Post-Game: Happy New Year!

The Calgary Flames completed the 2014 portion of their regular season tonight with a comeback overtime win over their most bitter rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, by way of a 4-3 score at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The calendar year ended in much the same way that it went all season for this group – they figured out a way to win when winning didn’t seem easy.

THE RUNDOWN

Edmonton, likely (a) full of piss and vinegar after beating the LA Kings the night previous and/or (b) smarting from their loss in Calgary days prior, really had a jump in their step early-on. They struck first via a power-play marker from Matt Fraser. Calgary had power-play opportunities in the opening frame (including the first minute of a five-minute match penalty to Keith Aulie for a head-shot that leveled Matt Stajan) and out-shot Edmonton, but couldn’t score. One could argue they tried to get too damn fancy with the extra man, particularly in the opening frame.

The second period began a section of score-jockeying. Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle scored half-way through the period to make it 2-0, but Joe Colborne converted a power-play goal late in the period to creep towards the Oilers by a 2-1 score. Four minutes into the third, Lance Bouma scored to make it a tie game! That tie lasted five minutes, as former Flame Andrew Ference scored to make it 3-2 for the visitors. That lead lasted roughly two and a half minutes, as Colborne struck again to tie the game. Tied at 3-3, we went to overtime.

Oh, and Josh Jooris (for tripping) and Jeff Petry (for diving) began OT in the box for coinciding minors, so we had rare three-on-three hockey. The Flames cycled the puck in the Oilers zone. An aborted clearing and an attempted line change for the Oilers coincided with the Petry and Jooris penalties expiring…and a two-on-one involving Jooris and dish-master Jiri Hudler. Jooris converted the chance for his ninth goal of the season and Calgary eked out an exciting overtime win.

It’s their eighth comeback win of the season when trailing after 40 minutes, which is just nuts.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Because they never quit and after out-shooting the Oilers early-on and getting nothing, they kept at it. The Flames out-shot the Oilers in each and every period, which eventually equated with more goals than them and two points in the standings.

Oh, and Keith Aulie getting tossed late in the first meant that Edmonton had to rotate through five guys on the back end. Against a fast Flames squad, in a tightly-checked game that went to overtime, that fatigue likely contributed to a moronic attempted change that was the difference in OT.

RED WARRIOR

Joe Colborne scored twice, tripling his goal total for this season (to three). He also had six hits and won 83% of his face-offs. Way to go, Joe.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 13:30 Bollig 1 17 18 25 29 33 2 8 10 16 30 84 5v5
Away 1 12:44 Fraser 1 4 6 13 24 60 2 21 28 29 30 57 5v5
Home 1 11:39 Glencross 5 7 8 20 24 86 15 19 22 23 27 30 5v5
Home 1 10:50 Hudler 1 4 6 8 13 24 16 19 30 84 93 5v4
Home 1 8:49 Bollig 1 4 6 17 18 25 4 5 14 30 57 84 5v5
Away 1 4:45 Hall 1 4 6 8 60 4 14 16 19 30 93 4v5
Away 1 4:29 Hall 1 4 6 8 60 4 14 16 19 30 93 4v5
Away 1 4:22 Nugent-Hopkins 1 4 6 8 60 4 14 16 19 30 93 4v5
Away 1 2:01 Yakupov 1 5 6 13 24 60 8 10 16 19 21 30 5v5
Home 1 0:02 Giordano 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 16 21 23 30 5v4
Home 1 0:01 Glencross 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 16 21 23 30 5v4
Home 2 19:14 Hudler tip 1 4 6 8 13 24 5 27 30 84 93 5v4
Home 2 19:12 Colborne 1 4 6 8 13 24 5 27 30 84 93 5v4
Home 2 18:43 Raymond? 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 21 23 30 93 5v4
Home 2 18:40 Giordano 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 21 23 30 93 5v4
Home 2 18:39 Glencross 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 21 23 30 93 5v4
Home 2 18:31 Glencross tip 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 21 23 30 93 5v4
Home 2 18:22 Monahan 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 21 23 30 93 5v4
Home 2 18:13 Granlund 1 5 7 20 23 60 2 21 23 30 93 5v4
Home 2 16:31 Deflection 1 5 7 20 23 86 5 16 21 23 30 5v4
Away 2 9:33 Eberle goal 1 6 13 24 33 60 4 5 14 29 30 84 5v5
Away 2 8:53 Eberle 1 5 7 17 18 4 14 16 19 30 93 4v5
Away 2 4:40 Post 1 4 6 17 18 25 4 15 19 27 30 84 5v5
Home 2 3:24 Giordano 1 5 7 13 24 60 2 8 10 16 21 30 5v5
Home 2 2:10 Glencross tip 1 4 6 8 20 23 5 21 27 30 93 5v4
Home 2 1:53 Gaudreau 1 5 7 13 24 86 2 19 28 29 30 57 5v5
Away 2 0:23 Hall 1 4 6 13 19 23 2 4 14 30 84 93 5v5
Home 3 16:58 Giordano 1 5 7 13 24 86 4 5 14 30 84 93 5v5
Home 3 15:34 Byron 1 17 29 32 33 60 8 10 16 19 30 84 5v5
Home 3 15:33 Bouma goal 1 17 29 32 33 60 8 10 16 19 30 84 5v5
Home 3 14:30 Gaudreau 1 5 7 13 24 86 2 15 21 23 27 30 5v5
Home 3 13:40 Glencross 1 5 7 8 20 23 4 5 14 30 84 93 5v5
Home 3 11:52 Wideman 1 4 6 13 24 86 2 8 10 16 30 84 5v5
Home 3 11:23 Hudler 1 5 7 13 24 86 4 5 14 30 84 93 5v5
Away 3 11:01 Eberle 1 5 7 18 19 25 4 14 19 21 30 93 5v5
Home 3 8:07 Monahan 1 4 6 8 20 23 5 28 29 30 57 84 5v5
Home 3 8:06 Colborne goal 1 4 6 8 20 23 5 28 29 30 57 84 5v5
Home 3 5:28 Hudler 1 4 6 13 24 86 5 27 30 84 93 5v4
Away 3 4:26 Nugent-Hopkins 1 5 7 8 20 23 2 4 14 21 30 93 5v5
Home 3 1:36 Giordano 1 5 7 8 20 23 5 28 29 30 57 84 5v5
Home 4 3:53 Jooris goal 1 5 6 24 86 2 4 5 30 93 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   15 7   15 0   0 4
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:03 4 3 07:21 5 0 02:26 0 3
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:33 9 3 04:39 10 0 03:21 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 17:05 5 5 07:11 6 0 02:21 0 3
7 BRODIE, TJ 18:12 8 2 04:55 9 0 03:26 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:23 5 1 05:14 4 0 01:40 0 3
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 14:19 6 4 06:05 4 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 07:27 4 1 00:00 0 0 01:53 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 05:50 2 2 00:00 0 0 01:10 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 08:04 0 2 00:17 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 11:50 5 1 06:13 10 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 13:38 4 2 05:41 10 0 02:03 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:43 8 3 06:05 5 0 00:09 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 05:40 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 08:17 3 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 09:10 2 0 00:17 0 0 01:17 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 08:26 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 08:38 3 3 03:33 8 0 01:14 0 3
86 JOORIS, JOSH 15:23 7 0 02:44 3 0 02:08 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 5 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
2 12 4 2 3 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 11 2 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames are off tomorrow and get back into action on Friday night when the New York Islanders come to town. The puck drops at 7pm MT.

  • Burnward

    Hope everyone had a great New Year. Mine was made significantly better with a Flames win. I know I was extremely upset with our 8 game losing streak, but I figured the bounces were eventually going to come our way and we’d somehow put together a winning streak of some sort, either because our losing wasn’t sustainable, or the Hockey Gods eventually showed us pity. Glad we got that out of the way early, and not at the end of the season.

  • Toofun

    Happy NewYear FN

    Another come from behind win last night puts the Flames right in the middle of the playoff hunt as they start out 2015. The January calendar looks pretty reasonable with lots of home games, time off and easy travel. Hopefully they can maintain their energy level and pile on some wins!

    I’ve been tough on Glencross this season but I thought last night was his best game of the year. I have to wonder if Hiller’s New Years resolution is to stop letting in one bad goal a game in 2015. That would be nice…

    Cheers to a fun 2015 everyone.

    GFG

  • Burnward

    Flames have some tough decisions to make in the second half of the year, notably because they young guys refuse to fade. Jooris continues to impress, JG has had an excellent year, Granlund has held his own. With the exception of Granlund, who sits and who goes down? Injuries will always play a part down the stretch but it’s a tough decision for Flames management. It sets up many possibilities heading towards the trade deadline but if the Flames can continue to stock up draft picks and young bodies, the future looks great.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      Grandlund is an obvious choice. I really like this player and see a bright future for him, but he’s currently lost without the puck and needs a bit more time, in Adirondak. He also goes down with out hitting the waiver wire.

      To answer your question: McGrattan is an obvious choice (hopefully for a trade, but that likely asking too much). If Trelliving can find a trade somewhere, he’s in a good spot, with lots of winger depth.

      • ChinookArchYYC

        Almost forgot about McGrattan – shows how irrelevant the role of an enforcer has become. I’m amazed how fast the fighters have been transitioned out of the league. Fighting must be down this year – would be interesting to know how much it is down? Don’t think there’s a trade partner for McGrattan – he’s done. It also shows the importance of a good AHL club and coaching. Players like Granlund, Bouma and Jooris have spent time learning the pro game in the minors and it shows in their play in the bigs.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Aullie penalty was legit

    I don’t like homer calls, and prefer to see the game played without a bad call. That said, I watched the Aulie elbow on Stajan 3 times on the PVR. It was the right call. Stajan avoided a potential concussion last night by moving his head enough, on a blindside hit, and Aulie raised his elbow to get a more solid hit on Matty Franchise. Allie should call Stajan and thank him for not getting seriously hurt, since the NHL would have surely suspended him for that.

  • icedawg_42

    Well I was definitely too far into the pints to really make heads or tails of that game, especially after that show Canada and USA put on. Here’s to the Flames continuing their awesome progression. Happy new year to all FN peeps!

  • ChinookArchYYC

    New Years Day and the Calgary Flames hold down a playoff position, few of us would have expected this before the season started. I am pleasantly surprised. However there are somethings I expected that have come true: McG is at best a situational player; Granlund is an NHL forward, and the Flames would move towards having 4 effective NHL lines. There is still much work to be done to be a long term NHL playoff team; the third pairing must be improved upon( it would be great if it coud be from within the organization), more consistent scoring from the forwards, and the AHL team is getting 4 line play as well.

  • RKD

    It may look like another comeback victory on the surface but I think this Flames team has really matured. They didn’t panic when the Oilers were up 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1. They kept playing their game, working hard and when the time was right they converted on their opportunity in overtime. They don’t panic and have the confidence to comeback. The Oil were riding some momentum with the additions of Roy and Fraser and beating the chmaps the night before. However, reality came fast for the Oil and what they thought was going to be another victory left them leaving with just one point. Let’s keep this winning streak going. Nice to see Colborne produce some goals, Jooris continues to be a force. Colborne defintely was the beneficiary with playing with such linemates as Glencross and Monahan were really good last night.