63TJ Brodie
Photo Credit: Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports

Post-Game: Tkachuk powers Flames to overtime win in Philly

The Calgary Flames rolled into Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. They looked a bit sluggish and out of sorts for much of the first two periods. Then, as they tend to do, they flipped the switch in the third period, forced extra time and pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory.

The Rundown

Neither teamed looked great in the opening period, with tons of missed passes and general disarray throughout the period. The Flyers opened the scoring, though, as Travis Sanheim’s pass attempt to the slot careened off TJ Brodie’s skate and beat David Rittich high to make it 1-0.

The Flyers led the Flames in shots (13-11) and scoring chances (5-3) in the first period.

The Flyers carried play for much of the second period, but the Flames woke up midway through the period and started pressing. During a stretch of four-on-four play they tied things up. Off the rush, Sean Monahan teed the puck up for a Johnny Gaudreau one-timer to make it 1-1. (Gaudreau fell over due to the force of the shot.)

The Flyers maintained a 12-10 edge in shots and 10-8 edge in chances in the second.

The Flames pressed to take the lead in the early part of the third period, but a puck-handling gaffe gave the Flyers a lead. Rittich attempted to dump a loose puck into the neutral zone, but it went directly to Travis Konecny and he beat Rittich five-hole – way out of the crease – to give the home side a 2-1 lead.

But just when it looked like the Flames would lose in regulation, Matthew Tkachuk buried a Sam Bennett feed in the high slot to tie the game at 2-2.

Shots were 10-9 Flames, while scoring chances were 6-1 Flyers.

It was off to overtime! After a few changes back and forth, Tkachuk found Brodie on a two-on-two rush for a redirect past Carter Hart and a 3-2 overtime win.

Why the Flames Won

The Flames were a bit off-kilter on this afternoon. Many passes didn’t quite hit their intended recipients and their power play really didn’t look terribly dangerous (for the same general reason). They just weren’t feeling it against the Flyers for much of the game.

Despite that, they managed to wake up in the third period and find a way to win against a team that’s found improbable ways to lose so far this season.

Red Warrior

Tkachuk was really dialed-in in the third period and overtime and was a big factor in tilting this game in the Flames’ favour. Honourable mention to Timely Save David, or whatever his name is, for making several saves.

The Turning Point

The Flyers looked like they would get a pretty big win until Tkachuk’s goal made it very clear that the game was headed to overtime – where the Flames have had a ton of success.

The Numbers

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

Player Corsi
For%
OZone
Start%
Game
Score
Tkachuk 60.7 55.6 2.400
Hanifin 56.7 40.0 1.450
Bennett 56.3 55.6 1.290
Ryan 54.2 77.8 0.125
Monahan 53.3 50.0 0.905
Jankowski 52.0 60.0 0.375
Giordano 51.2 60.0 0.300
Neal 50.0 61.5 0.275
Gaudreau 50.0 50.0 1.150
Frolik 50.0 58.3 0.380
Backlund 50.0 33.3 0.630
Kylington 50.0 75.0 -0.025
Andersson 50.0 83.3 0.100
Brodie 50.0 61.1 0.875
Hamonic 50.0 41.7 0.400
Lindholm 48.0 44.4 0.190
Hathaway 46.7 75.0 -0.350
Czarnik 42.9 75.0 -0.050
Rittich 1.700
Smith

This and That

Gaudreau’s goal was his 350th NHL point (in his 355th regular season game).

Every single Flames skater had a shot on goal except for Garnet Hathaway and Noah Hanifin.

Gritty beat up Sportsnet’s Ryan Leslie to open the broadcast. He will be avenged.

Up Next

The Flames (26-13-4) head to Chicago later today. They face the Blackhawks on Monday night at the United Center in the final game of this road trip.

  • RKD

    Not their greatest game but BSD aside from the puck giveaway kept us in the game. There were times the team looked sluggish and discombobulated in their own zone but BSD made big saves at key times and the Flames kept pushing until a great pass by Hanifin sprung Chucky in to tie it and Brods who was dog tired kept pushing himself forward on that 2 on 1 to bury it. Great teams find a way to win even when they don’t play great.

  • Calgarycandle

    If Smith had put the puck on Konency’s stick I would have groaned and cursed. I immediately forgave Big Save Dave–he had made so many great saves before that gaffe.

    Brodie taketh away (his skate own goal). Brodie giveth in OT. He has been day and night from last year. Meanwhile Hamilton’s offence has fallen off considerably. Gio is great not only on the scoreboard and in his own zone, but in greatly boosting the play of his D partner. GFG!!

  • MDG1600

    It was nice to see Sam Bennett chip in with a nice assist on the tying goal – and I thought Janko had one of his better games. It really helps our depth up from when those guys play well.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Today’s Takeaways:

    Black is beautiful, but those black Flyer uniforms are hideous. Lose them now.

    Speaking of hideous, the Flames for about 55 regular minutes looked like they didn’t damn about this game, and it showed. Haven’t seen them play so poorly since the St. Louis game.

    Flames’ PP today sucked! Enough said.

    I hope Johnny’s old man kicks some serious Flame butt tonight to wake Jonny’s playmates up. A win today, but not deserved in the least.

    I had the Unbelievable song cued up and good to go every time Hart made an unbelievable save. As it was, REM got the afternoon off as apart from the 3 pucks that went past him, Hart did not have a tough game as the Flames were content to take LD shots that were not particularly dangerous.

    Oh, Cassie Campbell, where have you gone and why did you go? I’d rather listen to the Prince of York call colour than Jason “ZZZZZZZ” York.

    Man, has Wayne Simmonds got old fast! Which idiot GM is going to sign him for 5 years and gazillions of dollars this summer?

    Speaking of which, when Johnny signs his new contract, it’ll be with which team?

    A) Philadelphia
    B) Boston
    C) New York Rangers
    D) Flames
    E) None of the above

    I said that Rittich handling the puck was scary and it would eventually bite him in the behind, and it did today. No way did he need to even try and play that puck. He’s still a work in progress.

    Did anybody notice that one chick in the Gaudreau clan who had her feet up on the back of the empty seat in front of her and when the camera cut back to her soon after, her feet were on the floor? Pretty sure one of her elders, well aware that a TV camera was watching them as much as the game action, told her to floor her feet.

    That Christmas video where Gritty chases down all those goalies and knocks them all down one by one is already a Christmas classic.

    Two points are two points, but I demand better from this team and there is no better place to start than in Chicago.

    Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t heap praise on Flyer followers. They have made the Flyers one of the most stable franchises in the NHL since they joined the circuit in 1967-68. Consider the other expansion clubs at that time. The Seals and Stars are no longer with us. Remember when St. Louis was going to relocate to Saskatoon and the Pittsburgh Penguins were going to become the Hamilton Copps? Kings were yanked from the brink by McNall and 99. In their more than 50 years in operation, when were there ever rumours the Flyers were folding or moving? Even with terrible teams, the Philly fans still come out in droves to support their beloved. That kind of loyalty is laudable. I love it!

    • Burnward

      Dude. Johnny is ours and we will continue to get better and win. I know from experience what it’s like to move away from home for work. All that matters is it’s worth it.

      This franchise will be.

      Every single one of the key guys aside from Gio has at least 7-8 years left and they are quality individuals.

      Grass is always greener until you realize you’re happy and in a good spot professionally and individually.

      Do this thing right and the rest will sort itself out.

        • Rockmorton65

          Not infectious optimism, just not three pages of whining after a resilient win. Most fans would be happy with the result, not grinding their teeth over the things that didn’t go right. No win is perfect. You can whine about the things they didn’t do right or celebrate the things they did do right.

          I still think you should throw up quote marks when calling yourself a Flames “fan”.

          • BlueMoonNigel

            If you are satisfied with just the end result, fine, but why slag those of us who are interested in the process? Some of us have eyes that don’t immediately dart to the bottom line. We painstakingly go through the process line by line before we get to the bottom line and analyze all we have seen, not just the end result. Why do we do this? Because we see a lot of value in doing this. We know that if we can continually improve the process, we will improve the likelihood of getting more favourable bottom lines.

            As for your comment that only real Flame fans think like you, clue in and clone out.

          • Rockmorton65

            I wasn’t talking about anyone that doesn’t think like me, just you.

            All I was saying is that if all you, BMN, do is gripe about all the minutiae of things that could be better, then you may want to turn that analysis on whether or not you actually like this team. You usually seem quite agitated when posting.

    • The Greaser

      “that one chick in the Gudreau clan” Hey Austin, was she shagadalic? Quick. To the time machine Mr. Powers. It’s set for 1972. Take away your self and your stupid comments for 40+ years.

  • deantheraven

    Not the most exciting game we’ve seen but as I said to my son, “They may look tired or out-of-sorts, but they won’t quit.”
    Despite BSD’s gaff, he’s the real reason the Flames won. That, and they were playing the Flyers…
    I wish I could ignore the ‘scoring chances’ stat (do goals count in this stat?). To my eye, Philly had most of the scoring chances all night but in the end, the Flames scored 1 more in a sloppy effort with not much else to note except that beat-down on Ryan Leslie and the shots of Johnny’s family after the ‘scoring chances’ and goals.
    Nice flight home, boys! Back to work tomorrow.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    I’m not going to criticize the coaching staff too much because it’s been great this year and they make GGs tenure look hilariously bad, but we’re a better team when Michael Frolík plays more.

    He had a couple of shifts today with Neal where he actually made Neal look relevant. He is one of our better defensive players and we need his speed in the lineup, even when he isn’t producing. I honestly don’t know why he’s never got much PP time the last couple of years, especially with where our PP2 is at right now, but he could help us make an effective third line if we think Bennett can play on the second.

  • freethe flames

    Winning ugly is still better than not winning. I just wanted to ask did everyone see Neal actually engage a Flyer today; that might be the first time all season.

    I also love have Rittich skated to the mob after Tkachuk tied the game basically to say thanks and I have this the rest of the way. The Rittich/Tkachuk love affair is contagious on this team.

    • Thatz Nuckin Futz

      I feel sorry for Uncle Bill being saddled with the likes of Neal. Having that garbage juice in his lineup eating up 15 minutes a game must be eating at his guts. Probably every coach has to deal with this type of situation over the course of their career. So many more players who deserve that ice time. I hope he’s told Tree that this is a one season thing only. Not going to happen next year.

  • Garry T

    Jankowski is looking more focused this last month. If he keeps building on his play, we may have a doozy of a center on our hands. Do not trade Frolik.
    He is a top six guy and showed that the last three games. Smith may need contacts. That may be his issue. Teriliving …. see if you can pry Sanheim out of Philly. In three years he will be a top six player. We give Philly Anderson and we get Sanheim and a second this year. We have the depth to move Anderson.

      • Luter 1

        Hope you weren’t one of the guys at the beginning of the year giving up on this kid, lots of FN postings or trashes for early year support for Jankowski. This guy is still developing, still needs to mature a little more physically and your bang on with the Primeau comparison, Janks shot might even be better. He defensively has improve drastically and his penalty killing is deadly. Needs to be quickly groomed for second PP, rotating between net front to slot for wrister. Rid us of Neal on the P
        P and Ryan is ineffective also.

  • FlamesFanFromMI

    We won awesome. Got 2 points even better. The concern team looks that it does care for 2 periods and then wake up in last period which makes it exciting to watch but what if u lose instead of wining? My concern is secondary scoring ( in playoffs ) and solid goal tending no matter what people say about Mike Smith I personally think he is done so if BSD is down who is in the net? If it’s Mike then we need to score more goals preferably with secondary scoring as he likes to give goals away to other team. Before you trash try read and pay attention please

  • TheDallyLama

    Just a little side note, But how fast, and elite did killers skating look when he drove passed that dman. Maybe the dman was just slow, I dunno, but wow is Kylingtons skating a treat to watch. Hope he’s here to stay….? that is all.

  • FlamesFan27

    The funniest part was when Gritty was beating up Leslie and they then showed the Telus stop bullying commercial. I know bullying isn’t funny, but that was pretty awesome timing.