Post-Game: Close, But No Cigar

The Calgary Flames lost tonight.

They out-played Colorado for two periods and couldn’t bury enough of their chances. It was their second game in as many nights, in as many different cities. They just couldn’t get “the next goal,” so they lost by a goal on the road. The Backlund/Bouma/Jones line played pretty well, though.

Losses happen. They still need 7 wins and/or 14 points to make the post-season, most likely.

THE RUNDOWN

Calgary played really well in the first and third periods. They skated well. They were physical. They generated chances. They didn’t score in the first, at all, in part because Semyon Varlamov was sharp and the Avalanche were good at keeping the front of the crease clear.

Colorado was both good and lucky in the second period. They got a questionable too-many-men call to break their way, giving them a power-play – the only one they’d get against Calgary all night. And on that power-play, Alex Tanguay banked a puck in off Karri Ramo’s leg from behind the red line. It was a low percentage chance and it went in. Ryan O’Reilly followed up shortly thereafter with a goal by driving to the net and chipping a puck past Ramo. That was the difference right there.

The Flames got within one when David Jones was sprung into the zone by a Mikael Backlund pass. He couldn’t get a shot away, but Backlund chipped the puck from the corner and it went in off Jones’ skate as he drove the net. The Avalanche scored immediately thereafter as John Mitchell undressed T.J. Brodie – yes, you’re reading that right – and sniped a shot past Ramo from the far side of the face-off circle. It was a good shot but Ramo probably wanted it back. Lance Bouma made it close again, absolutely sniping a shot past Varlamov to make it 3-2. But Calgary couldn’t capitalize on any of their subsequent chances, including a power-play late, and lost the game.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Well, Karri Ramo allowed two goals from outside the scoring chance area. That was big in a tight-checking game.

And the Flames just seemed a step off tonight – likely due to the back-to-back – and just couldn’t generate enough traffic in front of Varlamov or tips, so life wasn’t as difficult for him as it could have been.

And finally, Colorado didn’t allow Calgary’s best players to be difference-makers tonight. Patrick Roy’s club largely eliminated the long passes and cluttered up the blueline to frustrate clean carry-ins.

RED WARRIOR

David Jones had a goal and an assist, and drew penalties that led to two of Calgary’s three power-plays. Jones did what he could to give Calgary a chance to win.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 15:33 Colborne 1 4 5 7 9 12 3 7 8 21 31 86 5v5
Home 1 13:19 Duchene 1 4 5 9 40 92 7 11 17 19 29 31 5v5
Away 1 9:40 Monahan 1 4 5 24 45 55 3 8 21 31 33 86 5v5
Away 1 6:58 Colborne tip 1 5 17 24 55 7 8 11 21 31 33 4v5
Home 1 4:59 Landeskog 1 2 4 40 90 92 7 17 18 19 29 31 5v5
Away 1 4:37 Jones 1 2 7 9 12 17 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 1 0:39 Colborne 1 4 5 40 90 92 7 8 21 29 31 86 5v5
Away 1 0:33 Raymond 1 4 5 40 90 92 7 8 21 29 31 86 5v5
Home 2 19:38 Landeskog tip 1 2 17 40 90 92 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 19:26 17 1 2 17 40 90 92 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 2 19:06 Wideman 1 4 5 7 9 12 7 11 17 19 29 31 5v5
Home 2 14:17 13? 1 2 17 40 90 92 7 11 17 19 29 31 5v5
Home 2 10:30 Barrie 1 4 12 40 90 92 4 6 17 18 31 5v4
Home 2 8:34 O’Reilly goal 1 4 5 40 90 92 7 21 22 29 31 86 5v5
Home 2 7:14 Everberg 1 4 5 24 45 55 4 6 8 21 31 86 5v5
Home 2 6:18 Duchene 1 7 9 12 17 22 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Home 2 5:50 Landeskog 1 2 17 40 90 92 7 13 19 23 29 31 5v5
Home 2 5:19 13 1 4 5 13 27 40 7 11 17 19 29 31 5v5
Home 2 3:34 Tanguay 1 2 17 40 90 92 4 6 13 19 23 31 5v5
Home 2 0:05 Tip 1 2 8 40 90 92 4 6 13 19 23 31 5v5
Home 3 18:58 Duchene 1 4 5 7 9 12 7 8 21 31 33 86 5v5
Home 3 16:48 45 1 4 5 24 45 55 4 6 8 21 31 86 5v5
Home 3 16:34 7 1 7 8 9 12 22 4 7 8 21 31 86 5v5
Home 3 16:24 9 1 7 8 9 12 22 4 7 8 11 17 31 5v5
Away 3 16:08 Jones goal 1 7 8 9 12 22 3 11 17 19 31 33 5v5
Home 3 14:35 2 1 2 8 40 90 92 3 13 22 23 31 33 5v5
Away 3 14:14 Bouma goal 1 4 5 40 90 92 4 6 11 17 19 31 5v5
Home 3 13:09 55 1 8 22 24 45 55 3 6 8 21 31 86 5v5
Home 3 8:54 92 1 2 17 40 90 92 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 6:35 Monahan 1 2 17 24 55 4 6 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 3 5:52 Gaudreau 1 2 8 17 24 55 4 6 13 23 24 31 5v5
Away 3 0:09 Gaudreau 1 2 17 40 90 92 4 6 13 17 23 24 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 13:43 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 21:44 4 10 04:25 1 0 00:58 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 23:35 4 9 04:34 1 0 00:58 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 20:08 4 9 01:35 1 0 00:00 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 13:55 4 6 01:24 1 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:02 3 4 01:30 1 0 00:00 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 19:56 3 8 04:25 1 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:56 4 5 00:00 0 0 00:58 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 07:20 0 1 00:09 0 0 00:58 0 1
19 JONES, DAVID 14:24 3 7 00:09 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 13:10 4 6 01:35 1 0 00:00 0 0
22 SHORE, DREW 06:59 0 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 19:26 3 8 04:21 1 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 17:44 3 4 04:27 1 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 14:26 3 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   9 19   2 0   0 1
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 12:28 2 2 01:26 1 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 13:14 4 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 2 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 1 11 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 5 7 4 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames lost 3-2 in a close one. They were probably to lose one sooner or later, and I was a bit surprised they beat Anaheim, to be honest. They drop to 38-26-5. They’re back in action at home on Tuesday when they face the St. Louis Blues.

  • MattyFranchise

    Can’t win them all 🙁 I’m happy though that Backlund kept his point streak alive with 8 games. The top line looked pretty invisible for the first 2 periods. I was actually really impressed with the 3rd line as they seemed to be the only line that actually cycled really effectively in the offensive zone, but unfortunately couldn’t get 1 buy varmolov.

  • Strong game and proud of the Flames. Despite some great saves throughout the game, the weak goal on Ramo is a killer. I’m not blaming the goalies as I think they’ve done a great job this year considering their pedigree, but the top goalies very rarely give up the easy goals.

    • RedMan

      Agreed..that is exactly why Hartley has not appointed either one the starter! They are both inconsistent but have played very well at times. Unfortunately this inconsistency (1 or more bad goals a game) may be the difference in making the playoffs.

      I like the future with Ortio and Gillies….as for today these guys are are what we have as gap goalies and hopefully one of them can get hot in the remaining games…

  • The difference was 1 bad goal by Ramo….of the teams fighting for the playoffs it will be the goaltending that will be the difference….disappointing to say the least as the Flames deserved better!!

  • Hartley will be telling the men, time to look at the next one. He will have to make a tough call in net for the next game as both Ramo and Hiller have given up weak goals in their last starts. For me I would go with Ramo as Hiller really looks like he is fighting the puck, has he always had a poor glove hand or does he have a hand injury?

  • RedMan

    Will the Flames be next years Avalanche you ask………

    The answer is NO and the reason is COACHING!!!

    The Flames have a very good NHL coach (hired by Feaster ).

    The Avalanche have a loud mouth prick for a coach.
    If you have ever had the pleasure of playing for a loud mouth prick coach you will know that the team will tune him out after a while………

    WW

    • RedMan

      You must have had that experience as a player. Have you ever coached, if so your players were sure to have experienced it.(Note all coaches can be pricks to some players, even to players they like and those who like them; I know over the years I was both)

  • RedMan

    Colorado wanted that one desperately… was virtually playoff experience for the young guys.

    now Flames need to stop this losing skid at one.

    on side note… the presence of Vancouver trolls is encouraging… Flames are definitely getting in Vancouvers head.

    • RedMan

      the officiating seemed to be pro-avalanche as well. 😉

      last couple games the Flames have seemingly been paying the piper through bad call or non-calls, like the hooking and slashing of Gaudreau. I guess it all evens out over 82 games, but it is definitely more noticeable when a non-call goes against you then when it goes for your.

        • RedMan

          I don’t think anyone is blaming the losses on officiating. The Flames could have done more with the power plays they had or Ramo could have stopped one that slipped by or whatever. Team game. I too strongly suspect that bad calls and non calls even out over the season.

          All you can ask is that the officials be consistent and they haven’t been lately. Last night they called the Flames for too many men when Jooris didn’t touch the puck. A period later the officials failed to call Colorado when the situation was bad enough that even the guy between the benches (Mike Johnson?) noted that the Avalanche got away with one.

          Poor officiating detracts from the game. When their errors are noticeable, they effect the game. That’s why the league grades the officials and only puts the “best”, whatever that is, in the playoffs. The crews from the last two games don’t get an A. It’s that simple.

  • RedMan

    With Giordano gone and the patchwork D, making the playoffs will boil down to how good Ramo/Hiller play. The forward lines will look after themselves like they have all year.

  • RedMan

    Flames need to find a new partner for Brodie. No offence to Deryk Engelland, but he just can’t take on top lines efficiently, and it seems like Brodie is trying to have to do too much. Time for Hartley to let him play a game or two with Schlemko or Diaz.