Post-Game: The (Other) Comeback Kids

Tonight, the Calgary Flames entered the third period in an enviable position.

They were up a goal, at home. Game over, right? Nope. Because the Flames, the NHL’s best third period comeback team, were facing the top team in the Pacific…and the NHL’s second-best third period comeback team.

After surrendering five goals in the final frame in one of the worst frames of hockey they’ve played in a while, the Calgary Flames lost their first game all season after leading through 40 minutes, by a 6-3 score.

Here’s how it all fell apart at the Saddledome tonight.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames may have had their best first period of 2015 tonight. They were engaged, both physically and emotionally. They put pucks on net, threw some hits and were generally active in all three zones. The Ducks took a pair of penalties in rapid succession – including an ugly cross-check into the numbers by Clayton Stoner on Johnny Gaudreau that drew a crowd – but their five-on-three advantaged generated zero official shots and zero official goals. However, the fourth line opened the scoring: they dumped the puck in after a defensive zone start, Colborne stole the puck after a hit and his subsequent shot rebounded out to Matt Stajan, who bonked it out of mid-air to make it 1-0. Shots were 11-9 overall for Calgary, though the Ducks held a slight 9-8 advantage at even-strength.

The second period was a tale of two chunks of the game. In the first chunk, the Flames continued their strong play from the first period. They threw some hits, Dennis Wideman kept the puck in on a sloppy clearing attempt at the point and Lance Bouma tipped in Wideman’s shot from the blueline, making it 2-0. After that, though, the Ducks realized they were down two goals on the road and put on their working boots. The Ducks generated a lot of rubber on Jonas Hiller and a lot of time in the Calgary zone. To their credit, the Flames generated a few gorgeous chances of their own – including the ultra-rare 4-on-1 and a 3-on-1 where a Curtis Glencross feed beside the net went through Markus Granlund’s skates. However, the Ducks broke the goose-egg on wonky play; Corey Perry put the puck on net and it appears that the rebound bounced in off Cogliano. Either way, the period ended with a 2-1 score. The Ducks led the way in shots overall (16-8) and even-strength shots (14-7), doubling Calgary in both categories.

And then the wheels fell off in the third period.

After a few scrambles back and forth early on, Cogliano fed Francois Beauchemin with a gorgeous pass out front as the Ducks rush completely backed Diaz and Engelland (and the other Flames) towards their own net. That tied it. A few minutes later, Ryan Getzlaf teed one up after a lengthy shift in the Flames zone. The puck went wide, bounced off the back boards and in off Hiller to make it 3-2. A few minutes later, Dennis Wideman and Mikael Backlund corralled the puck in their own end and played a game of “Who’s got the puck?” In the confusion, Kyle Palmieri stole the puck and put it past Hiller to make it 4-2. A few minutes later, Jakob Silfverberg made it 5-2 and the rout was officially on. The Flames finally ended the run of unanswered goals with a 6-on-4 power-play – with Hiller pulled – as Sean Monahan scored his 20th, but it was too late. Hampus Lindholm added an empty netter to make it 6-3 final. Shots were 13-9 Ducks overall in the final frame and
13-3 at even-strength. Ouch.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST TERRIBLY

They were completely unable to bury the Ducks when the chances came to them, and the Ducks were completely willing and able to bury them when the chances were on the other side.

And that third period was one of the most one-sided, scary-bad periods of ice hockey this team has played, perhaps in the last two seasons.

Ug-ly.

RED WARRIOR

This was a tough call.

Lance Bouma scored a goal, so let’s go with him. On a night where most of the Flames were deep into the minuses, Bouma both played a lot and was even in the plus/minus ledger.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:08 Bollig 1 8 18 25 29 33 4 6 14 18 36 44 5v5
Home 1 15:40 Bouma 1 4 6 11 17 19 4 6 15 19 21 36 5v5
Away 1 15:21 Getzlaf 1 4 6 11 17 19 4 6 15 19 21 36 5v5
Home 1 9:00 Hudler 1 5 6 13 23 24 4 6 36 44 5v3
Home 1 8:25 Monahan 1 5 6 13 23 24 4 6 10 17 36 5v4
Home 1 7:39 Raymond 1 5 6 11 19 21 4 6 12 15 36 5v4
Home 1 7:38 Backlund 1 5 6 11 19 21 4 6 12 15 36 5v4
Home 1 5:13 Colborne 1 8 18 25 29 33 4 6 14 18 36 44 5v5
Home 1 5:12 Stajan goal 1 8 18 25 29 33 4 6 14 18 36 44 5v5
Home 1 4:44 Russell 1 4 6 11 17 19 15 19 21 23 36 47 5v5
Away 1 4:19 7 1 20 21 29 33 60 3 7 33 36 42 67 5v5
Home 2 19:36 Hudler 1 5 7 13 23 24 4 6 10 12 17 36 5v5
Away 2 19:08 Perry 1 5 7 13 23 24 10 12 17 23 36 47 5v5
Home 2 16:16 Jones 1 4 6 11 17 19 3 12 17 18 36 42 5v5
Home 2 14:14 Diaz 1 5 13 23 24 33 4 15 23 36 44 5v4
Away 2 13:15 Kesler 1 5 7 11 17 19 3 10 12 17 36 42 5v5
Home 2 13:07 Brodie 1 5 7 11 17 19 3 10 12 15 36 42 5v5
Home 2 12:40 Deflection 1 4 6 11 17 19 3 10 12 15 36 42 5v5
Home 2 8:59 Bouma goal 1 4 6 17 21 60 10 17 19 23 36 47 5v5
Away 2 8:18 Stoner tip 1 4 6 20 21 60 3 4 15 19 21 36 5v5
Away 2 8:16 Palmieri 1 4 6 20 21 60 3 4 15 19 21 36 5v5
Away 2 6:48 Silfverberg 1 4 6 17 18 4 15 17 19 33 36 4v5
Away 2 4:54 Perry 1 20 21 29 33 60 3 7 10 36 42 44 5v5
Away 2 4:53 Cogliano goal 1 20 21 29 33 60 3 7 10 36 42 44 5v5
Home 2 4:36 Raymond tip 1 5 7 20 21 23 4 6 10 14 17 36 5v5
Home 2 3:59 Brodie (4-on-1) 1 5 7 13 23 24 10 14 17 23 36 47 5v5
Away 2 2:24 Silfverberg 1 6 11 20 21 33 4 6 19 33 36 67 5v5
Away 2 1:29 Lindholm 1 5 8 20 29 60 6 12 23 33 36 67 5v5
Away 2 1:19 Deflection 1 5 8 20 29 60 6 12 18 23 36 44 5v5
Away 2 0:46 Deflection 1 4 6 11 17 19 12 18 23 36 44 47 5v5
Away 2 0:04 Perry 1 4 6 11 17 19 10 15 17 36 42 44 5v5
Away 2 0:01 Perry 1 5 7 17 19 23 10 15 17 36 42 44 5v5
Home 3 18:36 Russell 1 4 6 11 19 21 3 12 17 36 42 5v4
Away 3 13:49 Beauchemin goal 1 13 23 24 29 33 7 23 33 36 47 67 5v5
Away 3 13:22 Manson 1 8 18 25 29 33 3 12 18 36 42 44 5v5
Away 3 11:27 Getzlaf 1 4 6 20 21 60 15 19 21 23 36 47 5v5
Away 3 11:25 19 1 4 6 20 21 60 15 19 21 23 36 47 5v5
Away 3 8:28 Cogliano steal 1 4 6 11 17 19 15 19 21 23 36 47 5v5
Away 3 8:26 Cogliano goal 1 4 6 11 17 19 15 19 21 23 36 47 5v5
Away 3 5:16 Silfverberg goal 1 4 6 13 23 24 19 23 33 36 47 67 5v5
Home 3 3:46 Brodie tip 1 5 7 8 11 17 4 6 10 17 36 44 5v5
Home 3 2:18 Gaudreau 5 6 13 20 23 24 3 12 17 36 42 5v4
Home 3 2:02 Glencross tip 5 6 13 20 23 24 3 12 17 36 42 5v4
Home 3 1:54 Glencross 5 6 13 20 23 24 3 12 17 36 42 5v4
Home 3 1:52 Monahan goal 5 6 13 20 23 24 3 12 17 36 42 5v4
Away 3 0:49 Smith-Pelly 1 17 19 29 33 60 3 12 18 36 42 44 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   13 22   6 0   0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 19:10 5 10 01:32 1 0 01:02 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:39 5 5 05:38 9 0 00:58 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 19:06 5 11 05:06 9 0 01:02 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:02 5 3 00:51 0 0 00:58 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:49 4 3 00:28 0 0 00:25 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:46 6 7 02:51 3 0 00:47 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:01 2 3 05:04 7 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:55 7 8 00:28 0 0 00:48 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 08:08 3 1 00:00 0 0 01:06 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 14:58 5 8 02:25 3 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 14:14 1 10 00:53 4 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 12:50 2 8 02:49 3 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 13:09 3 4 05:04 7 0 00:07 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 11:45 2 3 04:42 7 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 07:17 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 12:03 3 8 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 12:58 3 7 02:55 1 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:27 1 10 00:06 0 0 00:47 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 2 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 8 13 7 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 6 8 1 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

After playing some of their worst hockey of the season, the Calgary Flames (32-23-4) hit the road for a long, long seven-game road trip that’ll take them to such exotic locales as New York, New Jersey, and the trade deadline!

The team’s off tomorrow for their annual poker tournament before hitting the practice ice on Sunday and beginning to prepare for their next opponent, the New York Rangers on Tuesday in Manhattan.

  • Daves Waves

    can’t win ’em all… but I can’t help but think that two of the Ducks’ goals were a fluke off the end boards + an empty netter. Sure, our third period was not very pretty at all, but subtract those two bummers and this game could’ve gone either way.. or is that a stretch?

  • Burnward

    Ya couple bad bounces, that 4-2 goal was suspect too as I believe Hiller had his glove over the puck.

    I hope this Glencross distraction gets dealt with soon

    • everton fc

      Treliving said Glencross never asked for a trade. What’s the true story? Perhaps they asked him where he’d go… Prior to unloading. And Glencross sating he didn’t like the way he was being utilized… Fans embers…

      Whatever the truth is, they should move him for either defensive help (for Engelland) and/or scoring (Kessel! 🙂 )

      Sekera would look god here…

  • Greg

    I keep up with most hockey prospects and players but I have never heard of Josh Manson before. I have read two people saying they would like him on the flames. I obviously don’t know much about him so why do people like him so much? A quick read and all I could really find is he’s a right shot and was drafted pretty late. What does anyone think it would take to pry him from ANA?

    • Burnward

      That might have been me, twice. I don’t know where he’s ranked or what he is worth, has impressed the hell out of me each time I’ve seen him play though.

      • Burnward

        Josh Manson is son of former NHLer Dave Manson. Twenty-three years old; converted from forward. At 6’3″ needs to play physical.

        From Hockey’s Future:

        Manson has some offensive skills and a likes to shoot the puck from the point but his calling card at the pro level is likely to be his physicality and willingness to engage opponents. Long-term he projects as a lower pairing defenseman at the NHL level.

  • xploD

    Teams are starting to shut down johnny pretty well and really grinding him out. I’m sure he will find a way, but as a positive, I can’t wait till there is more skill in the lineup so they can’t single out 1-2 players so much and they have to contend with a bunch of great players.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    What everyone refers to as “luck” is just the Hockey Gods playing favorites. First dressing room distraction of the season and the Gods decide to rip the Flames a new one. The Gods hate bickering in the room.

    My prediction: if Glencross is not traded soon, this road trip will be a disaster and the Flames playoff hopes will have faded. Trade him in the next game or two and we might salvage the season.

    • Burnward

      Yup……BT was gifted the perfect opportunity to off load spare parts (GlenX) for a return we desperately need.

      Can BT mess this up?

      Let’s wait and see….

      WW

      • Rockmorton65

        So, Wally, who would you replace him with specifically? Not “someone who can improve this team….bla bla bla”, but a specific name GM who you think would do a better job. You offer nothing to the discussion when you criticize but never offer up a solution. Anyone can do that.

    • Craig

      Read my mind bro. When you read the line on him, he gets around 17 minutes TOI which is pretty good for a 2nd/3rd line forward, around 2 minutes power play time on average per game, again not bad & gets PK time. Why in the world would he complain about his utilization??? Problem is, he thinks he is a top line forward & should get top PP TOI. He also thinks he should get at least a 5 year deal & double his home town discount. Obviously, the Flames project him as a 3rd/4th line forward in the next few years & therefore should get a contract similar to Stajan’s.

      I don’t like this scenario & personally I think we either move him this weekend, even if it’s for a stinking lousy 2nd round pick & some remote prospect no one has heard of or leave him home on this road trip & bring up one of our kids who always seem to bring excitement & energy to the team. Why would we even want to risk an injury at this point, move him fast. Has anyone heard any leaks of which teams he will go to?

  • Craig

    Flames were very much outplayed in this game. This, as well as the last game against the Kings show that the Flames are not yet truly competitive against elite teams.

    That being said, I do think they have enough juice to make the playoffs. I like the decisions BT is making, he’s keeping the future in mind, which is the only way that this team will develop into elite in a few years. Which it will.

    In two to three years this team will have an elite #1 defence man, (Brodie). Elite centre depth ( Monahan, Bennett, Backlund) and a goalie duo that will be at least league average (Ortio, Gillies). Those are some pretty good cornerstones and basically the foundation for an elite team. And Gaudreau will be in his prime, probably weighing like 165 or something super heavy like that.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Always lots of rumors regarding the desperate need for right hand defencemen, particularly now that Franson is gone. The same two or three names are thrown about but wondering why Wideman is never mentioned in the mix? He’s had a solid year, is very good on the PP and can play top four minutes – and he’s a righty. Yes his contract is bad and maybe that’s the issue but with teams like Detroit looking for someone, you’d hope the Flames are canvassing their peers to see if a deal is out there.

  • Craig

    From the 2nd period until the Ducks had a 3 goal lead, the ducks were outshooting the Flames over 2-1 in that span. A goal or two were unlucky but the Ducks just dominated the Flames.

    Flames biggest problem remains on the back end. There is just nobody of quality behind Brodie and Gio. I’m not sure you can find any other team in the league with such a huge drop off between the first and then 2nd and 3rd pairings.

  • BIGFlamesFan

    My take is teams with more talent and size (LA and Anaheim) are starting to impose their will and effort now and the Flames can’t keep up. Not a surprise. Flames have been exerting their will in the first 40-50 games of the year, now the big boys are awake. And gunning for their playoff lives. Love the team and what they have done this year, but when talented teams match their effort, and impose their size on the Flames, we see results like last night. I can still see us squeaking into the playoffs, but it will be a short adventure.