Post-Game: Flames Burn Sharks in OT

In what was a trend throughout the Pacific Division tonight, the Calgary Flames edged the San Jose Sharks in an overtime match that featured many goals, a few lead changes and the Flames creeping into a tie for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

After spotting themselves a 2-0 lead early, the Flames let the Sharks take the game over in the second but didn’t let the game get away from them. After Joni Ortio kept the visitors in the game in the third period, Sean Monahan scored a quick one in overtime to give the Flames a crucial 4-3 overtime victory.

Here’s how it broke down at the Shark Tank tonight.

THE RUNDOWN

Before the local fans had even gotten a chance to settle in and delve into their nachos and popcorn, Dennis Wideman put the Flames on the scoreboard. 40 seconds into the period, Wideman fired one past Antti Niemi to make it 1-0. The Sharks appeared to have a great chance to pull even, as Jiri Hudler was sent to the box for tripping. However, a timely shot block in the defensive end lead to a goal by Joe Colborne (short-handed) and a 2-0 lead. The Flames led in shots in the first by a fairly hefty 11-4 margin. A strong first period for the visitors.

The second period was not as good. San Jose scored 12 seconds in as Logan Couture beat Joni Ortio. After a too many men call, the Sharks pounced and Joe Thornton tied the game just shy of three minutes into the period. Midway through the period, the awesomely-named Melker Karlsson redirected a puck with his skate past Ortio – with no “distinct kicking motion”, so it was a good hockey goal – to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead. However, the Flames did not panic, and Jiri Hudler tied the game before the end of the frame. The shots were 10-6 for the Sharks in the middle period.

The third period was notable for no goals scored, mostly because San Jose pressed and pressed and pressed and Joni Ortio stayed calm and kept the puck out of the net like a seasoned vet. Shots were 8-4 Sharks, but it went to overtime. And shortly after overtime began, Sean Monahan won an offensive zone face-off, drew it back to the point and went to the net. Mark Giordano’s shot was stopped, but Monahan knocked home the rebound for the winner 24 seconds into extra time.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

The Flames may occasionally be sloppy – and “occasionally” may be charitable lately – but one thing they are not is mentally fragile. Blow a two-goal lead on the road? They could mope about it, or they could find a way to get another.

Quite simply, this is a team that never believes they are out of a game.

RED WARRIOR

Sean Monahan! Monahan had the game-winning goal, won 61% of his face-offs while taking the most draws on the team, and he lead all Flames forwards in ice-time.

Oh, and he’s just 20 years old. I keep forgetting that.

Stick taps to Joni Ortio – his third straight win – and Joe Colborne – for a two-point effort.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 16:37 Wideman, save 4 12 19 31 61 83 4 6 8 21 37 60 5v5
Away 1 14:03 Colborne, goal (4v5 PK) 8 12 19 31 68 88 4 6 8 18 37 5v4
Home 1 13:52 Goodrow from Sheppard, save (5v4 PP) 15 31 44 57 80 89 4 6 11 13 37 5v4
Away 1 12:15 Brodie from Monahan, save 12 19 27 31 80 83 5 7 17 19 23 37 5v5
Home 1 11:32 Couture from Karlsson, post 8 31 39 44 68 88 4 6 18 25 32 37 5v5
Away 2 19:21 Backlund from Brodie, miss 8 19 31 44 68 88 5 7 11 13 24 37 5v5
Home 2 17:31 Burns from Couture, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 31 39 88 5 7 17 18 37 5v4
Home 2 17:22 Pavelski from Marleau, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 31 39 88 5 7 18 32 37 5v4
Home 2 17:21 Thornton from Pavelski rebound, goal (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 31 39 88 5 7 18 32 37 5v4
Home 2 11:00 Karlsson from Pavelski, goal 4 25 31 48 61 81 15 18 25 29 32 37 5v5
Away 2 10:06 Colborne from Raymond, save 15 31 44 83 88 89 5 7 8 21 37 60 5v5
Home 2 9:07 Marleau from Wingels, save 12 31 39 44 57 88 4 6 17 19 23 37 5v5
Away 2 8:29 Hudler from Backlund, goal 4 8 19 31 44 68 5 7 11 13 24 37 5v5
Away 2 3:53 Byron from Brodie, miss 15 31 44 57 83 88 5 7 18 25 32 37 5v5
Away 2 3:06 Colborne from Brodie, miss 12 27 31 39 57 80 5 7 8 21 37 60 5v5
Away 2 1:09 Colborne from Raymond rebound, miss 25 31 44 48 81 88 4 6 8 21 37 60 5v5
Home 3 10:56 Marleau from Couture, save 12 27 31 39 80 81 4 6 11 13 24 37 5v5
Away 3 9:11 Monahan from WIdeman, save (5v4 PP) 31 44 61 83 89 4 6 8 21 23 37 4v5
Away 3 7:41 Backlund from Hudler, miss 12 31 39 44 57 88 5 6 11 13 24 37 5v5
Home 3 5:02 Marleau from Burns, miss 8 12 19 31 44 88 5 7 17 19 23 37 5v5
Home 3 1:23 Pavelski from Thornton, miss 4 8 19 31 61 68 4 6 8 11 13 37 5v5
Away 4 4:37 Monahan from Giordano, goal 4 8 19 31 61 5 7 23 32 37 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:22 2 4 01:51 1 0 00:50 1 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 23:40 8 1 02:09 0 0 01:40 0 3
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 20:03 3 4 01:55 1 0 00:50 1 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 23:29 7 1 02:05 0 0 01:40 0 3
8 COLBORNE, JOE 14:52 4 1 01:33 1 0 00:08 1 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:40 3 2 01:38 0 0 01:00 0 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 16:09 3 2 01:38 0 0 00:10 0 1
15 SMID, LADISLAV 11:37 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 16:21 1 2 00:00 0 0 01:18 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 08:48 1 2 00:00 0 0 01:01 1 3
19 JONES, DAVID 14:57 1 2 00:49 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 12:45 4 0 01:51 1 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 16:55 2 2 01:51 1 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:36 3 1 01:38 0 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 08:56 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 10:37 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 08:48 2 2 00:31 0 0 00:50 0 2
37 ORTIO, JONI   10 6   1 0   1 4
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:31 4 0 00:31 0 0 00:33 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2 6 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 2 3 1 3 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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SCOREBOARD WATCHING

Once again, the Flames got very little help from the other teams in the NHL.

  • Tampa Bay beat Colorado in a shootout, so the Avs got a point and sit three back of Calgary.
  • Dallas beat Washington and sit four back of Calgary.
  • Minnesota beat Arizona and sit six back of Calgary.
  • Anaheim beat the LA Kings, but did so in the shootout, so the Kings got a point.

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So, the Flames are currently tied with the Kings – and have the tie-breaker by virtue of having more regulation and overtime wins (ROWs). And by virtue of the win, they’re two back of Vancouver (with the Canucks having two games in hand) and three back of San Jose with a game-in-hand.

Monday night’s game in Los Angeles is rapidly getting even more interesting than it already was.

SUM IT UP

The Calgary Flames are now 24-18-3 and are (at least temporarily) in a playoff spot. They’re tied with the Los Angeles Kings, and those two teams tangle in a really important, really fun-looking game on Monday night at Staples Center with a playoff spot on the line.

A regulation win puts the Flames two points up and pushes them towards San Jose, Vancouver and the divisional playoff spots. A regulation loss puts the Flames two points back and hoping to regroup.

The puck drops at 8:30pm MT on Monday. Don’t you dare miss it.

    • RKD

      Keep rolling with Ortio man!

      He is legit, I have no problem saying that. Since the callup Calgary is 3-0 all on the road, and Adirondack is 0-3 without their all-star goaltender? Coincidence?

      Time to start listening to offers for Hiller or Ramo…

      • Brent G.

        If they can get a good return for Ramo, I think you make the trade. That being said, Ortio looks like a legit future starting goalie three games in but should likely find his was back to the AHL To finish off the year.

        This would be great for his development but also the development of other kids on the farm. If he is there to start they will likely get a round or two of playoff experience to add to the resume. Next year he will back up Hiller and likely be getting 30+ games.

  • RKD

    Say what you want about Corsi and regression. The fact of the matter is the Flames are 8th best in the league at SA/G with only 28. In my opinion, that says a lot more than shot attempts. It’s the pucks that get through to the net.

    • Burnward

      Yep. I had that feeling last night. But I was trying to balance that with him seeing (by my eye) quite a bit of Vlasic/Burns. That’s a tough go for a lot of guys.

      So…maybe?

      • Burnward

        Half way through season one and there’s no more secrets or surprises. JG’s name is well known around the league and with video and advanced scouting, the little things that brought him success in the first half won’t work in the second half. At 5’6″ and 150lbs you need to find new ways to be creative and adapt to the opposition. Johnny’s a smart hockey player and will figure it out.

        • Burnward

          I agree. I thought he was pretty decent against Phoenix.

          Could be something worth monitoring though. That’s a tough grind for any kid, let alone one like him.

        • piscera.infada

          Yeah tough crowd. If he isn’t getting 2 points a night & dominating every game lets jump off the wagon. I haven’t seen Forsberg light it up much either lately. These young kids get a lot of Calder hype, lot of highlight reels & now teams are starting to key on them & breakdown the game film. What we need is another electrifying line so the other teams can’t key on Johnny. If you were the opposition reviewing game films on the Flames, what players would you key on? Me Johnny, Gio & Brody are the keys to the Flames success this year. I think there is a reason why Hartley wants Money to be more of an offensive threat. He is becoming proficient against top competition but that’s what we have Backs for. Now, how sweet would it be to see Bennett sparking a 2nd electrifying unit. Patience, next year I really hope to see this team evolve. Playoffs or not, the pieces are beginning to fit & even the panel last night are saying Flames will probably be both buyers & sellers at this TDL. The next year will probably be a defining year for BT’s career as a GM in the NHL.

    • Byron Bader

      I like Colborne. He costs nothing and can bounce around all 12 forward positions without issue. He’s probably better suited for a 3rd line role but he can play in the top 6 in a pinch.

      Last year he had 28 points in 80 games. This year, while he was injured for a month or so, he is on pace for 47 in 82. Massive improvement. I think next year will be the telling year for Joe. If he continues progressing and plays a full season and score 45-50 points again … then they might have something really valuable there.

      I’m curious what they do with him next year when Bennett, Granlund, Sven and Poirier will almost be expected to make the team.

    • MWflames

      Oh yeah that 6’5 24 year old Joe Colborne with nice hands and face off ability and 15 points in 26 games and only getting better every year here..yeah what a bum we should dump him.

      Geez I really don’t get the negativity on him!

      • MWflames

        It’s not a case of being negative. Do we have younger players with more potential coming up? We can’t keep everyone and our high potential youngsters.

        Personally, I’m a bit torn by the kid. He has shown some skill on the dot and that reach and the shoot out move are difficult, even impossible to replace. I just think we have some other, younger, players with more upside – at least in the middle 6.

        I think he fits in Calgary better if the Flames are rolling four lines and he is a third or fourth line winger that plays defensively responsibly. I wasn’t able to see the game tonight but it sounds like he can do that.

        • The Last Big Bear

          Do we have younger players with more potential coming up?

          Maybe Bennett. That’s about it.

          Although I’d say he only has about a 10% chance of reaching his full potential, I’d argue that Colborne has a ceiling about as high as anyone else in the Flames’ system.

          He is the fastest skating centreman in the Flames systen, has the biggest body, and the softest hands.

          He’s got all the tools be a 1C, he just needs to figure out how to use them.

          • Burnward

            As Harry Neale used to say, “he’s got all the tools, he just needs to remember where he put the toolbox”.

            Like I said, I’m torn. I know he has attributes that we need but he is also approaching the age when he should be peaking. I hope he puts it all together in the next year or so.

          • T&A4Flames

            I I think Bennett would be the fastest skating C in the system. I to am a bit torn by Colborne. I love the tools and it seems to me that the extra weight he put on this season has given a bit more confidence to use his body a bit more. It certainly isn’t unusual for a kid with a bigger body like Joe, to develop a little slower. They sometimes need more time to get comfortable with the growth and realize what their size allows them to do. I would love to keep him and watch him continue to develop but I also wonder if he could be one of those pieces that could be used to get that future potential young #1 Dman. I’m sure other teams can see Joe becoming that big #1 C they all covet as well.

            At the very least he’s proven versatility.

  • Sidewinder

    Johnny scored a hatty against Drew Doughty and the LA kings! I doubt he couldn’t put up points against Burns and Vlasic.
    The season is full of ups and downs, right now he’s in a rut but he will get out of it

  • RKD

    I liked the start by the Flames, your not going to score that early every game. However, it is easier to play with the lead than having to play catch up. The Sharks really turned it on but I like that the Flames tied it back up got into OT and Monyhands was able to finish the job. They need more starts like this more often. Even though he was beaten for 3 goals, Ortio still looks pretty solid. He reminds me of Kipper because of his composure, even though he was beaten on the first goal. He isn’t really phased by anything, I would keep riding him.

  • piscera.infada

    Just a weird, nit-picky, bone of contention from last night: I really wish the league would change the wording of the kicked-in no-goal from “distinct kicking motion” to “propelling the puck in with the foot” (similar to the rule for gloving the puck in with your hand).

    I mean, these guys are professional athletes, you can’t tell me that 95% of the time they score goals by dragging their feet when stopping or stopping hard during scrambles in the crease, they aren’t knowingly doing exactly what the spirit of the rule is intended to prevent. It would remove all grey area from the rule.

    • Avalain

      I don’t know. I think letting the puck bounce off your skates is meant to be allowed and I’m fine with that. If you are dragging your foot and turning just the right way for the deflection, well, I’d say doing that on purpose us a show of skill.

      • piscera.infada

        Fair enough. I’ve always been of the mind that the rule is such that you cannot propel the puck into the net with your foot, hence a “kicking motion”. Sure there’s skill in sliding your foot behind you, but there’s also skill in kicking a puck into the net anytime, right? I mean, if the rule is, in fact, meant to dissuade propelling the puck in with your skate, than anything that actually does that should, by rule, be disallowed.

        For instance, if the puck is laying in the crease, and I skate at full speed towards it, but my stick is tied up so I just decide to stop “at” the puck, thus shoving it into the net via my momentum, is that not the same as a kick? By rule, that is not a “kicking motion” and therefore, a good goal–I’ve seen this a lot over the past few years.

        Likewise, on that goal last night, the puck was not directly in Karlsson’s feet, he drags his back foot and then brings it forward pushing the puck in as he stops. Again, one could argue that it’s simply a “kick” with the inside of your boot, using forward momentum instead of a “leg swing” to propel the puck into the net.

        On the other hand, if a player is standing stationary, or skating towards the net and the puck happens to bounce off the skate and into the net, that should be a good goal (as it is, by rule).

        The argument should be deflection vs. propulsion, not the action of the leg and angle of the skate as it is currently. Just my opinion, of course.

  • piscera.infada

    Let’s say Flames are in a playoff position come deadline day, and they get a crazy good offer for either Ramo or Hiller, and Flames pull the trigger.

    What do they do after trading one of them, however? I mean, who plays back-up for the team? Easy answer is to have Ortio in that position, but it would be ill-advised to sit him on the bench and stall his development. I would much rather have starting in the AHL, and playing meaningful games.

    What do you guys think?

      • MonsterPod

        Right now: Hiller – Ramo – Ortio

        Although, I fully expect Ortio to be the starter of this team in a couple years. Maybe as soon as next year. Flames seem very high on Hiller, so I doubt they let go of him. Ramo can probably fetch you a 1-3 rounder pick, or a bottom pairing D-man. No sense in keeping both Hiller and Ramo, with Ortio’s one-way kicking in next year. Interesting stuff.

  • Rockmorton65

    Re: Stewart

    The guy is not a beast. He’s a perpetual healthy scratch… on the Sabres! If you’re a healthy scratch on the Sabres, that’s called rock bottom. I’m not a fan of getting players from rock bottom.

    Re: Colborne

    16 points in 27 games, tons of hits and a good attitude/willingness to play up and down the lineup.

    Everyone wants to give up on players that seem like they may top out as a second liner. Why? We need second, third, and fourth line guys just like every other team in the league. I think it’s important to judge players for what they are and where they are going, not what they could have been in their draft year.

    • everton fc

      Attitude and character matter. Its why this team is winning. I am not “sold” on Colborne, but he seems extremely coachable, willing too learn, willing to play anywhere, and seems to fit in well on a personal level with his teammates. He seems to legitimately be as normal a guy as you can get in a professional athlete these days. I think that’s huge.

      If Stewart’s sitting in the press box in Buffalo, there must be a problem there Is it a potential dressing room problem here? Perhaps. I’d take Stewart and Mike Weber for Byron and Raymond and Diaz.

    • Truculence

      Colborne is nowhere near as good as his counting stats make him out to be. He has one of the worst corsi amongst forwards on the flames and has been riding sky-high PDO when on the ice.

      Check out Kent’s article.

      A lot of progression is still needed in his two-way game.

  • RedMan

    Flying home from Phoenix, I missed this game and so asked my son to record it. He did… in PUNJABI!!! HAHAHA

    Still, Colbourns goal scoring move was sic, and Joni’s stop on the breakaway was awesome! Joni is looking excellent. so far.

  • Kybb79

    If Hiller or Ramo started the last three games we would have lost them! Ortio is hot right now ride him tell he cools down but who knows we might have a young Kipper in the making! Right now is the time to make a trade for the solid dman we need but not trading away our young assets! Glencross,Raymond or Ramo can go!

  • The Last Big Bear

    I watched a Sabres game the other day, and Stewart was literally the worst NHL player I have seen all season.

    That includes guys like McGrattan and John Scott.

    He is not an NHL calibre player right now. Possible reclamation project, but… yikes.