Post-Game: Missed Opportunities

The Calgary Flames had a home game against a non-playoff, non-conference opponent this afternoon.

They entered the third period with a one-goal lead. However, they only got a point, as they lost to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime by a 3-2 score.

Their loss moves them a point closer to the vaunted 95-point mark and a potential playoff spot, but it makes life a bit more difficult for them the rest of the way.

THE RUNDOWN

The opening frame was a bit sleepy, in the sense that the crowd (and the players seemingly) were struggling to wake up fully. The Flames gave up quite a few gorgeous chances to the Jackets, including one sequence where a Jackets forward went in alone and David Schlemko poked the puck away, then awkwardly crashed into the boards. (He left the game but returned midway through the period.) Calgary opened the scoring on the power-play. Jared Boll went off for an infraction at 4:05, and by 4:18 Sean Monahan had scored. The sequence was a nice passing play, with Hudler, Monahan and Gaudreau making short, crisp passes that led to a Monahan tap-in. That lead lasted for awhile, even while Calgary continued to make sloppy plays in their own end. On one such sequence, Karri Ramo was wiped out, so Kris Russell slid in and made a leg save…and then Marko Dano rang a shot off the cross-bar. The Jackets finally evened it up off a neutral zone turn-over by the Flames; Ryan Johansen then found Calgary’s old friend Rene Bourque at the side of the net for a tap-in. Shots were 12-6 for Calgary in the opening period.

Calgary was a lot better generally in the second period. The entirety of the period was played at even-strength. The Flames were able to dictate play and skated well, and that turned into a goal early in the frame. Sergei Bobrovsky misplayed the puck on an attempted pass to a defender. Sean Monahan was following up on his own shot, quickly intercepted the pass and fed Jiri Hudler from behind the net, for the tap-in to make it 2-1. The rest of the period featured a few more good scoring chances, as well as a few awkward collisions:

  • Corey Tropp (and Mark Tetestu) awkwardly piled onto T.J. Brodie in the Flames zone, leading to a Michael Ferland fight with Tropp.
  • David Jones, on his way to the bench, awkwardly collided thigh-on-thigh with Scott Hartnell.
  • Hartnell, with a bee in his bonnet from that previous engagement, ignited a late period scrum that ended in two pairs of roughing penalties. He primarily punched Brodie in the face. (Brodie, Dennis Wideman and Nick Foligno were also penalized.)

Shots were 12-8 Calgary.

The Flames headed into the third period with a lead. They were 19-1-0 when leading heading into the third period. Early in the period, Kris Russell mis-handled a puck in his own end after skating back to give the team a chance to change lines. His attempted behind-the-net bank pass to Wideman ended up in the hands of Artem Anisimov, who bonked it past a bewildered Ramo to make it 2-2. There were a series of odd penalties – including a weird Cam Atkinson call for playing the puck before he was fully out of the penalty box – but Calgary’s power-play just couldn’t get anything going. Shots were 19-4 in the third for the home side.

Overtime was back and forth, but the Flames couldn’t bury their chances and Rene Bourque scored with just shy of a minute left in OT to win it for the Blue Jackets.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Well, whether it’s because of the afternoon start time or whatever, the Flames came out pretty flat and stayed rather tepid throughout the game. They were lousy in the face-off circle. Their power-play was mediocre, outside of the opening man advantage when they scored. Their execution was sloppy at times.

They played a good second period, but they were fortunate to come away with the point they got.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with Jiri Hudler. He played a ton, had a goal and an assist, and generally did whatever he could go jump-start Calgary’s offense.

Markus Granlund had a good third period.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:30 Hudler 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 13 19 32 58 72 5v5
Home 1 15:43 Monahan goal 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 19 55 58 72 5v4
Home 1 14:36 Hudler 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 13 19 29 32 72 5v5
Away 1 12:26 71 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 43 56 58 71 72 5v5
Away 1 12:24 56 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 43 56 58 71 72 5v5
Away 1 8:48 Bourque goal 7 13 23 24 29 31 13 19 32 47 51 72 5v5
Away 1 6:54 56 7 11 17 19 29 31 43 47 51 56 71 72 5v5
Home 1 6:09 Gaudreau 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 13 19 32 58 72 5v5
Home 1 3:23 Bouma tip 3 11 17 19 31 33 7 26 40 55 58 72 5v5
Home 1 0:36 Brodie 7 11 17 19 29 31 7 13 19 32 58 72 5v5
Home 2 17:58 Stajan 3 18 25 31 33 79 4 26 29 40 55 72 5v5
Home 2 17:17 Hudler goal 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 13 19 32 58 72 5v5
Away 2 16:37 71 7 11 17 19 29 31 4 9 43 51 71 72 5v5
Home 2 14:33 Wideman 4 6 18 25 31 79 7 13 32 55 58 72 5v5
Home 2 13:04 Gaudreau 4 6 13 19 23 31 4 19 29 43 71 72 5v5
Away 2 9:56 Anisimov 4 6 8 21 31 60 4 9 29 38 42 72 5v5
Away 2 9:01 13 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 13 19 32 58 72 5v5
Home 2 8:37 Hudler 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 13 19 32 58 72 5v5
Home 2 7:20 Bouma 4 6 17 18 19 31 43 47 51 56 71 72 5v5
Home 2 7:04 Russell tip 4 6 17 18 19 31 43 47 51 56 71 72 5v5
Home 2 2:38 Russell 4 13 23 24 29 31 7 19 43 56 58 72 5v5
Away 2 2:21 56 4 6 11 13 19 31 43 47 51 56 71 72 5v5
Away 2 1:50 55 3 18 25 31 33 79 26 40 47 51 55 72 5v5
Home 2 0:39 Diaz 3 11 17 19 31 33 9 38 42 47 51 72 5v5
Away 3 18:41 Anisimov 3 11 17 19 31 33 9 38 42 47 51 72 5v5
Away 3 17:28 19 4 18 25 29 31 79 7 13 19 32 58 72 5v5
Away 3 15:41 Anisimov goal 4 6 8 21 31 60 4 9 29 38 42 72 5v5
Home 3 15:13 Hudler 4 6 13 23 24 31 13 19 32 47 51 72 5v5
Away 3 14:35 7 7 8 11 29 31 7 42 58 71 72 4v4
Home 3 10:19 Hudler 4 6 13 23 24 31 42 47 51 55 72 5v4
Away 3 9:36 42 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 42 55 58 72 5v4
Home 3 8:10 Monahan 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 13 19 29 32 72 5v5
Home 3 7:26 Bouma 7 11 17 19 29 31 43 47 51 56 71 72 5v5
Home 3 6:57 Raymond 7 8 21 29 31 60 38 47 51 56 71 72 5v5
Home 3 6:32 Granlund 3 8 21 31 33 60 9 38 42 47 51 72 5v5
Away 3 4:15 12? 7 11 17 19 29 31 9 38 42 47 51 72 5v5
Home 3 2:46 Monahan 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 19 58 71 72 5v4
Away 3 2:38 71 4 6 13 23 24 31 7 19 58 71 72 5v4
Away 3 0:39 7 6 7 8 17 18 31 7 43 56 58 71 72 5v5
Away 4 4:34 7 7 23 31 33 60 7 42 58 71 72 4v4
Home 4 3:20 Hudler 3 7 13 24 31 38 43 47 51 72 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 11:44 5 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 24:28 12 7 05:50 3 2 00:00 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 21:19 11 7 06:25 3 2 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:17 4 7 02:23 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 15:50 2 4 00:54 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:23 4 6 02:26 0 0 00:00 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 19:15 10 5 05:14 3 2 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:53 6 5 00:12 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 11:01 4 3 00:12 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 13:02 7 5 01:24 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 11:37 2 2 00:42 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 18:28 9 5 05:21 3 2 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 17:45 9 4 05:55 3 2 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 08:10 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 19:59 4 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   20 16   3 2   0 0
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 12:49 4 3 01:48 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 11:48 2 3 01:46 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 06:44 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 4 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 9 5 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 7 8 5 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

After this afternoon, Calgary’s record moves to 39-27-6 and they now have 84 points. They’re back in action on Monday night as Jarome Iginla visits the Scotiabank Saddledome with the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drop is at 7pm MT.

There are 10 games remaining in the regular season.

  • The flames came out rather flat and remained tepid throughtout the game? Huh?

    You do know Calgary out shot Columbus by a wide margin in the 1st as well throughout the entire game right?

    Lazy afternoon mail in of the post game?

    • Robear

      Dude, aggressive posts like this just feed into the us vs them thing that has been taking over the site.
      Disagree with the analysis all you want, but maybe chill out a bit.

  • I would not call the Flames’ performance “lousy” or “tepid” by any means… I mean that’s a pretty bold accusation against any team that gets 40 shots in a game.

    After Hurdler rang that clapper off the crossbar, where if you paused at any time the puck was in the air you would see Bobrovsky in the exact same position, he seemed to be stunned into some sort of heightened alertness. He is the reason we lost this game.

    Now watch him let in 4 goals on 14 shots in the Jackets’ next one.

  • Shooter 5567

    Flames lost because

    1) Bobrovsky played well, and Ramo wasn’t as good.

    2) Too many costly mistakes by the defencemen. First goal, Engelland turned the puck over and couldn’t tie up Bourque coming back. 2nd goal, Russell misjudged the angle and laid a gift out for Anisimov. 3rd goal, TJ Brodie was too soft on Bourque in front of the net. Need fewer mistakes next time out.

    3) Couldnt capitalize on enough of the power plays. Columbus was incredibly undisciplined, but the Flames didn’t make them pay.

    They played well, but not nearly well enough at the most important times.

    • Robear

      I’d agree but would remove Ramo as a reason they lost.
      The 3 goals on 22 shots wont help his save percentage, but the sloppy defence was the genesis.

      Might be seeing signs that the loss of Gio is starting to come home to roost. I cant think of the last time that Russell made such a poor play under pressure as that bank pass that lead to the goal.

      • RedMan

        thats exactly right… it wasn’t a shocker to see Engelland blow his coverage and cost a goal, but seeing Russell with his brain cramp goal gift WAS surprising…

        wonder if this means the Flames sign and play the guy sitting in the wings on a try out, or the college kid they signed…

        oh well, poop happens… on to the next one.

      • MattyFranchise

        Agree you can’t hang this on Ramo, but disagree the loss of Gio on D is starting to come to roost. Hey, on three turn-overs CBJ made good, tough plays and scored, and we never were able to get that next goal. Sometimes that happens. Would we have done better with Gio in there, probably so, but the team is playing well and still in good position. This likely isn’t going to be settled till the last 2-3 games. Keep it going boys!

        • RedMan

          I think there is a lot of things coming to play with the loss of Gio. Personally, if Gio was in, I think we win that game. He isn’t & these guys are doing the best they can & all you can do is admire the guts & heart they are showing to get this team into the playoffs. Damn proud of each & every one of them. For the arm chair guys like us, the facts are the facts. This team was not put together last summer with this type of playoff push in mind. In fact, when Gio went down, I think some deals that were being considered on the table were pulled off at the TDL. Brodie is growing leaps & bounds from no Gio but results are compromised from carrying this extra load. Schlemko was a waiver pick up & Diaz didn’t have a home last summer. No one wanted these guys & now they are both playing critical minutes in a playoff push. I like both Russels & Widemans play, but again, these guys are logging way too many minutes. Just pure blood & guts efforts by the whole group. So yes, I think we have lost some Gio points, probably 6 of them since he got injured (& I know, that’s just my observation & conclusion to the impact of his loss). Should of won this game but we also won some we should have lost. It was still a huge point, because that puts us 2 up on LA & not just 1.

          What I would love to see is if a big, talented winger can get some chemistry to blend in the Money & Johnny & then we can move Mr Hudler to break in Mr Bennett in next year. Big game tomorrow. I’ll be there screaming for us to put a huge nail into Iggy’s playoff chances. :-}

  • Shooter 5567

    Smoke and mirrors squad. That aside however – Flames Fans deserve so much more than the utter trash that Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias deliver on the radio game in and game out Throw in Pat Steinberg and Calgary has the worst hat-trick in broadcasting. By far – in any sport.

    • Burnward

      I agree with Steinberg. How is that guy pulling down a pay cheque from Rogers? Just listen to Rob patronize him on a daily basis. He is a complete feather head.

      • RedMan

        If we aren’t complaining about the writers here, we switch to the 960 team?

        maybe the problem isn’t with the writers here or corsi/fenwick discussion after all…

  • mk

    So, the little vampire, Jiri Hudler, is a point away from being in the top ten scoring race. Unsustainable, regression and immediate Lambertian incoming implosion, this alone is a remarkable feat on a much maligned squad that was supposed to be sucking on an Edmonton tail pipe this season.

  • mk

    SportsClubStats.com has the Flames at 75% odds of making the playoffs. Pretty good, considering all the people who had them winning the McDavid Cup at the start of the year.

    Given the mythical 95-point level that many quote for making the playoffs, here’s a table of playoff contenders and their “tragic number”: the number of regulation losses required to miss 95 points. The lower the number, the closer to elimination.

    Chicago 10

    Vancouver 7

    Minnesota 6.5

    Winnipeg 6

    Calgary 5

    Los Angeles 5

    Colorado 3

    San Jose 2.5

    Dallas 2.5

    Basically, LA and Calgary have to go better than .500 to make the playoffs. Colorado, San Jose, and Dallas are a few of losses from the end.

    • mk

      I think this analysis misses the way the playoffs are set up. The Flames & Kings should actually have higher numbers than indicated here because of the fact that 3 teams from the Pacific will make it, no matter their # of points.

      Basically, the Flames & Kings are fighting eachother, not Minnesota or Winnipeg.

      • MattyFranchise

        Luckily all the Flames have to do is tie the Kings because the Flames currently own all of the tie breakers.

        Edit: Come to think of it, the Flames have all of the tie breakers against everyone, except for Anaheim.