112David Rittich
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Post-Game: They scored a goal this time

The Calgary Flames played a game on Saturday afternoon. They visited the San Jose Sharks and played fairly decently, all things considered. The Sharks are a team that’s on their way to the Stanley Cup playoffs and finds ways to win. The Flames? Well, they’re… not.

The Flames scored a goal and had a bunch of scoring chances, but that’s all they could muster in a 5-1 loss to the Sharks. They have six games remaining this season.

The Rundown

The first half of the first period was fairly even. However, a defensive lapse in the Flames end allowed a nice pass from Chris Tierney to a wide open Brendan Dillon at the point and his wrister beat David Rittich to make it 1-0. (Rittich had a clear view of it, but couldn’t stop it). Just over a minute later the Sharks made it 2-0. Brent Burns’ pass to the slot was redirected off Jannik Hansen’s stick, off Mark Jankowski, and into the net – Jankowski couldn’t tie up Hansen. But the Flames responded, as Michael Stone scored off a slap shot through traffic to make it 2-1.

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The visitors had tons of pressure early in the second, but no goals. Evander Kane made it 3-1 off a nice pass from Tierney short-handed off a bad line change and Johnny Gaudreau neglecting to cover Kane. Shots were 10-7 Flames but chances were 13-9 Sharks. Shots were 17-13 Flames and chances 11-8 Flames.

The Flames didn’t have a ton of jump in the final period. Justin Braun made it 4-1 when the puck shot out of scrum along the way and sent him all alone where his wrister beat Rittich. Kane added another goal off a redirection in front of the net to make it 5-1. Shots were 10-8 Flames, chances were 7-7.

Why The Flames Lost

At this point the Flames just don’t have a ton of jump. They’re without four regulars due to injury. A few regulars are probably still playing through injuries. They were okay in just about every area, but the Sharks got better goaltending, were better defensively, and were better at burying their chances.

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The Flames lost because they weren’t as good as the Sharks.

Red Warrior

Hamilton led the team in shots. For a team that’s not scoring a bunch, that’s pretty big.

The Turning Point

Kane’s short-handed goal to make it 3-1 was a back-breaker. They were a bounce away from being tied up, but because of some shoddy back-checking they were down (and stayed down) for the rest of the game.

The Numbers

(Percentage stats are 5-on-5, data via Corsica.hockey)

Player Corsi
Ferland 66.7 16.7 1.210
Jankowski 64.0 16.7 0.655
Stewart 62.1 16.7 0.975
Gaudreau 60.5 100 0.400
Kulak 59.5 50.0 0.325
Hamonic 57.6 50.0 0.300
Bennett 55.9 100 0.190
Andersson 51.9 57.1 -0.075
Lazar 51.7 100 -0.015
Hamilton 51.2 58.8 0.225
Giordano 50.0 56.3 0.125
Frolik 50.0 33.3 0.150
Shore 48.4 60.0 0.070
Stone 48.3 66.7 0.900
Backlund 47.6 33.3 0.000
Hathaway 45.8 50.0 -0.035
Brouwer 44.4 33.3 0.005
Glass 37.0 50.0 -0.225
Rittich -0.950

This and That

Travis Hamonic fought Kane in the third period, ending with Hamonic utilizing some mixed martial arts with a double-leg takedown. It was fun, as far as fights go. Garnet Hathaway fought Dillon in the third and it wasn’t as fun.

Kent sums up the second period, and the Flames season since the Bye Week:

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The Drive to 96 (Points)

The Flames now have 80 points with 6 games remaining. There simply are not enough games left for them to get enough points (a projected 96) to qualify for a playoff spot. They’re mathematically eliminated with any combination of 2.5 Ducks wins or Flames losses.

Up Next

The Flames (35-31-10) head down to Southern California tonight. They visit the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

  • RKD

    Advanced stat nerds everywhere, but the Flames have the better corsi numbers, how is this possible? They should be beating their opponents, too much nerd overload, in the words of Professor Frink Great Glavin!

  • The GREAT WW

    I LOVE how the Oilers are winning meaningless games; it means no new GM……no new coach…..no new goaltender……..no meaningful trades……worse draft lottery odds (even though they probably win again…).


  • Derzie

    Treliving hired the wrong coach. Many of us believed that from day one and that belief has been proven correct. What we are seeing now is the result. Every player is defeated and can ‘t wait for the season to end. If you are calling out our best players like Gio, Johnny, Dougie, you are beyond clueless. This is ‘garbage time’. Guys like Johnny should be shut down for the season. Now if Treliving is one of the clueless and trades one of our core to try and save face on the numerous botched moves he’s done, I’m officially done with the team. Not that he or anyone else cares, but I do. Gut the coaching staff, hire a proper coach, then assess and repair the team. In that order.

    • Vinnsanity12

      Yeah, clueless. Making 6 million a year so we’ll just say see ya’ next year. Don’t think so. Show some pride and earn the cash. The problem is that these guys have been treated like that their whole lives. Things get tough and they are told to not worry. Mommy doesn’t live here anymore. Earn your money and do your job!!!

  • ThisBigMouthIsRight

    I thought GG said the Flames were a going to be a 100 point team this year… Maybe even he was expecting to be canned by December? But the Corsi says! ~> Fail.

  • Honkydonk

    For the thousandth time I will say it again.

    You cannot win in this league with your being very offensively and a threat. We have the wrong players in the wrong roles in almost every aspect of this team.

    You cannot afford to have a $5.5 million second line centre that cannot carry the load offensively. You just cannot when you have guys like Malkin and most of the second line centres in this league.

    You make it blatantly obvious the strategy the opposing teams need to deploy which is shut down our first line and keep puck possession on the others.

    They don’t fear our shot. You wanna talk about getting a lucky goal? Ain’t gonna happen because the opposing team just gets out of the way and clears a path for the goalie.

    We need to make some very bold moves this summer and I think trading Backlund ought to be at the top of that list along with Frolik.

    • BlueMoonNigel

      Bottom line is that Backs loves the org and Calgary. Ditto for Frida. In a league full of guys who have clauses in their contracts that denote Calgary as No Go Zone, fans should celebrate Backs’ desire to remain here. Kudos to Tre for keeping the AAV of the new deal below the Gio line. Had Backs had gone free agency you know he would have got an AAV of at least $7M.

  • Stockton's Finest

    The Heat won in Manatoba tonight 3-1. Kylington, Pollock, and Foo (EN) with the goals. Texas loses. Heat gain the two points they needed in Canana. Now 2 more on Wednesday against the Monsters are required prior to heading to San Antonio next weekend.

  • Who is Alberta’s team?

    Teams who have a bad season can always take comfort in the fact they will get a good player in the draft. This team is so poorly managed their fans can’t even look forward to that. I mean seriously who hires Burke after what they have seen from him in the past? Oh well at least flames fans have that new arena to look forward too.

    • FL?MES

      And maybe now you can explain the hiring of Chia to us, Mr. Obvious? Having Chia is like trying to feed gas into your diesel, convinced that it will keep running.

      • JoelOttosJock

        No dice..make fun of Edmonton for truths but Chirelli is not that bad. Better than Treliving i believe..Lucic > Brouwer..also the Taylor Hall move needed to be done..should have tried to get a pick as well but the team was better..

        • Derian Hatcher

          There is no doubt that Edm has had a bad year and some poor moves have been made,but come on …. pot, kettle, stones and glass houses and all that.

          It would appear to me that both organizations have lots of room for improvement

        • Green Bastard

          @ JoelOttos jock sniffer… Taylor Hall move needed to be done? Haha, what a load of crap. And then to get fleeced to boot? You mouth sexing Pete doesn’t fool anyone. Your spray googles are waaaaay to orange.

          • JoelOttosJock

            Bahaha thanks green bastard, you sound like the little pus*ies that chirp from behind a bird cage..cute. if you would like to debate hockey, i am all for it, you want to be an internet tough guy..beat it. Go enjoy that bowl of soup at the mustard seed

        • not so daily doug

          ou are right that the deal needed doing. Adam Larsson is one of the best “defenceman” in the west. Played 134 games last 2 years (missed a bunch when his father passed this winter) and is a plus 55 for the Oilers. By comparisson McDavid 156 games plus 49, Gio has 157 games – plus 22, Hamilton 157 games – plus 13. Knowing that Larsson is not an offensive juggernaut, he must be doing something right in his own zone.

          • Who is Alberta’s team?

            Anyone who knows hockey knows Taylor was not a team player and he wasn’t going to play behind McDavid. Hall even came out and said in an interview a month ago he didn’t listen to coaches before this year. That’s a frickin cancer and chia got rid of it. We needed Defence. Larson is a hard nose team player. He ain’t no “Brodie” but he’ll do lmao

            As for eberle who refused to go in the corners first and couldn’t get a single point in the playoffs. That was a salary dump. For stromes salary he has contributed 14 goals and 20 assists this year and has an even rating. I bet Calgary wouldn’t mind a guy like that on there 3rd line. Anything else you’d like to me to explain about how chia is a better manager than Puppet Tre?

    • FL?MES

      And our new shut down centerman would be…

      Oh wait, I’m sure there’s another diamond in the rough waiting for us on the waiver wire.

      I just don’t see how you can get rid of him until you have a comparable (or in your case better) replacement. I couldn’t even tell you who I would choose to replace him, unless you want to dish off a first rounder ++.

      • Trevy

        Bennett…he’s not going to be a winger forever and is now picking up the defensive side of his game. Hey I was only spitballing in the theory that BT was looking to acquire a 1st. If that’s the case, who else would he have to give up?

    • YYCFlames

      I agree with your comments most of the time, but I am not sure about this one. I think he’s got skill and value for at least couple more years and besides, he can always move down the chart as our future centres move up, like Jankowski and perhaps, even Bennett.

  • Ben.

    Rasmus Andersson looked very promising. But if you want to use the final games to scope for next year why play Glass, Stewart…are they really part of the 2018/19 picture?

    • YYCFlames

      I still think you leave the young players in Stockton because they are at least in a playoff fight. There’s no point in having both teams not make the playoffs. There is value in having success in any level.

  • not so daily doug

    You are right that the deal needed doing. Adam Larsson is one of the best “defenceman” in the west. Played 134 games last 2 years (missed a bunch when his father passed this winter) and is a plus 55 for the Oilers. By comparisson McDavid 156 games plus 49, Gio has 157 games – plus 22, Hamilton 157 games – plus 13. Knowing that Larsson is not an offensive juggernaut, he must be doing something right in his own zone.

    • buts

      Our season could have been saved in December or January but BT didn’t fire GG when it was OBVIOUS that couldn’t run a kool-aid stand. WTF….swallow your pride. You have one more summer to get this team and organization on track in my books.

      • Rudy27

        I think BT was between a rock and a hard place. Ownership doesn’t want to pay for two head coaches to sit at home, and prospective coaches for next year would shy away if they feel our GM has an itchy trigger finger. Giving GG a full two years shows he has patience to let the coach try to prove his worth.

  • Frank the Nose ?

    Red Warrior should be Frolik ,if you actually watched the game lol . Flames lost because they can’t score . You can shoot 50 shots directly into the centre of a goalie and guess what it will hit him and not the back of the net . Rittich is not NHL material . Too many nice guys ,soft players . Monahan ,Nacklund,Jankowski all soft centres . A 12 year old could push them around .wimps . Defence too soft . Flames should do a commercial on soft bathroom tissue .

    • Frank the Nose ?

      Lol yeah everyone said he’s a prick well we need some with al these “nice guys ” lolo these “leaders” lolol what leaders ?…the 20 year od Tkachuk was the only leader I seen all year .

    • ThisBigMouthIsRight

      Kane wouldn’t have made a difference here, Unless he can coach or run a PP including Player Usage… He would most likely would have split in the off season. So it would have been a waste for the Flames to even try not to mention his off ice crap. There will be better options available in the off season that didn’t cost us another conditional first-round pick, a conditional fourth-round pick and a prospect. That’s a lot on a rental that would leave.

  • rusty_shakleforde

    I reckon we should trade for a guy like Malcolm Subban. High ceiling, could play right now but also is still a good player to take a backup spot (so Mike Smith could get another year in), or take over as a starter when Mike ain’t playing too well. Kind of like what Kinkaid is doing for the Devils.

    Again, depth. Getting quality players in key positions, and learning how to play without an injured player ‘ruining’ the season (“if only we had Kris Versteeg our power play would have been great!”).

    I get the call for more youth, and I get the speed game. But we need some players who are more established. NOT BROWER. Or other veterans like that. Like middle of the row guys who are hungry, talented, and can generate and make plays on their own. Hopefully once GG is gone (keep crossing your fingers and toes everyone) we could actually have a playing style that could work for the players, rather than some coaches mathematical wet dream.

    • Heeeeeere's Johnny!

      I can’t help but think about that shortie Cogliano scored the other night. Pure hustle and determination. We need us some bottom six like that! Would be nice if some of it is home grown. Klimchuk comes to mind.

    • Chucky

      From the talk you need really strong leadership, coach and players to benefit from a guy like Kane. The Flames coach does not talk to the team during the game, that is not strong leadership. We hear that Gio is a good leader but Monahan does not seem to have a lot of emotion and Brouwer simply cannot have the respect of the other players.
      So it seems like Kane would be a disruption and not a positive one.

  • TheWheeze

    Printed my comment before I was finished. As I was saying. Is it just the coaching staff? Normally teams, even though they are out, try to play spoiler. Finish with some pride. You’re season is almost done. In or out, make as much noise as you can. Not with a whimper

    • BlueMoonNigel

      Problems run much deeper than the coaching staff. The club doesn’t have the talent to be high end. As I have said numerous times, clubs need two legitimate scoring lines to run with the big boys and be a serious cup threat. Flames are one scoring line club. Only hope to improve that from within is possibly further nursing of Bennett, Janko, Ferland and prospects.

      Defence just hasn’t worked this season. Even if Ras is swapped in at the expense of Stone or Brodie, it will remain a soft defence that is going to give up a ton of Grade A chances night after night.

      It wouldn’t be an offseason with the Flames if the perplexing problem of goaltending didn’t rear its ugly head. Enough has happened since Smitty’s injury and return to suggest that the club is once more in a pickle between the pipes. Some might say net minding is the least of the Flames’ concerns right now, but it isn’t a problem that is going to be fixed with a new coach and it can and will bite the club in the behind sooner rather than later when the new season begins.

      I still question the leadership among the players on this team. Yea, Gio is the captain and undisputed leader of the club, but what did Tre tell us when he signed Brouwer and traded for Smith and Hamonic? He extolled the leadership values of each of these veterans. That was a bit curious. Did Tre think that player leadership needed to be improved under Gio so he specifically sought to acquire men who were known leaders?

      Lots wrong with this club. That’s apparent. How to fix it and who are the best people to do it? Those are stumpers.

      • JoelOttosJock

        You are right. I believe the issues started when coaches and gms in Calgary started believing the TSN and SportsNet propaganda from the last olympic year with NHL players that Giordano or Brodie could or should make that team Canada team. If you look at either or the whole team objectively, that was not the case. The Flames have too many players playing in spots that are not sustainable and media and fans put unrealistic expectations on. Is Backlund a #2 center on a contending team? NO. He is a perfect third line, shut down guy. Is Sean Monahan a first line center on a contending team? No, Monahan is not a center in my opinion, he lacks hockey iq, grit, and does not have a 200 foot game, he is a sniper who should slide over to the wing. Is Ferland a top 6 guy in the NHL? NO! Sure he can fill in and is capable of scoring, but he is better served on the third or fourth line, bring some grit and quit trying to play a skill game. Should Stajan, Glass, or Hathaway be on a contending team or in reality an NHL team? no! The game has passed the first two by, and Hathaway is good at blocking punches with his face. Move on! The D is just as questionable. Should Brodie be a #3/1 defenceman? Not a chance. He is still making rookie mistakes, passing the puck DIRECTLY to the opposition on break out passes once a period, also softer than Gaudreau in front of the net. Is Stone an NHL defenceman? Not in my books..other than the cannon which has done him no good since being a flame, ge has zero puck skills, chips snakes, no first pass and his foot speed..bahahaha..i havent mentioned tge likes of Brouwer, to easy a target but if he was placed properly he would be ok..just over paid. Coaching is atrocious and so is the management for allowing this team to spiral out of control and not make anyone accountable.

    • The Real Slim Brodie

      Half of the team is injured. It’s pretty hard to gauge where we are at with this current lineup. I don’t blame the flames for not emptying the cupboards in Stockton. It’s way more important for our young guys to see how far they can go if they can make the playoffs.

      • JoelOttosJock

        Nice to see Kulak in that #3 dman spot though..have not seen him give a break out pass directly to the opposition like the guy he is replacing. Our D looks better..now just to get rid of Stone and the back end could be successful

  • Trevy

    Backlund & Lazar to Vancouver for their 1st. It’s no secret that Vancouver loves Backlund and were really hoping that Tre couldn’t sign him so they could swoop in. Lazar may need one last change of scenery and it’s best to trade him now while he’s on a very friendly contract

  • TheWheeze

    Well, now that it’s pretty much all over, I’ll state the obvious – I wasn’t expecting a Cup or anything from the Flames this year, let’s be honest, but THIS……..gone out chumps. One thing to close it out, playoff or not, with your head held high. But to just Is it just the coaching staff? Or more? We will

  • Vinnsanity12

    Stewy, Ferly and Janks were the best line on the ice for the Flames. Leave them together and throw everyone else in a blender for next game. Sorry GG, but Brouwer and Backland on the 1st PP??? Jokes on you, coach Q could be available soon. Gaudreau was directly responsible for losing his man on two of the goals. Take a seat little man, you’ve obviously packed it in. Andersson is a player, some smart plays. At least Hammy stepped up…again…. Odds on the Flames going ofer the rest of the way?

  • James Harrison

    The Heat won in Manatoba tonight 3-1. Kylington, Pollock, and Foo (EN) with the goals. Texas loses. Heat gain the two points they needed in Canana. Now 2 more on Wednesday against the Monsters are required prior to heading to San Antonio next weekend.