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Post-Game: Flames can’t get past Ducks

The Calgary Flames scratched seven regulars for their Wednesday night game in Anaheim against the Ducks. They generally looked a bit disinterested and disjointed, and they lost a 3-1 game at the Honda Center.

The Rundown

The Ducks took the lead early off some rough defensive play from the Flames. Oliver Kylington coughed the puck up a couple times. On the second turnover, the Ducks made a few nice passes that led to Sam Steel uncorking a shot from the high shot that beat David Rittich to make it 1-0 Ducks.

Anaheim doubled their lead a little while later. They got on the cycle and while Kylington had Max Jones covered well, Jones chucked the puck on net and it eluded Rittich (who was concerned with a Ducks player cutting towards the net from the opposite side) to make it 2-0 Ducks.

The Flames got one back before the end of the period. Off the rush there was some nice passing between the makeshift first line of Johnny Gaudreau, Derek Ryan and Austin Czarnik. Gaudreau fed Ryan in the slot, who deked right to the net and tucked the puck behind Ryan Miller to make it 2-1.

Shots were 11-11 and scoring chances 12-5 Ducks in the first period.

Ryan Getzlaf extended Anaheim’s lead in the second period. The Flames had a power play but couldn’t score. As the penalty expired Carter Rowney sent Getzlaf into the Flames zone. Rasmus Andersson kept him from getting too deep, but his wrist shot from just inside the blueline beat Rittich stick side (just inside the far post) to make it 3-1.

Shots were 12-10 Ducks, chances 9-5 Ducks in the second period.

Neither team scored in the final period. Shots were 9-5 Ducks and chances were 8-3 Ducks.

Why the Flames Lost

The Flames generally went through the motions. Missing their top four defenders and two of their top forwards they lacked offensive oomph and defensive effectiveness. They went 0-for-5 on the power play with eight shots, and were generally out-played and out-chanced by the Ducks at even strength. High danger scoring chances were 16-7 Ducks and that was generally reflective of the give-a-crap level for the visitors.

Red Warrior

Gaudreau got his 98th point of the season, so he gets the nod.

The Turning Point

Getzlaf’s goal to make it 3-1 was a sign that perhaps Big Save Dave wasn’t at his best and that the entire group wasn’t quite feeling this one.

The Numbers

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

Player Corsi
Backlund 48.4 0.0 -0.090
Andersson 46.4 66.7 -0.075
Fantenberg 45.8 66.7 0.300
Frolik 45.7 25.0 -0.290
Tkachuk 44.4 0.0 0.000
Gaudreau 42.1 71.4 0.550
Czarnik 35.7 71.4 0.400
Hathaway 35.7 33.3 -0.200
Jankowski 35.0 16.7 -0.435
Stone 34.8 22.2 -0.150
Kylington 34.8 37.5 -0.575
Quine 33.3 33.3 -0.145
Ryan 33.3 71.4 0.875
Valimaki 33.3 27.3 -0.050
Mangiapane 27.3 20.0 -0.200
Prout 26.9 40.0 -0.850
Dube 20.0 16.7 -0.600
Neal 11.8 16.7 -0.725
Rittich 0.650

This and That

Both Flames penalties were taken by Michaels – Stone and Frolik.

Sam Steel is not related to the Sam Steele from the Heritage Minutes segment.

Up Next

The Flames (50-24-7) complete their regular season schedule with a Saturday night date with the Edmonton Oilers at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

  • Speed Kills

    Well since the Flames came out and played like it was a light optional practice.. It would have been more interesting to see what Kylington could look like as a Forward, He just seems so much more comfortable in the O-Zone. Would have liked to see some Line blender action too as those lines were just Blaaa, Meh, Yawn and Yeeeeesh…
    Understandably the Safety First play/effort will continue through to the “battle” of Alberta which will make for a very cringe worthy game. Oh well, let it go and focus on the game after the regular season formality.

    • Lazarus

      Curious to me that the Flames showed a LOT more on the 2nd half of a b2b against the Kings then they did tonight fresh against the Ducks?
      Monahan Out, Backlund In? Was that it?
      Seriously..Johnny is playing with 3rd liners, Defense was the same as against the Kings. 3M..paging Backlund and 3M? Nothing

  • Puck Head

    I missed the game but it doesn’t sound like I missed the game.

    Picked up some Flames flags for my truck. They’re ok but Im fed up with buying cheap Chinese 💩. Pretty sure we could make better ones for the same price here.

    Go 🔥 Go!!!!

  • Skylardog

    Just wondering…

    If Dube was brought up on an emergency basis as reported yesterday, then does that not mean that in addition to Benny being injured, then both Lindholm and Monahan would also have to have injuries?

  • cjc

    Won’t lose sleep over that one, though I am still concerned that this team can’t buy a powerplay goal. They are 3/46 (plus a penalty shot goal) since the beginning of March, by my count. Colorado is 11/47 over the same stretch.

    • oddclod

      Those numbers go out the window in playoffs. Just be thankful, we’re not getting the wild, or stars whom match up well against yyc. This is our year. No ducks, no blackhawks, no kings, this is the new era & the window is NOW OPEN. GFG! GFG! GFG!

      • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

        Czarnik should be on the PP full time. He’s got a great shot and is a deceptive passer. He would always be in the lineup for me if only to be a PP Specialist. Whenever he is placed on PP2 that Unit starts to click every time.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    Jusso Valimaki was the only one who really looked good last night for me, outside of the regulars. Honestly he would be the sixth defenceman for me in the playoffs if Fantenberg falters, which he has of late. Prout looked like hot garage last night again, Kylington got blamed for that one goal, but they were hemmed in their zone right before that goal because Prout missed like four outlet passes in a row. Kylington was literally trying to cover three areas all by himself becuase Prout was stuck in no mans land.