Post-Game: Flames Settle For Loser Point In Edmonton

Back on Wednesday, the Calgary Flames played a great first period and spotted themselves a lead. After that, they threw it into cruise control and played defensive hockey – primarily in their own zone – for the last 40 minutes of the game.

Well, it happened again tonight, except the Flames had a smaller lead (1-0) and the Edmonton Oilers were playing at home and really needed a win. So Edmonton managed to take over the game for the second half of the game and despite a strong performance by Jonas Hiller in net, the Flames ended up dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout to kick off their five-game road trip.

The Flames drop to 20-20-3 on the season, but at least they got a point, right?

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames were good in the first. They held onto the puck, they created chances and they had the Oilers running scared in their own end. Sam Bennett opened the scoring with his 11th of the season on a nice pass from Mikael Backlund. Shots were 14-8 for the Flames, while shot attempts were close to even at 22-19 for Edmonton.

The Oilers were a lot better in the middle frame and did a good job at keeping Calgary to the outside. Nobody scored, but shots were 14-5 Edmonton and shot attempts were 23-12 Edmonton. The Flames were lucky not to get scored on.

The second period malaise crept into the third for Calgary, with Jonas Hiller needing to be sharp again. Shots were 15-8 for the Oilers and attempts were 22-19. Mark Fayne finally beat Hiller off a face-off – with many bodies between Fayne and Hiller – to tie it up. The Flames got their legs back late but couldn’t generate enough chances, so it was off to overtime.

In overtime, the Flames dominated in terms of puck possession. They even had a power-play generated by that puck possession, but they couldn’t generate any good chances. Shots were 5-0 for the Flames and attempts were 9-0. They went to a shootout and Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Bennett all failed to beat Cam Talbot. And so, the Flames lost by a 2-1 score.

THE NUMBERS

(All Situations) CorsiFor% OZStart%
Wideman 46.43% 75%
Gaudreau 58.7% 66.67%
Monahan 60.42% 66.67%
Ferland 51.16% 65%
Raymond 25% 62.5%
Jones 23.81% 57.14%
Engelland 33.33% 57.14%
Granlund 9.52% 57.14%
Giordano 51.92% 51.85%
Russell 43.86% 50.91%
Hamilton 48.15% 45.45%
Brodie 47.83% 42.86%
Bennett 57.89% 38.89%
Backlund 52.83% 38.1%
Frolik 45.71% 38.1%
Jooris 31.25% 20%
Stajan 33.33% 20%
Bollig 28.57% 20%

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

You’re not going to win many games where you get your head kicked-in shots and possession-wise. Especially when you do that on the road, praying your goalie bails you out. Hiller was sharp tonight, but not enough to make up for the lack of urgency in the second and third periods.

Oh, and speaking of lacking urgency, the Flames went 0-for-5 on the power-play. They were given several chances to take over the game via their special teams, and they failed to do so. C’est la vie.

RED WARRIOR

Y’know what? Let’s go with T.J. Brodie. We’ve done it a lot this year, but Brodie was a calming presence on the back end and was one of the few players that consistently jumped into the rush and tried to create offense.

And stick-taps to Sam Bennett, Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano, who were almost as good as Brodie tonight. And Jonas Hiller was also rock-solid in net.

UGLY SWEATER FOR SALE

Want to own Mark Giordano’s ugly sweater? Well, head to eBay (ebay.ca/gio)! The sweater is being auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Giordano’s Team Giordano charity!

In partnership with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), Team Giordano provides resources to four Calgary schools to assist in meeting student needs and support personal student development. Funded by the Giordanos, the Flames Foundation for Life and the Calgary Italian Open Charity Golf Tournament, the schools are provided new computers, floor hockey equipment, school supplies along with student mentorship opportunities developed and supported by Mark and Lauren. In recognition of his community efforts Giordano was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award presented annually to the player “who applies the core values of hockey –
commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in
his community.”

So head to eBay, get a sweet sweater and contribute to a awesome local charity? Sounds rad. Get on it!

UP NEXT

The Flames return home for a practice tomorrow, and then it’s off to New Jersey for the second game of their five-game road trip on Tuesday night in Newark.

  • The GREAT Walter White

    Wow, that was a lucky shot that beat Hiller. Keep it up Oilers….

    With all the high draft picks on the ice (and I’ll include Monahan and Bennett in that) Brodie was about 3X better than any other skater on the ice tonight!!!!
    4 th round pick ladies…

    WW

  • Hurtin'Albertan

    Tough loss for the boys in red. Noticed Kassian’s BS was isolated with chat with Bollog however this type of BS should be reserved for Engelland… Not only toughest flame but most capable in the role. Also despite FN hate, he has been a capable 6 D-man. This would make Bollig obsolete. Win/win for flames players and FN nerds.

  • The GREAT Walter White

    Did you notice when they showed the recap of all the great (lucky) saves that Talbot made tonight; Brodie was in all of those highlights….he could have had a Hattie if Talbot didn’t stand on his head, and that is a D man!

    WW

  • The GREAT Walter White

    That must be embarrassing for you Flames losers. Oilers out worked them, out shot them, and out scored them, oh but you have guys coming back from injuries. Real nice PP, last in the league isn’t it. 4 on 3 for a full 2 minutes and can’t score, for most teams that’s an automatic in the NHL. Did Johnny Cocky even play?

    • The GREAT Walter White

      I honestly don’t remember a single dangerous scoring chance the Oilers had tonight. Not even in overtime. All their shots were from the blue line. Lucky one found its way in. Complete domination by the Flames.

      Still up 2 points on the Oilers with 3 games in hand?!
      How many games do the Oilers have to win just to get to 500?

      Good times!

      WW

    • The GREAT Walter White

      It is always embarrassing to lose to the last place team…but it is likely more embarrassing cheering for the last place team….every year. Johnny Cocky …good one…thanks for trolling.

  • The GREAT Walter White

    Did you notice how “dominant” the flamers were in OT?
    Wow
    Two minutes of what?
    I’m starting to think you need to have a closer look at the crest on the front of the jerseys your following…

  • The GREAT Walter White

    I am curious to know if the Flames looked as bad on TV as they did live.Flames could have buried the oilers in the first period but a hot goalie and an inept PP killed them. I was pumped to see Johnny live, but the first line was awful….even in the3v3 there was no magic. Bennett was the best forward again. Hiller and Brodie were really good. This might be the time to split up Johnny and Monny.

    The Oilers took over the play in the second period but the the Flames had the better chances. Even the die hard Oiler fans can’t feel good about the win, the were struggling to put any passes together and against a team with a PP they would brave buried themselves. From what I saw tonight….no playoffs in Alberta this year.

  • The GREAT Walter White

    I am curious to know if the Flames looked as bad on TV as they did live.Flames could have buried the oilers in the first period but a hot goalie and an inept PP killed them. I was pumped to see Johnny live, but the first line was awful….even in the3v3 there was no magic. Bennett was the best forward again. Hiller and Brodie were really good. This might be the time to split up Johnny and Monny.

    The Oilers took over the play in the second period but the the Flames had the better chances. Even the die hard Oiler fans can’t feel good about the win, the were struggling to put any passes together and against a team with a PP they would brave buried themselves. From what I saw tonight….no playoffs in Alberta this year.

  • The GREAT Walter White

    Honestly everything the Coiler trolls are saying is true. I mean, 0 for 5 on the powerplay is unacceptable, I’ve been saying it all season. Dead last in the league even the commentators were joking about it. SPECIAL TEAMS WIN GAMES. #FireHartley

  • Burnward

    Oilers just hung around long enough and Talbot was great.

    Lots of Corsi muffins to make them feel better about themselves in the stat box though.

    Late Christmas present I suppose.

    Who says there’s nothing but hate?

  • Toofun

    Talbot stole this one for Edmonton.Calgary needs to simplify it’s power play and just start pumping shots on net.We need to start scoring some ugly goal mouth scramble goals.

    Granlund had a tough night tonight.