Post-Game: Oilers Gift Flames A 4-1 Win

Lest we get too negative around these here parts about the Edmonton Oilers, let’s just lay something out here.

The Edmonton Oilers were the better team than the Calgary Flames tonight.

Alas, there aren’t any points for the “better team,” and the Flames were the team that scored more goals, en route to a 4-1 home victory over the aforementioned hockey team from Edmonton.

The Oilers generally out-played and out-shot the Flames. But they were also key contributors to three of the four goals against themselves, which made all the difference in the world.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period was full of pep and action! The game was mostly Oilers, with the Flames content to parry and joust with them at the blueline…until Paul Byron made a nice rush up the wing. He flung the puck at the Oilers net. It ping-ponged. Confusion abounded! Nobody (in an Oilers sweater) knew where the puck was. Joe Colborne collected the puck and calmly tucked it past Victor Fasth to make it 1-0. 1:24 later, the Flames scored again. This time, it was the product of a never-ending offensive zone shift by the Flames. Heck, the Oilers line got hemmed in and could not clear it. The Flames even changed lines mid-way through this shift. Anyhow, Johnny Gaudreau took advantage of the n-th Oilers D-zone whiff and calmly tucked the puck behind Fasth to make it 2-0. 16 seconds later, he received a nice outlet pass from T.J. Brodie off the face-off (with a nice intermediary tap by Jiri Hudler so he didn’t have to break stride), entered the Oilers zone and beat Fasth again. Ben Scrivens came in after that. It was 3-0 after 20. Shots were 9-7 Flames.

Nothing really happened in the second period, which was a monument to the concept known as “Score Effect.” The Flames had no interest in over-exerting themselves, so they dumped the puck in a lot and generally let the Oilers buzz around the perimeter and tucker themselves out. The Oilers carried the puck in and did their best to generate chances, in any way they could. Nobody scored goals. Shots were 13-3 Edmonton, but primarily due to Calgary not giving a darn about trying to score.

The third period was two periods, split in half by Edmonton’s lone goal. The Flames continued to hang back for the first chunk of the third. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tipped home a Justin Schultz shot to make it 3-1. Not interested in playing a competitive game, the Flames began to push back. In another shift where the Oilers got hemmed into their own zone, Brad Hunt chased Matt Stajan behind his net, opening up Curtis Glencross for a nice back-handed feed from Stajan for a one-timer tap-in to make it 4-1. That was basically the game. Shots were 15-7 Calgary, an indication that the Flames had the game well-in-hand and didn’t feel like letting the Oilers back into it.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

The Flames took advantage of the Oilers mistakes, without making too many of their own. They managed the game pretty well and when it looked like an ember of hope existed after the visitors scored a few minutes into the third period, they did their best to extinguish those embers quickly.

RED WARRIOR

Johnny “Hockey” Gaudreau bolstered his Calder chances with a pair of goals in the opening frame, including the game-winning tally.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 18:46 Hall 1 5 7 19 20 23 2 4 14 21 35 93 5v5
Home 1 12:54 Colborne goal 1 8 21 29 32 33 10 15 19 24 29 35 5v5
Home 1 11:29 Gaudreau goal 1 4 6 13 24 60 13 19 24 26 35 57 5v5
Home 1 11:12 Gaudreau goal 1 5 7 19 20 23 2 4 14 21 30 93 5v5
Home 1 9:49 Diaz 1 8 21 29 32 33 10 15 19 24 29 30 5v5
Away 1 8:59 Perron tip 1 4 6 13 24 60 2 16 21 26 30 57 5v5
Away 1 7:43 Nugent-Hopkins 1 4 6 8 13 24 2 21 27 30 93 5v4
Home 1 6:56 Russell 1 4 6 8 13 24 5 16 23 30 84 5v4
Away 1 4:27 Yakupov 1 4 6 8 32 2 10 19 29 30 57 4v5
Away 2 18:54 Draisaitl 1 4 6 17 23 2 10 19 29 30 57 4v5
Home 2 17:00 Granlund 1 13 24 29 33 60 5 13 23 27 30 84 5v5
Away 2 15:25 Arcobello 1 4 6 13 24 60 16 19 24 26 30 57 5v5
Away 2 14:20 Purcell 1 5 7 23 32 4 14 16 24 30 93 4v5
Away 2 14:11 Piurcell 1 5 7 23 32 4 14 16 24 30 93 4v5
Away 2 10:15 Gordon tip 1 17 18 25 29 33 2 13 21 23 27 30 5v5
Home 2 8:57 Gaudreau 1 4 6 13 24 60 16 19 24 26 30 57 5v5
Home 2 7:02 Jones 1 4 6 19 20 23 2 10 15 21 29 30 5v5
Away 3 15:36 Nugent-Hopkins goal 1 4 6 13 24 60 5 16 26 30 57 84 5v5
Away 3 14:04 Yakupov 1 8 21 29 32 33 2 10 15 19 29 30 5v5
Home 3 13:22 Scrum 1 5 7 8 13 24 5 27 30 84 93 5v4
Home 3 11:59 Monahan 1 4 6 20 21 23 5 27 30 84 93 5v4
Home 3 11:56 Monahan post 1 4 6 20 21 23 5 27 30 84 93 5v4
Away 3 10:35 Yakupov 1 4 7 13 24 60 5 10 14 29 30 84 5v5
Home 3 9:44 Glencross goal 1 5 18 20 25 29 10 15 19 24 29 30 5v5
Home 3 7:24 Granlund tip 1 19 29 32 33 60 2 4 13 24 30 57 5v5
Home 3 5:06 Byron 1 5 7 19 32 60 4 14 19 26 30 84 5v5
Home 3 5:01 Brodie 1 5 7 19 32 60 4 14 19 26 30 84 5v5
Home 3 4:51 Hudler tip 1 4 6 13 24 60 16 19 26 30 57 84 5v5
Home 3 4:42 Hudler 1 4 6 13 24 60 2 16 21 26 30 57 5v5
Away 3 4:26 Nugent-Hopkins 1 4 6 13 24 60 2 16 21 30 57 93 5v5
Away 3 3:35 Eberle 1 5 7 17 18 25 4 14 19 30 84 93 5v5
Home 3 2:31 Raymond 1 8 21 29 32 33 5 10 15 29 30 84 5v5
Away 3 0:45 Nugent-Hopkins 1 4 6 17 23 4 14 16 19 84 93 4v5
Away 3 0:04 Hall 1 4 17 29 4 14 16 19 84 93 3v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   14 9   4 1   0 6
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:31 5 5 02:43 3 1 03:40 0 4
5 GIORDANO, MARK 16:45 4 2 03:17 1 0 03:16 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 16:48 5 4 02:59 3 1 03:07 0 3
7 BRODIE, TJ 17:19 3 3 03:01 1 0 03:24 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 08:38 3 1 02:41 2 1 01:49 0 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:24 5 5 03:10 2 1 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 10:34 0 2 00:00 0 0 04:05 0 3
18 STAJAN, MATT 10:41 1 2 00:00 0 0 02:06 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 13:46 5 1 00:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:17 3 1 02:44 2 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 09:03 3 1 03:02 2 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:26 2 1 02:43 2 0 02:44 0 4
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:46 5 5 02:52 2 1 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 08:57 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 13:27 6 2 00:00 0 0 00:35 0 1
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:16 6 1 00:21 0 0 02:10 0 3
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 11:43 5 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 15:34 8 5 00:21 0 0 00:38 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 4 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 3 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 10 7 7 5 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames won!

Calgary (19-15-3) will return to action on Monday night when they’ll host the Los Angeles Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, in a return engagement from that thrilling OT comeback prior to the Christmas break. Based on that alone, I bet it’ll be worth the price of admission.

  • Pit Martin

    Have to agree with everyone else on this. Would be nice to hear Ryan defend his opening statement. I believe Lambert’s most recent article actually criticizes the Flames because they’re terrible corsi numbers are actually INFLATED by the fact that they trail so often!

    Or perhaps it really was just sarcasm?

    Or perhaps there is some strange obsession with trying to seem insightful and able to see things that others don’t? Even when they are not there?

    It’s sad to say, but the level of come.tary really has suffered with Kent taking a step back.

  • RKD

    Advanced stats are only one piece to the puzzle, the analytic guys want it to work because of ‘the shift’ in baseball. Baseball is totally different, there are a series of repeated events. Hockey is more random which is why I think it is much harder for advanced stats to work in hockey in the same manner it has for baseball. You could be right with every advanced stat and then watch it all unfold in the wrong way when the game is being played.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    How bout just enjoying another whipping of the oilers. But no these stupid stats just take over n it’s all that gets talked about. It robs the fun out of it and that’s my biggest beef. Let them go already. You should be reveling in rubbing the oils nose in it

    Just squabbling lame

    • ChinookArchYYC

      Yeah, we are kinda losing the fact we just beat a bitter provincial rival that triggered another 400+ posts of there own fan troll/hate fest on their own website. The first sign of them turning things around I guarantee you they will be migrating to FN & rubbing our noses in mud they created by their own spit & dung. I have no sympathy for those poor suffering fans. The longer they remain the joke of the league the better in my books. Last night, with little Johnny no less(who they were all dissing & making fun of in September) poured salt in the gaping wound & kicked them in the groin with the end of his skate. We were so excited after those 16 seconds, you would have thought we won the Stanley Cup!!!

      Could care less that they lost any sense of urgency during the second period & fell back into a prevent defence. They picked it back up in the 3rd & sent the carcus back up the highway for the taxidermist . Life is good! I want to be like Arizona, doesn’t matter about the other teams, I just want 5 wins against those loser Oilers. :-}

  • BIGFlamesFan

    I generally agree with and defend advanced stats, but I have to agree with the obvious here. 3 goals in 8+ minutes and the entire universe knew at that point the game was over and so the Flames took their foot off the gas.

    This is one of those times when advanced stats should not even be looked at. I mean, why would you even bother? A completely broken team with 1 win in their last 20, down by 3 before a lot of people have even found their seats. Why even consult the numbers?

    If the NHL was akin to the European division system, the Oilers would be moved down to the AHL.

  • BIGFlamesFan

    What game were you watching Pike? The only people that could possibly believe the Oilers were the better team are delusional Oilers fans. Even the smart ones know they were out played this game. The Flames won 2 of 3 periods. That alone should convince you other wise. With that mentality I would have assumed a different Ryan was writing this article.