Post-Game: Two More Points

After two games where they walked away with zero points, the Calgary Flames got back into the win column tonight with a pretty solid 60 minutes of ice hockey against a less-than-stellar opponent at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames never trailed in this contest and bounced back from losses against Colorado and St. Louis by way of a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. By sheer coindicence, the big difference-maker tonight for the Flames was a young man who grew up as a fan of the Flyers, Johnny Gaudreau.

The Flames now have 83 points. They need 12 points to hit the 95-point mark.

THE RUNDOWN

The first period featured a lot of feeling out, as the Flames were a tad tentative after Tuesday’s defeat against St. Louis. The Flames out-shot the Flyers 9-6.

The game opened up a bit in the second, particularly towards the end. Dennis Wideman opened up the scoring with a wrister on the rush that beat Steve Mason to make it 1-0. A few minutes later, T.J.Brodie’s wrist from way out beat Mason through traffic to make it 2-0 (and end Mason’s night, as Ray Emery came in). Claude Giroux scored with 8 seconds left to make it 2-1 on some shoddy defensive coverage by a home side that was looking forward to the intermission a bit too early. Shots were 12-10 Flyers.

The third period belonged to Calgary, despite the Flyers leading in shots (slightly) by a 9-7 margin. Why? The Flames took advantage of their opportunities and kept their game simple. The Flyers ran around and took too many bad penalties, and it cost ’em. With Ryan White in the box for cross-checking early in the third – and bear in mind that Giroux’s late goal had made it a one-goal game – Sean Monahan scored on a nice Johnny Gaudreau feed to make it 3-1. With Nicklas Grossmann and Chris VandeVelde in the box a few minutes later, Johnny Gaudreau buried his 20th goal of his freshman campaign to make it 4-1. That was all she wrote. The Flyers tried to generate something with some physicality later on, but to no avail.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Calgary’s top players were better than Philadelphia’s top players, and Calgary’s lesser players did their best to give their top players chances to be successful. When the game’s outcome was in question, Calgary gave Philadelphia just one power-play – and the kill gave them the momentum that led to Wideman’s goal. Philadelphia took a lot of penalties and gave the Gaudreau, Monahan and Hudler group chances to take over the game.

They did so.

RED WARRIOR

A three-point effort for one John Michael Gaudreau as he passed Filip Forsberg for the lead in scoring among National Hockey League rookies. This despite playing on a worse team and playing fewer games. He’s a special player and he had a very good evening.

And stick-taps to Sean Monahan and Karri Ramo, as they were also good this evening.

SCORING CHANCES

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:42 CGY 7 11 17 19 29 31 12 15 22 28 35 93 5v5
Away 1 17:24 Schultz from Voracek 4 6 18 25 31 79 35 36 47 52 55 93 5v5
Away 1 16:33 VandeVelde from Bellemare 7 13 23 24 29 31 15 22 25 35 76 78 5v5
Away 1 13:57 Streit from Voracek 7 18 25 29 31 79 8 12 32 35 52 93 5v5
Home 1 10:41 CGY 4 6 13 23 24 31 10 14 15 35 47 93 5v5
Home 1 7:27 CGY 7 18 25 29 31 79 22 25 26 35 76 78 5v5
Home 1 6:20 CGY 4 6 13 23 24 31 12 15 28 32 35 93 5v5
Away 1 0:37 Simmonds from Giroux 4 6 8 21 23 31 12 17 26 28 32 35 5v5
Home 2 19:12 CGY 4 6 18 25 31 79 8 25 35 47 76 78 5v5
Away 2 18:37 Raffl from Giroux 4 6 13 23 24 31 12 28 32 35 55 93 5v5
Away 2 17:07 Del Zotto from Voracek 4 6 21 25 31 60 15 22 35 36 52 93 5v5
Home 2 9:40 CGY 3 17 18 19 31 33 10 14 17 26 35 47 5v5
Home 2 8:37 CGY 4 6 13 23 24 31 8 12 28 32 35 93 5v5
Away 2 8:14 Bellemare 3 8 21 31 33 60 15 35 36 55 76 78 5v5
Away 2 7:19 Giroux from Streit 4 6 11 17 31 10 17 28 32 35 93 4v5
Home 2 3:47 CGY 4 6 13 23 24 31 12 22 26 28 35 93 5v5
Home 2 1:45 CGY 4 6 11 17 31 10 14 15 29 32 4v4
Home 2 0:57 CGY 7 13 23 24 29 31 8 12 17 26 28 29 5v5
Home 2 0:54 CGY 7 13 23 24 29 31 8 12 17 26 28 29 5v5
Away 2 0:11 Giroux from Voracek 7 11 18 19 29 31 12 28 29 47 55 93 5v5
Home 3 16:51 CGY 7 11 17 19 29 31 12 15 28 29 32 93 5v5
Home 3 14:02 CGY 4 6 13 23 24 31 15 22 29 76 78 5v4
Home 3 13:54 CGY 4 6 13 23 24 31 15 22 29 76 78 5v4
Home 3 12:59 CGY 4 6 13 23 24 31 12 14 29 55 5v3
Home 3 12:13 CGY 7 8 11 21 31 33 15 25 29 47 78 5v4
Home 3 11:55 CGY 7 8 11 21 31 33 15 25 29 47 78 5v4
Away 3 8:01 Del Zotto from Simmonds 4 6 18 25 31 79 15 17 29 36 47 52 5v5
Home 3 7:18 CGY 4 6 13 18 24 31 25 29 47 55 76 78 5v5
Away 3 4:37 Simmonds from Giroux 6 7 11 17 31 10 17 28 29 32 93 4v5
Away 3 4:05 Schenn from Giroux 6 7 11 17 31 10 17 28 29 32 93 4v5
Away 3 0:50 Giroux from Voracek 7 11 13 24 29 31 15 25 26 28 29 93 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 09:23 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:38 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 19:49 7 5 03:29 3 0 00:41 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 20:01 7 5 04:16 3 0 01:48 0 3
7 BRODIE, TJ 19:55 5 4 03:38 2 0 02:41 0 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 11:13 0 2 03:05 2 0 01:27 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:49 3 2 03:05 2 0 01:39 0 3
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:32 7 3 04:02 3 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:30 4 0 00:00 0 0 02:00 0 3
18 STAJAN, MATT 10:37 4 4 00:00 0 0 00:33 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 12:42 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 10:27 0 3 02:56 2 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:33 6 3 04:02 3 0 01:13 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 13:11 7 3 04:11 3 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 10:42 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 19:36 5 4 00:00 0 0 02:12 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   13 10   5 0   0 3
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 09:16 1 1 02:51 2 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 08:43 0 2 00:00 0 0 01:08 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 09:26 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 5 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 7 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0

ZONE ENTRIES

Coming soon!

SUM IT UP

The Flames won! Their magic number is reduced to 12! They have 11 games remaining to drop that number down to zero and clinch a playoff spot. Their next chance to drop that number down comes on Saturday afternoon in a rare 2pm game with the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • RedMan

    The last two games of the season are going to be so, so huge. Los Angeles and then Winnipeg.

    I’m quietly praying that one of Minnesota, Vancouver, or the above mentioned two crash and burn. I love Canadian hockey, but I would gladly step on some Jets and Canucks if it meant playoff hockey in Calgary.

  • Koolmoedee

    This could be a year where the usual 95-point cutoff for playoff teams will turn out to be a higher number. All the teams fighting for the bottom slots have been on a tear, yet none of them have been able to pull away from the pack.

  • amaninvan

    Congrats to JG for giving us back to back 20 goal rookie seasons. I still think Johnny deserves the Calder, although Forsberg has been the front runner all year. A strong last 10 games might actually do it for our player. On that note, just how good is the Gaudreau-Monahan-Hudler line? Is it time to put them up there as one of the top 1st lines in all of hockey?

    Also… I’m loving me those retro uni’s. I kept expecting to see MacInnis or Nieuwendyk jump over the boards. Can we just go back to those full time?

  • ChinookArchYYC

    I was at the game last night, and by the eye-test the Flames carried the play for the majority of 5v5 time. The first was entertaining despite being scoreless.

  • RedMan

    I hope Calgarys college signing coup turns out better than Edmontons. Nice to get a decent D prospect in the system at that age with zero cost.

    sweet win and the top line… wow! to be that good with a rookie and a sophmore that are both getting better… awesome!

  • Craig

    I agree, I don’t think that 95 is going to be the cutoff this year, every team in this race are getting points night after night, and it’s going to be a very close race right to the finish with a team losing out either by one point, or by ROW.

    • Avalain

      Absolutely agree. I was at the game yesterday and couldn’t believe that he was pulled there. He was actually looking quite good up to that point. Pulled after 2 goals is crazy.

  • Avalain

    The fact that Forsberg is still considered the front-runner for the Calder now is just mind-boggling. He had a great start, but for the last 25 or so games, he’s been invisible. It should be a two-horse race bewteen Ekblad and Gaudreau now. Both have been consistent all season long. Outside of Gaudreau’s 5 game pointless skid at the beginning of the season, he’s only gone more than two games without a point twice. Once in November and also last month.

    • Derzie

      He’s not. Ekblad will win based on the media’s false logic that age matters. He is having an unexpectedly great season for someone his age. Gaudreau is having a great season, regardless of age. Johnny should win if he wins the scoring title over Forsberg. Otherwise, it’s a sham.

  • Avalain

    Gaudreau has been playing his best hockey when most rookies start to tail off, the last quarter of the season. In the middle of a big playoff push Gaudreau, and the rest of his line, have stepped and been the players counted on to produce. He has not hit any sort of wall, even though the most games he had played in a previous season was 40. He is unafraid to challenge much larger opponents and go to the net with the puck. Seemingly every game he does something that makes you sit back in awe and disbelief. His back checking and stick skills are used to create turnovers. In his rookie season nit only is he an offensive dynamo, but a useful 200′ player.