POST GAME: WHAT ELSE DID YOU EXPECT?

So, uh, what do I even say anymore?

Ho-hum. Flames score again with the goalie pulled and win in overtime. Yawn. 

Read all about it after the jump!

WHAT WENT DOWN

The first was a good one for the Flames despite the fact that no one scored. Josh Jooris almost continued his march towards an inevitable 50 goal season but deflected a Jiri Hudler shot off of the post.  Ferland had a couple good scoring chances, one off of a nice feed from Byron but he was unable to cash. 

I have been a big fan of Ferland in his stay with the Flames so far but I wonder why the Flames haven’t tried him in more of a checking role, especially when his game is so clearly suited for it. I know it is not that big of an issue but I can’t help but imagine why the Flames wouldn’t have tried swapping Sven and Ferland but hey, who cares, they’re winning. Plus, Ferland ended up having his best game as a pro tonight so what do I know?

The Flames came out of the gates flying to start the second. Paul Byron, who is simply the best guy, drew a penalty from being fast, annoying, and amazing. On the ensuing powerplay, Johnny Gaudreau proved that normal physics do not apply to him and made a simply fantastic zone entry and fired a puck across to Wideman who knocked the friggen thing out of mid air to put the Flames up 1-0. 

A minute later, Michael Ferland took an interference penalty and sent the Avs to the powerplay where the Avs scored a bit of a flukey goal that was the subject of a lengthy review. It turned out that Briere “powered” the puck into the net which I kinda thought was weird phrasing but either way, no goal and the Flames maintained their one-goal lead. 

The Avs controlled play for the majority of the second period and the Flames couldn’t hang on to their slim lead. Ryan O(ffersheet)’Reilly  and Matt Duchene completed a two-on-one to even the game at one, capitalizing on a shot block in the defensive zone. Ramo had absolutely no chance. 

Thanks again to @myregularface for all these gifs. Go follow her immediately. If you don’t we’ll find you.

Unfortunately, the Avs didn’t stop there. The Flames, unable to play Brodano for 60 minutes a night, had to put out the disaster twins Engelland and Smid and were victimized. Zach Redmond fired a puck in off of Nick Holden or Smid, it’s hard to tell. Either way, the Avs took a 2-1 lead with under five minutes to play in the second. 

After a strong opening couple of minutes, the Flames got eaten alive in the second period, especially at even-strength. Towards the very end of the period, the Flames were able to get some chances but gave up a ton of chances to the Avs and were fortunate to only be down by a single goal.

The Flames began their regularly scheduled third period comeback less than two minutes into the period. Tyson Barrie made a mind-numbingly bad giveaway to Sean Monahan who fed David Jones who placed the puck onto Glencross’ stick for a point-blank one-timer that Glencross buried. 2-2.  

However, this comeback looked like it might not be destined to be. After a third period of trading chances, Alex Tanguay turned Russell inside out and scored a very pretty goal to put the Avs back in front for with five minutes left to play. A nice goal to be sure but I am sure that Russell won’t be too proud of that effort.

However, if you doubted this team, shame on you. Did I have the rest of the post game already written? Perhaps. BUT I NEVER DOUBTED THEM FOR A SECOND.

With the goalie pulled, Dennis Wideman scored his tenth, as in 10 goals, as in DENNIS WIDEMAN HAS SCORED 10 TIMES, to tie the game again forcing overtime. Off the opening faceoff in overtime, Paul Byron was absolutely robbed on a breakaway but fret not! Sean Monahan won the game after a rebound sat alone in the crease. Flames win. Flames somehow win again.

I have no idea how they keep doing this but I hope it never ends.

Here is Monahan’s winner thanks to steph (@myregularface).

THE RED WARRIOR

Dennis Wideman had a great game with two goals and Karri Ramo battled hard in the net all game but I think the choice is a relatively easy one. 

Michael Ferland was far and away the most dangerous Flames forward for large stretches of tonight’s game despite that fact that he is still looking for his first NHL goal. The Flames have some interesting decisions to make in the coming days with players returning from injury. Surely, there will be some tough demotions and the Flames will have to make decisions on Sven, Ferland, and Granlund’s NHL future.

Also, Ferland did this tonight which was pretty cool.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:35 Gaudreau 4 6 13 24 31 86 1 4 5 12 29 92 5v5
Away 1 15:28 43 4 6 17 25 27 31 1 4 5 43 48 55 5v5
Away 1 15:02 2 4 6 17 25 27 31 1 2 4 5 43 55 5v5
Home 1 14:30 Giordano 5 7 13 23 24 31 1 6 8 25 40 5v4
Home 1 13:21 Hudler tip 5 7 13 20 24 31 1 5 22 55 90 5v4
Away 1 11:45 92 5 6 19 20 23 31 1 4 6 12 29 92 5v5
Home 1 11:23 Monahan 5 7 19 20 23 31 1 4 6 12 29 92 5v5
Home 1 6:21 Granlund tip 15 29 31 32 60 79 1 3 9 22 40 90 5v5
Home 1 6:20 Ferland 15 29 31 32 60 79 1 3 9 22 40 90 5v5
Home 1 4:40 Jooris 4 6 13 24 31 86 1 6 8 12 29 92 5v5
Home 1 2:49 Ferland 4 7 31 32 60 79 1 6 8 9 40 48 5v5
Home 2 18:08 Giordano 5 7 20 23 31 32 1 4 5 9 40 81 5v5
Home 2 18:06 Monahan 5 7 20 23 32 79 1 4 5 9 40 81 5v5
Home 2 17:41 Wideman goal 4 6 13 24 31 86 1 6 8 25 90 5v4
Away 2 16:22 90 15 29 31 32 86 1 4 9 40 48 90 4v5
Away 2 15:39 12 5 7 17 31 86 1 6 12 22 29 92 4v5
Away 2 8:51 Briere 15 29 31 32 60 79 1 6 8 25 48 81 5v5
Away 2 7:42 Tanguay 5 7 19 20 23 31 1 4 5 9 40 90 5v5
Away 2 6:38 Duchene goal 4 6 13 24 31 86 1 4 5 9 40 90 5v5
Away 2 5:59 Talbot 15 29 31 32 60 79 1 3 22 25 48 81 5v5
Away 2 5:40 Deflection (Holden goal) 15 17 23 25 29 31 1 2 3 22 43 55 5v5
Home 2 2:24 Ferland 5 7 31 32 60 79 1 6 8 9 40 90 5v5
Home 2 2:05 Ferland 5 7 31 32 60 79 1 6 8 9 40 90 5v5
Home 2 0:26 Hudler 5 7 13 24 31 86 1 6 8 25 48 55 5v5
Away 3 19:04 Barrie 5 7 13 19 23 31 1 4 5 9 12 40 5v5
Home 3 18:47 Glencross goal 5 7 19 20 23 31 1 4 5 9 40 90 5v5
Home 3 15:08 Baertschi 15 17 25 27 29 31 1 2 3 22 43 55 5v5
Home 3 14:21 Russell 4 6 13 24 31 86 1 4 5 12 29 92 5v5
Away 3 13:03 Mansour 13 15 24 29 31 86 1 6 8 25 81 90 5v5
Away 3 12:10 92 4 6 31 32 60 79 1 3 12 22 29 92 5v5
Away 3 10:14 Holden 15 17 25 29 31 86 1 2 3 22 43 55 5v5
Away 3 6:26 92 5 7 17 25 27 31 1 4 6 12 29 92 5v5
Home 3 2:51 Giordano 5 6 19 20 31 86 1 2 6 22 25 48 5v5
Away 3 0:42 Iginla 5 7 19 20 23 31 1 6 8 12 29 92 5v5
Home 4 4:55 Byron 5 7 31 32 86 1 6 8 9 40 4v4
Home 4 4:34 Brodie 5 7 31 32 86 1 6 8 9 40 4v4
Home 4 3:17 Monahan 5 6 20 23 31 1 4 5 29 90 4v4
Home 4 3:14 Monahan goal 5 6 20 23 31 1 4 5 29 90 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:57 4 4 01:37 1 0 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 22:19 12 5 02:46 2 0 01:25 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 23:10 6 5 01:23 1 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 20:40 10 4 03:00 2 0 01:37 0 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 17:24 4 3 03:17 3 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 11:08 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:35 0 1
17 BOUMA, LANCE 10:08 1 5 00:02 0 0 01:37 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 15:49 3 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 16:37 7 3 01:31 1 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 18:14 6 5 02:29 1 0 00:25 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:37 4 2 03:17 3 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 09:27 1 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 07:29 1 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 11:34 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:23 0 1
31 RAMO, KARRI   18 14   3 0   0 2
32 BYRON, PAUL 13:10 9 3 01:04 0 0 00:35 0 1
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 11:19 5 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 10:47 6 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 17:55 7 3 01:29 1 0 01:23 0 2
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 8 3 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 7 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 4 6 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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  • Purple Hazze

    Just had to say this to see if anyone else noticed it as well. When Monahan was drafted the biggest knock against him was his skating. Watching last night I saw he had no problem keeping up with Mackinnon or Duchane both who are considered to be some of the best skaters in the league.

    • MonsterPod

      Yeah it was noted that skating was one of the things he worked on during the offseason and it’s apparent that it paid off. His skating is noticeably and greatly improved from last season

    • I’ve become pretty convinced that Monahan’s best quality is his dedication to making himself the best all around hockey player possible. This, combined with being his own biggest critic will make him increasingly amazing every year, for some time to come.

      He seems to analyse where he needs to make improvement and then make huge strides in that direction (skating, face-offs, tough comp…).

  • Purple Hazze

    @Dave

    Have the NHL or analytic community started tracking time of possession yet? Pretty hard to do with such a fast moving game but that might give a good idea of how dominant a team is along with shots on goal.

    • RickT

      That would actually be a pretty interesting stat to try and work out – see if anything comes out of it.

      You could mix that time of possession ToP with the number of scoring chances, or shots attempted (try a few different metrics) to come out with a number of shots (or shot attempts, etc.) per [amount of time].

      You would be able to judge some sustained pressure over just cycling the puck, or perimeter shots (takes longer for a perimeter shot to get there than one from the hashmarks, etc.).

      Very interesting.

  • Purple Hazze

    I just watched the post game interview with Hartley and I was really impressed. First of all the players gave him the hard hat which is a huge compliment and testament to how they consider him one of the guys.

    Second, I’m in business school at the moment and one of our classes is a leadership class where we talk about what it takes to be a good manager and have a high performing team. Hartley and the 2014 Flames could easily be a case study. Hartley displays humility, humour and a real penchant for keeping his players grounded when they are successful.

    He also gave a lot of credit to Roy for his 400 wins. Class move.

  • Rockmorton65

    Didn’t you just love Monahans reaction after scoring the winner. Confident, but not cocky. Like Vince Lombardi once said to his players: “when you score a touchdown, act like you’ve been there before”. Love the maturity that kid is showing.

  • RKD

    Monahan was fantastic, Dennis Wideman keeps it rolling, 10 goals in the first 1/3rd of the season the guy is on pace for 30. Ferland is a big guy no one wants to play against. It doesn’t matter if the Flames are up, are down, they just keeping on winning and scoring a lot of goals. They’ve scored a whopping 87 goals, that’s good for 2nd in the NHL behind the Bolts. The Flames record against the West is a staggering 11-4 and best in the Pacific. They are on pace for 52 wins and 109 points, let’s say they do fall off a bit and finish with 99 points that still might be enough to get into a wildcard spot.