Post Game: Dive For Five

So our good friend Mr. Pike wrote this, but the high pressure demands of the dreaded day job (personally, as a blogger, I’ve never had a job in my entire life) have put him in a position where he’s unable to post it. I don’t get it either because he was able to send me his words, so I don’t know, but I digress. Without further adieu, here’s Ryan’s take on how the Flames have now lost 5 goddamn games in a row. -Floob 

Despite a pretty solid road effort against a strong team, the Calgary Flames’ losing streak hit five games after a 2-1 loss at the United Center at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flames’ record is now 17-13-2 and they have lost every single game of their four-game road trip (as well as their final home game before that trip). This is a departure from their prior record, which involved going the first third of the regular season without losing back-to-back games in regulation.

THE RUNDOWN

This game was basically a carbon copy of the game these two teams played in Calgary a month or so back. Basically, the teams went toe-to-toe for the first 40 minutes. In the third, with the game tied, Chicago went into lockdown/playoff mode, keeping the Flames to the outside and really limiting their access to the middle of the ice. They scored a timely goal late and then kept the Flames from gaining enough ice or momentum to get the equalizer.

Nobody scored in the first as each team engaged in a feeling-out process. Calgary out-shot Chicago by a slight 9-7 margin. The Flames had a power-play opportunity but didn’t do anything with it.

The middle frame saw goals, two of them to be precise. Johnny Gaudreau found Jiri Hudler with a gorgeous pass out-front for Hudler’s 12th of the season to give Calgary an early lead. That didn’t last, though, as Dennis Wideman took a hooking call and NINE SECONDS LATER, Chicago had tied it up via a power-play goal by Patrick Sharp. Note to self: Do not take penalties against Chicago. The Blackhawks out-shot the Flames by a slight 11-10 edge, with each team enjoying a powerplay.

The Blackhawks went into playoff mode in the third – playing what friend of the site Pat Steinberg referred to on Twitter as “big boy hockey.” They allowed just five shots (and out-shot Calgary 10-5 overall). Brandon Saad scored half-way through the period to put the home team up, and Chicago never looked back.

I mean, it’s disappointing that the Flames won, but on many levels you’ve just gotta be impressed with how good a team Chicago is on a constant basis.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

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A few reasons:

Chicago got better as the game went on, signified by their ever-increasing shots margin. They had the ability to shut down the Flames in the third so, despite Calgary’s best start of the trip in terms of not being awful in the first 20 minutes and getting into a hole, the Blackhawks managed to get the two points with a strong 60 minute effort.

Oh, and Chicago won 61 percent of the game’s face-offs. When your two most frequent face-off men are Sean Monahan (45%) and Josh Jooris (36%), things are going to be tough.

Oh, and the Flames were 0-for-3 on the power-play. Against one of the better even-strength teams in the league, you need to take advantage of your chances. Chicago took advantage of their power-play time, and it made all the difference in the world for them.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with Jonas Hiller. He didn’t face 50 shots at the United Center again like last time, but he was sharp, kept the Flames in the game, and gave up just one even-strength goal. When your team only gives up two goals overall (and less than that at even-strength), your goaltender has given you a chance to get two points.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:03 Gaudreau 4 19 20 27 31 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 1 17:58 Deflection 13 16 28 31 32 34 1 8 29 32 33 60 5v5
Home 1 13:46 10? 2 7 10 29 31 65 1 5 7 17 18 21 5v5
Home 1 13:44 65 2 7 10 29 31 65 1 5 7 17 18 21 5v5
Away 1 13:05 Jones 2 7 23 31 88 91 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Away 1 12:59 Monahan 2 7 23 31 88 91 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Home 1 10:11 16 2 4 16 28 31 1 4 6 24 32 86 4v5
Away 1 8:01 Gaudreau 4 10 27 29 31 65 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 1 7:06 65 10 29 31 32 34 65 1 8 29 32 33 60 5v5
Home 1 7:01 Tip 10 29 31 32 34 65 1 8 29 32 33 60 5v5
Home 1 5:56 88 4 23 27 31 88 91 1 4 6 17 18 21 5v5
Home 1 4:32 16 4 13 16 27 28 31 1 13 19 29 33 86 5v5
Away 1 3:14 Deflection 2 7 13 16 28 31 1 6 8 32 33 60 5v5
Away 1 3:04 Granlund tip 2 7 13 16 28 31 1 6 8 32 33 60 5v5
Home 1 1:42 65 2 7 10 29 31 65 1 5 7 19 20 23 5v5
Home 1 0:47 20 4 19 20 27 31 81 1 4 6 13 24 86 5v5
Away 2 15:35 Hudler goal 2 7 19 28 31 88 1 4 7 13 24 86 5v5
Away 2 14:47 Jones 4 23 27 31 88 91 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Home 2 13:35 81 19 20 31 32 34 81 1 5 7 8 32 60 5v5
Home 2 12:25 88 2 7 10 29 31 91 1 4 5 19 20 23 5v5
Home 2 11:18 Sharp goal 2 10 19 23 31 88 1 5 7 17 18 5v4
Away 2 9:55 Jones 2 7 23 31 65 88 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Away 2 5:55 Colborne 2 4 16 28 31 1 5 7 8 19 23 4v5
Away 2 5:35 Deflection 2 4 16 28 31 1 5 7 8 19 23 4v5
Home 2 3:43 23 4 23 27 31 88 91 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 2 2:39 Toews 19 20 31 32 34 81 1 4 6 17 32 60 5v5
Home 3 19:41 23 2 7 23 31 88 91 1 4 6 19 20 23 5v5
Home 3 13:00 23 2 7 23 31 88 91 1 5 6 8 19 23 5v5
Home 3 11:02 20 4 19 20 27 31 81 1 6 13 24 29 60 5v5
Home 3 10:29 20 7 19 20 27 31 81 1 4 7 8 32 60 5v5
Home 3 9:11 91 tip 2 23 31 32 88 91 1 5 6 19 20 23 5v5
Home 3 9:00 23 2 23 31 32 88 91 1 5 6 19 20 23 5v5
Home 3 7:04 20 goal 4 19 20 27 31 81 1 5 7 13 24 86 5v5
Home 3 4:58 88 2 7 10 19 31 88 1 5 7 17 23 5v4
Away 3 2:03 Gaudreau 2 7 13 31 88 91 1 4 7 8 13 24 5v5
Away 3 1:53 Brodie 2 7 23 31 88 91 1 4 7 8 13 24 5v5
Home 3 0:06 16 4 16 19 20 27 31 4 6 8 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 0:05 16 4 16 19 20 27 31 4 6 8 13 23 24 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   11 20   2 1   0 2
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 22:53 7 8 02:24 0 1 00:00 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:25 2 10 03:36 2 0 01:37 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 22:19 6 10 03:02 0 1 00:32 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 20:12 5 7 02:58 2 0 01:37 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 14:40 4 8 01:26 2 0 00:00 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 14:15 5 7 03:10 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 07:37 0 4 00:00 0 0 01:37 0 2
18 STAJAN, MATT 07:15 0 3 00:00 0 0 00:15 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 16:23 4 7 01:26 2 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 15:49 4 5 02:44 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 08:25 0 3 01:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 17:20 4 8 02:06 2 0 01:22 0 1
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:46 5 6 03:04 0 1 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 09:47 0 5 00:00 0 0 00:32 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 11:59 2 6 01:04 0 1 00:32 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 10:32 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:08 2 7 01:08 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 15:02 3 4 00:46 0 1 00:32 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 10 6 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 5 5 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 2 10 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The losing streak is now at five games – big, but not nearly yet at Oilers standards for futility. The Flames return home tonight and practice tomorrow as they prepare for their next attempt to turn it all around on Tuesday night, when the New York Rangers visit for the only time this season.

  • Truculence

    5 losses consecutively in not acceptable for any franchise, even if they’re rebuilding!

    Although it may be true that the Flames have not been getting any bounces, resulting in fewer goals, they still need to do something about this skid and make sure it doesn’t happen again, or continue.

    A closed door meeting once the team gets back to Calgary doesn’t sound too bad. Important games coming up for the team including games Vs. LA, Van and Dal. Upcoming games may not “make” our season, but can certainly “break” our season and wash away all the hard work this team had put in to get into a playoff picture.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Since its your name on the post-game article floob, you are held solely responsible for tonight’s loss.

    It might not be fair, like when Taylor Hall goes for a line change after a brutal tunr over, and some other schmuck gets the minus on the inevitable goal. But those are the rules.

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    Flames centremen’s (+ Gaudreau’s) 5v5 possession and regular stats in past 6 games (against Col, S.J, Tor, Buf, Pit, Chi):

    Monahan TOI 96:02 CF% 47.3% CF 97 CA 108 Corsi/20 -2.3

    Jooris TOI 83:02 CF% 52.3% CF 79 CA 72 Corsi/20 1.7

    Granlund TOI 69:16 CF% 57.7% CF 79 CA 58 Corsi/20 6.1

    Stajan TOI 29:31 CF% 53.4% CF 31 CA 27 Corsi/20 2.7

    Gaudreau TOI 86:06 CF% 55.6% CF 100 CA 80 Corsi/20 4.6

    Stajan played in 4 of 6 games. Last figure is Corsi per 20 mins of ice time.

    Goals, assists, +-: Monahan 2+1 0, Jooris 0+1 -4, Granlund 1+1 -1, Stajan 0+1 0, Gaudreau 2+2 -3.

      • Matty Franchise Jr

        @Sean Bennett

        Valid questions.

        In those 6 games, average OZS percentages:

        Monahan 46.3% Jooris 49.4%, Granlund 67.2%, Stajan 62.5%, Gaudreau 69.0%

        and quality of competition, measured as CF% of opposition:

        Monahan 49.5%, Jooris 47.5%, Granlund 48.3%, Stajan 51.0%, Gaudreau 47.8%

        • Truculence

          It’s very interesting to see that a rookie and a sophomore (who is younger than the rookie) are being asked to get the puck out of their own zone more than the vets.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Hawks were quicker and bigger and made good on their chances better than the Flames. Good try but not measuring up to one of the best in the league.

      • X Man

        Not that I want fuel the flames of a vaccine debate here (I’m on the fence myself), but…. Most of the players who’ve gotten the mumps were vaccinated against it…. In this case it seems Jenny could be correct….

      • mattyc

        Apparently if you’re in the 25-35 ish age, your generation is less immune because of a less effective vaccine dosage (not a doctor). When I was at the travel clinic last summer I was told anyone in this age is given a booster to help counteract this. So it’s not so much that they haven’t been vaccinated (the vaccine is supposedly only mid80% effective anyways), but that they just haven’t gotten an adult booster.

        Again, not a doctor, but that’s what I was told last summer when I got my booster.

        Edit: can see more info from ctv http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/young-adults-may-need-mumps-booster-vaccine-1.645278#

        • X Man

          Crosby was vaccinated before the Olympics…. His doctors’ mis-handling of his situation casts a fair bit of suspicion on the infallibility of modern medicine… They showed a great bit of hubris in believing that because he was vaccinated he did not have the mumps even while the whole world could see his obliquely swollen face… Thus exposing his teammates and allot of other people to the disease….

          • X Man

            Thanks for that…. Like I said I’m not anti or pro vaccine…. Both sides have valid arguments, and I would agree that the pro side has far more going for it… Though the Pharmaceutical Company’s that sell these vaccines are guilty of having some questionable ethics, to say the least… Reason enough for me to be a little wary of them…

            I’m just saying that in this case the doctors appear to have screwed up….

            I think it’s important to question authority… If that makes me a moron, so be it…

            Remember, as a species, we are all morons… We(including Doctors)know very little about ourselves and this world…

            Sorry, but I still think Crosby’s case quite clearly shows this…

            Peace…

          • Captain Ron

            You are wise to be questioning the authorities with regard to vaccines and prescription drugs in general. Even more so with the ethics of the pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders, many of whom are politicians.

          • RedMan

            regarding the ethics of pharmaceuticals:

            • Pfizer paid $2.3 billion for marketing fraud related to Bextra, Lyrica, and other drugs. Charges included marketing drugs to doctors for uses for which they had not been approved and giving kickbacks to doctors and other health care professionals for prescribing their drugs.

            • Pfizer hired 250 child psychiatrists to market its antipsychotic Geodon, even though it wasn’t approved for use in children. This was Pfizer’s fourth settlement numbering in the multimillions in less than a decade.

            • AstraZeneca settled for $520 million for trying to persuade doctors to prescribe its psychotropic drug Seroquel for unapproved uses including ADHD, sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression. Using Seroquel for improper use has been linked to an increased risk of death.

            • Johnson & Johnson paid $2.2 billion for illegal marketing of the drug Risperdal for unapproved uses in children. In addition to targeting more than 1,500 child psychiatrists, Johnson & Johnson also held a “Back to School Bash” marketing campaign that aimed to increase prescriptions of Risperdal in children via ice-cream parties and free snacks and lunches.

            • In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plead guilty in the largest health fraud settlement in US history. The company was fined $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability charges related to illegal drug marketing and withholding information about health hazards associated with its diabetes drug Avandia and others, including the antidepressant Paxil, which was illegally marketed to children and adolescents for everything from depression to shyness.

          • Captain Ron

            Yes and there is a whole lot more where that came from my friend. Your preaching to the choir here with me Jeff. The entire system is crooked and the Pharma industry is out of control in the name of profits for shareholders. Too bad this is the wrong forum for this discussion because I think we could go on for a while on the subject. We have owned and operated a clinic in this province for many years that promotes health and wellness so we are closer to these issues than most people. We have two very healthy kids one male and one female both in their 20’s who were never vaccinated and have yet to take an antibiotic for anything in their lives. Both were athletes in school and one was an honor student in every term of junior high and high school. Never missed a day of school for illness till grade 12. We used to get threatening letters from Teachers and school administrators (who think they are medical professionals) telling us we HAD TO vaccinate our children for this and that so other kids would not get infected with blah blah blah. Our reply to them was well if your vaccination program is so great then why don’t you think all those vaccinated kids will be protected? Leave ours alone we will protect them with proper nutrition, supplements and rest especially during flu season. Once big Pharma knew that a large part of their profits came from vaccination programs the flood gates were opened. It is all well orchestrated and driven by scare tactics. A big portion of the general population follow like sheep.

        • crapshoot

          Thank you….this is the only explanation that makes sense! That and the close contact of players on the ice…it can only get worse if symptoms are not taken seriously when a player is contagiuos…

          Who is this Jenny McCarthy? Sounds like an airhead ala Paris Hilton…

  • crapshoot

    Back to the dive for five for a moment; we didn’t think we would get off to the start we did so we are still playing with house money.

    The real test for the team is how they break out of this. The hot goalie/hot team narrative only takes you so far and, frankly, every Stanley Cup champion has had to overcome one or both in the playoffs even if they too own a hot goalie.

    What is required is for someone to come to the fore and propel the team upward and onward.
    Hopefully, they just need that “first one” to break out of the slump.

    • “What is required is for someone to come to the fore and propel the team upward and onward. Hopefully, they just need that “first one” to break out of the slump.”

      Break out of the slump before the mumps!

      Mumps have seemed to spread from Anaheim.

      “Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin, and Clayton Stoner were all infected. On Oct. 17 the Ducks played the visiting Minnesota Wild, and now five of that team’s players—Keith Ballard, Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin, Christian Folin and now All-Star defenceman Ryan Suter—are ill. The Wild played the St. Louis Blues, several of whom came down with mysterious flulike symptoms that haven’t been confirmed as mumps yet. But the Blues then played the New York Rangers, and Ranger Tanner Glass definitely has the mumps.”

      Well now, Flames played the Pens who had Crosby among his teamates when he was most infectious! Lets hope it doesn;t hit the Flames!

      “About 1 in 5 people who get mumps never show signs of disease, but can still spread it to others. Symptoms don’t start until 12 to 25 days after infection, so chances are that at least a few NHL players are in for a nasty Christmas present.”

      Quoted passages from MacLeans artilce:
      http://www.macleans.ca/society/health/the-nhl-is-the-ultimate-breeding-ground-for-mumps/