Post-Game: Beat The Jets

It was a playoff-like atmosphere at the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight, as the Western Conference’s two wild-card teams clashed in an effort to cement their playoff hopes. After a spirited sixty minutes of ice hockey, the Calgary Flames skated to a 5-2 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.

With the victory, the Flames creep a bit closer to the Jets and maintain a game in hand against their conference rivals.

Here’s how things went down tonight.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames weren’t great early-on, getting caught in their own zone off the get-go and giving up the game’s first goal just 1:09. The Jets’ top line cycled the puck and eventually Blake Wheeler scored to make it 1-0 Jets. However, the Flames decided not to wait until the third to tie it up. On a nice read on a bad Jets line change, Mark Giordano found David Jones (and a seam) in center ice, allowing Jones to go in and put a back-hander on net. The back-hander squeaked through Michael Hutchison to tie the game. The rest of the first was rather back and forth. Johnny Gaudreau left briefly late in the period with a wrist issue, but returned for the start of the second. Shots were 8-6 Calgary, though the Jets held the edge in shot attempts (21-18) and face-off wins (12-7).

The second period was fairly even, and featured a few great Jets scoring chances…and zero Jets goals. Mark Scheifele had a golden chance in the period, deking past both Flames defenders and putting the puck wide of the net. The puck proceeded to carom into the neutral zone off Sven Baertschi’s stick, where Mason Raymond turned on the jets, caught up and beat Hutchison top-corner to make it 2-1. The Flames were much less frantic and panicky in their own zone this period, and that allowed them to keep pace, more or less, with the Jets. Shots were 8-6 Calgary, shot attempts were 18-16 Winnipeg, and Calgary held a slight 12-10 face-off edge in the middle frame.

The Flames entered the third with a narrow lead, something they’d done 11 times previous this season. They added three goals in the finale frame and won, fairly handily, 5-2. The goals generally came from unlikely sources. Raphael Diaz cranked one from the point on the power-play off some nice cycling – and Lance Bouma leapt out of the way – to give Calgary a 3-1 lead. Brandon Bollig was absolutely gifted a goal – his first as a Calgary Flame – off a gorgeous cross-ice pass from Joe Colborne to make it 4-1. Bryan Little banged in a rebound shortly after, cutting the lead to 4-2, but the Jets pulled their goalie and Sean Monahan added an empty-netter to ice it. The Flames out-shot the Jets 12-7, but the visitors held a slight edge in shot attempts (24-18) and face-off wins (13-11).

WHY THE FLAMES WON

After a shaky start, they calmed down. And rather than taking 30 or 40 minutes to find their stride, they really seemed to hit their marks after 10 or 15 minutes. They played a fairly disciplined, mature 60 minutes of ice hockey, and they were rewarded with a few goals and another win.

RED WARRIOR

Joe Colborne had a pair of assists, including a really nice cross-ice pass to Brandon Bollig for the tap-in (and Bollig’s first as a Flame). Colborne’s been quietly effective for awhile and he was solid once more for the home side.

For the curious, Mark Giordano played his 500th career game and got the fireman’s helmet for his efforts.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 18:52 Wheeler goal 1 17 19 29 33 86 16 18 26 33 34 39 5v5
Home 1 15:46 Jones goal 1 5 7 17 19 86 16 33 34 44 55 67 5v5
Away 1 11:27 Kane 1 18 25 29 32 33 9 17 22 34 44 63 5v5
Home 1 11:09 Monahan 1 5 6 13 19 23 5 8 16 18 34 5v4
Away 1 6:01 Little 1 4 6 17 32 86 16 18 26 34 44 63 5v5
Away 1 4:52 Scheifele 1 5 7 13 23 25 5 8 34 55 67 85 5v5
Away 1 4:16 Little 1 4 6 18 25 32 8 16 18 26 33 34 5v5
Home 1 2:54 Monahan 1 13 23 24 29 33 9 17 22 34 44 63 5v5
Away 1 1:58 Scheifele 1 4 6 8 17 27 33 34 39 55 67 85 5v5
Away 1 1:47 Perreault 1 4 6 8 17 27 33 34 39 55 67 85 5v5
Away 2 18:10 Scheifele 1 4 6 21 27 86 5 8 34 55 67 85 5v5
Home 2 18:03 Raymond goal 1 6 21 27 33 86 5 8 9 34 55 67 5v5
Away 2 17:11 Lowry 1 21 27 29 33 86 9 17 26 33 34 39 5v5
Home 2 16:54 Jones tip 1 5 7 17 18 19 16 18 26 33 34 39 5v5
Away 2 16:14 Perreault 1 4 6 13 23 24 34 44 55 63 67 85 5v5
Away 2 9:30 Deflection 1 4 7 8 19 25 14 16 18 34 44 63 5v5
Home 2 6:55 Gaudreau tip 1 5 6 13 19 23 5 8 19 34 67 5v4
Home 2 6:42 Jones tip 1 5 6 13 19 23 5 8 19 34 67 5v4
Home 2 6:36 Gaudreau 1 5 6 13 19 23 5 8 19 34 67 5v4
Home 2 6:15 Raymond 1 5 6 21 24 86 9 26 33 34 39 5v4
Away 2 4:36 Wheeler 1 5 7 17 18 18 26 33 34 39 85 4v5
Home 2 0:23 Byron 1 5 7 13 23 32 16 18 26 33 34 39 5v5
Home 3 18:42 Wideman tip 1 4 6 13 24 26 34 44 55 63 4v4
Away 3 18:24 Scheiflele 1 4 6 13 24 26 34 44 55 63 4v4
Home 3 15:43 Colborne 1 7 8 17 18 33 5 8 16 18 34 5v4
Home 3 15:08 Hudler tip 1 4 6 13 23 24 34 44 55 63 67 85 5v5
Home 3 12:39 Bollig goal 1 4 6 8 25 32 5 8 9 17 22 34 5v5
Away 3 11:19 Ladd 1 4 6 13 23 24 16 18 26 31 44 63 5v5
Away 3 11:18 Little goal 1 4 6 13 23 24 16 18 26 31 44 63 5v5
Away 3 10:18 Trouba 1 8 25 29 32 33 5 8 9 17 22 31 5v5
Away 3 9:31 Perreault 1 4 6 21 27 86 31 33 39 55 67 85 5v5
Away 3 7:28 Byfuglien 1 5 7 32 86 9 31 33 55 67 85 4v5
Away 3 2:41 Scrum 1 4 6 13 23 24 8 9 17 44 55 67 5v5
Home 3 1:12 Byron 1 4 6 18 19 32 8 9 17 22 31 44 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   9 17   6 0   0 2
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 19:46 4 12 00:28 0 0 01:46 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 18:44 3 1 04:10 5 0 02:14 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 17:51 5 11 04:01 5 0 01:46 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 20:16 3 2 01:49 1 0 02:14 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 08:56 1 4 01:41 1 0 01:31 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:54 4 6 02:55 4 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 13:38 2 4 00:27 1 0 01:50 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 11:28 2 2 00:32 1 0 00:50 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 13:51 3 2 03:01 4 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 13:16 1 3 02:19 1 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 15:47 3 5 02:55 4 0 01:02 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:20 3 5 02:15 1 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 07:42 1 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 13:05 1 5 00:12 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 11:17 1 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 11:12 3 4 00:12 0 0 01:32 0 1
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 12:08 2 4 01:30 1 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 13:27 2 5 01:28 1 0 01:15 0 1
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 7 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 5 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 5 7 4 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

Fresh off this big win, the Flames (28-20-3) regroup and are thrown right back into the frying pan on Wednesday night. The opponents? The San Jose Sharks, who sit just ahead of them in the Pacific Division standings. It’s a later game than usual, with an 8pm MT start on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet One. There’s a game on earlier on Sportsnet West, so if you’re PVRing, go SN One.

  • MonsterPod

    Wanna give props to Hiller on this homestand. After soul-searching on the bench for five straight while Ortio put on a show, Hiller has been really solid, coming up with timely saves. Good for him and for the Flames.

    With our lack of RW depth, what are the chances we re-sign D. Jones? He has also been solid on this homestand. Really like his game of late.

    Maybe a 2 year deal at 3M per. Trash/No, Props/Yes

  • I like the Flames aren’t getting too down when they lose and aren’t getting too excited when they win. Keeping emotions in check helps them take fewer penalties while the Jets are fighting through more penalty-kill situations than any other team in the league. It’s tiring and it showed in their effort tonight where the Flames outplayed them.

  • Bollig and Diaz of all people haha.
    But good for them. Really fun game to watch, so many Flames played exceptionally well, and it was a treat to watch such a high-intensity physical game. I’m posting this while the Oilers are up 3-1, so hopefully we’ll get some help from them tonight as well!

  • redhot1

    Has anybody else realized Calgary has scored more goals than: Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, Philly, Anaheim, San Jose, and Vancouver. That is as far as the big boys. And as per Calgary’s defensive core; name another team you would trade ours completely for. I dare you…

  • redhot1

    The boys continue to impress!

    Sven looked Ok till he tried a little dipsy doodle in the third and got laid out by bogosian. That would be his last shift of the game.

    Colborne is really coming into his own with 20 points in 33 games this year. I think he’s a great support player for this rebuild.

    • redricardo

      I would really like to see Colborne’s underlying numbers when he’s on the wing as opposed to playing center. I suspect they are much better when he plays wing and certainly the eye test has always suggested that for me.

  • RKD

    Happy to see Diaz and Bollig score their first of the season. I think this squad is ‘getting it’ when it comes to learning how to win. When they were winning all those games they were riding really hot goaltending and above average shooting percentage. Even during the 8 game losing streak, they were actually playing better although hard to convince some people of that. Sure glad they did not have to wait until the third for a comeback.

  • cgyokgn

    Having watched the Jets dominate very good teams during their winning streak, I was surprised at their lack of fight tonight. It came at a good time for the Flames who took advantage of the Jets’ goaltending and played a really solid game. Nice to see first goals from Diaz and Bollig.

  • beloch

    The Flames had a CF% of 45.22% and a FF% of 51.19%. The difference was shot blocks. Some Flames are going to be black and blue tomorrow, but I hope they have a bounce in their step after this win. The intensity of this game was playoff level. Both teams knew this was one of the main cruxes of their season. The Flames were the team that got over it, even though they had to do it without Backlund. Great game!

    • ChinookArchYYC

      The Flames Fenwick for percentage has been consistently higher than Corsi all season long. What’s interesting is the the Flames ParZona (shots from inside the slot and down the middle of home plate), the Flames seem to get most all their scoring from, and conversely supress scoring.
      To put this plainly, the Flames are willing to go to the dirty areas to score, and work hard to disallow their opponent form doing the same when they defend. It also means, that the Flames are willing to give opposing teams outside low percentage shots, and making it difficult to get in tight. This team strategy could be dragging down their team Corsi score.

      Long story short, Corsi may not be a good indicator of the Flames success, given their appearent team strategy is to allow outside low percentage shots.

      I’d really like to see more analysis of Flames ParZona, to see the actual results.

      See bitumen’ post over at Copper and Blue for more on ParZona.

  • redricardo

    @Monsterpod

    I had to trash your comment, not to vote, but because Jones still has another year left after this one. And also because “voting” comments suck.

    @Private eye

    It’s not “your welcome”. I don’t possess the welcome. “You’re welcome”. You are welcome. See.

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    Pike, why do you always say that scoring chances and zone entries are “Coming Soon”, when we all know that they aren’t?

    Sven made a nice little pick on MayRay’s goal, but other than that, I didn’t notice him often, although I did doze off for a while so I may have missed some heroics. What are FN’s thoughts on his play last night?

    • piscera.infada

      Sven made a nice little pick on MayRay’s goal, but other than that, I didn’t notice him often, although I did doze off for a while so I may have missed some heroics. What are FN’s thoughts on his play last night?

      Personally, I thought it was the best (albeit single game) I’ve seen seen from him in quite a while. He was hard on the forecheck, he was holding on to the puck and carrying it into the zone, he was back-checking really well. When he’s engaged, he’s an effective player.

      He does at times get lost in his own zone, but that happens with young players (it still happens with Monahan, although less than it did last year), it will take NHL time. The one major issue I have with his game that he’ll need to figure out, is that he seems to make passes at his own blueline into traffic far too often. I’m sure the coaches have been telling him not to for years. It’s a thing you can generally get away with in junior and to some extent the AHL, but those are the bad passes that end up in your own net all the time in the NHL.