Post-Game: One Step Closer

A couple weeks back, the Calgary Flames had a good start at home. Then they faded, their opponents surged, and they lost 6-3 at home to the Anaheim Ducks. It was the first time they blew a game after leading through 40 minutes.

Tonight, the Flames allowed two early goals. Bad memories flooded back.

Then they handled the Anaheim Ducks fairly easily the remainder of the way for a 6-3 victory, obtaining some revenge for their last home outing (and a big win against a divisional foe and potential playoff opponent).

THE RUNDOWN

The first 20 minutes of this game were some of the wildest of the season. The game began poorly, as David Jones made an ugly cross-zone pass…that was collected by Ryan Getzlaf and put into the net on the game’s first shot. After Brandon Bollig took a penalty during a post-whistle scrum, Getzlaf scored again. On the game’s second shot. Just past the two-minute mark.

However, the tide turned slightly after a Ducks penalty and a Deryk Engelland fight with Patrick Maroon. Calgary had a power-play, and Stajan scored just after the power-play ended, collecting his own rebound after David Jones’ initial chance wasn’t cleared. It looked like a Johnny Gaudreau tip tied the game, but the goal was disallowed due to a high stick. Dennis Wideman took a penalty, and Josh Jooris and Mikael Backlund managed to get the puck deep late in the kill. Johnny Gaudreau hopped off the bench and fired home Jooris’ feed to actually tie the game. Shots were 16-11 for the Flames, despite being almost all Ducks early-on.

The second period was a lot less eventful than the first. However, it did feature a classic Wideman & Russell shift, where they were hemmed into their own zone for an entire two and a half minute segment. The Ducks changed lines twice, and the crowd cheered loudly when the puck was cleared. However, the team did not panic, and soon got the go-ahead goal. Michael Ferland chucked the puck at the net, and Matt Stajan drove the net and tipped it in for his second goal of the game to make it 3-2.

The Ducks then got into penalty trouble. Ryan Getzlaf took a roughing penalty. Sean Monahan scored to make it 4-2. He took a holding penalty five minutes later. Johnny Gaudreau scored his second of the game on a really nice give-and-go with Dennis Wideman after a clean zone entry from Gaudreau. That made it 5-3. The Ducks got a late goal with the teams playing four-on-four, as Hampus Lindholm went top-shelf on Ramo from the high slot with a lot of bodies cluttering the low slot. We hit the intermission with the Flames up by two. Shots were 12-4 Anaheim, meaning Calgary scored three goals on four shots.

The third period was relatively low-event, in the sense that the Flames defended the majority of the period. When they got the puck, they skated to the red line, dumped the puck in, and started it all over again after a line change. They got THREE SHOTS in the period. One of those was from Jiri Hudler, bonking in a Backlund rebound for Calgary’s sixth goal. Shots were 9-3 Anaheim in the third.

It didn’t matter. Calgary won decisively.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Anaheim peaked too early. Way too early.

After getting up two goals, the Ducks sat back and the Flames flipped a switch. Playing like they thought it was the third period already, Calgary spotted themselves a few goals in rapid succession, then were opportunistic as the game went on.

They scored FOUR GOALS ON SEVEN SHOTS OVER THE FINAL 40 MINUTES. It might not be sustainable, but it was certainly a recipe for success.

Also, Calgary got contributions from basically every part of its line-up. The fourth line center had two goals, for crying out loud.

RED WARRIOR

Johnny Gaudreau had a hell of a game. Two goals! Nearly 20 minutes of ice-time! Three shots! And he also drew a penalty that led to a goal on the ensuing power-play.

And stick-taps to Matt Stajan (two goals) and Karri Ramo (29 saves).

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:39 Getzlaf goal 7 11 17 19 29 31 4 10 15 19 24 36 5v5
Away 1 17:11 Kesler tip 4 6 17 18 31 4 14 15 17 21 36 4v5
Away 1 17:10 Getzlaf goal 4 6 17 18 31 4 14 15 17 21 36 4v5
Away 1 16:26 46 7 13 23 24 29 31 16 23 36 44 46 47 5v5
Away 1 15:29 10 7 11 17 19 29 31 4 10 15 19 24 36 5v5
Home 1 14:11 Monahan 3 13 23 24 31 33 3 7 20 33 36 67 5v5
Home 1 11:38 Gaudreau 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 17 24 33 36 5v4
Home 1 9:32 Stajan 4 6 17 18 19 31 4 14 17 21 24 36 5v5
Home 1 9:29 Stajan goal 4 6 17 18 19 31 4 14 17 21 24 36 5v5
Home 1 4:36 Gaudreau goal 4 7 11 13 31 86 10 15 17 23 36 47 5v5
Home 1 4:29 Monahan 3 13 23 24 31 33 4 7 24 33 36 44 5v5
Home 1 3:14 Monahan 4 6 13 23 24 31 3 7 15 20 36 5v4
Home 1 2:32 Wideman 4 6 8 11 21 31 16 23 36 44 47 5v4
Away 1 1:32 Maroon 7 17 18 19 29 31 3 10 15 19 20 36 5v5
Away 1 0:30 21 4 6 13 23 24 31 14 17 21 23 36 47 5v5
Away 1 0:23 Scrum 4 6 13 23 24 31 14 17 21 23 36 47 5v5
Home 1 0:01 Raymond tip 7 8 21 29 31 86 4 7 17 24 33 36 5v5
Home 2 19:36 Bouma 7 11 17 19 29 31 4 10 15 19 24 36 5v5
Home 2 18:13 Colborne 3 8 18 31 33 79 3 14 17 20 33 36 5v5
Away 2 15:40 15 4 6 11 17 19 31 3 10 15 19 20 36 5v5
Away 2 15:29 15 4 6 11 17 19 31 10 15 19 23 36 47 5v5
Home 2 12:34 Stajan goal 3 18 25 31 33 79 3 16 20 36 44 46 5v5
Home 2 11:27 Wideman 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 7 24 36 44 5v4
Home 2 11:09 Monahan goal 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 7 36 44 47 5v4
Away 2 8:47 7 3 8 21 31 33 86 3 7 20 33 36 67 5v5
Home 2 6:03 Gaudreau goal 4 6 13 23 24 31 3 20 33 36 44 5v4
Away 2 1:02 Lindholm goal 7 8 23 31 33 10 23 36 44 47 4v4
Away 3 17:25 Rakell 3 13 23 24 31 33 4 7 24 33 67 5v4
Home 3 15:45 Colborne 4 6 8 11 21 31 3 15 20 44 5v3
Away 3 14:45 24 7 13 23 24 29 31 14 17 21 23 24 5v4
Away 3 14:41 14 7 13 19 23 29 31 14 17 21 23 24 5v4
Away 3 11:33 17 7 13 23 24 29 31 14 17 21 23 47 5v4
Home 3 7:01 Jooris tip 4 6 8 13 31 86 4 14 17 23 33 5v4
Away 3 6:08 3 7 18 25 29 31 79 3 16 20 46 67 5v4
Home 3 4:44 Hudler goal 7 11 21 24 29 31 10 17 19 20 24 5v4
Home 3 3:15 Hudler 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 7 21 24 44 5v4
Away 3 0:18 21 3 8 18 21 31 33 3 7 21 24 44 5v4
Away 3 0:16 24 3 8 18 21 31 33 3 7 21 24 44 5v4
# Player EV PP SH
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 11:49 4 1 00:00 0 3 00:29 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:58 3 4 06:54 9 0 02:46 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 19:12 2 4 06:54 9 0 01:37 0 2
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:21 3 5 01:14 1 4 01:31 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:27 2 2 02:59 3 2 00:29 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:13 2 4 02:48 3 0 01:31 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 14:40 3 3 05:11 7 4 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:25 3 5 00:09 0 0 01:53 0 2
18 STAJAN, MATT 12:19 4 1 00:09 0 3 01:51 0 2
19 JONES, DAVID 14:03 3 5 00:09 0 1 00:16 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 11:51 1 1 02:48 3 2 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 12:24 2 4 04:49 6 4 00:50 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 13:13 2 3 05:11 7 3 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 08:26 1 0 00:00 0 1 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 16:22 2 4 00:00 1 4 00:51 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   9 10   10 7   0 2
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 11:58 4 2 01:14 0 3 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 06:24 2 0 00:00 0 1 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 09:52 2 1 00:11 1 0 00:40 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 8 6 6 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 6 4 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 4 7 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 1 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames have improved themselves to 37-25-5 over the past 67 games. They have 79 points.

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They need 8 or 9 more wins to get themselves into the playoffs. It’s not guaranteed, but with 10 games left against teams below them in the standings, they’ve certainly given themselves a bit of breathing room in the jam-packed Western Conference.

  • beloch

    Hugely entertaining game. I pity the fools who tuned out after those first two Duck goals!

    The one sour note for me was watching Engelland drag Brodie down into the stygian abyss again. After Diaz and Brodie worked so well together in the third period against Ottawa, why try to force the unholy pairing of Engelland and Brodie even just one more time? When mighty Cthulu has his tentacles wrapped around your ankles and you can feel the madness setting in, you don’t let go of your lifeline so you put hand lotion on.

  • mattyc

    I think David Jones needs to sit a couple of games…I like the options that Ferland, Shore and Poirier give the Flames…determination, nice size and talent..

  • Skuehler

    Sure, maybe you don’t put Diaz with Brodie because you like what you see from Diaz and Schlemko. But Brodie just looks awful RN, because of Engelland. Enough is enough Hartley; call up Wotherspoon and start him! Engelland is dragging your best d-man down. Not a recipe for success when youve Just lost a potential Norris candidate.

    I’m not suggesting Engellend is terrible. But he’s making Brodie look terrible.

    • prendrefeu

      I don’t know, from what I saw, Diaz gave me fits of heartburn a lot of times sat night too. He was horrible on that 3rd Anaheim goal. Really, what can Hartley do? He takes his 1b top pairing guy (after his 1a went down) & plays him with his 3b guy. You give them 2nd pairing duty & hope like heck your 1b can carry that 3b guy & give you a decent 2b performance combined. We aren’t used to that from Brodie but it also explains why many think Engellend has at least been playing or appear to be playing better. Know what I mean? Then you take your 2a & 2b, keep them together & give them top line minutes & hope like heck they can rise to the occasion. & in 85% of the minutes they are playing, I think Wideman & Russell are doing just that. Reason why we are talking playoff chase & not draft lottery possibilities. Our bottom pairing is just as advertised comprised of 3b’s & 4a’s. But they are performing as 3a’s. Schlemko has good moments but that big line of Anaheims had them scrambling & Silverberg gave us fits tonight. So we can whine all we want about Brodie’s game being dragged down, a better scenario would be having Gio in the line up, but it was going to happen to one of our top 3 remaining & poor Brodie got the short straw. If we make the playoffs, with the young up & coming talent we have, I wonder if Boychuk might find Calgary an appealing place to sign Come July 1?

  • Kn1ght T3mplar

    Ferland’s backhand pass to Stajan showed a lot of skill. I really like what he brings to the lineup. Great to see the 4th line putting it in the net.

    Shore, Poirier maybe even Wolf next year should make for really solid 3rd and 4th lines.

    Gaudreau, Monahan and Hudler continue to shine night after night. And then other players step up big on different nights: Wideman, Russell, Brod’s, Backs.

    Some breathing room. We’re 5 points up on S.J. Who do we want to lose tomorrow, Vancouver or LA. Why??

    • Kn1ght T3mplar

      Want to see Kings lose tomorrow night…they are right on our a$$! They meet again in 10 days…maybe a split would be best, so Kings win the second game in LaLA..

    • JMK

      LA, we’re not going to pass out Anaheim so finishing 2nd or 3rd in division doesn’t make much of a difference. As long as the teams below flames keep losing it’ll be fine by me!

      • RedMan

        exactly… doesnt matter 2nd or 3rd cause they play together – only advantage to getting 2nd would be home ice. I mean, ya, take it if comes, but rather have kings lose.

        so, hoping for the kings and Jets to lose: Kings so we can stay in the division leaders bracket, Jets so that if we fall to wild card spot we stay ahead of Jets.

        Like someone said already, I can see the central division taking both wild card spots.

  • Kn1ght T3mplar

    Question Ryan, anyone?

    How are teams ranked for the playoffs? Are the Wildcards ranked 7th and 8th? and the rest?

    I would prefer to get 2nd or 3rd in the Division if WC teams are ranked 7 and 8….

    • prendrefeu

      Question Ryan, anyone?

      How are teams ranked for the playoffs? Are the Wildcards ranked 7th and 8th? and the rest?

      I would prefer to get 2nd or 3rd in the Division if WC teams are ranked 7 and 8….

      AFAIK – it goes like this:

      The top three teams in each division earn berths in the playoffs. The next two teams in terms of total points in the conference, regardless of division, earn the wild-card spots. This provides a total of eight teams from each conference.

      The top seed in each division plays one of the wild-card teams in its conference. The division leader with the most points plays the wild-card team with the fewest points. The second and third seeds in each division face each other in the first round.

      • Avalain

        This is correct. The other interesting thing IIRC is that they are broken up into brackets now. Winner of the 1 vs 8 plays the winner of one of the 2 vs 3 division winners. That makes the chance for upsets by the 8th place team more likely, since they don’t have to go through every highest ranked team remaining every round.

  • Really great game from the Flames. Playoffs or not, this has been great to watch, and it’s such a great sign for the coming few seasons. I couldn’t watch the game but I’m curious to see how these defensive pairings work out on the home stretch. I was disappointed we didn’t get a bit more support at the back at the deadline, but we seem to be surviving. No mention of him in the write-up outside his scrap – was Engelland any better than he has been?

  • SydScout

    I always get annoyed with Minnesota, Vancouver, LA keeping up their win streaks. Surely they’ll start losing soon, give us breathing room etc etc.

    Tonight I realised that THEY must be watching our boys and wonder, ‘when the bloody hell will you go away?’

    Answer: June!

    Love this team.

      • prendrefeu

        Aren’t his articles usually on Wednesdays?!

        Every Thursday for the “5 Things” articles. If it’s a rant, it’s not worth reading. If it is an NCAA scouting report, then we have something to read.

        Many of the articles and their publications on FN are pre-scheduled to a certain day or time. Not all, however, follow this method, and articles can be published on the fly when there is something like a media scrum or special news (ie, a trade, injury) that warrants an immediate post (and reactions from us, the readers)

  • I went with a buddy to the March 11 game, he’s more familiar with soccer and it was the first hockey game he’d seen in person of any kind. So it was a great game to introduce him the sport and he became a Flames fan too.

  • everton fc

    Throwing this one out there; I hope the Flames hold onto Stajan thru his contract. He and Ferland had some chemistry last night. Throw Wolf on the left side, or put Ferland back on the left and Poirier on the right… I think that’s a healthy 4th line, if you roll 4 solid lines. Of course, Poirier’s probably destined for “better than that”, and maybe Ferland is too, but I like what Stajan brings as a 4th line centre who can give 3rd line minutes in case of injury.

    Of course, with Bennett due in the lineup next season, nit sure how that all plays out, unless Bennett takes a year to learn the professional “ropes” down in Stockton, which I highly doubt happens.

    It is a nice run we are on. And we have serious depth at the forwards. Note Wolf continues to produce, and even Reinhart’s finding the twines of late. Not to forget Hathaway, as well. We need to use some of these assets to poach a couple of decent d-men, though I think Schlemko will do well here, and Diaz seems to have found his game here, as well, though the latter will be 30 next season.

    And our goaltending depth – Ramo/Hiller/Ortio/Gillies/McDonald – we are in a good place.

    I think they should sign Eric Roy. He’s really improved his defencive game from what I hear, and even though is goal tally is down this year, he’s still putting up assists, and will put up goals as well, if he gets a chance. Draft Ryan Pilon if Provorov isn’t available, and Tim McCauley is another possible steal from the Wheaties, come draft day.

    I’m pulling for the Jets to make the playoffs – good for Canada, good for the city of Winnipeg (no, I am not originally from Manitoba!) I hope the Canucks fall flat. I’d rather see the Kings get in, than the Canucks.

  • cgyokgn

    That was a very uninspired Nucks game tonight vs the Kings… no help at all. The Jets actually fall out of the playoff picture for the time being. The Flames will have to continue to win games as they are unlikely to get much help from other teams… as Hartley says, “We have our destiny in our own hands.”