Post-Game: Back-to-Back Losses

We’ve got good news and bad news for you, gang.

The Calgary Flames didn’t get shut out. Nope, they scored a goal despite being down 2-0 after two periods. Unfortunately, they couldn’t continue their miraculous run of comebacks and now have finally lost back-to-back games in regulation. They began their road trip with a 4-1 set-back at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They now have a 17-10-2 record through 29 games, finally cracking double-digits in regulation losses.

Here’s how it happened.

THE RUNDOWN

Calgary had a good, energetic first period. They skated hard. They generated many chances. They led in shots (10-5), shot attempts (29-15) and face-off wins (10-9). But they biffed on the one thing that’s actually on a scoreboard, and after Johnny Gaudreau failed to beat Jonathan Bernier on one end, David Clarkson and Peter Holland crashed the net and Holland scored to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.

The second period featured a first half with the Flames taking a penalty, giving up a goal and then hanging on for dear life. Then they woke up and started playing well. James van Riemsdyk scored a power-play goal off a nifty feed from Nazem Kadri (that stood up as the eventual winner). The Flames couldn’t get through the neutral zone for about eight minutes after that goal, but eventually broke through and generated chances late. Toronto led in shots (16-7), shot attempts (24-17) and face-offs (9-7) in the second.

Calgary gave up two goals in the third period and scored one. The two goals were both empty-netters, when it seemed like they probably didn’t gave the gas in the tank to come back all the way again. Markus Granlund had a ton of chances, including a power-play opportunity that ended up in the back of the net. Basically, it was a give-and-go zone entry with Mark Giordano. The captain ate a hit and chipped the puck to a streaking Granlund, who went top shelf on Bernier to make it 2-1. The Flames kept pressing and pressing, but couldn’t break through. Phil Kessel and Mike Santorelli had empty-netters in the final minute to ice it. Calgary led in shots (16-8), shot attempts (31-12) and even face-offs (13-8) in the final frame, but lost.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

They played just badly enough to lose. They out-chanced the Maple Leafs but Bernier stood tall. They took a penalty at the wrong time and it completely derailed their second period, allowing Toronto to score and take over the period (and the game).

It seemed very familiar to how the Sharks game went: the Flames generated chances but couldn’t finish, while their opponent managed to do so. You can’t hang it on the goalie or a particular player. It just happened. Well, you could probably hang it on another uneven second period, but that’s about it.

RED WARRIOR

Markus Granlund. He was Calgary’s best player in the third period and scored the team’s only goal.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:55 van Riemsdyk 3 4 21 42 45 81 1 4 6 21 32 60 5v5
Home 1 17:09 van Riemsdyk 21 42 45 51 55 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 1 16:49 Hudler 21 42 45 51 55 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 1 16:39 Hudler 21 42 45 51 55 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 1 16:16 Santorelli tip 3 4 25 26 43 45 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Away 1 14:05 Jooris 21 42 45 51 55 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 1 14:04 Jooris 3 4 25 26 43 45 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Away 1 10:00 Stajan 21 42 45 51 55 81 1 5 7 17 18 79 5v5
Away 1 9:29 Hudler 19 24 45 51 55 71 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 1 9:26 Gaudreau 19 24 45 51 55 71 1 13 15 24 29 86 5v5
Home 1 9:16 Clarkson 3 4 19 24 45 71 1 13 15 24 29 86 5v5
Home 1 9:16 Holland goal 3 4 19 24 45 71 1 13 15 24 29 86 5v5
Away 1 7:12 Jooris 12 24 26 45 55 1 4 6 23 24 86 4v5
Away 1 4:29 Russell 12 25 26 43 44 45 1 4 6 17 18 79 5v5
Away 1 1:43 Stajan 3 21 42 44 45 81 1 5 7 13 17 18 5v5
Home 2 17:28 Kessel 3 21 42 43 45 81 1 7 15 17 18 5v4
Home 2 17:09 van Riemsdyk goal 18 20 24 45 51 55 1 4 6 13 24 86 5v5
Home 2 15:27 Santorelli 12 25 26 43 44 45 1 4 21 29 32 60 5v5
Away 2 11:41 Monahan 3 4 18 23 26 45 1 15 19 20 23 29 5v5
Away 2 11:33 Glencross 3 4 18 23 26 45 1 15 19 20 23 29 5v5
Away 2 9:22 Glencross 12 18 20 23 44 45 1 4 6 17 20 23 5v5
Home 2 6:47 Winnik 3 4 26 42 45 81 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Away 2 6:13 Byron 3 4 21 42 45 81 1 5 7 32 60 79 5v5
Home 2 1:02 Booth 4 12 18 20 43 45 1 4 6 32 60 79 5v5
Home 3 18:55 Bozak 21 42 45 51 55 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 3 18:41 Hudler tip 21 42 45 51 55 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 3 17:47 Clarkson 19 43 44 45 51 71 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 3 16:13 Granlund goal 12 24 26 45 55 1 5 7 13 24 60 4v5
Away 3 15:30 Brodie 3 21 42 43 45 81 1 5 7 32 86 5v4
Away 3 11:34 Glencross 3 4 25 26 43 45 1 4 6 20 23 32 5v5
Home 3 10:59 Winnik 3 25 26 43 45 51 1 4 6 20 23 32 5v5
Home 3 7:57 Kadri 3 4 25 26 43 45 1 4 6 20 23 32 5v5
Away 3 5:55 Giordano 20 25 43 45 51 55 1 5 6 13 24 86 5v5
Away 3 5:52 Jooris 20 25 43 45 51 55 1 5 6 13 24 86 5v5
Away 3 4:41 Byron 3 25 26 43 45 55 1 7 15 20 32 60 5v5
Away 3 3:40 Monahan 3 21 42 45 51 81 1 5 7 21 23 79 5v5
Home 3 3:26 Bozak 4 21 42 44 45 81 1 4 7 21 23 79 5v5
Away 3 1:22 Granlund 3 4 21 42 45 81 1 4 6 20 32 60 5v5
Away 3 1:15 Granlund 3 4 21 42 45 81 4 6 20 24 32 60 5v5
Away 3 0:51 Granlund tip 3 4 21 42 45 81 4 6 20 24 32 60 5v5
Home 3 0:40 Kessel goal 3 25 26 43 45 55 1 5 7 21 23 79 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   20 15   2 0   1 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 22:09 7 8 02:56 1 0 01:05 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 19:39 11 5 02:30 1 0 02:11 1 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 20:56 9 6 03:19 1 0 01:36 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:47 10 6 02:07 1 0 02:18 1 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 15:58 9 6 02:23 1 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 09:36 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:38 0 1
17 BOUMA, LANCE 10:18 4 0 00:00 0 0 02:07 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 08:55 3 0 00:00 0 0 02:07 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 09:17 3 2 00:58 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:08 9 4 02:01 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 13:38 1 4 02:42 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:56 6 6 03:03 1 0 00:46 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:17 10 6 02:44 2 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 09:30 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:59 6 5 00:00 0 0 01:22 1 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 14:26 5 3 00:34 1 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 11:27 4 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 14:23 8 6 01:53 1 0 01:26 1 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 10 5 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 4 5 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 11 6 9 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames are back in action on Thursday evening when they travel to upstate New York to face the lowly Buffalo Sabres. That game kicks off at 5pm MT and comes at ya on Sportsnet Flames.

  • SydScout

    At the game last night. Three things:

    Gio looks tired. In the first, making his way back to the bench, look just appeared worn out.

    Jooris works so bloody hard. Chased Leafs all game. So impressed.

    Met a handful of players plus Gelinas and Hartley. All are gentlemen, no ignorance just a quick greeting, smile, photo then they thanked me. What? Boys, thank you!

    This is a team we can be rightly proud of.

  • TheRealPoc

    I was also at the game last night. In fact, I was the knucklehead on the kiss cam in the Gio jersey who planted one on my buddy in an Iggy jersey.

    Gaudreau live is incredible. His ability to create space for himself, seemingly out of nothing or nowhere, is just absurd. Every single time he touched the puck last night, there was a palpable buzz in the crowd (no, really).

    Engelland live is also incredible, because I didn’t think he could possibly look worse than he has on the ol’ TV. I was wrong.

      • TheRealPoc

        My buddy and I were in 112 last night, in the end where Calgary shot twice. Can’t remember who “burned” him down the right wing in the 2nd period, but it was a routine one-on-one down the wall that simply required him to pivot out properly, take a stride into his check and rub the forward out. Instead, he swiveled out late, mistimed his check and was hopelessly inept when trying to recover with his next two crossovers that generated zero power or acceleration. He simply cannot skate at this level.

        Hartley throwing his pairing out immediately after the 2-1 goal, only for him to take a ridiculous holding penalty 10 seconds later, just about sent me back to the bar for another $17.25 domestic large. Just pathetic, really.

    • SydScout

      My mate and I had a damn good laugh at you two jokers. Remember it clearly, you were the last on screen and your mate next to you loked disgusted at your behaviour.

      Had us in stitches laughing. Well played!

  • TheRealPoc

    And Dion Phaneufs moustache! WTF…does he not own a calendar, Movember is over you creepy looking bi.ch. Also the slash on Gaudreau was pretty nasty from the creep. That is all!

  • JMK

    Won the stats battle but lost the war. They should go to leafs nation and start telling leafs fans that their last two wins are a fluke and things are unstainable.

    • TheRealPoc

      Look at our depth chart though – what other options are there, really?

      Diaz kinda sucks, Wotherspoon & Sieloff are probably best served with a full season in Adirondack…it’s not exactly bountiful pickings on the back end.

      Honestly, I’m fine with holding out until next year’s UFA class to supplement the bottom two pairings, instead of shipping off assets for mid-tier guys. Staal, Green, Franson, Michalek, Boychuk, Sekera…nice variety of options and we certainly have the cash to spend.

      • TheRealPoc

        Agree with your post!

        Wotherspoon/Seiloff better to develop in the AHL this year! Critical especially for defensemen!

        With teams no longer having the ‘Goon’ player they need to ensure the roster has toughness regardless. That is what Ferland, Bolig and Engelland bring.
        I’m fine with Engelland being a 6/7 defenseman because of what he brings in terms of protecting our somewhat small team.I guess there was a reason teams were lined up to sign Engelland in the offseason.

        Having a team (specifically defensemen) that are pansies like “TearsofRed” and “Jake the Snail” are indirectly suggesting get’s you a beat up team and a 29th place finish.

  • FlamesFanInEtown

    @TheRealPoc

    I’d rather play Wotherspoon and let him get better at the NHL level rather than playing Engelland. Engelland is what he is and will probably only get worse at this stage of his career. If the two are equals right now, I’d take the player with the upside.