Post-Game: Working Overtime

The Calgary Flames hate regulation wins. They absolutely loathe them. So much so tonight that they seemingly frittered away their 4-1 third period lead just to get to the sweet, sweet excitement of 3-on-3 overtime.

Regardless of why they did it, the Flames were guilty of letting the New York Rangers back into the game, but they were also just good enough to win, as T.J. Brodie’s goal cemented a 5-4 overtime win for the locals and their fifth straight victory of the season. It was a game that was borderline-unwatchable for a good chunk of the second period, but good pretty interesting by the very end.

And by “interesting,” I mean that the Flames let their prejudice against regulation wins completely crater their defensive-zone play and allowed the Rangers to make the game pretty interesting in the dying minutes.

THE RUNDOWN

The hosts got out of the gates quickly getting up by a 7-1 margin on the shot clock (including being up 5-0 to open the game at even-strength). Then, after a poor power-play by the Flames, the Rangers pushed back and ended up trying the Flames with shots in the first at 9-9 (attempts were 17-17). The Rangers opened the scoring midway through the period, with Mark Giordano getting beat by Kevin Hayes on a chip-in, leaving T.J. Brodie to deal with J.T. Miller and Victor Stalberg on a 2-on-1. Stalberg fed Miller for the tap-in to make it 1-0.

The second period was one to be skipped, aside from a pair of really nice late goals. The teams didn’t generate a whole heck of a lot, even though each had a power-play. It felt a lot like the Rangers were exerting their will, particularly in keeping the pace slow and the game low-event. The drudgery of the period was interrupted with about two and a half minutes remaining, as was an errant Rangers clearing attempt. Johnny Gaudreau intercepted the puck and went top-corner with a nice wrister that beat Antti Raanta and tied the game. On the very next shift, Michael Frolik stole the puck just inside the Flames blueline and went on a 2-on-1 with Mason Raymond, finding Raymond with a tremendous saucer pass for the tap-in goal to make it 2-1 for the home side, just 17 seconds after their first goal. Shots were 10-5 Flames – primarily late in the period – and shot attempts were 19-16 Flames.

The third period had two halves to it: the one where the Flames were good and generated chances, and the one where they tried to hold on for dear life. Johnny Gaudreau got his second goal early in the period on a really nice feed from David Jones that sprung him on a breakaway to make it 3-1. A few shifts later, Joe Colborne buried his own rebound (off a nice feed from Matt Stajan) to make it 4-1. Tanner Glass banged home a rebound in the Flames end to make it 4-2. And that began the “Flames hemmed in their own end” segment of the period, in which the Flames pretended they were on the penalty kill. After Dan Boyle scored to make it 4-3 – walking in with the puck to tuck it past Hiller – the Flames took a couple penalties in succession late and the Rangers finally scored. Mats Zuccarello beat a screened Hiller with just over a minute left to tie up the game at 4-4. The Rangers out-shot the Flames 15-6 and out-attempted them 24-14.

And so we went to overtime. And after a few chances in both directions, Kris Russell found T.J. Brodie with a gorgeous stretch pass and Brodie beat Raanta to make it a 5-4 final. Shots were 2-0 Flames in overtime, with attempts 3-2 for the Flames.

THE NUMBERS

(All situations) CorsiFor% OZStart%
Colborne 68.18% 80%
Bennett 48% 80%
Hamilton 48.65% 70%
Hudler 44.44% 66.67%
Russell 41.67% 64.29%
Granlund 33.33% 62.5%
Wideman 50% 55.56%
Stajan 40% 50%
Ferland 46.67% 50%
Gaudreau 52.5% 46.67%
Monahan 48.57% 43.75%
Jones 29.63% 33.33%
Giordano 55.26% 25%
Brodie 42.5% 7.14%
Backlund 60% 0%
Smid 47.83% 0%
Raymond 45% 0%
Frolik 58.33% 0%

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Well, they weren’t particularly good or bad for the chunk of the game. They were better for about 10 minutes in the late second and early third period, and then in overtime. They were pretty ugly in their own end, especially late against a tired and desperate Rangers team, but they were also just good enough to not lose.

Their penalty kill was actually pretty good until the third period when the entire team seemingly forgot how to play defensive hockey. So let’s take that as a net positive and try to ignore the remainder of the third where the Flames blew a three-goal lead at home against a team that played the night before (in a different city).

RED WARRIOR

They call Johnny Gaudreau “Johnny Hockey” because he’s good at hockey. Not only is he good at hockey, but right now he’s what makes the Flames offensive machine tick. While the team around him has had its moments here and there of late, Gaudreau is the catalyst that has allowed them to win games.

He had three points tonight and was easily their best player, though T.J. Brodie and Sean Monahan were also quite good.

ELSEWHERE

Down in Texas, the Stockton Heat lost 5-2 to the Texas Stars – Pat Sieloff and Bryce van Brabant had the Heat goals. In Medicine Hat, Nick Schneider made 32 saves in the Tigers 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings.

UP NEXT

The Flames leave their home-stand with a 13-14-2 record. They’re off tomorrow, and then they hit the road. They play Nashville on Tuesday night in the Music City to kick off their three-game sojourn through the Central Division (and then a game against Detroit to finish off the road trip).

  • The Last Big Bear

    Im satisfied with the win, that’s for sure.

    But at this point, I’m pretty much ready to see if Harvey can take a spell in net, because I can’t see how the goaltending can get any worse.

  • TurkeyLips

    This says it all, Jonas Hiller with a 0.862 SV% tonight and it actually IMPROVED his YTD SV%. You know your not very good at goaltending when…

    Dear god, please send help and get Ramo back in the nets as soon as possible.

    On a positive note thank god the offence was clicking and once again saved the day. Is there anyone funner player in the league to watch right now than Johnny G. What a boss that kid is.

    Winning is so much more fun than losing, amazing home stand. 10 PTS out of 10 with a playoff spot in sight. Awesome run, keep it up boys.

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  • The Last Big Bear

    Is it redundant to mention TJ Brodie in the red warrior section these days? (Ditto Johnny). I’m hard pressed to think of a game that he’s been bad in since he came back from injury. TJ is absolutely flying out there.

    Is there a world in which he doesn’t make the Team Canada for the world cup of hockey? (Yes I would absolutely have him on the team before gio). And if he doesn’t make the team is it down to the Canadian scouts not doing their job and just going with the established brand names?

    Anyways great to see another OT win, even if it would of been nice to sew this one up earlier. I hope 3 on 3 is here to stay cause Johnny and Brodie are just thriving on the stuff and will continue to do so for years to come.

    • cunning_linguist

      Ummmm…his play is indefensible and the “flu” argument bears no merit.

      His play with the “flu”, as poor as its been has actually IMPROVED his SV%…he’s been an absolute dumpster fire all season?

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  • Burnward

    Throw Hardy Hastrom or Red Light Raciot in net before that joke Hiller. A liability in net that makes any game close when it shouldn’t be.

    It would be borderline tolerable if he was a backup making $600k a year, but for $4.5M hard to argue a worse contract in the league right now. I am not shocked at all Treliving has not been able to trade this guy dating back to last year, zero trade value.

    Thankfully the boys have found their swagger and are bearing down when adversity has presented itself. What an exciting run over these past 5 games. Now, if we can get our road game figured out we’ll be in good shape down the stretch. Can’t wait for the next game, go Flames.

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  • The Last Big Bear

    All I want for Christmas…is Kari Ramo back

    We cannot be relying on having to score 5 goals every night to win when Hiller is in net.

    Great home stand tho, you can just see the confidence the players have, excellent push back when earlier in the year they were folding like a tent. Hockey truly is 90% mental, absolutely amazing to watch the change in play when the guys are playing confident hockey. Body language is different, swagger is different, these guys all believe again and are being rewarded for their efforts.

    Here’s to hoping the boys keep it rolling on the upcoming four game road trip

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Russell redeemed himself with that pass in OT. Otherwise a typical disaster. Especially in the 3rd. Please just make the trade already. OZ% high and gets dominated.

      • Rock

        Hamilton makes himself look good, doesn’t fucking need Russell.

        Flames biggest need right now is a legitimate second pairing d-man to play with Hamilton. I wish Snow wasn’t so damn dead set on getting a young dman back for Hamonic, he’s the exact type of player the Flames D core could use IMO. Big, physical d man with some offence. Would compliment Hamilton perfectly on the second pair.

        THEN we’d have the best d core in the league.

      • Rock

        Hamilton doesn’t need fucking Russell to make him look good, accomplishes that on his own. Although I didn’t mind Russells game tonight to be completely honest, beauty pass on the TJ goal.

        What the Flames really need (imo) is a legit second pairing dman to play with Hamilton. It’s too bad Snow is dead set on getting a comparable, young dman back for Hamonic because he fits the bill perfectly. Big, physical, young dman with offence. Ham & Ham on the second pairing would look great IMO. THEN we’d have the best D in the league 🙂

  • The Last Big Bear

    Up 4-1 and the only reason we go to OT is because Hiller can’t stop a freaking puck?

    Good effort by the Flames, garbage effort by Hiller. I get you’re upset that someone came in and out performed your 4 million/year contract but at least put some effort in when it’s your time to shine. Most people don’t earn 4 million in a lifetime but you’re pouty cause you coasted your 4 million contract this year. What a disrgrace. Great effort by the rest of the team but I cant wait to send Hiller to the minors. This team deserves a goaltender with a maturity level above a 10 year old.

  • cunning_linguist

    Yeah I know plus minus isn’t a meaningful stat..but it’s still pretty awesome that Dougie has worked his way back from being a -11 at the start of November to a -1 as of last night. This is the kid we imported from Boston, just took him a bit of time to clear customs.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Complaints, complaints that’s all we hear on this sight. The Flames despite all their flaws swept a 5 game home stretch.(I have many of the same complaints by the way) Now they go on a 4 game road trip where they face 4 very good teams and they need at least 5 points to keep in the hunt. I hope Bennett is well and that the Flames are able to play 4 effective lines. Maybe one of the two goalies will finally find a way to steal a win like they did last year.

  • cunning_linguist

    Complaints, complaints that’s all we hear on this sight. The Flames despite all their flaws swept a 5 game home stretch.(I have many of the same complaints by the way) Now they go on a 4 game road trip where they face 4 very good teams and they need at least 5 points to keep in the hunt. I hope Bennett is well and that the Flames are able to play 4 effective lines. Maybe one of the two goalies will finally find a way to steal a win like they did last year.

  • Burnward

    Take out the name “Hiller” and replace it with “Ramo” and you’ll be at Flamesnation one month ago. Likely one month from now too.

    Guy had a couple bad games sick with the flu, we still won. No need to say he needs to disappear or he’s a disgrace.

    He’s had a bad season, he’s likely past his prime, he’s had a very respectable NHL career up to this point and he’s never been anything but classy towards the organization. Please treat the guy with a little respect.

    • Burnward

      He needs to disappear.

      Had a great career. Was one of my favourites. Is now old, slow and shows no fight.

      He has a ton of respect from me for what he did.

      Now is not his time though and the boys deserve a legit chance each night. He isn’t giving them that.

  • Franko J

    Great home stand by the team. Five very entertaining games. Team looks to have gained some of their confidence again. Especially in OT. Hopefully they can apply some of it on this upcoming road trip.

  • Wow, these numbers are incredible:

    Backlund – 60% w/ 0% OZStart
    Raymond – 45% w/ 0% OZStart
    Frolik – 58.33% w/ 0% OZStart

    I’m so in love with that line. And so glad BFF’s Backlund and Frolik allowed Raymond to be their friend.

    But its Smid’s number that astound me. Pretty good numbers from someone who rode the press box the majority of October/November (and who had to ask for a conditioning stint).