35Johnny Gaudreau
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Post-Game: Flames can’t find a point in Winnipeg

The Calgary Flames flew to Winnipeg on Saturday night seeking a point to clinch a playoff spot. They’re still looking for it despite a strong effort in a tight-checking 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The Rundown

This game was pretty even, tilted slightly towards the Flames. There were three goals.

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The Jets made it 1-0 with nine seconds left in the first period. After an icing, Mark Scheifele won the face-off, passed the puck off and then drove to the net. Ben Chiarot pinched with the puck and shoved it to Scheifele, who chipped it past Mike Smith. It was a really sharp play to take a late lead.

The Flames tied the goal off a nice shorthanded play, winning the defensive zone face-off and then connecting a nice passing sequence which ended with a Mark Jankowski redirect of a Elias Lindholm pass to make it 1-1.

But before the double-minor that the Flames scored on could expire, Mathieu Perreault jammed in a loose puck after Smith made the initial stop but couldn’t smother the rebound. That made it 2-1, and that’s all the scoring we saw here.

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The Flames pressed in the third period, but couldn’t turn their zone time into goals as the Jets defended well.

Why the Flames Lost

This was a schedule loss – the Flames played the night before in a different time zone, were missing two regular forwards, and didn’t arrive in Winnipeg until 3:30 a.m. – but the visitors did their best to make a game of it. They out-shot and out-chanced the Jets at even strength, but the Jets scoring on their power play opportunities (and the Flames failing to do so) was the difference.

Red Warrior

Johnny Gaudreau didn’t get a point, but he led the Flames in ice time and shots. He was all over the place and should’ve been rewarded more for it on the scoresheet.

The Turning Point

Take your pick of either third period Flames power play. If they score on either of them, or even generate some scoring chances and tucker the Jets defenders out, it’s a completely different game.

The Numbers

(Percentage stats are 5-on-5, data via Natural Stat Trick)

Player Corsi
Lindholm 94.7 55.6 1.615
Ryan 94.1 55.6 1.130
Gaudreau 82.8 50.0 1.300
Brodie 82.6 62.5 1.100
Giordano 79.2 50.0 1.300
Andersson 70.6 16.7 0.275
Mangiapane 69.2 60.0 0.600
Jankowski 66.7 37.5 1.215
Fantenberg 66.7 100 0.375
Czarnik 63.2 50.0 0.250
Hanifin 62.5 53.9 0.300
Hamonic 62.5 85.7 0.600
Hathaway 61.5 25.0 0.065
Quine 60.0 0.0 -0.160
Backlund 57.1 100 0.010
Tkachuk 55.0 80.0 0.400
Frolik 45.0 85.7 -0.175
Stone 40.0 50.0 -0.050
Smith 0.400

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The Flames (44-21-7) head home tonight. They’re off tomorrow and host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at the Saddledome.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Tonights Takeaways:

    Ah, at the confluence of the Rivers Red and Assiniboia squats Winnipeg, home to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Remember when the two most prized artefacts there were the Golden Jet’s toupee and mighty Mack Herron’s jock? Funny that such different items elicited the same response, “My goodness! It’s huge!”

    Is the Jets’ stunning third jersey a reflection of the team itself? Jets went full on Occam’s razor with this amazing third jersey that blows away the regular jersey and those before it, but is it destined to remain just the third jersey? Likewise, Chevy has built an impressive team, but can he keep the key pieces and upgrade to make the Jets champs and not just a really good team? So goes the third jersey, so go the Jets?

    Thought the Flames had a very strong 1st and were unlucky to be trailing at the end of it. They weren’t as good in the 2nd, especially on offence, but still down by 1. Very solid 3rd and while they badly outshot the Jets, I don’t think many of the shots caused Hell Boy to sweat.

    This loss reminds me of the home ice loss to Tampa as both games could just as easily have gone in favour of the Flames. It was playoff hockey tonight in Winnipeg, and remind me who the last cup winner was that went 16-0 in the playoffs? You just ain’t gonna win them all.

    3-1 season series win over the Jets. That ain’t greasy kid stuff.

    PP sucked again tonight. That was the most troubling part of the loss.

    Is there a goalie in the NHL whose mask falls off more than Smith’s? His fake face seems to fall off every game. He played very well tonight despite the loss. I liked Ryan’s game as well.

    Who was the last Flame to have flowing tresses like Perrault? Chris Simon in 2004? Lindholm and Frolik are on their way. Let ‘er grow, boys!

    Flames FUMBLE! The ball is under a massive, moving pile of humanity with each side saying it has possession.

  • Paul Hart

    The difference in effort put forward by Hanifin and Brodie on Perrault’s goal was appalling. Where has TJ from the first half of the season gone? Hope he enjoys his last few months in Calgary. It was good while it lasted.

  • RKD

    Flames hit a few posts actually Johnny hit most of them but the Jets weren’t giving up much. We had a lot of turnovers but we owned the 3rd period. Smitty was solid no chance on either goal .

  • Stu Gotz

    Flames played well. The loss of Monahan and Bennett had an impact. Was hoping Quine would be more effective. Looks like teams remain focussed on Johnny down the stretch and into the playoffs.

  • Flamesforever

    I’m more confident of our chances in the playoffs after watching that game. Unfortunate we didn’t at least get a point. Nashville do us a solid and beat San Jose in regulation. Also I just have to say how happy I am to have Matty Tkachuk on our team, what a stud ? GFG

  • MontanaMan

    Flames played well enough to win but the two games in less than 24 hours showed. I wasn’t terribly impressed with Winnipeg’s game – if that’s the best they have to address a sweep by the Flames I’d be concerned if I was the Jets.

  • Gus Fring

    This was a basic playoff game tight checking with a lot of back and forth. You have to capitalize on the little scoring chances that you get. All in all it wasn’t a bad team game despite the fact we were missing Mony and Bennet. Regroup for the blue jackets!

      • Raoul Duke

        The farm team is acting as it is supposed to. Jankowski, Rittich, Mangiapane, Hathaway, Andersson, and Kylington are all products of farm system. Next season Dube will be a full time NHLer. Producing NHL ready players is the main purpose of the farm team.
        *Did not include Valimaki, barring his injury he would not have played in the AHL this season.

      • cjc

        SF – despite the defensive challenges they just can’t get a save. At the end of the day that is the main reason they are missing the playoffs. It’s a development league and you can only play so many guys with 300 + pro games each night.

      • Albertabeef

        Flames haven’t had a good farm system since Marty St Louis was with the organization and we won the Calder Cup(2000-01). Probably won’t change any time soon.

    • Cheeky

      Was hoping they would come out to play this weekend, too bad. Some of the hanger ons (cough, Foo, cough) just didn’t help. Was hoping the Gillies of the last couple weeks was the real one…

  • Lazarus

    Re: Monahan
    Maybe some of you who don’t appreciate him will now be slower to dump on him.
    As the song goes, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone..”

  • Vinnsanity0412

    A Bobby Hull/Mack Herron reference…brilliant! My favourite is when Dennis Hull was at a speaking engagement here in Calgary and after mentioning his bald head, he said “Obviously bobby has the hair tonight.”

  • Albertabeef

    “This was a schedule loss”
    OMG that is just garbage. It’s not impossible to win back to back games, flames have done it before. Don’t use the schedule or the roster for the loss. Janks should not have been used as a first line center and Backs shouldn’t have been on the PP1. I would call it a roster coaching issue or bad luck loss due to the amount of posts hit. Take your pick.
    I would have moved Lindholm to center and put Ryan on the right.

    • Sol Goode

      It’s definitely not an easy matchup when you are playing a top team that is rested, especially when the other team travels.

      I don’t recall seeing Jankowski with Gaudreau very much, I do think it was a mistake putting Mangiapane out on the pp with Gaudreau and Lindholm.

      • Albertabeef

        It’s a hit at the writer not the team. Saying “schedule loss” means you are expecting and accepting a loss. That is unacceptable as a fan, you should always be under the attitude that any game is winnable and they should play to win every game. I accept losses as I know you can not win them all, but I expect them to play to win. I think sometimes these media people need a kick in the pants. The team will make no excuses, even though there where many available. Chances were there they just didn’t get buried. Mangiapane at least plays a bigger game, and may have more upside than Jankowski. Funny considering Mange is 2 years younger and 6 inches shorter lol. He kind of reminds me of Cliff Ronning, one of my favorite EASPORTS NHL 94 players lol. Theo in that game is probably my favorite all time Flame, and probably the highest rated Flame in any video game.

  • Kzak

    It may have been a schedule loss, but the Flames were totally out of sync for much of the game and at one point I counted double-digit giveaways in one between-commercial break segments. Even Johnny, who was all over the place, still had problems making and accepting passes. With that being said, we still out worked and out played the Jets and thanks to the Preds, are still first in the West. As an aside, if we didn’t already know Don Cherry was a bigot, there was no mention of the NZ shooting last night on coach’s corner. If this had been a christian church lit up by a Muslim, he’d be sporting a pin and listing all the names of the victims.

  • Garry T

    Got into the hotel at 330am and probably to sleep around 4 to 430am.
    2 posts in first seven minutes. Both of those go in, it is a different game. Well played boys. SAN Jose lost. We are ok.