Post-Game: Music City Miracle

The Calgary Flames came into this afternoon’s contest in Nashville desperate for a win.

Sixty minutes of hockey later – the majority played with a high level of desperation and precision – the Flames maintained their playoff hopes and got a step closer to a post-season berth by way of a 5-2 win over the powerhouse Nashville Predators.

Here’s how it happened.

THE RUNDOWN

Flames carried pace early. Lots of chances. Couldn’t bury them. Josi opened scoring early from the point on one of Nashville’s first chances. Three minutes later, Lance Bouma evened it up with a tremendous individual effort. Bouma fought at the line to chip the puck past a Nashville defender, then stuck with the puck through the slot, having one shot blocked but knocking in his own rebound to tie it up. Kris Russell followed it up with a wrister from the shot – through traffic – near the end of the period to send Calgary to the locker room with a lead. Shots were 10-9 in the first for Calgary.

The Flames continued their strong play in the second. The Predators came out of the locker room with some energy, but the Flames bounced back. They made it 3-1 on a nice cycling play from the fourth line, with Matt Stajan feeding Drew Shore in the corner, who put it out front for Michael Ferland to chip in for his first NHL goal. Mid-way through the period, Jiri Hudler made it 4-1: Deryk Engelland chipped the puck out of the zone and Jiri Hudler grabbed it, out-raced a defender and put a shot five-hole that just squeaked past Carter Hutton. Shots were 13-11 in the second for Calgary.

Nashville came out of the locker room in the third period like a team that realized, “Hey, we’re trying to win the Presidents’ Trophy, why are we down three goals to Calgary?” The answer is because they played last night, but either way, Nashville pushed and pushed and pushed. They finally broke through with a Seth Jones goal on a delayed penalty call on the Flames, but that was as close as they got. The Flames did their best to keep Nashville’s chances to the outside, and Lance Bouma added an empty-netter to ice it at 5-2.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They found their desperation and intensity. They went after loose pucks, they back-checked and they never came up on a play, seemingly. It was helpful that Carter Hutton started instead of Pekka Rinne, that Shea Weber is on the shelf for a couple games and that the Predators seemed disinterested for two periods after clinching a playoff spot last night.

But you know what? Calgary went into this knowing they needed a win to draw close to a playoff spot. They played smart and won. Nobody’s going to give these guys a playoff spot – they’ll have to take it.

They took a big step towards doing that today.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with Michael Ferland. While the entire fourth line was really effective all afternoon, Ferland managed the puck well and finally buried his first career NHL goal in the win. Oh, and it held up as the eventual game-winner.

Gotta give props to Lance Bouma (who scored twice) and Mason Raymond, who never scored but was buzzing all afternoon.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 17:15 Ferland 4 10 19 20 30 38 1 3 18 22 33 79 5v5
Away 1 17:11 Shore tip 4 10 19 20 30 38 1 3 18 22 33 79 5v5
Away 1 14:28 Colborne 4 10 19 20 30 38 1 4 6 8 21 86 5v5
Away 1 14:12 Stajan 4 10 19 20 30 38 1 3 18 22 33 79 5v5
Away 1 12:49 Diaz 3 9 15 30 59 63 1 3 19 21 33 86 5v5
Home 1 11:32 Wilson 4 12 20 25 30 33 1 3 18 22 33 79 5v5
Away 1 10:49 Bouma 9 14 15 30 44 63 1 4 6 11 17 19 5v5
Away 1 10:48 Bouma goal 9 14 15 30 44 63 1 4 6 11 17 19 5v5
Home 1 10:30 57 3 28 30 41 57 59 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 1 2:25 Russell 3 28 30 41 57 59 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 1 0:12 Hudler 3 12 25 30 33 59 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 2 19:29 Blocked 3 28 30 41 57 59 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 2 15:12 15 9 14 15 30 44 63 1 7 11 17 19 29 5v5
Away 2 13:47 Raymond 4 15 20 25 30 63 1 7 8 21 33 86 5v5
Away 2 13:04 Ferland goal 4 10 20 25 30 63 1 3 18 22 33 79 5v5
Away 2 11:46 Jooris 4 9 12 15 20 30 1 4 6 8 21 86 5v5
Away 2 11:17 Raymond 4 9 12 15 20 30 1 4 6 8 21 23 5v5
Away 2 9:56 Jones 3 9 10 30 59 63 1 7 11 17 19 29 5v5
Home 2 9:32 Santorelli 10 14 25 30 44 63 1 7 11 17 22 29 5v5
Home 2 8:50 10 10 14 19 25 30 44 1 3 18 24 29 79 5v5
Away 2 8:10 Hudler goal 10 14 19 25 30 59 1 3 18 24 29 79 5v5
Away 2 7:00 Gaudreau 3 28 30 41 57 59 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 2 6:02 Hudler 3 28 30 57 59 1 4 6 13 23 24 4v5
Away 2 4:28 Raymond 10 14 30 44 57 1 3 7 11 21 86 4v5
Away 2 3:11 Bouma 3 9 15 20 30 63 1 4 6 11 17 19 5v5
Away 2 3:10 Bouma 4 9 15 20 30 63 1 4 6 11 17 19 5v5
Home 2 0:12 12 3 4 12 15 30 63 1 7 8 17 29 5v4
Away 3 19:35 Monahan 3 28 30 41 57 59 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 19:08 15 9 14 15 30 44 63 1 7 11 17 19 29 5v5
Away 3 18:55 Backlund tip 9 14 15 30 44 63 1 7 8 11 17 29 5v5
Away 3 18:40 Colborne 9 14 15 30 44 63 1 7 8 11 21 29 5v5
Home 3 16:09 10 3 10 19 25 30 59 1 7 8 21 29 86 5v5
Home 3 16:07 19? 10 14 19 25 30 44 1 7 8 21 29 86 5v5
Home 3 15:49 19 10 14 19 25 30 44 1 7 8 21 29 86 5v5
Home 3 10:07 Jones goal 3 10 19 25 59 63 1 7 11 17 19 29 5v5
Home 3 9:00 Jones 3 12 15 30 33 59 1 4 6 21 24 86 5v5
Away 3 7:04 Hudler 3 10 12 14 30 33 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 3 3:06 Colborne tip 3 12 14 30 33 38 1 7 8 18 21 29 5v5
Home 3 2:30 Smith 9 15 30 44 59 63 1 4 6 22 23 79 5v5
Home 3 1:23 12 tip 3 9 12 15 59 63 1 4 6 13 19 23 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   23 14   2 0   0 1
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 12:01 6 2 00:29 1 0 00:46 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 23:14 12 5 01:27 1 0 01:09 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 23:05 12 5 01:27 1 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:39 5 7 00:33 1 0 01:14 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 14:37 7 3 00:00 0 0 00:32 0 1
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:04 7 4 00:40 1 0 00:26 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 15:53 5 3 01:16 1 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 15:36 6 4 00:00 0 0 01:01 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 12:14 6 2 00:04 0 0 00:33 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 15:35 6 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 12:53 7 4 00:40 1 0 00:00 0 0
22 SHORE, DREW 10:01 4 3 00:04 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 16:18 6 4 01:16 1 0 00:42 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:47 6 4 01:16 1 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 20:36 5 8 00:04 0 0 00:51 0 1
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 11:25 6 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 11:38 5 3 00:04 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:24 4 4 00:40 1 0 00:46 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 9 2 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 11 5 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 5 8 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

Coming soon!

SUM IT UP

The Flames improve to 41-28-7, and jump into third place in the Pacific, at least for now.

They’re back in action for their 77th game of 2014-15 tomorrow night in Dallas, beginning at 6pm MT.

  • Craig

    I really liked Drew Shore in this game, I thought he made some really smart moves in the offensive Zone. He either kept the cycle going strong or created a chance.

  • mk

    Yup. Great game by the Flames!!!!!!

    Shore stood out for me as well.

    I have to say; BT won that trade…….

    A Flames win and Canuck and King losses tomorrow is what’s neede now.

    WW

  • mk

    Who would’ve thought Hudler would be going for a 70+ point season this year?!? Wow – he has been solid. I know people have been pumping his tires lately, but it really hit me tonight. He is almost a point per game this season. That top line is really pulling their weight! 🙂

        • mk

          Teams that can score ES goals are more likely to be successful in the playoffs. Can one of you fancy stat guys show if that statement is True or False?

          I am not that high on Colborne either; he will not be around when the Flames challenge for the Cup IMHO.

          • Byron Bader

            You play at evens about 70% of the time so it makes sense that if you score a lot for 70% of the game you’d be in a good spot.

            So far this year … 11 of the top 16 ES goal teams are in the playoffs compared to 9 of the top 16 PP teams. The teams in the top 16 that aren’t in are basically any team that’s within striking distance. Also, of the 5 teams in the top 16 in ES goals that aren’t in the playoffs, all but one have a subpar powerplay.

            Calgary is 11th in ES goals and 12th in PP goals. 6th overall. In fact, I believe Calgary is the only team that’s in the top 16 in sh goals, es goals, pp goals and 4 on 4 goals.

            I’d look back at other seasons but than I would have to cross reference with who was in the playoffs that year. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

      • RedMan

        he is miles ahead now – as per Flames at 80:

        Jiri Hudler is not winning the NHL scoring race, but he is in the top 10. As of Tueday morning, he’s tied for seventh with 71 points. That, in itself, is quite the accomplishment.

        However it gets more impressive from there.

        Look strictly at even-strength scoring — and it could be argued five-on-five play is most important of all, and there is Hudler alone in top spot in the league with 55 points. That’s right — Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Jakub Voracek, Alex Ovechkin — none of them have as many even-strength points as Hudler. In fact, the closest of that group is Crosby with 48.

  • redricardo

    As someone who has TJ Brodie in their hockey pool, I will seriously murder anyone Bob Hartley wants if he just gets TJ away from Engelland.

    Oh yeah, and great win. We’re totally catching Vancouver next week.

  • DM

    “Why are we 3 goals down to Calgary?” The answer is Because they played last night… Wow..talk about refusing to give credit. But we should be used to this by now

    And the Flames move into 3rd place in the Pacific, at least for now.. Shake my head, the defeatism and wet blankets that have been piled upon the team this season is tiresome

  • RedMan

    Liked both Shore and Ferland. regardless of Chicagos play (ooops, try Nashville), Flames were not given this game, but indeed took it from them. Flames wanted it more and Nashville wasn’t worried, but were pacing themselves and playing to not get hurt

      • RedMan

        Ultimately, those who run this place have to decide how long to put up with you… and the tone you bring here.

        ya, lot’s of us give in to the temptation to ‘troll’ once in a while in good natured trash talk, but your personal jabs are nonstop, coming at every opportunity.

        If i would comment back every time you make personal attacks or derogatory comments, we’d both get banned for stinking the place up with constant bickering, so I just choose to generally ignore you and leave your crap as one sided argument.

        but unlike you, if I was banned I would actually leave, not post under different names with an IP masker. Who wants to force their way back into a place that bans them?

        So, until the powers that be have decided that you have soured the place enough, I will continue to ignore all of your personal attempts to engage me, from all of your alias’ accounts, as your behaviour borders on a strange obsession.

        Why me? I’ve done two things to you: 1) I pointed out how you posted under different names, even answering and arguing with yourself (using diffferent accounts/names), and 2) at one point I noted that your behaviour was concerning and not funny, legitimately looking like that of a person with real issues… I really honestly do hope you are getting help.

  • RedMan

    Finally a big functional fourth line. The Ferland Stajan Shore line were great on the cycle all game. Ferlands been close to scoring a bunch so hopefully that goal opens the flood gates.
    Overall great game by the Flames. Nice to see them bounce back. Hopefully we can pick up a win against Dallas and win against Edmonton and Arizona. That’d put us at 95 pts going into the last two games against LA and Winnipeg

  • Victoria Flames Fan

    Loved Russell’s effort on the 2nd goal. He would not be denied. Wow, Flames hung on for dear life in the Third. Smashville’s a surprisingly ffun place to watch hockey. Southern Poutine, Seth Jones Bobbleheads and spilling out the doors of Bridgestone Arena right onto the strip after. Makes for a good night out. Hopefully Hawks, Blues and Flames come out on top tomorrow night! I agree with other posters that in a perfect world the Jets and Flames make the playoffs (and the Canucks miss out) but can’t bring myself to cheer for Winnipeg.

  • Victoria Flames Fan

    Loved Russell’s effort on the 2nd goal. He would not be denied. Wow, Flames hung on for dear life in the Third. Smashville’s a surprisingly ffun place to watch hockey. Southern Poutine, Seth Jones Bobbleheads and spilling out the doors of Bridgestone Arena right onto the strip after. Makes for a good night out. Hopefully Hawks, Blues and Flames come out on top tomorrow night! I agree with other posters that in a perfect world the Jets and Flames make the playoffs (and the Canucks miss out) but can’t bring myself to cheer for Winnipeg.

  • cgyokgn

    TSN reminded me that in a game in October against Nashville, Ferland, who had recently been called up, got elbowed by Volchenkov (who subsequently was suspended) and was injured. Ferlie got his revenge tonight scoring his first goal – the game winning goal – while Volchenkov was defending the net.

    Also couldn’t believe that Bouma wasn’t one of the three stars. His goal, which got the Flames on the board was a result of an incredible individual effort, up against 3 or 4 defenders. And of course he got the ENG.

    Incredibly happy for the win and hope they can keep it going in Dallas tomorrow.

  • RedMan

    Ultrathinzigzags is right. . .I no longer come here that often, but had to comment. It is simply not worth the effort to put up with the “writing” here, the reliance on ego-inflating secondary stats and the oh-so accomplished “fans”.

    These “writers” and “fans” are pathetic. You do not deserve this team, either of you.

    And poor, poor mattyc. . .he does not like “gendering”, whatever the hell that is. So sensitve, so caring, so. . .

    pathetic.