Post-Game: Flames Beat Kings In OT

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(courtesy of either MyRegularFace or AnthonyCook, I can’t recall which -RP)

The Flames got out-shot tonight.

They also got out-hit and lost roughly 61% of the face-offs they took. However, after a strong third period – that sounds unfamiliar – they forced overtime, and ultimately won their 25th game of this wacky, wacky season via a Dennis Wideman goal in extra time to leave Staples Center with a 2-1 victory.

The Flames are now in sole possession of the final wild-card playoff spot after 46 games.

Here’s what went down in Hollywood tonight.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames didn’t play amazingly in the first 40 minutes. They were out-hit and out-shot. And out-chanced. And took a lot of penalties, which didn’t make the whole “not being able to get offensive zone time” problem go away. Shots were 10-3 in the first and 17-6 in the second, both in favour of the Kings.

The Flames weren’t all that good on their power-plays – going 0-for-5 on the night and generating just 8 shots in 10 minutes. The Kings were only a bit better, going 0-for-4 and generating 10 shots on 8 minutes of extra-man time.

Anyhoo, the third period saw the Flames break out and start skating. Passes connected. Rushes generated chances. The Kings tired out. The Flames out-shot the Kings 10-4 in the third period. However, the Flames’ sloppy defensive zone play came back to bite them in the behind, as Matt Greene took advantage of a lazy Flames clearing attempt and beat Joni Ortio from the point through traffic to make it 1-0 Kings mid-way through the third. However, Sean Monahan later stole the puck at the Flames blueline from Alec Martinez and beat Robyn Regehr one-on-one and beat Jonathan Quick to tie it.

In overtime, the Flames out-shot the Kings 4-1 and really were rolling. It helped that the period began with 3-on-3 play for just over a minute after coincidental minors to Mark Giordano and Regehr for roughing – Regehr tried to give Giordano a noogie. On yet another successful late-game rush, the Flames cycled the puck and generated a few chances. Cycling down-low, Dennis Wideman shot a wrister that hit the crossbar and bounced out. Well, except for the fact that Wideman seemed utterly convinced that the puck went in. After the Kings iced it, the referees went upstairs for review, and it turned out the puck bonked off the camera inside the net, rather than the crossbar. The Flames won (and roughly a dozen seconds of subsequent play was negated).

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Well, Joni Ortio was sharp as heck again. And the Flames hung in there and did their best to keep the Kings to the outside as much as possible. But the Kings weren’t terribly sharp in terms of burying their chances – a lot of passes went through sticks and skates rather than tape-to-tape, and the Flames managed to take advantage of them tiring as the game went on.

RED WARRIOR

Joni Ortio continues his superb play, making several sharp saves and ultimately stopping 33 pucks for his fourth straight win. I don’t think he’ll be in Utica on Monday for the AHL’s All-Star Game after all.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:05 Bouma 6 8 11 12 14 32 4 6 17 19 23 37 5v5
Away 1 16:38 Gaudreau 6 11 12 14 27 32 4 6 8 11 13 37 5v5
Away 1 16:23 Gaudreau 6 11 12 14 27 32 4 6 11 13 19 37 5v5
Home 1 15:28 Brown 3 8 22 23 28 32 5 6 17 23 24 37 5v5
Home 1 13:51 Carter tip 6 8 32 37 74 77 8 15 21 23 29 37 5v5
Home 1 10:47 Richards 2 10 23 27 32 74 11 13 15 24 29 37 5v5
Home 1 9:13 Brown tip 3 8 22 23 28 32 4 6 8 21 37 60 5v5
Home 1 3:14 Brown 8 14 23 32 37 44 15 17 23 25 29 37 5v5
Away 1 3:03 Bouma 8 14 23 32 37 44 15 17 23 25 29 37 5v5
Away 1 2:29 Gaudreau 3 22 27 32 37 74 5 7 11 13 24 37 5v5
Away 2 18:02 Monahan tip 11 22 27 32 44 5 7 13 23 24 37 4v5
Away 2 17:36 Brodie 11 22 27 32 44 5 7 13 23 24 37 4v5
Home 2 16:07 King 2 6 8 32 74 77 4 6 8 19 21 37 5v5
Home 2 15:39 King 3 12 27 32 74 77 4 6 8 19 21 37 5v5
Home 2 14:59 Carter 6 8 11 12 32 77 4 6 17 23 37 5v4
Home 2 9:09 Doughty tip 6 8 11 12 32 77 5 7 17 18 37 5v4
Home 2 8:58 Gaborik 6 8 11 12 32 77 5 7 17 18 37 5v4
Away 2 5:40 Monahan 6 8 11 12 14 32 4 6 17 19 23 37 5v5
Away 2 4:50 Brodie 2 3 32 37 74 77 5 7 8 21 37 60 5v5
Away 2 3:56 Hudler 8 11 23 32 44 4 6 13 23 24 37 4v5
Away 2 3:55 Monahan 8 11 23 32 44 4 6 13 23 24 37 4v5
Away 2 0:07 Byron 6 8 10 13 32 71 5 7 19 32 37 60 5v5
Away 3 18:06 Bollig 2 3 32 37 74 77 4 6 21 25 37 60 5v5
Home 3 14:45 Carter 2 3 32 37 74 77 4 6 18 25 32 37 5v5
Home 3 13:58 Richards 10 13 27 32 44 71 11 13 15 24 29 37 5v5
Away 3 9:04 Gaudreau 6 8 11 12 14 32 5 7 11 13 24 37 5v5
Away 3 6:07 Monahan goal 11 14 23 27 32 44 5 7 13 19 23 37 5v5
Away 3 1:38 Colborne tip 2 11 23 27 32 5 7 8 11 21 37 4v5
Home 4 4:43 Muzzin 6 8 11 32 4 7 23 37 3v3
Away 4 1:07 Giordano 11 14 27 32 44 5 6 13 24 37 4v4
Away 4 1:01 Russell 11 14 27 32 44 4 6 13 24 37 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:06 6 5 05:24 2 0 03:15 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:55 6 1 04:34 3 0 04:44 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 16:57 7 5 05:58 2 0 03:15 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:39 5 1 04:00 3 0 04:44 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 13:37 2 4 04:20 1 0 01:08 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 12:04 4 2 02:42 1 0 02:19 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:13 7 2 06:13 4 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 10:18 1 4 00:02 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 11:27 3 2 00:02 0 0 03:54 0 3
18 STAJAN, MATT 07:00 0 1 00:00 0 0 02:21 0 2
19 JONES, DAVID 12:17 5 2 00:35 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 10:36 2 4 03:45 1 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 13:21 4 4 05:33 4 0 02:14 0 1
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:13 4 3 06:04 4 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 06:24 2 2 00:02 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 10:36 1 4 00:02 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 08:28 1 1 00:00 0 0 02:57 0 0
37 ORTIO, JONI   13 10   5 0   0 3
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 11:44 3 1 00:44 0 0 01:05 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 5 3 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 4 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SCOREBOARD WATCHING

Outside of the Canucks beating Florida, the Flames got as much help from other teams as they could tonight. The Blues beat Colorado, Columbus beat Minnesota and New Jersey beat San Jose.

Here’s how things look after tonight.

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Things could get even more muddy between now and the All-Star Break, as Los Angeles has a date with San Jose and Calgary faces Anaheim before the teams get their time off.

SUM IT UP

The Flames have run the table (so far) on their five game road trip, winning each of their first four games. They have a chance to close out their pre-All-Star Break schedule with a win on Wednesday night when they face the NHL’s best club, the Anaheim Ducks.

      • everton fc

        Haha! was being sarcastic. PDO becomes invalid when Ortio is backstopping for this team. Love it. Feaster is not getting enough credit for this. Did an excellent job building this team after trading JayBo, Iggy, Tangs.

        • ChinookArchYYC

          Feaster’s legacy will not be from ‘trading’ players, especially in Boumeester’s case. Aside for moving Bourque for Cammelleri, I can’t think of another win. Drafting in the other hand, was very good under Feaster.

        • ChinookArchYYC

          PDO is basically a reflection of how well a team is playing, in relation to a relatively predictable league-wide 8% team shooting and 92% save rate. When your goalie is at 95% it’s entirely valid. You didn’t have to do anything more than watch the game to see the Flames were outmatched.

          Full credit Ortio, who was great from start to finish, and Monahan who is a clutch player, when he’s gets an opportunity to score.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    I suspect that Ortio and Shore both get sent down so they can play in AHL allstar game and that they both stay down for awhile. The Flames during that time will try and move one of the other goalies and try and decide if Granlund should be sent down and further assess Glenx injury.

    • RedMan

      it would be hard to argue with the logic, at least for shore…

      and for Ortio – he is making a strong case for himself, but there is no hurry to rush him and change plans, assuming the plans were bring him up and move Ramo (based on contract situations)

      this showing will definitely give the club confidence to move Ramo or Hiller. In fact, if Ortio can continue to perform even close to the last 4 starts, then maybe it is best to move Hiller as he is worth more and is looking to return to #1 somewhere. (As someone has already mentioned, Ramo is more likely to be OK with being a well paid backup)

      • BT better sign Ramo to an extension if he plans to move Hiller…otherwise Ramo may not sign and go to free agency July 1..then what? One goalie under contract! Ramo is more likely to be moved because of his UFA ststus.

  • RedMan

    La’s shot counter is on drugs at least five shots four hits for flames were not even counted. Game was awesome to watch had playoffs intensity. For u stats losers take your Corsi and pdo and shove it ! This team only takes quality shots instead of everything to net I love it,they don’t ever give up and no team in nil works harder now sit there and tell me what’s not to like!!

    • ChinookArchYYC

      Zing! Sometimes I wished the NHL was a lot like the English Premiere league… where the Oilers would be demoted.

      It’s only been four (very big) games, but Ortio is starting to look like the real deal.

      Would teams be more interested in Ramo or Hiller?

  • RedMan

    The good? The Flames attempted 60 shots versus LA’s 67. Possession wise (if counting by shots is accurate) isn’t as terrible as the shot numbers suggest. The bad? 14 missed shots.

    The one that comes to mind is Bouma’s missed shot on the three on one. You have to hit the net on chances like that. As it stands, that play didn’t even result on a shot on net.

  • Skuehler

    This was a great game to watch. It’s really evident how big and strong LA is though. There were several occasions that they literally pushed a Flame off the puck and just took it out of their zone. Nevertheless the Flames stuck around and won.

    Monahan might turn into my favourite player. I love his style of game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the captain in the future.

    • Derzie

      What amazed me is how far we’ve come from Sutter hockey. It just made me angry when the bigger Kings had their way with our smaller guys. So glad we won. We also know why the Kings are a playoff team. The refs do not call rough stuff and the bigger bodies have a huge advantage. The NHL needs to change that.

  • prendrefeu

    The look on Hartley’s face in the main picture of this article demonstrates to me how awesome this team is and the enthusiasm he puts in as coach.

    I dig it, man. I dig it.

  • JW: What makes people think we would be able to trade Hiller anyway? His GAA and SV% are currently identical to what they were in his last season with the Ducks (2.48 and 0.911, also happen to be his NHL career lows).

    IMHO: If someone wants him they probably acquire him the same way we did.

    • piscera.infada

      He’s on a very reasonable contract for a starting calibre goalie. That’s why. One more year (and playoffs) for 4.5 million (and could be as low as 2.75, if the Flames retained half). I get they’re career lows, but if you’re Minnesota (and your starter is Dubnyk), or a team with a somewhat lengthy injury and an unproven back-up, why not? It would shore up that position.

      Not saying it will happen, but it’s likely to net a lot more of a return than a Ramo trade will (not a starter with a proven track record, contract up at the end of this year).

      On the flippity flop: Ortio is playing great, sure, but are you confident going into the playoffs without Hiller if we find the Flames in the same situation?

      Why not? I mean, if Ortio got you there, right? There’s a difference between making the playoffs as a wild-card, and lying to yourself that any of Ramo, Hiller, or Ortio is going to lead this team to a cup. I mean, they all still have a “they could steal you a series or two, but…” kind of feeling to them.

      • If Ortio gets me to the playoffs, I start him, of course. If he craps the bed in the first two games, I’m more comfortable seeing Hiller start the 3rd than Ramo.

        But maybe that’s just me…

        • piscera.infada

          Look, I’m not saying trade Hiller if the offer is a fourth round pick. I’m saying, it’s all about maximizing return. If someone wants to trade for Hiller, they’re going to be paying for a starting calibre goalie, and thus more than Ramo. That’s all. No more, no less.

    • Burnward

      Exactly what I was thinking last night. Why in the world are so many down on him is beyond me. For a 4th round pick we got a big player that was a former 1st rounder. He has offensive talent & soft hands & he is getting bigger & more confident each year. He is your prototypical 3rd line big forward that can score some timely goals. You also look at last night & see how LA literally manhandled our smaller skilled guys, well, it just makes being patient with this kid all the more important. If we met LA in a playoff series this spring, we would get pounded over the 7 games. Big & skilled are the unicorns of the hockey business. You take your time polishing any of those nuggets you happen to have.

  • Hartley abruptly changed tactics in the third period, particularly when the Flames went down by 1, which lead to the sudden turn around in shots. Before that he was barley playing Backlund and Gaudreua and just absolutely burying Monahan.

    Before the turn around in the third, Raymond, Bouma and Colborne all had more ice time than Backlund. A very strange evening tactically speaking.