Post-Game: Blues End Flames Streak

The Calgary Flames rolled into St. Louis this afternoon hoping to extend their winning streak in a building that they traditionally struggle in. They played two and a half periods of pretty good hockey, out-shot their hosts in all three periods and were generally pretty good.

Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t bury their chances on the power-play, Brian Elliott was pretty damn good for the Blues, and the Flames’ special teams failures gave the Blues momentum at key times. As a result, the Flames lost 3-2 to snap their winning streak in a game they never led.

And because of that, they’re back at .500.

THE RUNDOWN

The game started poorly for the Flames, as they gave up a pair of goals before the game was five minutes old. In retrospect, that was basically the entire game right there. Anyway, Vladimir Tarasenko bonked in a rebound after the Flames couldn’t clear out the initial shot to make it 1-0. Colton Parayko – who made the Flames look silly back in October – stick-handled around both Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie and beat Ramo to make it 2-0. From that point, the Flames got it going, eventually leading in shots 8-7 (though the Blues led in attempts 21-17).

The Flames were really good throughout the second period, but not good enough to actually score goals, sadly. They led 15-6 in shots and 23-13 in attempts, on the road, against a team that usually owns them. They had three power-plays and scored zero goals in the period. After their second power-play, the Blues extended their lead to 3-0 off a Jori Lehtera goal. It was that kind of game.

The visitors finally broke through in the final frame. Four minutes in, Sean Monahan’s tip-in goal eventually counted after a review to make it 3-1. They kept pressing and finally scored another late, as Mark Giordano beat Elliott to make it 3-2. From there, they tried their usual tricks – pulling the goalie and putting Johnny Gaudreau on the ice to create magic – but unfortunately the Blues held firm and held on for the win. Shots were 15-9 Flames and attempts were 24-15 Flames in the third.

THE NUMBERS

(All situations) CorsiFor% OZStart%
Hamilton 55.88% 92.31%
Russell 50% 88.24%
Raymond 71.88% 85.71%
Jooris 75% 83.33%
Colborne 60.61% 81.82%
Hudler 48.28% 80%
Wideman 69.77% 78.95%
Backlund 65.22% 77.78%
Gaudreau 81.08% 76.19%
Granlund 44% 71.43%
Monahan 63.64% 66.67%
Ferland 48.39% 66.67%
Giordano 58.33% 63.16%
Bennett 26.09% 62.5%
Stajan 40.74% 60%
Brodie 55.32% 52.94%
Jones 48.15% 45.45%
Engelland 42.86% 33.33%

RED WARRIOR

I wanted to go with Giordano or Brodie, but neither was great early-on, so let’s go with Mikael Backlund, who kept the puck moving in the right direction and won most of his face-offs.

Sean Monahan? He also had a good game, but he also got better as the game went on.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

To be honest? They lost because they spotted a better team a two-goal lead on the road, and then had to play catch-up for the entire time. The Blues are pretty well-coached and have a good defensive group, so they’re not a team that will utterly collapse in on themselves just because Johnny Gaudreau can dangle the puck.

Speaking of, the Blues did a good job of not looking overly impressed with Gaudreau’s dangles and containing him throughout the game.

UP NEXT

The Flames head to the Motor City immediately after this game, because they play the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night at Joe Louis Arena.

  • Colin.S

    The Flames had 4 Powerplays and the Blues had 0. Of the Flames 4 powerplays, Gaudreau had the most TOI for forwards, the next two, Raymond and Colborne.

    Raymond isn’t really a top 6 forward so why is he getting so much PP time? And then there’s Colborne, a guy who has 9 PP points in almost 190 NHL games (0 points this year on the PP). Colborne kills PPs he doesn’t score on them.

    #FireSpecialTeamsCoach

  • Burnward

    Yes, Ramo’s play was mediocre at best, but, the broken record keeps on playing, ” Fix the powerplay, fix the powerplay, fix the freakin’ powerplay!!!”

  • RKD

    Too many slow starts, can’t give up 2 goals in 5 minutes. They need to be ready right at the start, afternoon game or not. Special teams are killing us right now, they need to execute on the pp. Treliving needs another top six or top 3 forward who can finish and play on your special teams.

  • MonsterPod

    I’m just glad we didn’t lose 4-1 again like we usually do. Nice to see Moneyhands on a roll.

    I don’t particularly like either of our goalies, but I don’t know that Bernier is the answer. I loved what we saw from Ortio last year. Let’s give him another chance.

    The Flames are playing well right now. Let’s get back above water tomorrow in the Wingy city.

  • MonsterPod

    Back to blaming your goalies for the fact you have a team at the very beginning of a rebuild. Whats going to happen when you go on a 7 game losing streak fans just going to stop going to the games or what.

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  • MonsterPod

    Looks like the Calgary ‘Lames are back to their losing ways. Make it 7 in a row!

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  • RedMan

    dear moderators, doing a great job, keep it up. but in light of the season of giving, please give the trolls what they deserve – banishment! no more warnings, hammer down! 🙂

    they have been on the naughty list and dont deserve so many chances!