Post-Game: Flames Lose To Better Team

Tonight’s game was the latest installment of the Calgary Flames playing against a much better team. I don’t think it’s mean or unfair to describe the St. Louis Blues as a superior hockey club.

The Blues slightly out-played the Flames through two periods tonight, then really out-played them in the third period. The Flames lost 4-0.

There are 12 games remaining this season.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period was rather even, though the Blues got a few nice chances. Shots were 8-6 for the Blues. Nobody scored.

The second period was even, too, perhaps even moreso. Calgary had some chances that they couldn’t bury. Then Alex Steen broke the deadlock mid-way through the period, sniping one past Jonas Hiller from the top of the face-off circle. Twas a nice shot, but Hiller probably wanted it back. Shots were 11-10 Calgary.

The third period was even in shots, but the Blues did a good job defending and keeping Calgary to the outside for the majority of the period. Calgary couldn’t get anything going. Jori Lehtera capitalized on a bad rim-around attempt by T.J. Brodie and scored. Later, Alex Steen scored his second to make it 3-0. And later, in an amazing display of bravado, the Flames pulled their goalie on a power-play.

Down 3-0.

With 8 minutes left.

Anyhow, they didn’t score on that power-play and David Backes scored an empty-netter to make it 4-0.

WHY THE FLAMES RESULT

Because St. Louis is better.

The Blues generated more chances, had more zone time, had better chances, defended better, controlled the pace of the game and dominated the face-off circle.

Oh, and they scored more goals.

The Flames tried, but St. Louis is just a better hockey team.

RED WARRIOR

No Flames were amazing, per se, but Mikael Backlund had 5 shots and was the best of Calgary’s centers at the face-off dot…at 44%. (Yikes.)

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 19:22 Raymond 1 4 6 8 21 86 1 4 21 23 26 27 5v5
Home 1 16:22 Colborne 1 7 8 21 29 86 1 4 20 21 27 42 5v5
Away 1 14:42 75 1 4 6 13 23 24 1 9 27 32 48 75 5v5
Away 1 8:49 32 1 4 6 18 25 79 1 4 27 32 42 75 5v5
Away 1 8:47 75 1 4 6 18 25 79 1 4 27 32 42 74 5v5
Away 1 2:36 91 1 4 6 13 23 24 1 6 20 27 42 91 5v5
Away 1 2:18 17 1 4 6 13 23 24 1 12 17 19 41 91 5v5
Home 1 1:38 Monahan 1 4 6 13 23 24 1 4 20 27 42 74 5v5
Away 2 19:15 74 1 7 11 17 19 29 1 4 20 27 42 74 5v5
Away 2 16:01 23 1 7 8 21 29 86 1 6 19 23 26 74 5v5
Home 2 13:04 Backlund 1 7 11 17 19 29 1 6 19 20 42 74 5v5
Away 2 11:31 91 1 7 13 23 24 29 1 6 12 17 19 91 5v5
Home 2 10:59 Ferland 1 7 18 25 29 79 1 4 20 27 42 74 5v5
Away 2 9:40 32 1 3 8 21 29 86 1 9 32 41 48 75 5v5
Away 2 8:41 6 1 4 6 11 17 19 1 6 19 20 42 74 5v5
Away 2 8:28 Steen goal 1 7 13 23 24 29 1 4 12 17 27 91 5v5
Away 2 8:20 91 1 7 13 23 24 29 1 4 12 17 27 91 5v5
Home 2 7:53 Brodie tip 1 7 13 23 24 29 1 4 12 17 27 91 5v5
Away 2 7:42 91 1 7 13 23 24 29 1 4 12 17 27 91 5v5
Home 2 5:45 Backlund 1 7 11 17 19 29 1 4 19 20 21 42 5v5
Home 2 5:43 Jones 1 7 11 17 19 29 1 4 19 20 21 42 5v5
Home 2 5:41 Backlund 1 7 11 17 19 29 1 4 19 20 21 42 5v5
Away 2 4:59 42 1 7 11 13 24 29 1 6 19 20 42 74 5v5
Away 2 4:38 12 1 7 13 23 24 29 1 4 12 17 27 91 5v5
Away 2 4:31 91 1 7 13 23 24 29 1 4 12 17 27 91 5v5
Away 2 3:09 6 1 4 6 18 21 25 1 6 19 26 32 75 5v5
Home 3 18:44 Lehtara goal 1 4 7 8 13 86 1 12 17 41 48 91 5v5
Home 3 18:22 Colborne tip 1 3 8 21 33 86 1 9 32 41 48 75 5v5
Away 3 12:17 75 1 4 6 13 23 24 1 6 9 19 32 75 5v5
Home 3 11:42 Colborne 1 3 8 21 33 86 1 9 32 41 48 91 5v5
Away 3 10:23 Steen goal 1 7 11 17 19 29 1 6 19 20 42 74 5v5
Away 3 9:35 21 1 4 6 13 23 24 1 4 21 23 26 27 5v5
Home 3 8:39 Raymond 3 8 21 24 33 86 1 4 20 26 27 42 5v5
Home 3 6:52 Raymond 7 8 11 19 21 33 1 4 9 17 27 5v4
Home 3 4:57 Diaz 1 3 8 21 33 86 1 6 12 17 19 91 5v5
Home 3 4:48 Raymond 1 7 8 21 33 86 1 6 12 17 19 91 5v5
Home 3 4:22 Ferland 1 7 18 25 29 79 1 6 19 26 32 75 5v5
Home 3 3:20 Backlund 1 3 11 13 19 33 1 4 21 23 26 27 5v5
Home 3 3:06 Monahan 1 4 6 13 23 24 1 6 9 19 21 26 5v5
Home 3 2:29 Colborne 1 3 8 21 33 86 1 6 9 19 21 26 5v5
Away 3 1:38 74 1 3 18 25 33 79 1 20 41 42 48 74 5v5
Home 3 0:39 Jones tip 1 7 11 17 19 29 1 4 12 17 27 91 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   19 21   0 0   0 0
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 14:19 6 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 19:10 4 9 01:09 0 0 00:43 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 21:09 3 9 01:22 0 0 00:43 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:39 11 10 00:51 1 0 01:17 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 16:26 9 2 00:38 1 0 01:07 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:35 6 4 00:38 1 0 00:00 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 16:23 5 12 01:22 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 13:27 5 3 00:54 0 0 01:28 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 10:25 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:35 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 15:02 6 3 00:51 1 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 17:32 8 3 00:38 1 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 15:56 3 11 01:22 0 0 00:32 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:00 4 12 01:22 0 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 10:00 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 19:21 9 11 00:00 0 0 01:17 0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 15:22 7 1 00:38 1 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 08:58 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 15:15 9 2 00:00 0 0 00:18 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 5 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 6 12 6 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 12 4 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames have 12 games left! They lost to a team that, let’s face it, most of us probably figured they would lose against. There are a dozen games remaining and, while they are (temporarily?) out of a playoff spot, they still have a good shot at the post-season if they win just 7 more games.

They’re back in action on Thursday when they face the Philadelphia Flyers.

Oh, and it’s retro night, so expect sweet old school jerseys and sweet ’80s music.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Narratives:
    They didn’t work hard enough.
    They should have won a fight or 2.
    They didn’t play with grit and determination.
    They weren’t moving their feet (thanks Charlie Simmer).
    They won at Corsi, and lost the game anyway.

    Nope, the Blues are built for success and as Hartley put it “they have no weaknesses”. I love this team, and what they’ve accimplished this year, but the rebuild must go on. By observation and listening to him, Trelliving knows the team needs more pieces.

    • JMK

      Yes, it puts things into perspective on just how far the rebuild still has to go, doesn’t it?

      Which I’m totally fine with, btw. It’s teams like Chicago, LA and St. Louis that I want Calgary to be. This season’s success has gone to some fans heads, but if getting to that same level takes another 3 to 5 years, I have zero problem with it.

      No shortcuts. Do it right this time.

      • JMK

        Reality has set in. Lot’s to be proud of particularly with the forwards. The rebuild must continue with focus on the defence and goaltending. Stay the course and build through the draft.

        Good times are ahead…agree no shortcuts and be patient, we are close….

          • acychan12

            Make no mistake the playoffs are definitely a possibility…fact remains the Flames still have a long way too go before they can play with the ‘big boys’.

            As I mentioned this playoff drive whether successful or not is a small part of the rebuild. More importantly the defence requires major work and consistency with goaltending is required. Wotherspoon and Ortio are are good start and the upcoming draft will be critical!

          • JMK

            They absolutely have a long way to go to contend for the Stanley cup, I don’t think anyone denies that. Treliving showed at the deadline they are not getting ahead of themselves and are being patient.

            Maybe I misinterpreted you but it seems like the minute the flames lose and by a large margin, some talk on here just straight away goes negative. “The rebuild is a long way off” etc.

          • redricardo

            You misinterpreted me…I tend to temper my excitement somewhat as I not only acknowledge the progress made to date by the Flames but also I understand that we have a long ways too go….that was before yesterday’s loss!

            The true measure of success for me will be competitiveness with teams like the Blues, Hawks, Kings etc. A long sustained run at the playoffs is close but not before the defense and goaltending is rebuilt…we are there with the forwards!! Great start!

          • JMK

            Absolutely. This team is going to work hard & play big games right to the bitter end. Thing is, I think next year we are going to go through the same thing & flirt with making the playoffs but next year it won’t be regressing PDO & unsustainable puck luck. This team is just going to get better. These kids play for each other & are growing together. I like what I see. Tonight was so obvious we sooo badly missed Gio. & so does Brody. Future is bright but man would playoffs ever be fun in April. If we make it, I think it will be at the expense of the Jets, but I like their team too. Meaningful hockey at the end of March/ April, who would of thunk it.

  • prendrefeu

    The Flames would lose to the Blues 9 times out of 10. No disgrace in that but that’s reality. The Blues have built a great team of size and skill and play the Hitch game. At the end of the day, they are an elite team and we aren’t but aspire to be one day. Lesson learned.

  • acychan12

    The Blues just seemed so big and skilled. They can hit you with 4 lines and 3 D pairings without much of a drop off. Wow, they are good. With Chicagos injuries, Anaheims lackluster play lately and LA playing a lot of hockey the last 2 years, this might be St Louis’s year.

  • Avalain

    Bit of a stumble, but this team has been resilient all year. They still have a good chance to turn it around.

    That being said, at the beginning of the year I had a dream of Calgary drafting McDavid while Edmonton drafts Eichel. Then we could have a McDavid vs Eichel rivalry to help bring the BoA back into relevancy. I guess it’s technically still possible if Calgary misses the playoffs and wins the lottery while Edmonton sinks below Buffalo…

  • RedMan

    pffftttt… I don’t think anyone expected the Flames to win ALL their games…

    woulda liked the Colorado game, but hey, here we are, and what a great season. Not going to get overly worked up whether they make the post season or not – it’s just been a fun year with lots of positives and just enough head scratchers to keep us curious (i.e. player utlization, Baertschi, Bollig/Engelland contracts)

    for year two of a rebuild – this all combined can be considered a grand-slam.

    • RedMan

      What I’ve noticed about Joe is the he is really strong along the boards and wins way more board battles then he loses. he does have some tools thats for sure. as a late bloomer i would not be surprised to watch him continue to get stronger and play a “bigger” game. as a third liner and PK guy his board skills are useful.