Post-Game: Hanging On

The Calgary Flames officially began the post-Giordano portion of their season this evening in the City of Brotherly Love. Against all odds, they began it with a win, evening their record on their epic road trip of epicness at 2-2-0 by way of a 3-2 overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers. After getting an early lead, the Calgary Flames were able to hold on.

Here’s how it went down.

THE RUNDOWN

Sean Monahan opened the scoring in first period with his 22nd of the year. The Flames out-shot the Flyers 12-10 in the opening frame. It was a period full of chances at both ends of the ice.

The Flames went up 2-0 in the second off a goal by Mikael Backlund, his first in several games. Emile Poirier got an assist for his first NHL point, as he began the cycling play that led to the goal. Despite the score, though, the Flyers out-shot Calgary 12-5 in the second and really pressed for a goal as the period wore on.

The Flyers roared back in the third, scoring twice off goals by Mark Streit and Sean Couturier, and a disallowed goal that could’ve turned the tide but was thrown out due to contact with the goalie. Shots were 15-7 for the Flyers. The Flames basically white-knuckled it in the third, clinging to their tenuous hope for a win.

Just over a minute into overtime, though, Jiri Hudler scored his 20th to win the game for the visitors.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They got enough goals early-on to get them to overtime, and Karri Ramo was excellent when the rest of the team was holding on for dear life in the third period. The Flames were out-shot 37-26 overall, but Ramo was a big difference-maker and gave the team a chance to win in overtime.

Because that’s the way this season is going – and this team is both lucky and good at four-on-four – they managed to pick up the extra point in extra time.

RED WARRIOR

Karri Ramo, once again, was excellent in net.

Oh, and stick-tap to Dennis Wideman, who played just shy of 30 minutes.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:20 CGY 14 24 32 35 55 93 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Away 1 14:58 CGY 14 24 32 35 55 93 4 6 13 19 31 86 5v5
Away 1 13:32 CGY 15 32 35 40 76 78 7 21 23 24 29 31 5v5
Away 1 12:48 CGY 12 17 28 32 35 55 4 6 21 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 11:03 Giroux from MacDonald 12 17 26 28 35 47 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 1 11:00 Simmonds from Raffl 12 17 26 28 35 47 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Away 1 9:08 CGY 22 35 40 55 76 78 21 23 24 28 31 33 5v5
Away 1 6:18 CGY 15 22 35 40 76 78 7 11 17 19 29 31 5v5
Home 1 5:33 Giroux from Streit 12 17 28 32 35 55 4 21 23 24 29 31 5v5
Home 1 1:30 Couturier from Voracek 14 15 24 32 35 93 7 21 23 24 29 31 5v5
Home 2 15:50 Schenn from White 10 25 26 35 47 76 4 6 8 13 31 86 5v5
Away 2 15:19 CGY 12 17 28 32 35 55 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Away 2 15:03 CGY 12 17 28 32 35 55 4 6 11 17 31 57 5v5
Home 2 12:54 Giroux from Streit 12 17 28 32 35 55 4 6 21 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 9:39 Umberger 10 18 25 26 35 47 11 17 19 28 29 31 5v5
Home 2 6:06 Simmonds from Giroux 10 17 28 32 35 93 4 6 11 17 31 5v4
Home 2 5:56 Schenn from Streit 10 17 28 32 35 93 4 6 11 17 31 5v4
Home 2 4:16 Bellemare from White 25 26 35 47 76 78 4 6 22 31 57 79 5v5
Home 2 0:25 Voracek from Streit 17 28 32 35 40 93 7 23 29 31 86 5v4
Home 2 0:23 Voracek 17 28 32 35 40 93 7 23 29 31 86 5v4
Home 3 19:31 Schenn from Voracek 10 17 28 32 35 93 4 6 11 17 21 31 5v5
Home 3 19:16 Del Zotto 10 15 17 28 32 35 4 6 11 17 21 31 5v5
Home 3 19:08 Couturier from White 14 15 24 25 35 47 7 21 23 24 29 31 5v5
Home 3 15:54 White from Del Zotto 10 15 18 25 35 47 4 6 8 11 31 79 5v5
Home 3 15:03 Couturier 14 24 32 35 55 93 13 22 28 31 33 57 5v5
Home 3 11:46 Streit from Raffl 12 28 32 35 55 93 4 8 28 31 79 86 5v5
Home 3 9:45 Umberger from MacDonald 10 15 18 25 35 47 4 6 21 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 3:29 CGY 10 18 25 26 35 47 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 3 3:18 White from Schenn 10 18 22 25 26 35 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 3 1:06 Giroux from Voracek 15 17 28 35 47 93 4 6 21 23 24 31 5v5
Away 4 3:39 CGY 10 15 24 35 47 7 13 24 29 31 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 23:43 6 13 02:12 0 0 03:02 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 24:13 6 11 02:48 0 0 02:24 0 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 23:35 3 2 01:48 0 0 01:36 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 10:23 0 3 00:52 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 17:40 5 7 00:41 0 0 02:44 0 2
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 11:56 2 2 01:33 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 17:37 5 6 00:00 0 0 02:55 0 2
19 JONES, DAVID 17:02 5 4 00:52 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 16:50 3 8 02:14 0 0 00:00 0 0
22 SHORE, DREW 10:50 0 2 00:54 0 0 00:15 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 15:26 3 6 02:14 0 0 01:08 0 2
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:30 4 6 02:14 0 0 00:00 0 0
28 POTTER, COREY 07:37 1 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 21:51 3 4 00:00 0 0 00:58 0 2
31 RAMO, KARRI   10 17   0 0   0 4
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 05:47 1 1 01:12 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 POIRIER, EMILE 08:06 1 2 00:13 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 08:28 0 3 00:13 0 0 00:15 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 08:58 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:43 0 2
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 4 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 8 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
3 1 9 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

Coming soon!

SUM IT UP

Flames…win? The team that nobody thought would amount to anything took one more tentative step closer to the post-season with their 34th win of 2014-15. They need one more win to match all the wins they got last season. They need 11 more wins to potentially clinch a playoff berth.

Can they do it? I’m not sure, but I definitely didn’t think we’d be having “can they make the playoffs?” conversations when the season began, so I’m not about to completely write these guys off yet.

The Flames now trek to Beantown, where they face the Boston Bruins on Thursday evening.

  • prendrefeu

    The team that nobody thought would amount to anything

    Ryan, please. Speak for yourself or at least stop using absolute statements and, for once, acknowledge that there are other perspectives on things.

    You do great writing otherwise.

    • RedMan

      I think Ryan’s assessment it fair – all of the pundits were predicting a 25-30 place finish. yes, there may have been a select few (like yourself) who were much more in tune with the potential, but for the most part pretty much the entire world predicted a very low finish.

  • prendrefeu

    FLAMES PLAY STATEMENT GAME

    It was not only the 3-2 final score that was satisfying tonight, it was the way the Flames won. They showed the playoffs are still very much in their sights and they will not use the loss of Giordano as an excuse.

    For me, there were several takeaways from this game. First, it had playoff-style intensity. Philadelphia is a physical team. They were six points back of Calgary going into tonight’s game, so it was very important to them too. Calgary didn’t wilt. The hits were 37/36 Philadelphia.

    The Shore, Ferland, Poirier line which has materialized in the past week out of thin area gives them much more size than previously. I can’t wait to watch them grow. The line has skill–functional toughness. Throw in Jones, Bouma, Jooris, Engelland and at timeS Monahan and Colborne and Calgary is now not that easy to push around.

    Poirier, although he only had just over 8 minutes of ice time, was out at key times in the 3rd period. He looks like another player Hartley will be able to/does trust.

    Speaking of England, Hartley dramatically raised expectations for him. He had about more than double the ice time than usual (over 22 min. compared to 12) and was frequently paired with Brodie. I often cringed at his puck handling and defensive play the first 50 games of the season, but tonight I thought he looked credible and he was surly at time (the reason for his pickup). If his better play persists, it would be another rabbit Hartley has pulled out of the hat.

    Was interested Guadreau was moved off the first line. He had chemistry with Jooris at the start of the season and Jooris and Colborne provide a little more “cushioning” than Monahan and Hudler. Gaudreau didn’t pout and had an assist on the overtime winner.

    B.T.’s standing pat at the deadline gives the existing players a chance to grow. Potter has become, for the time being, the 6th defenceman. I don’t remember any major gaffes in his and Diaz’ play. While the D looked scrambly against the Islanders, for the most of two periods they did what they had to do.

    True the Flames were outplayed in the third. Badly at times. They had no real answer for Vorachek. They were outshot 30-23 overall and lost the faceoff battle 41-27. But Ramo saved their bacon when he had to and they got the two points. They’re only 3 behind Vancouver which is starting to look very porous in the past couple of games without Miller.

    On October 21st the Flames played Tampa in the eighth game of the season. On that night I predicted on this site (you can look it up) the Flames would be contending for a playoff spot up to the end of the season. I still believe. Calgary will not step out of the playoff race. They will need to be pushed.

    GFG!!!!!!

  • prendrefeu

    What should the flames do with the Ramo situation at the end of the season? I think Ortio is going to be in the NHL next season, and the flames probably don’t want to ride 3 goalies.

    Maybe we can trade Hiller at the draft, for a better draft position. But we need to have signed Ramo first.
    Not an easy decision for the flames and BT with Ramo playing so well lately.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    TJ Brody made Engelland look like an NHL player. That might be the best indication of how truly talented Brody has already become. Somehow Engelland was awarded the 3rd star on the telecast last night. Derek should really by Brody a nice steak dinner for that alone. Come to think of it Trelliving should pinch in.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    A surprisingly good 1st period and terrible 3rd period by the cardiac kids, but man what a game. Thoroughly impressed with the kid line (or is it the kid line 2.0?) in Poirier/Shore/Ferland. Lots of speed and strength to bang bodies and cause turnovers. Poirier’s speed and instincts really set up a nice play by Bouma & Backlund.

    Ramo stood on his head again for the Flames. The tandem in net has been key to the Flames success all year as competition breeds desperation. No #1 but two 1As.

    Funny when Engelland keeps it simple and lets Brodie do his thing that he actually plays pretty decent. But that’s been exactly what Brodie has done with any of his pairings the past 2 seasons.

  • Everyone showed up last night (especially the D-men). Huge props to Engellend. Even Corey Potter didn’t look terrible. Russell, Wideman, and Brodie were exceptional as always.

    Encouraging that Poirier and Ferland are starting to look a little more comfortable. I don’t know what we would do without Bouma.

    We shell shocked them coming out of the gate but after 40 minutes, even after 20, you could tell the defense was running out of gas. That exhaustion worked its way up to the forwards as well, who found themselves playing way more minutes in the defensive zone later in the game. It will be difficult to keep winning games like this but if our team keeps trying this hard it should amount to some peace of mind for us right?

  • everton fc

    I wonder if Engelland’s issues have stemmed from his defencive pairings this season?

    Glad to see Potter doing well. Good to see a guy who was playing in Austria a few years ago back in the NHL. I like stories like these. Who doesn’t? Fits our team perfectly. Not to mention our season.

    I agree with the one post above; reward Ramo now. Ortio may need one more year in the “A”. You never know. And high-ankle sprains are tricky recoveries. I like the combo of Ramo/Ortio for next season. Gillies and Thiessen can do the same, down in Stockton. Thiessen has done well in his role. Another good story.

  • everton fc

    A lot of negativity toward Engellend, hope these next 19 games can tone that down a bit & quiet the BT trashing for that signing. Just hoping.

    If you look at the nature of our rebuild, it would probably make more sense to go with Ramo & Ortio next year. That leaves some interesting destinations we could possibly trade Hiller at the Draft. San Jose will be needing a #1, Buffalo may bite after seeing what he has done to turn around our young rebuild because I will bet big $$$$ it won’t be tank time in Buffalo next year. Philly may be interested.

    Really like the thought of letting Ferland Shore & Porrier get 19 more games. I know we are in a tight playoff race but wow, development doesn’t get any more intense for these young players. I really like the looks of this line & they could really look good in a 3rd line role next year. I get the feeling Shore has leap frogged Granlund & it does make for interesting decisions with Backlund/Money & sliding Mr Bennett in next year as well.

    • everton fc

      Not sure Shore leap-frogged Granlund. I think an injury brings Granlund back here. But we are heavy-deep with centres.

      Next season it’ll be interesting to see what they do with Backlund/Granlund/Stajan. Even Byron. I think Shore will get a long look, but he, too, could prove average-at-best. We shall see.

      Would love to see Granlund get shifts on the wing. He’s a leader. Mature. I think he’s a player we might want to invest more time on.

  • flamesfan98

    Great game! Glad to see them win! Too bad Edmonton couldn’t beat the kings lol but u cant ask for too much from them anyway haha nice to see Ramo play so well! He stopped a couple hard redirects! Were one step closer to the playoffs!