Post-Game: Flames Win Beantown Battle

Last season, the Calgary Flames won 35 games. With 18 games remaining in the 2014-15 season, this year’s edition of the squad has matched that win total. Their 35th win of this season came in an unfamiliar spot for wins – Boston, where they hadn’t won in years.

Their method of winning? Well, it was all-too-familiar if you’ve been following this team this season. The Flames beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout in a game that was quite entertaining, particularly in its dramatic finish.

THE RUNDOWN

This game was fairly typical of a 2014-15 Calgary Flames victory.

They gave up the first goal, as Brad Marchand scored mid-way through the first period. The Flames and Bruins subsequently traded goals for the rest of the game.

They were out-shot in two of the three periods (and overtime), with the only period they weren’t out-shot being a period where shots were even. Overall, they were out-shot 37-32 and the Corsi battle saw them out-attempted by a wide 89-52 berth. As a result, they were reliant on some heroic saves from Karri Ramo.

But hey, they managed to stick with it. Marchand’s goal was followed by a power-play marker from Sean Monahan (getting his 23rd goal of the year, besting his rookie season’s total). Milan Lucic put Boston back on top early in the second period after a successful Bruins penalty kill, but Jiri Hudler scored Calgary’s only even-strength goal of the game late in the second to tie things up. The third period saw Johnny Gaudreau get a goal on the power-play to give Calgary a lead, but Boston evened things up midway through the third off a Loui Eriksson effort to tie the game.

Overtime solved nothing, and the stage was set for a back-and-forth shootout. The skills competition was deadlocked before Flames coach Bob Hartley tapped an unlikely hero – David freakin’ Schlemko.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Once again, they were opportunistic. They got wildly out-chanced and slightly out-shot, but they made the most of their chances. They weren’t great at even-strength – giving up three goals to one of the NHL’s best five-on-five teams – but they were money on the power-play.

And then they once again managed to find ways to not lose by virtue of some timely goaltending by Karri Ramo, who has been superb this trip, and some heroics from unlikely sources.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with Jiri Hudler, who had a goal and an assist and helped lead the way offensively for the Flames.

Stick-tap to Kris Russell, who tied Hudler for the team lead with five shots…and blocked an NHL record 15 shots from the Bruins. Oh, and Ramo made 34 saves and was pretty good, I guess.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 14:14 Eriksson 20 21 27 33 34 40 4 6 23 24 25 31 5v5
Home 1 12:18 Bergeron tip 18 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 21 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 12:15 Marchand goal 18 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 21 23 24 31 5v5
Home 1 11:23 Pastrnak 17 40 44 47 51 88 4 6 22 25 31 57 5v5
Home 1 8:44 Paille 20 21 27 33 34 40 7 13 21 29 31 86 5v5
Home 1 5:41 Krug 21 27 37 40 47 51 4 6 17 31 86 5v4
Home 1 4:34 Soderberg 17 18 33 34 40 88 7 11 23 29 31 5v4
Away 1 2:41 Gaudreau 21 23 33 40 54 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 1 2:39 Russell 21 23 33 40 54 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 1 1:43 Raymond 17 25 40 43 44 51 7 11 21 22 31 33 5v5
Away 1 1:29 Hudler tip 20 25 33 40 54 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 1 1:14 Russell 20 25 33 40 54 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 1 1:12 Monahan goal 20 25 33 40 54 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Home 2 17:32 Lucic goal 17 40 44 47 51 88 4 11 17 22 29 31 5v5
Away 2 15:36 Jooris 23 25 40 44 47 68 4 6 11 17 31 86 5v5
Home 2 13:51 Scramble 18 33 37 40 43 63 4 6 21 22 31 57 5v5
Home 2 13:40 Bergeron 18 37 40 43 54 63 4 6 21 22 31 57 5v5
Home 2 11:34 Spooner 25 40 43 51 54 88 4 6 13 23 31 57 5v5
Away 2 5:36 Hudler goal 25 40 43 44 51 88 4 6 11 17 22 31 5v5
Away 2 0:18 Hudler tip 20 21 34 40 43 44 6 7 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 18:57 Russell 18 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 17:50 Ericsson 21 34 40 44 47 4 6 21 23 31 4v4
Home 3 17:19 Seidenberg 21 34 40 44 47 4 6 21 23 31 4v4
Away 3 15:23 Gaudreau 23 25 33 40 54 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Home 3 14:27 Spooner 21 27 37 40 47 51 4 6 11 17 31 5v4
Home 3 13:46 Pastrnak 17 27 34 40 47 88 3 23 29 31 86 5v4
Away 3 13:28 Wideman 17 18 33 34 40 88 4 6 17 31 86 5v4
Home 3 11:01 68 20 23 27 40 47 68 4 6 11 21 22 31 5v5
Away 3 10:28 Bouma 17 27 40 43 51 88 3 8 17 29 31 86 5v5
Home 3 9:56 51 17 40 43 44 51 88 3 17 23 24 29 31 5v5
Home 3 9:54 51 17 33 40 44 51 88 3 17 23 24 29 31 5v5
Home 3 8:22 Tip 21 23 34 40 47 54 6 7 11 22 25 31 5v5
Home 3 8:21 Ericsson goal 21 23 34 40 47 54 6 7 11 22 25 31 5v5
Home 3 6:38 Talbot 18 25 27 33 40 63 4 6 21 22 31 86 5v5
Home 3 5:43 Bergeron 18 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 5:05 21 21 23 34 40 44 47 7 8 21 22 29 31 5v5
Home 3 0:48 Talbot 25 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 3 0:47 Talbot 25 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 0:10 Russell 18 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 0:09 Hudler 18 27 33 37 40 63 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 4 4:30 Ericsson 21 23 34 40 47 4 6 21 23 31 4v4
Away 4 3:50 Backlund 18 27 37 40 63 4 6 11 24 31 4v4
Away 4 1:33 Hudler 18 37 40 47 63 4 6 13 24 31 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 06:51 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:09 0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 24:29 7 16 05:20 6 0 02:33 1 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 24:49 8 17 05:42 6 0 02:33 1 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:10 2 4 04:07 0 0 01:06 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:02 1 1 01:40 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 18:00 4 4 02:25 0 0 02:32 0 2
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 15:28 5 5 06:49 6 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 16:31 3 3 00:00 0 0 02:38 1 2
21 RAYMOND, MASON 11:14 1 11 02:24 0 0 00:00 0 0
22 SHORE, DREW 10:52 2 9 01:29 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 20:07 4 12 06:30 6 0 01:02 0 2
24 HUDLER, JIRI 17:54 6 8 06:28 6 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 06:58 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 18:54 1 5 00:07 0 0 01:15 0 2
31 RAMO, KARRI   10 22   6 0   1 4
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 06:42 1 0 03:31 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 POIRIER, EMILE 04:48 0 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 11:35 2 2 00:08 0 0 01:24 1 2
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 7 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 3 4 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 14 4 12 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
4 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames are creeping ever-closer to a potential playoff spot! They’re back in action tomorrow night at Joe Louis Arena, where they face the Detroit Red Wings at 5:30pm MT!

  • MattyFranchise

    I missed most of the game due to work but I did get to see the end of the 3rd and OT. After seeing that display I think that their 4 on 4 play warrants a deeper look because to my eye it looks like a different team out there when they get to the extra frame.

  • redricardo

    We’ll know the Flames have turned the corner from “rebuild” to “contender” when we can talk about the quality of blocked shots (Oh man, did you see Bouma make that fearless block on a key play in the third!) compared to the quantity (Man… We didn’t have the puck at all last night. Hooray?)

  • Derzie

    To everone saying that blocked shots are a ‘bad’ stat and corsi is the best stat because LA was number one in corsi and won the cup last year:

    Chicago was 5th in Blocked shots and won the cup in 2013
    Boston was third in blocked shots and won the cup in 2011
    Anaheim was first in blocked shots and won the cup in 2007.

    Collapsing and blocking shots can be an effective strategy though not all teams choose to use it. That doesn’t make them any better or worse just a different strategy.

  • piscera.infada

    And I also think that a lot of blocked shots is an indication of a bad possession team. The more interesting stat would be the percentage of blocked shots from all the corsi/shots against you have. That stat can tell more about talent and willingness to block shots or to make a good job to get in the shooting lanes.

  • RedMan

    So, our second pairing, who, though being good enough, was never known as the leagues best second pairing to start with, takes over the first pairing role and, swimming in heavy waters way over their heads, gut out a win… and all we hear is “possession metrics”????

    These guys stepped up and have pulled off a couple wins that nobody expected or gave them hope for, doing it in any way and fashion possible.

    What should we tell them? to just go into the night quietly and quit trying because their possession metrics suck???

    This team has been awesome, and with consistent coaching and the teams commitment to a game plan and to each other, these guys have done way more then ever expected.

    they deserve kudos, not the crappy criticisms about metrics.

    Until the league changes the rules to judge wins and losses according to stats, lets keep honoring the old tried and true method of rewarding the team with the most points.

    What more do you want from this team??? I know – why don’t they take their days off and work on their CORSI –

    do a few corsi drills, fenwick rushes, PDO practice shots, corsi-close scrums…

    We had hoped against hope that the team could get 4 wins from this 7 game nightmare stretch against strong teams, and look where they are. way to go boys…

  • RKD

    These guys are way ahead compared to last season, the third period comebacks are going to decrease and they are going to start winning games right from the start. Someone mentioned that even without Gio, Gio being around for 61 games has influenced the rest of the team which is why they keep that mentality going. Winning on the road without Gio has been impressive. Especially in Beantown where they had not won since 2003.

  • Complete agree with Jeff in Lethbridge…this team has deserved nothing but kudos and appreciation for the last couple of years, not just this year.

    Since Hartley arrived, the entire culture has changed.

    It may not be the kind of culture the self-absorbed geeks and “journalists” would prefer. That kind of culture would allow the progressives and “journalists” to give classes and educate the great unwashed. We mere peons would be reduced to students, trying to capture the brilliant light of our professors.

    This team is gritty and determined. It is full of self-sacrifice and esprit de corps.

    Such sentiment and actions are not the stuff that “journalists” and progressives either admire or esteem.

    Any other fan and journalistic base for almost any other team in any other sport would be basking in the incredible skill, good fortune, great play, timely play-making and the operatic ups and downs of this amazing season.

    This blog, instead, is merely glum…the professors, you see, are angry because their equations are not working; and the fans are looking to the team and the players and coaches, rather than to them, for their inspiration.

  • piscera.infada

    Really.

    Do not bother replying as Spring has sprung here in the home of the Flames and I have much better things to do now than to visit this blog.

    Be well or be glum. I simply do not care in the least, but wish you well.