Post-Game: That Just Happened (or Capital Gains)

This was a weird game.

The Flames through the first 40 minutes looked like a team that had already lost the game. They missed passes. They couldn’t bury chances. They looked like a team that had their minds on sleeping in their own beds tonight for the first time in two weeks.

And then the third period happened and everything went out the window.

After trailing 4-0 through the first two periods, the Calgary Flames roared back and salvaged a point from one of their most uneven games of the season by way of a 5-4 shootout loss tonight in Ottawa.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames weren’t great in the first period, but they were shaky and seemed to get shakier as the period wore on. Alex Chiasson broke the scoreless deadlock mid-way through the period, after being left all alone by the side of the net to knock home a rebound. Milan Michalek scored with 8 seconds left in the period to put the Flames really behind the eight-ball through 20. Shots were 15-10 Ottawa.

The Senators continued their strong play in the second period. Matt Borowiecki scored early in the period and Mike Hoffman made it 4-0 before the game was half-over. Everyone in Calgary turned their TVs over to the Brier. The Senators did their best to keep Calgary to the outside. Jonas Hiller came in to mop up. Shots were 16-11 Ottawa. Hope was low.

But because this is the 2014-15 Calgary Flames, they came back.

Calgary out-shot the Ottawa Senators, who had a 4-0 lead at home after two periods, 24-9 in the final frame. Seven minutes in, Joe Colborne leaned into a shot that eluded Craig Anderson, who had been superb to that point. That began Ottawa’s miraculous collapse. Kris Russell scored from the point on a power-play. Mikael Backlund knocked in a loose puck about a minute later that pinballed around Anderson’s crease. Russell scored again from the point with two minutes left. In about ten minutes, the game swung from 4-0 to 4-4.

Overtime solved nothing. Calgary had a few chances to win the game in a shootout, shooting second – including The David Schlemko hitting the post – but Ottawa beat Jonas Hiller three times while Calgary scored twice, so Ottawa got the extra point.

Still, the entire third period was a gorgeous spectacle to behold, and I’m astonished that the game went the distance.

WHY THE FLAMES GOT A POINT

Well, Ottawa seemed to settle into a rhythm, and then Calgary scored the first goal and Ottawa seemed to panic. Calgary’s comebacks are fueled seemingly by their belief that they can win any game, no matter what the score. When that first goal went in, the Flames were like sharks when there’s blood in the water.

Ottawa? They were frantic and never really settled down until overtime.

The first 40 minutes were a tired, tired team going through the motions. Then they adjusted, kept pushing and someway, somehow, came back yet again.

RED WARRIOR

Once again, I gotta go with Kris Russell. He played nearly 30 minutes, scored twice to help drive the comeback and generally has stepped into Mark Giordano’s on-ice leadership role in his absence.

And hey, Dennis Wideman played 30 minutes, while Jonas Hiller made 19 saves to keep the Flames in it when it counted.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 15:16 44 5 22 27 41 44 46 3 19 21 31 33 86 5v5
Home 1 14:05 9 3 7 9 41 61 65 7 13 23 24 29 31 5v5
Home 1 11:04 93 6 41 65 68 90 93 4 6 11 17 31 5v4
Away 1 10:34 Jooris 6 41 65 68 90 93 7 18 29 31 86 5v4
Home 1 7:47 Chiasson goal 17 26 41 62 74 90 3 21 22 31 33 86 5v5
Away 1 5:37 Jooris 5 7 22 27 41 74 3 21 22 31 33 86 5v5
Home 1 3:25 61 3 5 7 9 41 61 3 21 22 31 33 86 5v5
Away 1 2:29 Russell 22 27 41 44 46 62 4 6 13 18 19 31 5v5
Home 1 1:58 27 22 27 41 44 46 65 4 6 13 18 19 31 5v5
Home 1 0:16 7 7 9 41 61 62 65 4 6 21 24 31 86 5v5
Home 1 0:08 9 goal 17 26 41 46 62 90 7 18 19 22 29 31 5v5
Home 2 17:37 Pageau? 22 27 41 44 62 74 3 7 21 22 31 86 5v5
Home 2 17:35 Scrum 22 27 41 44 62 74 3 7 21 22 31 86 5v5
Away 2 16:43 Jones 3 17 26 41 65 90 18 19 25 29 31 33 5v5
Away 2 15:13 Colborne 22 41 44 62 74 4 6 8 11 21 31 4v5
Away 2 14:07 Monahan 3 5 17 41 61 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Home 2 11:47 22 22 27 41 44 62 74 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 2 10:05 9 5 7 9 41 46 61 1 7 17 18 19 29 5v5
Away 2 9:18 Stajan 6 41 62 68 74 93 1 4 6 13 18 24 5v5
Home 2 7:10 6 6 41 65 68 90 93 1 4 6 18 86 5v4
Home 2 5:31 44 3 5 9 41 44 61 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 2 4:26 26 3 17 26 41 65 90 1 3 18 19 25 29 5v5
Away 2 4:02 Stajan 3 17 26 41 65 90 1 3 18 19 25 29 5v5
Away 2 3:31 Gaudreau 5 6 41 46 68 93 1 3 13 23 24 29 5v5
Away 2 1:57 Bouma 3 7 22 41 61 65 1 3 8 11 17 29 5v5
Home 2 1:21 44 5 22 27 41 44 46 1 7 18 19 25 29 5v5
Home 2 0:27 26 17 26 41 62 74 90 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 2 0:24 26 17 26 41 62 74 90 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 18:54 68 3 6 41 65 68 93 1 7 8 17 18 33 5v5
Away 3 18:42 Colborne 3 27 41 44 65 68 1 3 8 17 18 29 5v5
Away 3 17:24 Jooris 5 7 9 41 46 61 1 4 6 22 25 86 5v5
Away 3 16:35 Gaudreau 3 17 26 41 61 65 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 14:44 44 3 22 27 41 44 65 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 3 10:12 Monahan 22 41 44 62 74 1 4 6 13 23 24 4v5
Away 3 9:18 Raymond 3 5 9 41 61 1 6 7 8 11 21 4v5
Away 3 9:17 Backlund 3 5 9 41 61 1 6 7 8 11 21 4v5
Away 3 8:41 Wideman tip 22 41 44 62 74 1 4 6 13 23 24 4v5
Away 3 8:34 Russell 22 41 44 62 74 1 4 6 13 23 24 4v5
Away 3 7:35 Backlund goal 5 7 9 41 46 61 1 3 8 11 21 29 5v5
Away 3 2:19 Russell goal 3 22 27 41 44 65 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 4 3:59 Hudler 5 7 41 46 68 1 7 13 24 33 4v4
Home 4 3:36 68 5 7 41 46 68 1 7 11 13 33 4v4
Home 4 3:11 65 3 9 41 44 65 1 4 6 11 21 4v4
Home 4 2:35 61? 5 41 46 61 93 1 4 6 8 23 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   10 12   5 0   0 1
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 11:19 6 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 24:07 5 9 02:46 5 0 02:03 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 24:19 5 9 03:20 7 0 02:24 0 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:11 1 8 01:11 2 0 02:00 1 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 18:53 3 2 02:06 3 0 00:37 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 16:51 2 2 02:06 3 0 01:42 0 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 18:21 6 8 01:51 4 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 15:10 2 2 00:00 0 0 01:55 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 13:54 5 6 00:00 0 0 01:07 1 1
19 JONES, DAVID 09:22 3 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 15:04 2 7 02:06 3 0 00:37 0 0
22 SHORE, DREW 07:45 2 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 17:51 3 7 01:51 4 0 00:34 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:23 5 7 01:51 4 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 05:55 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 14:05 6 5 00:00 0 0 01:33 1 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   3 9   2 0   1 1
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 18:05 3 5 00:37 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 11:01 2 6 00:00 0 0 01:28 1 1
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 8 2 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2 7 10 5 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 10 2 5 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

Someway, somehow, the Calgary Flames went 4-2-1 on their murderous road trip out east. They return home with a 36-25-5 record. They’re off tomorrow to recover, then get ready for their next match, a clash with the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday evening.

    • prendrefeu

      I’m not a supporter of ISIS in *any* way but come on man, that was unnecessary. Read The Atlantic’s article on them, they are some serious (and seriously scary) group.

      Anyway, amazing game, amazing season. I’ve been fielding text messages since the 3rd period from friends who haven’t been watching the Flames this year, they’re in amazement at the heart the team showed. Such tenacity and willpower!!

      The playoff push is super exciting!

      Go Flames Go!

  • Jeremy

    This team kicks ass.

    Grit, determination, esprit de ccrps, great skill, great coaching, great uniforms and logo.

    Too damn bad their Fenwick, Corsi and PDO are not good enough for the “journalistic” class.

    Thank you Flames. . .for 43 wonderful years of ups, downs and memories.

  • RonR

    That was unbelievable. I really thought they were on fumes only throughout that second period, and even though they were better in the early third, I still didn’t think it was enough.

    Then after that first Colbourne goal, what a change in the. Of course Ottawa sitting in their own zone in a shell certainly didn’t help them any.

    And the Flames were a goalpost away from that new defenceman winning another shootout.

    What a team!

  • cgyokgn

    The Flames had more shots in the third period than in the first two combined. I wonder what was said in the 2nd intermission that got them going.

    It’s an axiom that you score one goal at a time and after the first goal, you look for the second, and then after that, you have belief because you’ve done it so many times before.

    It’s still remarkable and shows how much resilience this team has. It’s great to see that they never quit. Very proud of this team.

  • Greg

    I tuned out at 4-0. I mean, at 3-0 I just assumed it was going to happen, but 4-0? Come on, right?

    Saw the final score and chuckled a little bit… didn’t think it would happen but I can’t actually say I’m surprised.

  • RKD

    I don’t think the game was that weird, they’ve been doing this all season. The comebacks have decreased compared to the beginning of the season. They were down 3-0 to LA and came back to win that game. They were down 5-2 to the Oilers to come back and win. They came back again and fell a bit short. There’s been times they’ve looked dead and comeback and then poof with the flick of a switch they go into a beast mode and just turn it on somehow and once they catch fire(pardon the pun) the opposing team has really no answer. It’s almost like the other teams become paralyzed. It’s still a crazy ride, this rollercoaster will go right to 82.

  • prendrefeu

    Y’know, there’s no rule that I know of that we have to post the correct period number on the scoreboard.

    When we play in the Saddledome, permanently set the period number to ‘3’. That way, the Flames will think it’s always the third period, and we should run away with most games.

    If Gary complains, we can just say the number is stuck, or we have a bad subroutine in the scoreboard software, or something.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    This is the kind of team that makes miracles happen in the playoffs..never out and can outlast the competition due to superior conditioning..all we have to do is make the post season and we have a chance…go flames…I joked with my wife at 4-0 that the flames were just tiring them out…its almost like its a strategy for the flames

  • RedMan

    If this team could play all three periods–or even just the second and third–like they do the third period, they’d be unstoppable.

    I guess that’s the next step in the development. That’s what’s coming next season. Make it so, Hartley!

    • ville de champignons

      It is all part of Hartley’s stragtegy….play low key and conserve energy the first two periods, but get a goal and put the other team on their heals and they can’t step it up to the Flame’s level in the third! 🙂

      I did not think that would have been possible to come back from 4-0, especially since it was the last game of a long road trip and players dying to get a night’s sleep in their own beds.

      Now rest up for Anaheim Wednesday! Oh the schedule makers like to stick it to the Flames….

  • Northern Stamp

    I realize Colbourne got things going last night but I wonder about him on RW with Backlund and Bouma. He works well once the puck is down low, but seems to slow things down in the neutral zone and looks lost in his own zone. If Jones isn’t ready to go back on that line, I wonder if Drew Shore might be a good fit. Good speed and puck pursuit. Seems defensively responsible and good on the forecheck.. Just wondering …