Post Game: They came, Nassau, were conquered

Wherever this is, it sure looks like a happening spot.

The Flames have played twice in New York on this road trip and have scored exactly 1 goal. That is not good. The Islanders beat the Flames 2-1 tonight and handed the Flames their second loss in three games on this exceedingly important road trip,

There have been quite a few heroic efforts from a number of Flames so far this road trip but it is starting to feel like the offensive just stayed home. The Flames were out-matched, out-gunned, and out-classed by a far superior Islanders club tonight and I think we all knew this was a possibility even before the Flames lost their best player and fearless leader.

Check out what happened after the jump!

WHAT WENT DOWN

Most importantly to the playoff future of the Flames is the fact that Mark Giordano took warmups for this game, possible indicating that his injury may not be as serious as was being tossed around earlier this morning. That was a huge plus for sure, but then the game had to start. And that game featured a pairing of Corey Potter and Derek Engelland at times.

The Islanders came out flying in the first and the Flames were fortunate that the game didn’t get out of hand quickly. The Islanders got a flurry of chances to start the game in the first few minutes. The Flames were able to weather the storm but the Isles broke through on the powerplay with a goal from Ryan Strome. Karri Ramo did everything he could, making two great saves before Strome whacked home a third rebound.  

The Flames were able to mount a few chances after the first Islanders goal, including a failed penalty shot from Michael Ferland which was pretty exciting. The Islanders lead the Flames 15-7 in shots and largely dominated the play. All in all, the Flames had to be pleased it was only 1-0. 

Throughout the second, the Islanders mounted numerous chances that Ramo was able to turn aside. Essentially, Ramo, and perhaps Kris Russell’s willingness to be hit with the puck were the only things keeping the Flames in this game through 40 minutes as neither team scored in the second/

The Islanders flew out of the gates again in the third and had a number of good chances and then the Flames got real lucky. The Isles looked like they had extended their lead to 2-0 but the goal was called off because of goaltender interference. That is a dubious claim. The Flames certainly caught a break and it stayed a one-goal game. 

The Flames were just unable to generate any good looks in the third period, with their best scoring chance being a missed penalty shot in the first period. The Islanders were the better club all night and deserved the win, the Flames looked frazzled in their own zone and largely helpless in the offensive zone. 

The Islanders scored an empty netter which sparked the Flames comeback somehow. Josh Jooris spoiled Halak’s shutout with half a minute left but it didn’t matter. Isles win 2-1 and outshoot the Flames 38-27. 

THE RED WARRIOR

T.J Brodie played a very solid game in the absence of Giordano as did Kris Russell who blocked a million shots. Brodie was a one man army at times, spearheading rushes and creating offense from thin air. Dennis Wideman ended up taking the majority of Giordano’s minutes (finished with 30:24!) and didn’t look too bad, though the Islanders completely dominated the game so it was tough for anyone to really stand out. 

As far as the forwards were concerned, not a lot looked good. Josh Jooris scored a goal and finished the game with five shots so good job I suppose but the Flames got nothing from their top players tonight and looked disinterested in the offensive zone.

However, it is really a shame that the Flames offense dissolved completely because his first three starts on this trip have been fantastic. Ramo has given his team a chance to win in each of his last three starts and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Flames go back to him against Philly. 

Also of note, I thought Glencross had a particularly bad game. So, hopefully Washington or whoever wasn’t watching.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, BASIL?

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It was the third game in four nights for the Flames and they were playing without their captain, whom is the fulcrum of their back-end. Despite the injection of youth into the lineup, the offense has looked listless in all three of their games so far this trip which has to be concerning for Flames brass.  

The Flames now have three days off to nervously scoreboard watch and prepare themselves for the deadline. Who knows who just played their last game as a Flame. 

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:39 12 3 12 14 27 41 91 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 19:27 Lee 3 12 14 27 41 91 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 1 17:15 Wideman 3 12 14 27 41 91 4 6 13 19 23 31 5v5
Home 1 16:47 Bailey 11 12 27 41 44 91 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Away 1 15:19 Monahan 3 15 40 41 44 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Home 1 14:49 40 3 15 40 41 44 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 1 11:05 Jooris 11 12 27 41 44 91 4 7 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 1 10:28 Tavares 3 12 14 27 41 91 6 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 10:12 Tavares 3 12 14 27 41 91 6 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 8:25 Tavares 3 11 18 29 41 91 7 11 17 29 31 5v4
Home 1 8:23 Strome goal 3 11 18 29 41 91 7 11 17 29 31 5v4
Away 1 6:22 Ferland penalty shot 2 13 17 41 48 55 6 7 31 57 60 79 5v5
Away 1 5:16 Brodie 3 12 14 27 41 91 7 13 23 24 31 33 5v5
Away 1 4:58 Monahan 3 12 14 27 41 91 4 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 1 3:38 Granlund 2 18 40 41 51 55 28 29 31 57 60 79 5v5
Away 1 3:33 Brodie 2 18 40 41 51 55 7 31 33 57 60 79 5v5
Away 1 0:11 Hudler 3 14 18 40 41 51 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 18:51 Wideman 2 18 40 41 51 55 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 15:08 Bouma 3 11 12 18 29 41 6 7 11 17 29 31 5v5
Away 2 14:47 Backlund tip 3 11 12 18 29 41 11 17 24 28 31 33 5v5
Home 2 12:27 Grabner 3 12 14 40 41 51 6 31 33 57 60 79 5v5
Home 2 12:21 12 3 12 14 40 41 51 6 31 33 57 60 79 5v5
Home 2 11:32 29 11 18 41 44 51 86 7 11 17 19 29 31 5v5
Home 2 11:10 Tavares 3 12 14 41 91 4 6 13 23 31 4v4
Home 2 7:28 Clutterbuck 11 15 27 41 44 91 4 6 8 20 31 86 5v5
Home 2 5:15 48 3 13 14 17 41 48 6 13 23 24 31 33 5v5
Away 3 19:29 Hudler tip 14 41 51 55 86 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Home 3 17:19 Tavares 3 12 14 27 41 91 6 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 16:59 Lee 3 12 14 27 41 91 6 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 15:58 De Haan 11 15 29 41 44 86 4 29 31 57 60 79 5v5
Home 3 15:53 Clutterbuck 11 15 29 41 44 86 4 29 31 57 60 79 5v5
Home 3 15:37 46? 11 15 29 41 44 86 4 29 31 57 60 79 5v5
Away 3 15:06 Colborne 2 18 40 41 51 55 7 8 20 29 31 86 5v5
Away 3 14:58 Glencross 2 18 40 41 51 55 7 8 20 29 31 86 5v5
Home 3 12:32 Nelson 2 14 15 29 41 86 6 20 31 33 57 60 5v5
Home 3 10:22 Nelson 3 14 15 29 41 86 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 7:25 Kulemin tip 2 15 29 41 55 86 7 11 17 19 31 33 5v5
Away 3 5:21 Jooris 11 18 40 41 44 51 8 20 28 31 33 86 5v5
Away 3 1:07 Gaudreau 3 14 15 41 51 86 6 7 13 20 23 24 5v5
Away 3 0:23 Jooris goal 3 13 14 17 41 48 4 7 8 11 17 86 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 22:10 6 9 02:47 2 1 03:24 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 23:11 6 14 03:32 2 1 03:41 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 25:06 10 6 01:13 0 0 02:47 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:24 5 1 01:15 0 0 00:37 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:30 3 3 00:00 0 0 03:15 0 2
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 20:14 6 9 02:45 2 1 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 12:02 3 3 00:00 0 0 03:10 0 2
19 JONES, DAVID 10:24 1 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:35 5 2 01:06 0 0 00:40 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 18:19 6 9 02:58 2 1 01:02 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 18:24 6 8 02:54 2 1 00:00 0 0
28 POTTER, COREY 07:47 3 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 10:01 4 4 00:00 0 0 01:16 0 2
31 RAMO, KARRI   14 19   2 1   0 2
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 13:13 4 5 00:28 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 POIRIER, EMILE 07:42 3 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 07:20 3 6 00:00 0 0 00:24 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 06:23 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 11:01 5 1 01:02 0 0 02:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 8 8 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 3 6 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 8 5 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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  • RKD

    LA’s next two games are against ANA and WPG. If they lose both, Flames would move into 3rd place in the division. We have 2 extra ROWs than LA.

    We also looked lost without Gio today. Wideman deserves plenty of credit for playing 30+ mins. He deserves the next few days off.

    Not sure I’m a huge fan of how poorly the Flames’ coaching/management staff have been playing with the media past couple days, only to see Gio in pre-game skate.

  • RKD

    Ramo looked elite tonight. He challenged shooters aggressively, had strong lateral movement and gave the team a very real chance. Maybe it’s a result of 3 games in four nights but I thought the team looked slow (particularly through the neutral zone) tonight. To have any chance at playoffs we’ll need this kind of goaltending and utilizing team speed more effectively.

  • Burnward

    Alright BT, you’re up. The team and talent pool must be assessed by now…time to make some moves to help this team.

    A goal scorer and a decent defenseman please. Preferably both under 30.

  • Burnward

    Stick a fork in it. You guys are done. It’s hilarious you will miss the playoffs and not really get a useful draft pick at this important stage of a rebuild. LOL.

    Lots of Love,
    From Clint in Vancouver

  • RKD

    Actually, I think the Flames deserve some credit for hanging tough with the Isles without Gio. How many teams can say they only allowed 2 goals against the Isle? Yes, we gave up 39 shots but it was not the bloodbath some expected. A lot of credit to Ramo, he’s been very solid. This game was an adjustment, Wideman usually plays less than 24 minutes, tonight he played a whopping 30:24 and Russell was over 28 minutes. These guys are not used to playing this much, now they are the top pairing. The Flames did have some chances, Ferland did not score on his penalty shot. It’s the worst time for Gio to go down on long road trip against Eastern teams which they struggle against. Going out for warmups was a PR move so the Flames brass doesn’t look desperate to other teams.

  • Burnward

    Ramo deserves better should have 3 wins by now. Top line is getting to much ice time for the production rate. I thought Jooris line looked the best out there but had a lot less ice time then the Monahan line did