Post-Game: Flames Lose On Broadway

The Calgary Flames began their biggest and most important road trip of the season tonight in Manhattan. What transpired was a tight-checking, pretty entertaining game with a disappointing result, as the Flames dropped a 1-0 shutout decision to the New York Rangers.

Here’s how it went down.

THE RUNDOWN

This was as entertaining and frustrating, simultaneously, as 1-0 game gets. For starters, we get one goal to discuss. Basically, in the early third period, Dennis Wideman mis-played a bouncing puck in his own zone and it bounced into the slot, where Kevin Hayes grabbed it and beat Karri Ramo top-shelf.

Ramo had previously made many great saves – particularly in the first 8 minutes of the game, when the Flames were bad and took a penalty and generally weren’t good at all. In fact, Ramo may’ve made himself a pretty decent trade commodity right here:

But anyhow, the Rangers did their best to keep the Flames to the outside and minimize chances, while once they got the lead on that opportunistic goal, they themselves were content to get the puck into the Flames zone and do their best to run down the clock.

Oh, and whether you blame the referees or not, the Flames took more penalties than their opposition – a rare feat this season – and didn’t get a power-play of their own. As a result, their iffy even-strength play was exposed. Thank goodness for Ramo, as this could’ve been worse.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Because the Rangers were better. They generated more chances. They got to loose pucks. They didn’t take penalties. They took advantage of a Flames slip-up and scored the game’s only goal. And when the Flames trailed, they didn’t really change their game very much.

Maybe it’s because they have another game tomorrow, but the third period was pretty flat based on this season’s standards. You have to hold a team accountable to their wins, and the Flames let this one slip away, weird referee calls or not.

RED WARRIOR

Karri Ramo. He made 28 saves, including that gorgeous one early-on. After a few shaky outings, he was money tonight.

Honourable mention to the kids, Michael Ferland and the debuting Emile Poirier. Ferland was physical in 6:59 of ice-time and had a fight with J.T. Miller. Meanwhile, Poirier had a nice chance and played 8:10 in his first NHL appearance.

SCORING CHANCES

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 7.39.39 PM

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:28 20 8 18 20 21 26 33 4 7 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 1 18:17 Hayes deflection 5 10 13 27 33 36 5 6 11 17 31 5v4
Home 1 18:16 Miller 5 10 13 27 33 36 5 6 11 17 31 5v4
Home 1 16:24 Hunwick? 10 13 22 33 36 44 5 7 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 1 14:23 Girardi 5 20 21 26 27 33 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 1 14:16 21 5 20 21 26 27 33 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 1 12:15 Hagelin 5 10 27 33 48 62 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 1 9:10 Gaudreau 8 18 20 21 26 33 5 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 1 5:59 Monahan 8 18 20 21 26 33 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 3:15 20 8 18 20 21 26 33 5 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 1 0:09 Brodie 5 13 16 27 33 36 5 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 15:52 Hunwick 20 21 22 26 33 44 4 6 8 17 19 31 5v5
Home 2 14:57 Zuccarello 5 13 16 27 33 36 7 13 23 24 31 33 5v5
Away 2 11:34 Glencross tip 5 12 15 27 28 33 4 6 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 2 9:32 Boyle 20 21 22 26 33 44 11 17 19 29 31 33 5v5
Home 2 7:30 Stepan 8 18 20 21 26 33 4 6 31 57 60 79 5v5
Home 2 7:24 Stepan 8 18 20 21 26 33 4 6 31 57 60 79 5v5
Home 2 7:11 Deflection 8 18 20 21 26 33 4 6 31 57 60 79 5v5
Away 2 1:08 Jooris 13 16 22 27 33 36 5 7 20 23 31 86 5v5
Away 2 1:08 Jooris 13 16 22 27 33 36 5 7 20 23 31 86 5v5
Away 2 0:28 Monahan 5 18 20 21 26 33 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 17:01 Hayes goal 5 13 16 27 33 36 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 15:38 Moore 12 15 22 28 33 44 8 20 29 31 33 86 5v5
Away 3 12:20 Jooris 12 15 22 28 33 44 4 6 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 3 10:30 Brassard 16 20 21 22 26 33 5 7 11 31 86 5v4
Home 3 10:23 Deflection 5 10 13 27 33 36 4 6 11 17 31 5v4
Home 3 9:20 Hayes 8 10 13 18 33 36 4 6 11 23 31 60 5v5
Home 3 8:31 Deflection 8 12 18 28 33 62 13 23 24 29 31 33 5v5
Home 3 8:18 Hunwick 12 22 28 33 44 62 13 23 24 29 31 33 5v5
Home 3 4:48 Hagelin 10 22 33 44 48 62 7 8 20 31 33 57 5v5
Away 3 3:12 Deflection 8 20 21 26 27 33 5 7 11 17 19 31 5v5
Away 3 1:09 Glencross 8 13 16 27 33 36 5 7 13 20 23 24 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:41 4 10 00:00 0 0 01:44 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 21:18 6 2 00:00 0 0 02:16 0 3
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 21:53 4 9 00:00 0 0 01:45 0 3
7 BRODIE, TJ 23:47 6 5 00:00 0 0 02:15 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 15:39 2 5 00:00 0 0 00:48 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:16 1 4 00:00 0 0 01:25 0 4
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 20:08 5 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:06 1 4 00:00 0 0 02:16 0 3
19 JONES, DAVID 14:48 1 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 16:00 5 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 19:35 7 7 00:00 0 0 00:50 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 19:37 5 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 10:54 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   9 18   0 0   0 4
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 12:27 0 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 POIRIER, EMILE 08:10 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 07:08 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:57 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 06:59 0 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 13:06 4 3 00:00 0 0 01:44 0 1
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 8 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 4 6 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 8 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 9.32.19 PM

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 9.32.28 PM

SUM IT UP

The Flames lose the first game of their long, long roadie! That makes tomorrow’s game in Newark incredibly important. The only good news is that basically everybody else in the Western playoff race lost tonight, too.

Thank goodness for little miracles.

22 games to go in the regular season.

  • Burnward

    I think the one thing I disagree with was the “Rangers didn’t take any penalties”. It should be the refs didn’t give them any penalties. Don’t know what kind of horse crap officiating that was, I don’t usually complain but there were a few so blatant missed calls that is just inexcusable for a professional league.

    Other than that, how do we convince these guys that we are in the last 3 minutes of the game at the start of the game to get the same kind of urgency. This one kinda hurt, that game was there for us to win. They just were not in the right place many times. We have a bit of growing to do but I like our team. Tomorrow is a must win, no ifs or buts about it.

    • beloch

      I would re-sign RAMO to a one year deal and trade him in the summer! Hopefully Ortio recovers completely from his injury and doesn’t forget how to play outstanding goalie in the NHL!

      • The Last Big Bear

        What makes you think Ramo is going to quickly sign a 1 year deal so he can play 3rd wheel & get traded to whoever in the near future. I’m sure he has an agent & Im sure they have discussed the scenario with Ortio & Hiller & Im sure his agent will be advising him to sign nothing until July & let him check out some other teams that will offer him a longer term in a more stable situation. I can think of 3-4 teams at the top of my head that would sign him for a backup & opportunity to start several games. Edmonton, Arizona, Philly, Winnipeg could get the list started with GM’s who would not hang up the phone on Ramo’s agent. Hiller & Ramo are pretty solid goalies but I think Hiller’s experience gives him that edge. Put Ramo in the right situation as Dubnyk & we may wanting to kick ourselves.

    • The Last Big Bear

      Hopefully we can get a 5th or 6th rounder in return. NHL teams employ scouts who will confirm Ramo is a “Kipper’ one night and then he turns into the “Siv” that couldn’t stop a beachball. Absolutely the worst type of goalie to have on your team hence the reluctance of BB/BT to extend this guy….

  • beloch

    The one good thing about a loss right now is that it should help push Treliving towards making future-friendly trades rather than standing pat. If the Flames can capitalize on their pending UFA’s and make the playoffs that’d be awesome, but if the Flames miss the playoffs and Glencross and Ramo walk in the summer, Treliving is going to have rotten egg on his face.

    • beloch

      Bang on. These guys have taken a huge step this year but we have a ways to go. I really like the idea of selling Wideman at half price to the Wings for their 1st. Throw Diaz up front with Russell & help decide if he’s worth resigning & bring Tspoon up to play with Engellend until Smid is ready to play. Speaking of Smid, anyone know how bad he’s hurt?

      If Hiller loses tomorrow to the Devils I say play Ramo on Friday & see if he can upgrade his return to a 2nd & a 3rd.

    • beloch

      We are kind of handcuffed right now with Ramo and the goalie situation. Ramo may likely re resigned at a reasinable price and become trade bait for the Draft or later in the year?

  • piscera.infada

    Yeah, um.. Vancouver won, Winnipeg won, Chicago won (are we even chasing them?), and as I speak the Los Angeles Kings are just about done with grinding the Detroit Red Wings into a very fine dust. That’s 8 in a row fer dem Kings dere.

    So, basically every team that we needed to lose, won.. except the Minnesota Wild, who hilariously lost to the Edmonton Oilers. Thankfully the Sharks didn’t play tonight because as the way things go they probably would’ve won, too.

    Calgary seriously needs to kick it into another gear down the stretch here. I’m not saying do anything drastic trade-wise, I’m saying there’s nineteen games left in the season so go out there and show us all who the Calgary Flames really are.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Ramo is an NHL calibre goalie.

    But goalies are voodoo, so I won’t go any further than that.

    But I also know that the Flames only have one other guy who fits that description for sure right now, and I’m of the opinion that a team should have 2 guys like that.

    A ‘starter’ and a ‘backup’, if you will.

    Without Ramo, the Flames would have a ‘starter’, and a ‘who even IS Brad Theissen’ for the rest of the season.

    Next season, they would have a ‘starter’ and a ‘oh god I hope this kid is the real deal and doesn’t implode or we’re going to lose a bunch of games and end up getting hosed in a trade for LaBarbera or something’.

    • piscera.infada

      Don’t know how this get’s down-voted. It’s the exact situation the Flames find themselves in with Ramo.

      No NHL General Manager would trade Ramo right now, because quite simply you’d have to ride Hiller for 19 straight games (including any back-to-backs). If Hiller were to go down, suddenly your goaltending depth on an NHL team is Theissen and most-likely emergency call-up Mason McDonald (who is 18 years old). Imagine a situation in which an actual NHL hockey team was forced to ride Theissen and an 18 year-old rookie goalie for 10 games… Frightening.

      Sure, maybe you can get a backup goalie back in a trade for Ramo. In that case however, you’re probably the team giving up assets. Do you really think someone is going to give you comparable back-up and (even) a 6th round pick for soon to be UFA Karri Ramo? No.

      Get over it. It’s not happening.

  • prendrefeu

    The only good news is that basically everybody else in the Western playoff race lost tonight, too.

    Thank goodness for little miracles.

    Wait, what?

    Serious question Ryan: what’s going on, man? You want to trade Backlund? You want to bring in Bryz… and you claim that everyone lost tonight when it was only the Wild that lost yet the Kings, the Jets and the Cantpucks all won in regulation … ?!

    What is going on? What happened to giving 110% and a stick-tap (per your previous bio) ?

    Are you secretly Ryan Lambert?!

  • Matty Franchise Jr

    Flames every year.. Can’t win cups, can’t make playoffs. But they always finish 16-22 in the standings… Don’t get good prospects (minus Johnny hockey) sucks to be a flames fan. Regression is a fun thing!!!

  • Burnward

    Courtesy the glass half-full Darren Haynes on Twitter:

    “In the last six-and-a-half weeks, all seven of the #Flames losses have been to teams that went at least two rounds in last year’s playoffs.”

    Breath everyone. That’s a good Rangers team. A win in Jersey and all is back on track.

    • prendrefeu

      Yah Burnward a win would be something to behold tonight. It is badly needed.

      Last night’s game was one to right the ship … the team has lost points in its last few games and the Ranger game would have allowed the youngins especially to relax just that little bit. My fear is that their sticks will held a little too tightly tonight and in the subsequent games on this road trip. We have doubtless progressed wonderfully this season … it may appear that that is our collective reward and consolation.

      Finally, Beloch’s point re: BT’s trade attitude is very well taken. All the best to the Flames!

    • PrairieStew

      Not even close. Don’t mistake the fact that he is a rookie for the idea that he has alot of growth left in his game. Josh Jooris is in fact only 15 months younger than Backlund. Jooris is not even on pace to match Backlund’s offensive output of 2010-11 when Mikael was 21- turning 22, let alone on a pace to match Backlund’s output from last year.

      If you look at raw offensive output – last year Backlund ranked 65th among all Centres according to NHL.com – which suspiciously has a few wingers (Hudler included) categorized as Centres. Therfore in terms of scoring (which is not the best part of his game) Backlund is a top 2 Centre. Jooris certainly has been a pleasant surprise and a bargain in terms of both acquisition cost and salary but I would hesitate to slot him in to replace Backlund. A far more likely scenario is Granlund who is 3 years younger than Jooris, or even Arnold or Reinhart who are 2 years younger.

  • CutterMcAwesome

    UGH. The puck would not sit down for the flames last night. Not that it did for the rangers either but it seemed like they had more experience with it, which is probably the ole’ home ice advantage kicking in. Just an ugly night all around.

    Bright spots were definetly Ferland who is quite beastly. Poirier needs another game to find his legs.

    I expect a different result tonight. Hopefully the ice (and refs) are a little better.

  • Toofun

    Frustrating with all of the “non-calls” but the Flames need to be better. This is the second game against NYR where they just couldn’t drive the play into dangerous areas and put on real pressure.

    Take aways:

    1. The boys aren’t where they need to be yet. (Is that a surprise?)

    2. This was a very fun game to watch, our team never gave up and they were in it to the end.

    3. We are still in the payoff mix.

    4. We are not Edmonton.

  • Reidja

    Ramo was good, yes. He should have been runner up for the red warrior. Brodie was stellar though. He was the Flames best player by a mile.

    I’ll preface this by how excited I am to see the young guys in. I love Ferland, think Granlund is a future middle six guy, and considered this a cant-miss game because I’m so damn excited about Poirier. But…The “kid” fourth line was essentially abysmal. They had one good shift where they possessed the puck more than the Rangers. Poirier looked terrifyingly lost in our zone. I fully expect Bollig back in tonight at the very least because, although we are trying to develop players, we are also trying to win games.

    And anyone who blames the refs for last night needs to take another look. The no-call on Russle was questionable but that was it.

    • piscera.infada

      I can’t agree, don’t know how there wasn’t a penalty on kid jet & in the 2nd it was a blatant slew foot on Russell by Kreider that got the Rangers the puck back. Even if we limit it to just those two plays, how important would the 2 power plays have been & possibly change momentum in a 0-0 game. I realize it goes both ways but geez man, not one stinking penalty??? Questionable, go watch the replays.

      • piscera.infada

        All I have to say there is: how many games have the Flames played this year where there hasn’t been “one stinking penalty” called against them?

        It’s interesting because you read some other team’s blogs, and they’ve had the same gripes against the Flames at times this season. The Flames play clean, but sometimes those calls go against you. It’s the game… That’ll happen.

        • piscera.infada

          I know. I guess we haven’t had meaningful games for so long that I forgot how the refs like to stick whistles down their pants this time of year. Penalties are penalties & when they are blatant call them, even on us. The Kreider slew foot on Russell was in front of the ref, out in the open, don’t know how you miss that. Even the announcers were blown away it wasn’t called. Wasn’t like they had called 5 in a row against them. They are paid more than most people posting on this site, I guess I just expect more at the top level of hockey. Ticks me off but I always get over it.

        • piscera.infada

          How many of those “other games” did the Flames get beneficial calls?

          Games shouldn’t be reffed for equal penalties.l. if the flames are on the PK 5 times and PP 0 in a game where they’re taking penalties and not drawing any I’m not complaining. But penalties should be called equally.

          Last night the Rangers were the team taking BLATANT penalties (Trips, Interference, Cross-checking). By far.

          The Flames were the team being punished with manufactured box time (Monahan in the third), random offside calls, and hilariously waived-icings.

    • mk

      Couldn’t disagree more.

      The kid line was one of our better lines last night. Yeah, they got pinned in their own end a couple times, but that was ONLY when the Rangers managed to get their top line out against them. They were also stuck playing with Diaz/Engelland for most of last night (although I havn’t minded that D pairing as much lately). Other then that, I thought the line was great. Crashed, banged, fought and created some energy. Also had a couple good scoring chances (Ferland pass to Engelland, Poirier partial breakaway, etc…).

      As for the refs, I have NO idea how you can try and defend them… They missed SO many calls – Poirier being tripped on the partial breakaway, the trip on Russell, a number of cross checks in front, etc… Not to mention all the shitty offside calls and the penalty called on Mony that was just incidental contact… BRUTAL job done by the refs last night.

  • piscera.infada

    “The only good news is that basically everybody else in the Western playoff race lost tonight, too.”

    Well everyone except Vancouver and LA – the two divisional teams that the Flames are chasing. San Jose didn’t play so I guess there’s that.