Post-Game: Two For the Road

The Calgary Flames went into Edmonton tonight hoping for a win. Hoping to not have a trip-up game. Hoping to build up some much-needed momentum as they barrel into the final four games of the regular season.

58 seconds into the game, starter Karri Ramo left the ice with a leg injury.

59 minutes and 2 seconds later, the Flames skated away with a 4-0 victory over the pesky Oilers, who actually played a pretty solid game for the first 30-ish minutes of the contest and then seemingly hit a wall.

THE RUNDOWN

The big news of the first period was Ramo’s injury, as he left after making a rather routine save in the butterfly position. Joe Colborne scored early to put the Flames up 1-0 and Jonas Hiller made a few nice saves as he came into the game in relief. Shots were 11-8 for the Oilers in the first.

The Oilers carried the play for the first half of the second period. They couldn’t bury their chances. And so the Flames got warmed up, got their legs moving and generated some chances. Markus Granlund was the beneficiary of a really nice shift by Josh Jooris, who battled and fought through traffic and stole the puck a few times. Granlund ended up with the puck on his stick beside the net and buried the chance to make it 2-0. Shots were 11-6 in the second for Calgary.

Edmonton appeared to stop trying in the third period. Shots were even at 10-10, but the Flames scored twice – a nice power-play point shot by Dennis Wideman and an odd-angle shot by Granlund that eluded Ben Scrivens after a giveaway. The Oilers rarely pressed and the Flames seemed content to dump and chase.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

The Flames didn’t let themselves get rattled when Karri Ramo went down. Jonas Hiller was strong coming in cold off the bench. The Oilers wilted as the game went on and they couldn’t bury their early chances, while the Flames got stronger as the game went on and were able to bury their chances and put Edmonton away.

You would’ve hoped that the Flames would’ve dominated the Oilers for the full 60 minutes with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Boyd Gordon out, but they took over the game when it counted – late – and got two points.

That’s really all you could’ve hoped for.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with the Kid Line: Markus Granlund, Josh Jooris and Michael Ferland really worked well together, generated chances and put two goals up on the board.

And stick-tap to Dennis Wideman, who had a goal and two assists.

FUN FACT

The Flames tied their team record for road wins with their 22nd victory away from the ‘Dome tonight. Per Wes Gilbertson of the Sun, the Flames previously won 22 on the road in 1987-88 and 1988-89.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:14 Eberle 14 28 30 51 84 87 1 4 6 8 11 21 5v5
Away 1 18:04 Raymond 28 30 51 58 84 87 1 4 6 8 11 21 5v5
Away 1 18:03 Colborne goal 28 30 51 58 84 87 1 4 6 8 11 21 5v5
Home 1 12:07 Hall 4 14 28 30 85 87 1 7 17 18 19 29 5v5
Home 1 10:21 10 8 10 16 19 30 84 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 1 8:40 Eberle 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 4 6 17 18 19 5v5
Home 1 7:00 Eberle 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 6 7 8 11 21 5v5
Home 1 2:24 Purcell 8 10 16 22 30 88 1 7 13 23 24 29 5v5
Home 1 2:05 Hall 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 7 8 11 21 29 5v5
Home 1 2:02 Scrum 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 7 8 11 21 29 5v5
Away 2 16:52 Monahan 8 10 16 30 85 87 1 7 13 23 24 29 5v5
Home 2 15:43 Miller 22 28 30 51 58 88 1 7 8 11 21 29 5v5
Home 2 15:14 Purcell 8 10 16 19 30 85 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 2 13:19 ? 4 14 30 67 84 88 1 6 7 17 18 19 5v5
Away 2 13:06 Backlund 14 30 51 67 84 88 1 4 6 8 11 21 5v5
Away 2 8:39 Jooris 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 4 7 60 79 86 5v5
Away 2 7:03 Colborne tip 19 28 30 51 58 84 1 4 6 8 11 21 5v5
Away 2 6:12 Monahan 12 20 23 30 85 87 1 3 13 23 24 28 5v5
Away 2 6:03 Monahan 12 20 23 30 85 87 1 7 13 23 24 29 5v5
Away 2 5:13 Bouma 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 7 17 18 19 29 5v5
Home 2 4:38 Purcell 8 10 16 19 30 84 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 2 2:05 Granlund goal 28 30 51 58 84 85 1 4 6 13 60 86 5v5
Home 2 0:57 Eberle 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 4 6 17 18 19 5v5
Home 3 18:28 Hall 4 22 28 30 58 88 1 7 8 11 21 29 5v5
Away 3 14:04 Gaudreau 8 10 16 22 30 88 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 3 13:28 Jones 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 7 17 18 19 29 5v5
Away 3 13:23 Bouma 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 7 17 18 19 29 5v5
Away 3 12:19 Ferland 28 30 51 58 85 87 1 4 6 8 11 79 5v5
Home 3 11:44 Purcell 10 16 22 30 51 88 1 3 13 28 60 86 5v5
Away 3 11:20 Gaudreau tip 8 10 16 19 30 84 1 3 13 23 24 28 5v5
Away 3 9:42 Hudler 8 10 16 19 30 84 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Home 3 8:43 Hall 4 14 19 30 67 85 1 7 29 60 79 86 5v5
Away 3 5:20 Ferland 8 10 16 19 30 84 1 4 6 60 79 86 5v5
Home 3 4:20 19 4 14 19 30 67 84 1 7 8 17 18 29 5v5
Home 3 4:10 Purcell 8 10 16 30 85 87 1 4 6 8 11 21 5v5
Home 3 3:55 ? 8 10 16 30 85 87 1 4 6 13 23 24 5v5
Away 3 0:27 Granlund 8 10 16 22 30 85 1 28 29 60 79 86 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   18 19   0 0   0 0
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 12:25 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 22:43 10 8 00:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 25:32 9 10 00:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 26:32 6 10 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 COLBORNE, JOE 15:56 5 8 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 14:58 5 7 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 18:37 7 6 00:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 14:29 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 14:50 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 JONES, DAVID 15:23 3 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 14:34 4 7 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 17:49 6 5 00:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 16:29 6 5 00:06 0 0 00:00 0 0
28 POTTER, COREY 11:22 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 21:14 6 8 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:17 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 12:14 4 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:07 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 2 8 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 8 5 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 8 6 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames improve to 43-29-7 and keep pace with the Kings and Jets, who each won this evening.

They’re back in action on Tuesday night in Game 80 of the regular season when they host the Arizona Coyotes.

  • Burnward

    Don’t care what people say, Colborne played great tonight. I also love Ferland & Granlunds game as well. Oilers played well until half way through the 2nd & then Flames kept coming at them & Oil coughed up pucks continuously. How can a team with that many early draft picks be that bad? Big win & if we can take care of Arizona, the playoffs officially begin Thursday.

  • jeremywilhelm

    With Vancouver’s recent struggles, and Calgary’s win tonight, the Flames now sit just two points back of the Canucks for 2nd in the Pacific, with both teams having 3 games left to go.

    What a fantastic race to the finish.

  • cgyokgn

    Flames have now swept the Oilers this season, winning all five games and scoring at least four goals in each game (21 GF and 8 GA).

    I thought the Flames started nervously and the Oilers, although they gave up the early goal, dominated throughout the first period. Hiller was superb and kept the team in the game. Granlund’s goal was huge and then the Flames started to take over the game.

    It was a game they needed to win and they did. Next: the Coyotes!

  • redhot1

    Flames win their 2 games at home and they make the playoffs! Guaranteed 3rd place in the Pacific Division!

    Canucks play Kings, then Yotes and Oilers……Hope they beat the Kings!

  • cgyokgn

    Just realized something: Granlund has scored eight goals in 45 games and Colborne eight goals in 61…. Colborne does have 20 assists and Granlund 10… but it makes you think.

    • DoubleDIon

      Yeah & friggin Iggy couldn’t get us into the playoffs the last 3 years he was here & he still can’t. Just kidding. He scored his 25-30 goals, what he’s supposed to do. I really thought Colorado was going to be a playoff factor.

      • cgyokgn

        I expect Colorado to go after some FA defense; if they can sort that weakness out and get some help for Barrie I would expect them to be much better…right?

        As I write this I note that I’ve thought this about Edmonton the last 3 years also..

        • Jeremy

          They do have the pieces to trade for some D. Huge mistake letting Statsny walk with no return. Not understanding Management there either. At some point, they would have known Statsny was wanting to go UFA & you need to get a return back. Kinda why it’s important BT starts the extension process with Gio first thing in July. We can’t afford to lose Gio with zero return. Not saying not to give him what he wants, just do it this summer, similar to Brody.

          Yeah that Oiler thread is sure dark. That game should have been the biggest game of the year for them. Costing the flames the playoffs sure would have helped their golf swing in April. How Henderson things our streets are numbered so terrible is plain & simple beyond any common sensed thinking person. Anytime I had to endure driving in Edmonton, I cursed their City planners. Their road systems are screwed, you can be driving wanting to go straight & next thing you know, without warning, you are in the must exit lane. Anytime I go up there now for business, I quit renting a car & just take cabs.

    • cgyokgn

      Not even looking at magic numbers, we take care of business with Arizona, who are really looking at locking up #2 slot in June with a loss. We win we’re in. Simple as that. We beat LA & Winnipeg, doesn’t matter what those teams do with their other games.

  • Tomas Oppolzer

    By the way, if you (like me) enjoy the angst and anger of Oiler fans, OilersNation comment pages are excellent reads these days.

    I’m soaking it all up so pretentious Canuck fans don’t bother me so much come playoffs.

    • cgyokgn

      To hear the vitriol being spewed in the name of click throughs, to read the angst of the weak minded that so closely identify their own self worth with the success or failure of a professional sports team that has given up season after season, to drink in their misery and despair through their lamentations; that is what is best in life.

      • RedMan

        Oh gee I dunno. Maybe playing games with the Adirondack Flames?

        The guy’s played all of 15 games this season. At this point, any decision the organization makes that does not involve getting Bennett into game action is the wrong decision.