven was one of the best players on the ice during his limited minutes. Granlund was good, Gaudreau was good, but Anaheim was better able to neutralize him than most other teams. Monahan was noticeable all night. Brodie was Brodie. Jooris was playing big minutes, and not looking like an AHLer.

    The Flamed played a pretty solid game, and lost by 1 goal to one of the legit championship contenders. Thy has some bad bounces, and I’m not saying they deserved the win (they didn’t), but I think a 3-2 final score pretty accurately reflects the balance of play.

    The Flames had a good game. This has been a good season.

    Losses don’t really matter, the rebuild is going well.

    • Kevin R

      Well said. Anaheim are a very big & very good team. You can just see they are built for playoffs where you have to fight for every inch. Games like this are exactly what the Flames need to understand where they have to get to. Overall they played a pretty decent game. You can tell the team speed gives even well built teams all types of fits.

      1st Anaheim goal was lucky but they were buzzing us & we were having trouble getting out of our zone. They worked hard for that luck. The 3rd goal was on Hiller. He needed to stop that & if he had, we may have had another magical 3rd period & over time. But it happens, Hiller has earned us points this year so it all evens out. Good game & lets take it over to tonight & see if we can catch the Sharks with their teeth out. GFG

    • everton fc

      Judging from the minutes and situations Ferland was put in, Hartley and the staff are feeling a similar trust-level with him, as they have been with Jooris. And to think he wasn’t mentioned here all summer. Not really. Sven, Seiloff, Wotherspoon, Reinhart, Knight, Arnold, D’Agostino, others got more press than my man from Brandon. He’s proven a lot of people wrong. And I’m glad he’s getting his chance.

      What I like about this season so far is they are allowing their prospects time with the big team, giving them a chance to show what they can do. My assumption is you also are able to judge a bit about the character of these kids, helping with the long-term assessment of their careers here, as to whether they “fit” into the organizational model, going forward. TO see guys like Jooris and Ferland getting the minutes they are in key situations, ditto Granlund and Gaudreau, is refreshing. I’m hoping Poirier is the next call up. Unless Knight can do more than win faceoffs.

      It is good to here a fan saying positives about Sven. He should be given a few more chances to play in a role more suited to his game, whatever that is, at this level.

      Or should he?

      • The Last Big Bear

        I was very impressed with Sven last night. I think that was the best I’ve ever seen him play.

        Hartley is being harder on Sven than anyone else. That’s just a fact, he is being held to a higher standard.

        And I think that’s a reasonable way to deal with a guy like Sven.

        You tell him his default level of contribution is not good enough. That his hard work is not good enough. He needs to find a new gear and a new level of effort. And when he has dug deeper, and tried harder than he ever has before, borne out of sheer frustration and desperation, you let him know that it was barely adequate. And that he can stay out of the press box and on the 4th line for now.

        You make him kick and fight and scrap just to get a shift. Not for one game, not 3 games, but until that becomes his new default. Until he doesn’t dare play any other way.

        And when the day comes that he can bring that fury and drive and focus for 23 minutes of 1st line ice time, you’ll have the player we were all hoping he would be.

        I’ve missed a bunch of games recently, and from reading this and other sites/forums, I was expecting to see Baertschi struggling. Instead what I saw was a skilled young kid, in limited minutes with limited line mates, playing with DRIVE. Baertschi’s performance in his limited minutes was one of the highlights of the game for me b

        • Captain Ron

          My thoughts exactly big bear. This aint no country club and the sooner the young guys know it the better. Sven was a noticeably improved player last night in a tough building. He has little choice but to step up and show the his coach and team mates what he really has in the tank. He will get his bigger minutes when he shows he can handle them and be trusted in that role.

        • The Last Big Bear

          Good post.

          Scotty Bowman used to do it all the time. It seemed to work out well not only for him, but the kids he whipped into shape. Some players need to to be driven in this manner.

  • BurningSensation

    Well we were well overdue for a game in which we outplayed the opposition territorially but then lost anyway.

    If nothing else it should drag our PDO back to more ‘sustainable’ ranges, and perhaps, convince some people that the Flames aren’t actually ‘terrible’.

  • Rock

    Kids against men One goal game 2 bad breaks someone has to lose over all a good game for the flames next time the breaks will go there way. Dominated the last half of the third against potentially a championship type team.

  • BurningSensation

    I think this illustrates that the margin of victory in the NHL is paper thin. a (un)lucky bounce, a wrong decision. The Flames are keeping themselves in almost every game they play. That is a testament of the attitude and skill of the players.

  • redricardo

    A lot of people pointing out that the third goal was on the goalie… And it was. He should have that.

    That being said, the fact it’s a one on two, and the one player manages to dump the puck in the corner, retrieve it, and get a scoring chance, is all on Smid and Engelland. Awful. Just awful.

  • BurningSensation

    Can we all just relax about Sven? We were overdue to have a prospect struggle against expectations (Monahan, Gaudreau, and Granlund all having met, exceeded, or outright blown them away), and I for one don’t have a problem being as slow with Sven as necessary.

    Ask yourself, what would Detroit do?

    Answer; they would be patient.

    • de Animoe

      With Setoguchi gone the message is a good one. The youngsters will be given the chance to prove themselves. If they do, they will stick with the club. Sven now has a chance. I personally thought he played well last night in his limited role. Let’s hope he builds on his last few outings.

    • everton fc

      Agreed.

      I think he should be rotated with the rest of the kids that are showing “signs” of potential. Obviously Jooris has made the team long-term. Perhaps Granlund, as well. Ferland may be next. Setoguchi getting waived is good news for Ferland. And Knight. For now.

      I’ve always felt Ferland had the tools, the complete package, to be consider a 2nd liner some day. We shall see. He’s clearly a big unit, willing to do what it takes to win, on both sides of the ice. And he’s not taking dumb, emotional penalties, which is something guys like Kanzig need to consider, if they want a cup of coffee in this league, for this team.

      I like the discipline being instilled here. They are looking for character guys who don’t whine, no prima donnas. Work and earn your spot on the roster. Merit first. Young guys are responding.

      Amazing how a guys career can come off the rails. Setoguchi. Galiardi. Will anyone take a chance on them?

    • Kevin R

      Just one minor wrinkle in your thinking. Yes, Flames should be patient, Flames should let Sven take whatever time it takes to make that transition to the NHL. It varies from player to player. But is Sven on the same take your time & be patient frame of mind. I have my doubts, based on how he performs in the AHL. But we can argue this all day & still not have the right answer. I think Sven played great last night & I think Hartley did reward him with some extra time because I saw him on the ice with Mohanan & Gaudreau on a power play in the 3rd. The answer will come in July when we need to extend his contract. Especially if his number comes up to be sent back down when Raymond & Backs & Colborne & Stajan come back. I’m hoping Sven plays great & we can put this one to bed.

  • smith

    Ferland looks real strong, fast, and smart and seems to have a wicked shot. Really surprised by him. Can he become a second line player? A physical hard nosed winger who can score. That would be awesome.

    The physical edge of Ferland, Poirier and Bennet may really help our top 6.

    • BurningSensation

      The rule of thumb is big guys take longer, so waiting for guys like Ferland to ripen is always wise.

      He’s flashed an intriguing skill set as he has much better hands and skating than most plumbers. I’m hoping he follows the Rick Tocchet path where physical and defensive play lead to an expanded offensive role – that he then delivers on.

      At worst, he and Bouma should form a physical fourth line nobody wants to play against. He’s a player.

      Let’s not sleep on Hunter Smith either. He’s bulldozed his way to over a ppg so far in the OHL, and at 6’6″ he might be the better compliment to Bennett and Ferland than Poirier (who would then end up with Monahan and Gaudreau).

      The next few years are going to be a total blast as we watch some of these guys ‘make the leap’. Monahan, Brodie and Gaudreau in particular look like they may be just scraping the surface of the players they will be for us.

  • Colorado Flames

    Watched the game on NHL Center Ice. Unfortunately I rarely get the Flames feed.The Anaheim commentators are the worse!! They complain about the officiating EVERY game. Brian Hayward acts smug and like a know it all. Say what you will about the Flames commentators but these guys take the cake as the worse! Why do subpar former goalies always end up being commentators?

    • The Last Big Bear

      Same here on the Center Ice feed. I was actually quite impressed on the play by play. Intermissions were completely unbearable.

      And yes, they complain about the officiating constantly. Blatant whining when the Ducks got a penalty in the 3rd for “barely hitting Gaudreau in the head”. My jaw dropped at that comment.

      One thing I must say. This is the first year I’ve subscribed to every game, and man, what a year to do so!

  • RKD

    Jonas probably wanted that last goal back, but that’s going to happen. His save % has come down to earth a bit. The Ducks started strong, Perry and Getzlaf are beasts. Their team just comes at you wave after wave. The Flames did pour it on late but they could have generated more chances in the offensive zone. The Ducks are an elite team and I think the Flames missed a guy like Colborne in that game.