54Mark Jankowski
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Post-Game: Flames win ugly against Carolina

The Calgary Flames weren’t great on Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. But despite being outplayed fairly handily by the Carolina Hurricanes, they managed to be held in the game by their goaltender. The Flames beat the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime in their final game before an extended break.

The Rundown

If you have the game taped, don’t watch the first period. It was 20 minutes filled with icings, stoppages and just overall not particularly watchable hockey. The Flames opened the scoring 1:58 in, as Oliver Kylington drove the net after winning a puck battle. He chipped the puck past Petr Mrazek to make it 1-0 Flames. The Hurricanes challenged on the basis of goaltender interference, but the good stood.

The Hurricanes carried play for much of the period, in-between the icings. They finally broke through late, as Dougie Hamilton’s point shot was inadvertently swatted past David Rittich to make it a 1-1 game.

Shots were 15-8 Hurricanes and scoring chances were 14-5 Hurricanes in the first period.

The second period was another sleepy affair, but the Flames managed to take the lead during a stretch of four on four hockey. TJ Brodie fed Mikael Backlund at the side of the net, and he fed Mark Jankowski (at the other post) for a tap-in that made it 2-1 Flames.

Shots were 11-3 Hurricanes, scoring chances 7-2 Hurricanes in the second period.

The Flames tried to kill the clock in the third period, but the Hurricanes took advantage of a tired group that were trying to hit an empty net late. Sebastian Aho beat Rittich with 43 seconds left in regulation to tie this at 2-2.

Shots were 13-9 Flames and scoring chances were 6-6 in the third.

Backlund scored on the rush 15 seconds into extra time to give the Flames the 3-2 win.

Why the Flames Won

The Hurricanes were the better team. They skated well and played with desperation. But the Flames were the beneficiaries of good goaltending and some opportunistic scoring. That was enough for them to grind out two ugly points.

Red Warrior

Rittich basically gifted his teammates two points on this evening. Andersson, Kylington and Hathaway also looked good, but Rittich was far and away their best player.

The Turning Point

Backlund’s overtime winner was a nice way to finish this one.

The Numbers

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

Player Corsi
For%
OZone
Start%
Game
Score
Hathaway 64.7 60.0 1.350
Mangiapane 58.8 60.0 0.300
Ryan 52.4 36.4 0.425
Giordano 42.5 27.8 -0.325
Monahan 41.4 53.9 -0.395
Brodie 36.1 27.8 0.725
Hamonic 34.9 36.4 -0.500
Tkachuk 34.8 33.3 -0.225
Gaudreau 33.3 53.9 -0.175
Hanifin 33.3 36.4 -0.425
Andersson 33.3 77.8 0.850
Bennett 33.3 30.8 -0.570
Lindholm 28.0 53.9 0.005
Neal 26.9 37.5 -0.075
Jankowski 25.0 27.3 0.285
Frolik 23.3 33.3 -0.620
Kylington 22.2 77.8 0.525
Backlund 21.4 28.6 0.980
Rittich 1.800
Smith

This and That

This was Mark Giordano’s 804th game with the Flames, passing Al MacInnis for sole possession of third place on the franchise leaderboard. Only Jarome Iginla (1219) and Robyn Regehr (826) have played more games in a Flames jersey.

The Flames are now 26-1-3 when entering the third period leading or tied this season.

Up Next

The Flames (33-13-5) are now on their combined All-Star and CBA break. They’re back in action next Friday (Feb. 1) when they visit the Washington Capitals.



  • Spider you muda&@#ker

    Love Bill Peters strategy putting Backs and Lindholm out for the OT instead of Johnny and Monny. Two way players decent in the faceoff and fast skaters great job on the goal.

  • Brian McGrattan's Salute

    Depth scoring got us this win, so heck ya on that regard. Our depth has really been helping us win the last 10-20 games or so. Very good news.

    Kylington is really gunna make it hard for BP and BT when Valimaki comes back.

    If we trade TJ ever, Andersson deserves a shot up there on 1rw.

    And yes, Neal should have had at least 1 tonight, but he’s looking 10 times better lately than he did prior to the new year/getting his new old stick back.

  • Off the wall

    Nice to have the win before the All Star break and bye week.

    But 10 days without Flames hockey seems like an eternity right now.

    That chasm between us and the rest of the Pacific is beginning to look like the Grand Canyon.
    I really like it!

    • Brian McGrattan's Salute

      I would love for us to play SJ in the second round. They’ve looked shakey lately, but their stars played great tonight against WSH, tho it was a bit of a game of shinny. That being said, I think we would fare well against them, and I think it would be a wonderful series.

      Kane is looking hecking deadly tho… A known flame killer.

  • Jourflamesfan

    Open up TSN paige and see which is the top story.
    Yup. Not West leading Flames.

    But THATS ok. Cause we have more success playing under the radar. ?

  • RKD

    Not a terribly exciting game but got some depth scoring from Kylington and Jankowski and are up 6 points on the Sharks. 71 points by the all star break I never in a million years would have seen this coming.

    • cjc

      They have gotten by on talent and great goaltending for a while now, giving up far too many chances. Unless BP has just asked them to ease off on the accelerator while they play weaker teams?

    • cjc

      It’s really strange though. Despite a lot of roster turnover and a new coach, it’s the same old story with the ‘Canes – lots of chances and possession, vastly outshoot your opponents, but get mediocre goaltending and suffer a low shooting percentage. I see a lot of value in advanced stats inc. Corsi, but Carolina is the team that always seems to buck the trend. It has been the same story for the last four years.

      • Getpucksdeep

        It is odd for sure. Lead the league in both shots for and fewest shots against and yet are basically a 50-50 team. They kept the puck in our end but a lot of the shots were from the wall. BSD only had to make 1-2 heart stoppers while Mzarek faced fewer shots but stood on his head a half dozen times. They seemed to focus well on the Monahan line which makes sense, they have a an excellent D corps and Aho had the puck on string yet they still lost.

      • FlushedOut

        Carolina definitely didn’t get mediocre goaltending last night. A fortunate win for us that we really didn’t deserve. Sucked seeing us give up that last minute goal but Carolina deserved the point.

  • TKO

    loving the wins, and love how the team piled up the points in this recent soft part of the schedule……..
    BUT!!! this team has really slipped in defensive coverage, and I sure hope it doesn’t take an extended losing streak to pull them back into reality that they need to play a strong defensive system.
    On another note, i really hope that neither Vegas, San Jose, nor Winnipeg land Ferland. Ferland can change a playoff series single-handedly.

  • Herringchoker1971

    I’m just spit balling here. I don’t advocate trading our first but, I would if it landed us back Ferland. You put Czarnik on Waivers to make room for Ferland. Then do whatever to make Stone and Frolik go away next year, I think we could resign Ferland to a home town discount contract around what Lindholm gets probably a little less. I think we would be able to fit everyone under the cap then. That’s 9 or 10 million gone (I think). I’d even try and trade Neal in the off season. I think you could get a second for him based on his name and history. Most teams will know with his low shooting percentage, that this year is just a weird season. Ferland gives us something we need and that’s functional toughness. We fill in the gaps with Lazar, Dube and Mangiapane. Then you roll this season with:
    Gaudreau Mony Lindholm
    Tkuchuk Backlund Ferland
    Bennett Janko Neal
    Frolik Ryan Lazar

  • CalgaryBornandRaised

    Lots of free agent or trade guys came here and had bad first years, Hamilton, Hamonic……Brouwer……well maybe nobody could help Brouwer

    At this point the Flames are playing well despite Neal, so my only gripe will be if he doesn’t show up come playoff time

  • freethe flames

    There have been games where the the Fab 5 have carried us to victory; last night was not one of them. Rittich has stolen a few games and he did so last night but I also thought some of the lesser lights played well. Backs a goal and assist (should have had another assist but Bad Break Neal), the 4th line did it’s job, the kid’s on D, Janko with a 4 on 4 snipe. We go into the break in first place and we go into the break relatively healthy. Guys go and take a break and get even healthier but prepare yourselves for the push that is to follow.