Post Game: Lie Back and Think of Engelland

Well, I bet you didn’t expect that did ya? 

The Flames lost in a shootout tonight and Deryk Engelland scored a goal. Then another. I am not kidding. Beloved Flames Nation, I would kiss your loved ones and make peace with your God because I can pretty much guarantee that the end is nigh.

It is hard to be too upset about this loss, even though losing the point is certainly tough, especially in conjunction with the overtime loss to Columbus on this same home-stand. The Flames fought back and earned a point and I suppose that is still a positive, though it seems as though no one in the west will ever lose again. Did I mention that Deryk Engelland scored?!

Come read all about it after the jump!

After a scoreless first period, the Flames began this game by going down two goals in the second thanks to goals from Ales Hemsky and Jamie Benn. It looked as though the Flames would be in tough to come back as the Stars were swarming Ramo and generally looking dangerous. However, because it is futile to assume that the Flames can’t come back, the Flames scored twice in 1:05. 

The first from trusty Johnny Hockey (a beauty by the way) and the second from Deryk Engelland. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, HERE IS PROOF:

 

Well, I’ll be damned. There it is. Engelland’s first as a Flame comes with only eight games remaining in the season but who cares, it happened before the sun burned out so I suppose I owe someone some money. 

After tying the game once, the Flames went down 3-2 on a heartbreaking goal (again) by Ales Hemsky with less than 20 seconds left to go in the second and it certainly looked as though the Flames were cooked. 

BUT FEAR NOT! DERYK ENGELLAND WAS JUST WAITING UNTIL HIS TEAM NEEDED IT MOST! Deryk “Dangly Chinstrap” Engelland tied the game again mid-way through the third for his second goal as a Flame. He may get 20 this year.

After the Flames tied it up, both teams had some very tense moments in their own zone and game just barely squeaked into overtime. The Flames had to kill off a penalty with 2:36 to go in the third as Joe Colborne decided that moment an ideal opportunity to establish a physical presence and took a boarding penalty. 

The game went to a shootout, which suck, and Tyler Seguin scored the only goal to win it for the Stars. Poo. Flames lose 4-3 and finish the homestand 2-1-2. 

THE RED WARRIOR

Hudreaunahan played very well again tonight, and deserve some special credit for this unbelievably cute picture:

Ramo also played very well in this game and was able to keep the Flames in this even though the Flames ran around in their own zone essentially the entire game but he cannot win this cherished award. It’s Engelland. He scored two huge goals and was a plus 2, though I know we are all supposed to hate that stat. Let’s all just appreciate this night for what it was: the hockey equivalent of a double solar eclipse during a palindrome year.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, BASIL?

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While missing out on two points from Columbus and Dallas isn’t great, the loser points are enough to keep the Flames in a playoff position momentarily, though that can change with the Kings next game. The Flames will likely need the Kings to, uh, not win every single game they play until the end of the season but I cannot guarantee that won’t happen. As of right now, the standings look like this:

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The Flames hit the road for their next five games, beginning with a four-point affair against the Wild on Friday. Hang on to your butts people. 

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 13:34 Benn 7 11 17 19 29 31 3 14 18 32 37 91 5v5
Away 1 11:23 Benn tip 4 6 17 23 31 3 14 25 32 90 91 4v5
Away 1 10:36 Seguin 4 7 18 31 86 3 14 25 32 90 91 4v5
Home 1 8:38 Colborne 4 6 8 23 31 3 10 25 32 90 91 4v5
Away 1 7:52 Deflection 7 17 18 29 31 4 10 32 33 38 83 4v5
Away 1 5:05 Eakin 4 6 18 21 25 31 3 20 32 37 83 90 5v5
Home 1 3:32 Monahan 7 13 23 24 29 31 21 22 24 32 33 38 5v5
Home 1 2:17 Backlund 7 11 17 19 29 31 3 20 32 37 83 90 5v5
Home 1 2:06 Backlund 7 11 17 19 29 31 3 20 32 37 83 90 5v5
Away 1 1:29 Spezza 4 6 11 18 31 3 10 25 32 90 91 4v5
Away 2 19:14 Hemsky goal 4 6 11 17 19 31 3 14 32 37 83 91 5v5
Away 2 18:58 Hemsky 4 6 13 23 24 31 2 20 32 33 83 90 5v5
Home 2 16:30 Bouma 4 6 11 17 19 31 2 21 25 32 33 38 5v5
Home 2 14:50 Monahan tip 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 24 32 38 5v3
Home 2 14:44 Hudler 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 24 32 38 5v3
Away 2 13:40 10 6 7 11 21 31 86 10 14 32 33 37 5v4
Away 2 9:56 14 4 6 17 23 31 3 14 25 32 90 91 4v5
Away 2 9:14 Benn goal 4 6 17 23 31 3 14 25 32 90 91 4v5
Home 2 7:17 Gaudreau goal 4 6 13 23 24 31 2 11 32 33 83 90 5v5
Away 2 6:50 37 tip 4 6 13 23 24 31 3 20 32 37 83 90 5v5
Home 2 6:37 Monahan 4 6 13 23 24 31 3 20 32 37 83 90 5v5
Home 2 6:36 Gaudreau 4 6 13 23 24 31 3 20 32 37 83 90 5v5
Home 2 5:53 Hidler 7 13 23 24 29 31 2 14 18 32 33 91 5v5
Away 2 4:48 34 3 19 21 31 33 60 3 21 22 32 37 38 5v5
Home 2 1:37 Russell 4 6 13 23 24 31 2 21 32 33 38 5v4
Away 2 1:23 14 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 14 20 24 32 5v4
Home 2 0:38 Monahan 6 7 13 23 31 2 18 32 33 91 4v4
Home 2 0:30 Monahan 6 7 13 23 31 2 18 32 33 91 4v4
Away 2 0:16 Hemsky goal 4 7 11 31 86 3 14 32 37 91 4v4
Home 3 19:52 Bouma 4 6 11 17 31 3 14 25 32 90 91 4v5
Home 3 15:32 Colborne 7 8 29 31 86 3 14 25 32 90 91 4v5
Away 3 14:55 33 4 6 17 23 31 3 14 32 33 90 91 4v5
Away 3 11:16 18 4 7 11 17 31 86 4 14 18 24 32 91 5v5
Home 3 8:52 Jooris 7 11 17 29 31 86 2 14 18 32 33 91 5v5
Home 3 8:09 Gaudreau 4 6 13 23 24 31 2 14 20 32 33 5v4
Home 3 7:16 Hudler tip 4 6 13 23 24 31 4 21 24 32 38 5v4
Home 3 6:46 Colborne tip 7 8 11 21 31 33 10 22 32 33 37 5v4
Home 3 6:24 Colborne 7 8 11 21 31 33 10 22 32 33 37 5v4
Home 3 6:07 Granlund 4 6 8 17 31 60 4 20 24 32 83 90 5v5
Away 3 4:52 Nemeth 4 6 11 17 24 31 3 10 11 25 32 37 5v5
Away 3 4:37 Horcoff 4 6 11 17 24 31 3 10 11 25 32 37 5v5
Away 3 3:52 Spezza 7 8 13 23 29 31 2 20 32 33 83 90 5v5
Away 3 3:28 Seguin 4 6 11 17 31 86 2 14 18 32 33 91 5v5
Away 3 1:12 Benn 4 6 17 23 31 3 14 32 33 90 91 4v5
Away 3 0:01 Spezza 4 6 8 18 31 60 3 14 32 33 90 91 5v5
Away 4 3:59 Benn 7 17 23 29 31 3 14 32 37 91 4v4
Home 4 3:27 Bouma 4 11 17 29 31 3 10 20 32 37 4v4
Home 4 3:01 Wideman 3 6 13 24 31 4 10 20 24 32 4v4
# Player EV PP SH
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 09:32 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 15:47 6 10 04:38 5 1 08:38 2 7
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 16:01 8 8 05:05 5 2 09:08 2 6
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:37 7 5 01:36 2 1 04:22 1 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:49 1 2 00:51 2 0 01:26 2 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:41 5 7 02:06 2 1 02:44 1 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 14:01 8 3 04:08 5 1 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 12:42 6 7 00:00 0 0 06:25 1 6
18 STAJAN, MATT 07:01 0 2 00:00 0 0 03:54 0 3
19 JONES, DAVID 07:30 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 09:58 0 2 02:06 2 1 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 15:52 7 4 04:08 5 1 06:30 1 5
24 HUDLER, JIRI 12:40 6 4 04:08 5 1 00:02 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 06:35 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 19:04 6 3 00:11 0 0 03:06 1 1
31 RAMO, KARRI   14 14   7 2   3 8
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 10:22 0 1 00:58 2 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 10:18 1 2 00:00 0 0 01:01 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 10:00 1 3 01:15 0 1 03:12 1 1
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 4 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0
2 10 9 7 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 0
3 8 8 2 6 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
4 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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  • SmellOfVictory

    Ultimately, I think we end up battling WPG Jets for that final playoff spot. Scanning through their schedule, the easiest team they face is COL. Although, they play their next 4 at home.

    We can already seeing the Kings winning next of their 7 or something crazy like that. Canucks are a lock, IMO. Sharks and Avs are both a distant memory at this point. Stars could be threatening if they win out, which is probably unlikely.

    Hoping for a Jets loss tomorrow.

  • SmellOfVictory

    Help! Flames need some Help! Starting with NYI over LA tomorrow night.

    Flames still in the hunt..need some secondary scoring starting with Minny….(Engelland is tertiary scoring)

    • CutterMcAwesome

      The masses have spoken Jeff; 42 to 7 that you need to return to using your old picture instead of this image…..

      Unrelated; can someone please re-post that picture of the really chubby lady in the red dress getting married to the skinny dude…..?

      WW

  • RedMan

    On one hand, tough to lose a point and effectively give up control of our playoff destiny, because the Kings might not lose again. Those Jets, though .. on the other hand, gaining that point can be huge when it’s all said and done, especially being down again going into the third.

    Other than Engelland, who may or may not be the next Denis Potvin, was really impressed with Monahan last night. Even just the little things he does, like out-hustling others for the puck in the corner, making those small deflections and creating angles for this linemates really goes a long way. I’m really really excited to have Monahan grow with this team over the next hopefully decade-plus.

    On the minus side, disappointed to see Colborne take some lazy penalties. We simply cannot afford that type of play over and over.

    • RedMan

      First off generally agree with your post, just want to point out that we still control our own destiny since we play the Kings once more. That’s a huge 4 point game that we MUST win. Having said that it is frustrating in that nobody is losing much in the West, it seems (W, especially LAK, V) so it just means we’ve got to win ours.

      Need a break. Stepping out for a movie/dinner and see what happens tonight later.

      • Good call, I forgot to take that pivotal Kings game into account.

        God, I look back to last season and the early games this year where it felt so stress-free as a fan, where every win was just a bonus, and a loss tolerable as long as it was good for our long-term development.

        Flash-forward to now, where each period contains a roller-coaster of emotions, and the stress levels have returned to pre-2013 levels. I love it, and wouldn’t trade it for anything, but man oh man my stomach! Nothing in sports, absolutely nothing, like playoff-hockey, or even playoff-like hockey!

  • The plan was 0.500 hockey for the last 11 games to get us to the magic number, so we’ve got 4 in 3 with 8 to go. That means we’re on pace!

    Props to Taylor for awarding Engellend the Red Warrior. He gets a lot of hate, but he has been filling big shoes, and last night he showed us he’s trying his best. However, had Bob Hartley not been trying so hard to get him a hat trick at the end of the game… we may have had a better chance to put the nail in before OT. That being said, I was screaming at the Hockey Gods for an Engellend hat trick. I wanted to see him in the shoot out as well.

    I see us stealing some wins on this road trip. As I recall, a Flames squad of antiquity (2003-04) also had somewhat of a good road trip towards the end of their season to solidify themselves in a playoff spot. History repeats itself?

    • piscera.infada

      Problem is, .500 hockey doesn’t get you there. Sure, that gets you to 95 points, but if teams continue at their current pace, it will take 97.5 points to make the playoffs this year. We could conceivably see the first time in NHL history that a team misses the playoffs with 97 points. This race is historically epic.

      I fear the Flames may need to go 5-2-1 to have a chance. Unfortunately, the way LA’s playing right now, it may even take more. Frightening times, but I’ll take this over article after article about McDavid and Eichel, complaints about “not losing enough”, and general apathy towards the team. It’s been a fun year, I feel there’s going to be a few more ups and downs before it’s all decided.

      • Maybe, but if the plan was 0.500 hockey and we achieve that, I still call it a win. If we get 95 points this season… it’s still a great accomplishment, even though the fact that we “needed 97.5” (remains to be seen) does cast a long shadow over it.

        • I consider getting 40 wins an accomplishment already!

          In October I heard some GM say that 101 points may be necessary to get in the west conference playoffs, the way the West was dominating the East…now that could not be so far off….

          A win over Minny and LA to stumble down East against NYI…..I could dream, eh!

          We do need to gran the lead against Minny early!

    • I agree with you. I don’t find myself griping about refs too much but there were a lot of last straws last night. Even some of the icing calls were bad.

      Then again, that goal they waived off was a bit questionable too I thought.

  • piscera.infada

    Interestingly, a win against the Wild could make things even more interesting. 2-points back of the second wild-card, with the same number of games played. It’s still incredibly tight, and I’m not ready to write the Flames off yet.

    Go Isles!!