A very back and forth match all the way up till the start of the 3rd, where the Flames took a two goal lead and promptly went into “protect the lead” mode. Some bad goaltending from Freddie Anderson and an overall better complete game then the previous 2, I’m pumped to say the win streaks hit 7.
Corsi King - Plenty of Flames finished over 50%, but in his 9:13 Michael Frolik took the crown tonight. 14 CF, 5 CA slightly ahead of linemates Mark Jankowski and Tobias Reider. The leader from the back end was Travis Hamonic, putting up a CF% of 58.54 after having a couple games in the dumps.
Corsi Clown - He’s gotten some offence lately but it was an absolute ROUGH game for young Dillon Dube, who finished the night with a CF of 5, a CA of 22 for a CF% of just 18.52%. The D-dud tonight was, to no surprise, Michael Stone. Stone put up a CF% of 31.71, and he especially stood out when John Tavares scored the first goal and he was just standing in front of the net, covering nobody.
Taken By Chance - Hello Travis Hamonic, making his second appearance today in a positive column. FIFTEEN, yes fifteen scoring chances for Hammer tonight, 5 of which were classified as high danger chances. Forward leader(s) tonight were Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau with 10 apiece.
xGF% - Coming in at 80.55%, fresh off missing a game, didn’t look like he missed a beat, Matthew Tkachuk ladies and gentlemen. This right here, is why you can’t look at +/- as a valid stat. Chucky yielded one goal against, but all of his chances that he created with his line helped him have a truly tremendous outing. For instance, Connor McDavid’s year long average of xGF% is ~49.5%, so a game above that, let alone at 80, proves Tkachuk did a whole lot of things right.
Bottom Dwellers tonight were Dube at 10.22% and Stone at 28.50%
Game Flow -
Back and Forth game for 40 minutes. Flames and Leafs both pushing for goals to try and grab an extended lead, than as soon as the 3rd period started, the floodgates opened a bit and Calgary grabbed it. From then in, all the heavy chances, corsi, and xGF came from the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Flames played a safe brand of dump and chase to make the Leafs use the whole ice. A 1:30 5-on-Rittich didn’t help what looked like a massive possession swing but, hey, we have a David Rittich to rely on.
Game Score - Sean Monahan, the man on a streak which I hope lasts all year, was tops tonight running a 3.15 game score. Positively involved all night on the offence, he made a GREAT pass on the Hamonic goal, good eyes. Speaking of Hammer, he led the D tonight at 2.57. From the back we have Dillon Dube (-1.57) and Michael Stone (-0.57), which have both now been mentioned 3 times. They really had a rough night, but it should also be noted Derek Ryan (-1.10) and Milan Lucic (-0.45) also struggled tonight after stringing together a few really, really good games.