Post-Game: Sharks End Flames Streak

They were bound to lose at some point.

The Flames dropped a close 3-2 game tonight against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks spotted the Flames a first period lead, but the Flames paid the favour back via some sloppy second period defensive-zone play. Ultimately, they couldn’t consummate the comeback and they dropped their ninth regulation game of the 2014-15 season.

Here’s how it happened.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames had one of their best periods of the season in the first. They had jump. They executed well. They made Antti Niemi make quite a few good saves. They out-shot the Sharks 12-7. They out-attempted them 25-14. They skated well. They won more face-offs by a 14-11 margin. They scored a late-period goal, as a nice zone entry and some pressure and some cycling found Mark Giordano entering the zone as the trailer, and he fired a slap-shot past Niemi to make it 1-0. Outside of scoring more goals, not much else could be asked of the Flames in the first period.

The second period? Ehhh… They weren’t quite as good. The Sharks came out of the gates like a team that had gotten yelled at by their coach. They had more jump and better execution than the Flames did early-on, and made the locals pay twice fairly early in the middle frame. 33 seconds in, Tommy Wingels grabbed a Flames defensive turnover in their own zone and fed it to Justin Braun, who back-handed the puck past Karri Ramo to make it 1-1. 2:01 later, Raphael Diaz failed to clear out a Sharks dump-in, allowing Logan Couture to collect it and beat Ramo to make it 2-1. The period went back-and-forth from there, with the Sharks trying to protect their lead. However, after a successful late-period penalty kill on a Mark Giordano hooking minor, the Flames entered the zone with some vim and vigour, and after some pressuring, some cycling and some shots, Jiri Hudler’s initial shot was saved by Niemi but Johnny Gaudreau collected the rebound and put it past the netminder for a 2-2 tie. Shots were tied 9-9 in the second, with the Flames leading in shot attempts 27-18 but the Sharks having a clear face-off edge by a 15-7 margin.

The Sharks went up mid-way through the third period on a weird one: they had the Flames hemmed in their zone. Stajan hit Wingels. The puck went to Couture, and popped into the air when a Flame went to challenge him. The bouncing puck landed in front of the net and Marleau knocked it past Ramo to give them a 3-2 lead. The Flames successfully killed off a five-on-three Sharks power-play and had a late advantage of their own, but Antti Niemi stood tall and the locals were down 3-2. Shots in the third were even at 14-14, while the Sharks had an advantage in shot attempts (29-25) and face-offs (13-10).

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Two key factors: face-offs and turnovers.

The first two Sharks goals were off sloppy defensive-zone play, which allowed the Sharks to pounce and basically gave Karri Ramo little chance to do much. Combined with a wonky bounce in the early third – set up by them getting absolutely hemmed into the own zone after an icing – and viola, the Sharks score more goals.

The Sharks also were strong at pacing themselves. Huge in that was their face-off performance. Calgary lost the majority of the draws, winning just 44%, which allowed the Sharks to really dictate the pace as the game went on (and dissipate Flames momentum).

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with the ever-dangerous Johnny Gaudreau: five shots, a goal and an even rating in 19:21 of ice-time. He continues to stir the drink on the Flames power-play, getting 4:10 of PP time in a game where they had six minutes of PP time.

Barclay Goodrow, his soundalike Sharks counterpart, was minus-1 in 15:24 of ice-time.

SCORING CHANCES

(Stick tap to the mystery person that did Scoring Chances so I didn’t have to! – RP)

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 16:01 Bouma from Stajan, save 5 7 16 17 18 31 15 27 31 52 81 89 5v5
Away 1 0:22 Scott from Pavelski, save 5 7 19 20 23 31 4 18 19 20 31 88 5v5
Away 1 0:19 Pavelski from Scott rebound, miss 5 7 19 20 23 31 4 8 19 20 31 88 5v5
Away 1 0:12 Thornton, save 4 6 31 32 60 79 4 8 19 31 48 88 5v5
Away 2 19:28 Braun, goal 4 6 13 24 31 86 12 31 39 44 57 61 5v5
Away 2 17:27 Couture from Braun, goal 15 16 17 18 31 33 18 20 31 39 44 61 5v5
Away 2 15:40 Goodrow from Sheppard, save 5 7 19 20 23 31 15 18 27 31 44 89 5v5
Home 2 12:03 Ferland from Russel, miss 4 6 31 32 60 79 15 20 27 31 52 89 5v5
Home 2 9:42 Byron from Giordano, miss (5v4 PP) 5 6 20 31 32 86 4 12 27 31 39 5v4
Home 2 6:45 Monahan from Giordano, save 5 7 16 20 23 31 4 8 19 31 48 88 5v5
Home 2 2:22 Russel from Stajan, save 4 5 15 17 18 31 12 31 44 52 57 89 5v5
Home 2 2:13 Gaudreau from Hudler, save 4 13 15 18 24 31 12 31 44 52 57 89 5v5
Home 2 2:12 Gaudreau, goal 4 13 15 18 24 31 12 31 44 52 57 89 5v5
Away 3 19:16 Burns from Hertl, miss 5 7 19 20 23 31 4 8 19 31 48 88 5v5
Away 3 17:09 Wingels from Marleau, save 5 7 13 24 31 86 4 12 31 39 57 88 5v5
Home 3 16:20 Gaudreau from Hudler, save 4 6 13 23 24 31 10 19 31 44 61 5v4
Home 3 15:12 Byron from Giordano, save (5v4 PP) 5 7 20 31 32 86 12 31 39 44 61 5v4
Away 3 14:31 Pavelski, save 5 7 19 20 23 31 4 8 19 31 44 61 5v5
Away 3 10:43 Marleau from Couture, goal 5 7 17 18 24 31 12 27 31 39 52 57 5v5
Away 3 9:42 Hertl from Pavelski, miss 4 6 19 20 23 31 4 8 19 31 48 88 5v5
Home 3 7:23 Granlund from Byron, save 5 7 31 32 60 79 4 8 12 31 39 88 5v5
Away 3 6:18 Wingels from Couture, save 4 6 31 32 60 79 12 31 39 44 57 61 5v5
Home 3 6:09 Ferland from Byron, miss 4 6 31 32 60 79 12 31 39 44 57 61 5v5
Away 3 5:10 Hertl from Thornton, save 5 7 19 20 23 31 8 19 31 44 48 61 5v5
Away 3 4:47 Thornton, miss (5v4 PP) 5 6 17 18 31 8 12 19 31 39 88 4v5
Away 3 4:22 Pavelski from Burns, save (5v3 PP) 5 6 17 31 8 12 19 31 39 88 3v5
Away 3 3:41 Pavelski from Burns, save (5v3 PP) 5 6 17 31 8 12 19 31 39 88 3v5
Home 3 2:57 Brodie, save (4v5 PK) 5 6 7 31 86 8 15 31 44 48 52 4v5
Home 3 1:47 Diaz from Monahan, miss (6v5) 5 23 24 33 60 79 12 27 31 39 57 61 5v5
Home 3 0:44 Monahan from Hudler, save (6v4 PP) 4 6 13 20 23 24 19 31 39 44 88 5v4
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 20:47 5 4 03:16 2 0 01:06 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 19:38 5 8 02:03 2 0 02:12 1 3
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 21:31 2 4 03:48 3 0 03:25 1 3
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:46 3 8 01:31 1 0 01:57 1 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 15:10 2 2 04:11 2 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 10:15 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:34 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 05:54 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 07:50 2 2 00:00 0 0 02:52 0 3
18 STAJAN, MATT 07:52 4 2 00:00 0 0 01:10 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 15:49 0 7 00:05 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 16:21 1 7 02:27 3 0 00:34 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 18:21 2 7 04:16 2 0 00:19 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:36 3 3 04:11 2 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   8 13   3 0   1 3
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:31 3 2 01:03 2 0 00:19 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 09:43 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 11:01 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:34 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 10:30 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 13:55 0 2 01:03 2 0 01:33 1 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 3 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 7 10 3 7 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 2

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames (17-9-2) have had their winning streak napped after four games. They’re off tomorrow and then jet off to the Centre of the Universe for a game on Tuesday in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

The next home game is on December 16. This upcoming roadie features stops in Toronto, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Chicago. We’ll see if their prior road success can continue.

  • How ironic on a day that we’re all discussing Lambert, the Flames outcorsi their opponent, and still manage to lose the game with the game winner coming on a very lucky bounce.

    Probably their best game since the 6-2 game vs. Montreal. Hopefully the boys continue their 8-0-1 (I think?) streak after losses. Go Flames Go!

  • Meh. We certainly had our moments but the Sharks really struggled to generate much on their own, it took our careless mistakes to give them their zone time. To lose a game like this, at home, is exactly why we need to ease up on the wins and start improving our draft position.

    • Captain Ron

      Well then real savardianspinorama guy the last line in your comment makes no sense. What was so special about tonight’s ame at this point in the season? A couple of break downs led to goals and Niemi was really good when he had to be. Lost by one goal in a close game. So what.

      Now after such a loss your suggesting this team with twice as many wins as they have losses should actively begin to alter the course of their entire season because of it?

      C’mon. Your comments would generally suggest that you are more intelligent than that.

      Internet tough guy? Not here.

  • RKD

    They had a strong first period but a letdown and a couple of mistakes that lead to the Sharks goal. Yet, we rallied by to tie the game on Johnny Hockey’s goal. We did put some pressure on the Sharks late in the game but came up short. I had no problem with Ramo but if they are going with win and you’re in and lose and you’re out then I guess we see Hiller draw back in Tuesday against the Leafs. It will be a tough road trip, the Leafs are playing better after the Nashville spanking and Buffalo beatdown. The Sabres are playing better, the Pens are always tough and the Hawks are hot right now. They have a big test coming up but I expect them to be up to the challenge.

  • Captain Ron

    Dear fellow Flames Nation readers RE: Ryan Lambert

    Because of the outrage expressed by some of my fellow FN readers out of curiosity I ventured over to ON for the first time in a very long time to read his latest drivel. What I read was largely unsurprising coming from him. He states that we are all idiots because we are somehow deluded into thinking our team is good while we are enjoying a winning season of Flames hockey to date. So I guess according to him I’m an idiot then because I should be unhappy my team is winning more than it is losing. Go figure. What surprises me most is that a “writer” can be so stupid as to insult his readers on a continual basis and think that’s OK. What a moron. Nothing like kicking over the beehive for the sake of it. Apparently his employers are OK with this type of garbage so they let him get away with it. To me that speaks volumes of their standards for “writers” using the term loosely. A decent operation would show him the door ASAP.

    A guy like Lambert didn’t exist in the pre-internet era because he likely would have had to speak to others in a personal setting more often and would have been straightened out in short order by his listeners.

    If you want to rid yourself of his buffoonery then perhaps do what I did a long time ago and ignore then man and his articles. I have no time in my life for such nonsense. No point in allowing a dork like Lambert to get under your skin. There is too much other good stuff to read on FN from some of the the other writers and fellow readers who comment to bother with Lambert’s mostly useless crap.

    I thought that was a good game tonight from an entertainment point of view. Niemi was very good for them. Nice to go into a game like this against the Sharks and actually believe we have a very good chance of winning. Unlike fans of some other teams who expect to lose before the puck drops.

    At least the losses are not blowouts.

    • Kevin R

      I always allowed Lambert his warped forum as I figured he was a Flames advocate despite his off base ideas of tanking & losing that he just wouldn’t let go in his 5 things week after week. I read them, because through the rubble of his drivel he actually made some devils advocate points once in a while. & I did realize he could really stir up debate. Good for him & it’s entertainment. Like family, they tick you off but you tolerate them because you have to, they’re family. What he did on ON crossed a line. He feels that strongly about how the Flames stink & how delusional Flames fans cheering for their team when the win, well, that’s no fan, no friend & not part of Flames Nation & what we are all about. Especially trashing us to our hated rivals, he can screw off. I respect Rex as an Oiler fan way more than Lambert who was supposed to be a FN writer. There is writing to make a point of view & have basically a $hit disturber style of writing & then there is continually insulting a team & it’s fan base. Why should FN allow him a forum to do this to us? Time to move on from Mr. Lambert.

      • Captain Ron

        That’s where I am at with him too. I quit reading his stuff a while ago because to me it was more about the shock value than much else.

        Your right he crossed a line for sure this time.

      • T&A4Flames

        I pretty much agree with you here. However, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but isn’t it possible that Lambert, in his dry, sometimes hard to see through the negative, humour that he nay actually be trolling the Oilers? There were parts in that write up that seemed more of poke at the Oilers and their fans.

        Like you I can respect Lambert giving us that opposing view and I can’t always disagree. If the Flames are doomed to regress, then this would be the worst year to pull a COL style 1off; potential best draft ever etc. But perhaps he actually is enjoying these games, it’s just his anylitical mind is battling his heart and winning when he sits down to write. Judging by comments here and on ON, I think he’s done a good job confusing everyone as to his real agenda.

    • MWflames

      Lambert is a necessary evil. We need the contrarian around to spark discussion. We need people to argue all sides, so us as readers can see as many perspectives as possible.

      He is the villain in the Flames blog world, and we are supposed to hate him. However, the smugness he portrays comes from the advanced stats culture, which I hope they all get rid of.

    • Matty Franchise Jr

      “Which is more than the Oilers, but please recall the Flames have a PDO of 102.4 (third-best in the league). Edmonton, meanwhile, is dead last at 96.8. 

      And what this does is trick idiots into thinking a team is good.”

      Lambert doesn’t call us all idiots. Just those who believe this team is good despite much evidence to the contrary.

      • Captain Ron

        Yes he doesn’t call us all idiots.

        But I think that the group who believe the team is good because of their recent performance would easily include young kids, and men or women, none of whom may be “sophisticated” fans because they don’t know or care about advanced stats. This is sports entertainment. In the big picture advanced stats only matter to a relatively small group of people (or fans) if you ask me. I believe a much larger number of people pay their money to watch a game for the same reason they would to attend a concert. They want to be entertained. Not caring about advanced stats does not necessarily = idiot. A good number of fans who know nothing about stats and cheer for the Flames are well aware of who and what they are at this point in time.

        Is a 10 year old kid or my 80 year old mother an idiot if they cheer for their favorite team and get excited about the possibilities? According to the Lambert’s of the world unless we conform to their narrow minded thinking we are.

        I get it that he is here to instigate discussion but I thought he crossed a line with that latest bit.

        Here’s a stat I can get behind….We are having more fun 100% of the time when our team is winning more often than it is losing.

        • Matty Franchise Jr

          Does your 10 year old kid or 80 year old Grannie know about the stats that show the Flames are near the bottom of the league in terms of possession? If so, and they still think the team is good, then yes, they are being idiotic.

          Nothing has been said about Flames fans not cheering for their team. Lamberts post was obviously, to some at least, a comical rebuttal to Loobs post falsely encouraging Oiler fans to switch allegiance.

          There seems to be an Oiler-like level of reading comprehension on this site. That is to say, not a very high level at all.

        • skimaxt

          I love this post. “We are having more fun 100% of the time when our team is winning more often than it is losing”

          Lambert is a fun sponge. It should be a prerequisite to be a fan on FN. The fact that you can search for negatives on a run like the Flames have been on is plain annoying. I’ve been to a few games this year, the comeback against Anaheim back in November was one of them and that was the best time I’ve had at the dome in 5+ years. I’m sick of waking up every morning and reading blog after blog about how crappy the flames are and seeing that we are top 10 in league standings.

          Before the season started I absolutely thought that the Flames would be bottom feeders but I was also content with the roster and optimistic about the future. Now that we are winning and realistically a .500 record will put us on the playoff bubble, that is just gravy. With the likes of Poirier, Bennett, Seilof, Wotherspoon, Kanzig etc. coming up in the next few years, plus the performance of rookie and sophomore players like Jooris, Gaudreau, Monahan, Colborne, Ferland, Granlund etc. I don’t see a “Lambert Tank for Mcdavid” totally necessary. I like what the Flames are doing and what the future has in store. This season is fun to watch win or lose. Even last years 77pt effort was the most fun i’ve had as a fan in years. I hope this run continues, but regardless of how this season ends I have confidence we’ll have a strong team in the future despite our draft position this year. Personally, I hope we aren’t a lottery team and I don’t think we need any more top 5 draft picks to field a competitive team in the coming years.

  • Well said! I completely agree. This argument from the few Lambert supporters that we should simply ignore his articles or that calling for his resignation is proof that we only want to view the Flames with rose coloured glasses is ridiculous. Lately, he has displayed sheer disrespect to his readership. For someone who offers very little in new content or insight from week to week, other than smugly trying to set himself up for some sort of self-aggrandizing moment in the future, he sure is brazen.

    Personally, I would think much less of FN management if they allow such a toxic figure continue to alienate their readership. In fact, I would struggle to think of even one good reason to insult us with another of his “offerings”.

    To help the cause, I vow to never read another one of his articles. It won’t be hard and I have no doubt I will be better off for it.

    • MWflames

      Anyone Here watch the AHL Flames that can add some context to this?

      I’m sick of watching the bottom pairing bleed goals. (Didn’t watch the game so this statement has nothing to do with lastb
      night)

  • mk

    If anyone wants to see how teams are taking the Flames recently – look at who played in net for San Jose. They played their better tender – something the Flames see a lot less of over the past few years. The backups come out for the trip north of C-town.

  • RickT

    Guys, I get that y’all hate Lambert. However, this game was a game where it was a lucky bounce that lost us the game.

    That’s not a Corsi thing, which is what Lambert talks about. This is a PDO thing, which a few writers other than Lambert talked about.

    Lambert comes to the site and gives another opinion to make you think. He might do it in such a way that aggravates you, but that’s some good devilish advocating.

    I had a prof during my first degree that did exactly the same thing, and I know it was meant to make me think. Take his stuff with a grain of salt, stop harping on him (y’all are acting like children) and just think about what he says. Don’t get personal.

    Flames played a good game and lost. It happens. I remember it happening all of the time prior to the Phaneuf trade, and even a few times in the years after that.