Post-Game: Comeback Kids (Yet Again)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

The Calgary Flames, in a key match-up against a conference rival with key points up for grabs, came out of the gate slow. They got down early, to the point where one may have been tempted to write them off. Then, for the ninth time this season, they completely took over the game and won despite being down after 40 minutes.

The latest victim of the comeback kids were the Edmonton Oilers, who despite leading 2-0 through two periods of play dropped a 4-2 decision to the Calgary Flames. Either the Oilers packed it in or the Flames woke the heck up, or both, but man, that third period wasn’t even close.

Here’s how it went down.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames were flat early, particularly in the first period. Despite out-shooting Edmonton 15-8 in the early frame, the Oilers scored twice and held an early lead. Jordan Eberle scored off a scramble, where the Flames were beaten for a loose puck and Eberle sniped one from the slot. Later, Dennis Wideman couldn’t corral a pass in the defensive end and Benoit Pouliot got a nice set-up from Eberle for a tap-in.

Nobody scored in the second, and the Flames seemed a bit tentative and out of sync. Shots were 6-6, and the Oilers did their best to keep it a low-event road game, with a good degree of success.

That success fell out the damn window in the third. The Flames skated. They created traffic in front of Ben Scrivens. They didn’t take penalties. They out-shot the Oilers 13-5. Mason Raymond opened the scoring, circling the net and letting traffic develop, then putting one past Scrivens from a far angle. A few minutes later, Lance Bouma came into the zone as the trailing man, took a pass from David Jones and sniped it past Scrivens to tie it. A few minutes after that, on a power-play, Sean Monahan knocked one home – from the same left side of Scrivens that Raymond and Bouma scored from – to make it 3-2. Lance Bouma scored again later on off a two-on-one with Mikael Backlund to make it 4-2.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

The Oilers got awful in the third and the Flames got good. These awful starts need to stop as soon as humanly possible, but the Flames skated hard, created traffic and played a poised, disciplined third period and got goals from all across their line-up to win yet again when trailing after 40.

And, let’s face it, I don’t think there were many that thought the Oilers would win after giving up that first goal to Mason Raymond. Things just seemed to slip away from the visitors after that quite rapidly and completely.

RED WARRIOR

Toiling on the shut-down line with Mikael Backlund and David Jones, Lance Bouma had his first multi-goal game. Honourable mention to David Wolf, who played well before having his ice time trimmed down significantly due to an injury (and the comeback) in the third.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:49 Monahan 1 5 7 13 23 32 5 8 10 16 22 30 5v5
Away 1 17:20 Eberle goal 1 4 6 17 18 25 2 14 21 30 67 93 5v5
Home 1 16:33 Gaudreau 1 13 19 23 29 33 2 14 22 23 27 30 5v5
Away 1 15:33 Nugent-Hopkins 1 5 7 11 17 19 5 16 22 30 67 93 5v5
Home 1 13:58 Colborne 1 5 7 8 13 23 2 12 21 23 27 30 5v5
Home 1 13:56 Monahan 1 5 7 8 13 23 2 12 21 23 27 30 5v5
Away 1 13:45 Hendricks 1 5 7 8 13 23 12 19 23 27 30 84 5v5
Home 1 13:30 Diaz 1 7 8 11 21 33 5 27 30 84 93 5v4
Home 1 12:30 Gaudreau 1 5 6 13 19 23 5 21 27 30 67 5v4
Away 1 10:37 10 1 4 6 8 21 86 8 10 16 19 30 84 5v5
Home 1 9:53 Jones 1 5 7 11 17 19 2 14 19 30 67 93 5v5
Away 1 8:26 10? 1 4 6 8 21 86 2 14 21 30 67 93 5v5
Away 1 8:21 Pouliot goal 1 4 6 8 21 86 2 14 21 30 67 93 5v5
Away 1 5:44 Nugent-Hopkins 1 5 7 13 23 32 5 14 22 30 67 93 5v5
Away 1 5:28 Pouliot 1 5 7 8 13 23 14 19 30 67 84 93 5v5
Away 1 2:47 Eberle 1 5 7 13 18 32 2 14 21 30 67 93 5v5
Home 1 0:14 Byron 1 4 6 13 23 32 2 12 21 23 27 30 5v5
Home 2 19:25 Wideman 1 4 6 8 13 23 5 12 22 23 27 30 5v5
Home 2 18:53 Raymond 1 5 7 8 21 23 2 14 22 23 30 93 5v5
Away 2 18:01 Nugent-Hopkins 1 5 7 32 45 86 2 10 14 22 30 93 5v5
Away 2 15:44 Schultz 1 5 7 11 17 19 14 19 30 67 84 93 5v5
Away 2 13:18 12 1 4 6 21 45 86 2 12 21 23 27 30 5v5
Home 2 13:00 Wideman 1 4 6 21 45 86 2 12 21 23 30 93 5v5
Away 2 12:51 Eberle 1 5 6 21 45 86 2 14 21 30 67 93 5v5
Home 2 9:31 Wolf 1 18 25 29 33 45 5 12 23 27 30 84 5v5
Home 2 8:41 Jooris 1 4 6 8 13 86 19 20 27 28 30 84 5v5
Home 2 8:08 Scrum 1 8 13 23 29 33 5 12 22 23 27 30 5v5
Away 2 3:31 20 1 4 6 8 13 23 8 19 20 28 30 84 5v5
Home 3 15:55 Monahan 1 5 7 8 13 23 5 12 22 23 27 30 5v5
Away 3 15:26 Klinkhammer 1 5 8 13 23 29 12 19 23 30 51 84 5v5
Home 3 13:46 Bouma goal 1 4 7 11 17 19 2 8 10 16 21 30 5v5
Home 3 13:32 Giordano 1 5 7 8 13 23 5 14 22 30 67 93 5v5
Away 3 13:17 Lander 1 11 19 29 33 86 10 16 19 30 51 84 5v5
Home 3 12:59 Jooris 1 7 21 32 33 86 10 16 19 30 51 84 5v5
Home 3 11:32 Backlund 1 4 6 17 19 23 5 22 23 27 30 5v4
Home 3 10:34 Diaz 1 4 6 21 32 86 2 16 21 30 67 93 5v5
Away 3 8:53 Eberle 1 5 7 8 13 23 14 19 30 67 84 93 5v5
Home 3 6:46 Monahan 1 5 6 13 19 23 5 23 27 30 84 5v4
Away 3 4:39 Nugent-Hopkins 1 5 7 8 23 32 2 14 19 30 67 93 5v5
Away 3 4:32 Pouliot 1 5 7 8 23 32 2 14 30 67 84 93 5v5
Home 3 3:34 Bouma goal 1 4 11 17 19 29 8 10 16 19 21 30 5v5
Home 3 3:02 Backlund 1 5 7 11 17 19 2 14 19 30 67 93 5v5
Home 3 2:58 Jones 1 5 7 11 17 19 2 14 19 30 67 93 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   20 19   4 0   0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 18:24 7 6 00:11 1 0 01:55 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 23:43 9 12 03:18 2 0 00:05 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 17:18 5 7 03:28 3 0 00:33 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 23:08 11 10 02:41 1 0 01:20 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 16:46 8 10 02:37 1 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:47 5 3 03:10 1 0 00:35 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 18:26 10 7 02:45 2 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:32 5 3 00:37 1 0 00:20 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 07:02 1 2 00:00 0 0 01:21 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 14:38 6 3 02:31 3 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 12:16 4 5 01:35 1 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 18:18 10 8 03:02 3 0 00:19 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 04:46 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 10:15 4 2 00:02 0 0 00:07 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 14:40 4 5 00:24 0 0 00:53 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 10:48 4 1 02:44 1 0 00:00 0 0
45 WOLF, DAVID 07:27 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:46 4 7 01:55 0 0 00:32 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 8 9 6 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 5 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 10 5 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SCOREBOARD WATCHING

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The Flames got some help.

  • Boston beat the Kings this afternoon.
  • Dallas beat Winnipeg, which was probably the best possible option for the Flames.
  • But the Sharks beat Chicago, so they built a bit of a buffer.

SUM IT UP

The Flames win! And Winnipeg lost! Suddenly Monday night’s game is supremely important, as the Flames can build up a bigger buffer on their pursuers and possible chase down the Jets for the higher wild-card spot. Oh, and potentially keep reeling in Vancouver and San Jose.

  • RKD

    Man beating the Oilers feels good. The Kings losing helps our cause. I love watching this team, they may fall down in a game but they keep battling and they finish their opportunities when they need to. Bouma and Backs are finding some nice chemistry together. I’ve underestimated Bouma a bit.

  • everton fc

    Bouma will get a letter next season. And he should.

    Is Wolf okay? Didn’t see the game until the middle 3rd.

    This was a good win. Good teams pull these types of games out. Nice job, boys!

    • cgyokgn

      Who would you have drafted Walt? There are only 3 players who have had more successful NHL careers up to this point David Perron, Wayne Simonds, and P.K. Subban. P.K. is the only one who is far ahead of Backs and D was a pisition of strength for the Flames at the time. The other to are wingers. We needed a skilled centre.

  • cgyokgn

    Not only did the Flames outshoot the Oilers 33 – 19, they won the face-off battle decidedly: 52(!) – 28 (80 face-offs in one game?). Backlund won a whopping 81% of his face-offs and 86% in the defensive zone. Even though he wasn’t one of the three stars tonight, he was a big part of the win, with his face-off prowess and two assists.

  • Burnward

    My theory on why Flames play better in the third period consistently: We see less of Bollig.

    Which provides more ice-time for Monny, Gaudreau and Backlund.

  • ngthagg

    Just watched the highlights. The expression on Bouma’s face after scoring (both times) warms my heart.

    Whether or not we make the playoffs, it’s a great time to be a Flames fan. I love cheering for these guys.

  • mk

    Even though I’m a big proponent of proper game preparation (there are many ways players called up from the minors can ‘develop’ by spending time with the team), I’m surprised we still haven’t seen Sven or ‘Spoon. Games against the Buffalo & the Oilers seem like prime opportunities.

    Wolf looked decent in his debut. Couple good shots, a post & didn’t look lost in his end. Good start.

  • mk

    Couple of thoughts: 1) We missed Hudler – more than I expected notably on the PP; 2) Wolf is a useful player and should transition out Bollig next year but go slow with him – new country, new league and no need to rush; 3) Engelland player a serviceable game – haven’t said that many times this year but the fact that he wasn’t burned 10 times is a good thing; maybe he should drop the mitts more often to get his head in the game (PS – he dominated the fight against a pure fighter); 4) Still love the ‘no panic’ look to the Flames even being down two goals; shows they have confidence in themselves, their teammates, coaches and systems.

  • ngthagg

    Agree that Wolf looks better than Bollig. Kid isn’t just big, he’s hulking huge and his skating is far better than I imagined. Hard shot and good hockey sense too. Quite impressed with him. By next season he should be ready for full time duty. I hope he’s not seriously hurt.

    Just me or as soon as the Flames scored that first one who else thought they’d win it?

  • mk

    I just looked at the next two weeks; 5 games with teams that we are in the hunt with. This could be quite telling do well and we could be in one of the top 3 positions, do poorly and we could be out of a wildcard position.

  • Burnward

    I actually thought we had an ok first period. An improvement if not an ideal start. They got the bounces and scrivens was good.

    In the second they succeeded in slowing the game down.

    Not sure what happened in the third. We seemed to come out like in the first except this time the oilers started giving the puck away wherever they could. And backlund and bouma made them pay for it.

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      “In the second they succeeded in slowing the game down.”

      This has to be one of the most ironic sentences I have heard for quite awhile. How many times have my annoying Oiler buddies ribbed me after they completed the quad leap to dynasty after they won the lottery & got Yak added on to their other 2 1st over alls & the coup of coup’s that Schultz signed with them. I believe the words “Old” “Slow” “Grey balls” were used to describe our cap strapped veteran team & oh yeah “enjoy your decade long wander in the desert”

      How ironic that this future dynasty team 4 years ago needed to slow down the game & succeeded in doing that in the 3rd period. Wow, what a tale of things that have gone right & things that have gone wrong for these two franchises.

    • Matty Franchise Jr

      Oiler fan here.

      I don’t think Calgary slowed the game down in the second. They started skating.

      Oiler fans and management that believe the Oilers are a ‘fast’ team are living in the past. They aren’t slow but they are a not-fast team trying to play a fast game.

      Kudos to the Flames for dominating as they did. I hope the Oiler management learned something from that.

  • cgyokgn

    What if the Oilers won McJesus in the draft lottery and he didn’t sign? When does he become draft eligible again or a UFA? Just wondering….

    Back to the Stupor Bowl! 14-14 at half -game just picked up!

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    With an injury depleted set of forwards, one of the normal starters got just over 4 minutes of ice time, while a first-game-ever guy got 7.5 minutes and missed some time with an injury.

    How much longer is Bollig on the bench before he gets moved to the press box full time?