Post-Game: The Devil’s In The Details

Just over 24 hours ago, the Calgary Flames played a structured game against the New York Rangers. They lost, partially because they didn’t adapt their structure to adjust for what the Rangers did, and partially because the Rangers are a much better hockey club.

Tonight, against a New Jersey Devils team that’s a bit less terrifying than the Rangers, the Flames managed to learn from the previous night, adapt and attack, and came away with a crucial 3-1 victory to even their road trip thus far at one win and one loss.

Here’s how it went down at the Prudential Center this evening.

THE RUNDOWN

Maybe it’s because they habitually get out of the gates flat, or maybe they’re just nice guests, but the Flames – once again – gave up the first goal. However, this time it came at the end of a rather back-and-forth first period. But with just shy of three minutes left, Mike Cammalleri made a nice play off a partial screen and put a puck past Karri Ramo to give the Devils a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Flames evened it up in the second in what was another fairly even period. After a back-and-forth stretch, Joe Colborne made a nice read and found Curtis Glencross at the side of the net, who tapped the puck in to tie the game with just 14 seconds left in the middle frame. The game was chippy, and the Devils’ Jon Merrill took a slashing penalty at period’s end. That’d be important later.

After the intermission, the Flames got right to work, as Mark Giordano made a nice slap-pass to Sean Monahan in the slot, who redirected it cleanly on the goal to get his 21st goal of the season to give Calgary their first lead of the road trip. The Devils pressed and pressed – and Calgary helped them out with a pair of third-period penalties to Johnny “The Goon” Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund – but the Flames didn’t break. With the Devils net empty and Backlund in the box, giving New Jersey a 6-on-4 advantage, T.J. Brodie scored his 10th of the season from just inside his blueline to cement the Flames victory by a 3-1 score.

Also of note, Mark Giordano took a tumble late in the game and didn’t return, although his tumble came around the time of the empty-net goal. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They didn’t get too crazy after last night’s loss. They went with the same line-up and the same general approach, and outside of shaking up the lines a bit mid-way and opening up the game a bit more later on, they played the same type of game. It was enough to win tonight.

RED WARRIOR

Curtis Glencross got a key goal and got into a scrap. That’s enough for me. Honourable mentions to Sean Monahan, with the game-winning goal and an assist, and Karri Ramo, who was excellent once again.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:41 Glencross 2 7 15 21 35 68 4 6 8 20 31 86 5v5
Away 1 15:29 Jooris 2 7 15 19 35 68 4 6 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 1 14:08 18 18 21 22 23 35 68 5 7 11 17 31 5v4
Home 1 13:54 Cammalleri 18 21 22 23 35 68 5 7 11 17 31 5v4
Home 1 13:00 20 2 5 14 20 26 35 4 6 23 31 60 5v4
Home 1 12:37 2 2 5 14 20 26 35 4 6 23 31 60 5v4
Away 1 11:24 Hudler 6 8 10 21 35 68 8 13 24 29 31 33 5v5
Away 1 9:35 Monahan 5 6 14 18 26 35 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 8:00 Ruutu 10 15 21 22 35 68 29 31 33 57 60 79 5v5
Away 1 6:41 Hudler 5 6 14 18 26 35 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 1 4:37 Diaz 8 10 11 16 22 35 29 31 33 57 60 79 5v5
Away 1 4:12 Hudler 8 10 11 16 22 35 13 24 29 31 33 60 5v5
Home 1 2:58 Cammalleri goal 2 7 19 20 23 35 5 7 11 19 20 31 5v5
Away 1 2:33 Jones 5 6 19 20 23 35 5 7 11 17 19 31 5v5
Away 1 2:10 Monahan 5 6 14 18 26 35 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 10:16 Gomez 5 6 15 21 35 68 5 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 9:57 18 5 6 14 18 26 35 5 7 13 24 31 60 5v5
Home 2 4:15 Jagr 6 7 15 21 35 68 13 23 24 29 31 33 5v5
Home 2 3:06 Cammalleri 10 19 20 22 23 35 5 7 17 19 31 60 5v5
Home 2 2:00 26 5 6 14 18 26 35 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 0:52 Gaudreau 5 6 8 11 16 35 5 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 0:15 Glencross goal 2 7 19 20 23 35 4 6 8 20 31 86 5v5
Away 3 19:27 Monahan goal 5 6 11 16 35 5 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Home 3 18:08 Jagr 10 15 21 22 35 68 5 6 8 20 31 86 5v5
Away 3 17:48 Hudler 5 6 14 18 26 35 4 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 15:07 Hudler tip 5 6 15 21 35 68 5 6 8 20 24 31 5v5
Away 3 14:41 Gaudreau 2 7 14 18 26 35 5 7 13 23 31 57 5v5
Home 3 12:32 Jagr 18 21 22 23 35 68 5 7 17 23 31 5v4
Home 3 12:22 Cammalleri 18 21 22 23 35 68 5 7 17 23 31 5v4
Away 3 10:10 Jooris 5 6 8 11 26 35 4 6 13 24 31 86 5v5
Away 3 8:54 Backlund 5 6 15 21 35 68 5 7 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 3 8:45 Ruutu 5 6 15 21 35 68 5 7 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 3 1:20 Bernier 2 14 18 21 22 26 5 7 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 3 1:07 Bernier tip 2 14 18 21 22 26 5 7 8 20 31 86 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:25 8 1 00:00 0 0 02:25 0 2
5 GIORDANO, MARK 21:23 5 8 02:05 1 0 02:22 0 4
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 20:25 8 2 01:36 1 0 02:08 0 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:39 5 7 00:30 0 0 02:39 0 4
8 COLBORNE, JOE 14:39 5 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:09 2 2 00:37 0 0 01:38 0 2
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 18:24 9 4 01:36 1 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 13:16 2 2 00:00 0 0 02:56 0 4
19 JONES, DAVID 13:39 2 3 00:59 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:41 4 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 16:27 6 3 01:58 1 0 02:12 0 4
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:09 9 4 01:36 1 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 09:34 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   16 11   1 0   0 6
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 10:00 3 2 00:59 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 POIRIER, EMILE 09:09 2 1 00:59 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 08:56 2 3 00:00 0 0 01:21 0 2
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 08:08 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:07 4 3 00:00 0 0 01:27 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 6 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
2 2 5 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 6 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames have five games left on the trip and 21 remaining this season. They probably need about 12 more wins to get into the playoffs. Their next chance to trim that total down comes on Friday night, as they make their last-ever trip to the venerable Nassau Memorial Coliseum to take on the New York Islanders.