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Saint John Flames - Playoff Statistics Round III

D'Arcy McGrath

May 15, 2001

Playoff Statistics Analysis

The fact that the Saint John Flames have enjoyed some success in the AHL's  playoffs isn't a surprise, but their shear dominance is. With three AHL opponents now cast aside the Baby Flames have only lost two games in three playoff rounds, compiling a record of 11-2.

Sergei Varlamov has continued his playoff mastery with 13 goals in 13 playoff games, while others have continued to emerge, giving the team a truly balanced attack.

Calgarypuck.com takes a look at the Baby Flames third round performance, a series that saw the Flames eliminate the Providence Bruins in five games.

Production:

The table below shows the goals, assists and points for each post season player on the Saint John roster. The table shows the statistic for all three playoff rounds individually, as well as an overall playoff total.

 

Goals

Assists

Points

Player

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

Tkaczuk

 

0

4

4

 

1

4

5

 

1

8

9

Begin

3

3

3

9

0

2

4

6

3

5

7

15

Varlamov

3

5

5

13

1

3

1

5

4

8

6

18

Clark

1

1

1

3

1

0

4

5

2

1

5

8

Montador

0

0

0

0

2

1

4

7

2

1

4

7

Murray

0

2

0

2

2

6

3

11

2

8

3

13

Scoville

1

0

1

2

2

2

2

6

3

2

3

8

Roche

0

2

0

2

0

2

3

5

0

4

3

7

Dupont

0

0

0

0

1

4

2

7

1

4

2

7

Walser

1

4

0

5

2

2

1

5

3

6

1

10

Botterill

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

5

2

2

1

5

Betts

1

0

1

2

0

2

0

2

1

2

1

4

Fata

0

1

0

1

0

2

1

3

0

3

1

4

Martin

 

1

0

1

 

1

1

2

 

2

1

3

Mrozik

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Elomo

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

1

1

0

2

Dewar

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

St.Croix

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

Doull

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

1

Morgan

 

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

Russell

 

 

0

0

 

 

0

0

 

 

0

0

Royer

 

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

 

0

0

0

Notes: The most notable change to the Saint John Flames attack in the third round was the addition of Daniel Tkaczuk to the scoresheet. Tkaczuk missed the entire first round and the first three games of the Quebec series before making his playoff debut. After a few games, Tkaczuk was able to rid himself of some cob webs, exploding in the third round of the playoffs to lead the team with eight points in the five game series. Tkaczuk edged out Steve Begin with seven points and Sergei Varlamov with six. Both Varlamov and Begin have been steady performers throughout the playoffs with Varlamov leading the team overall with 18 points and Begin sitting second with 15. The trio of Varlamov, Begin and Tkaczuk scored 12 of the team's 16 goals against the Bruins. Marty Murray, the team's regular season offensive dynamo, had an off series against the Bruins. The diminutive winger mustered only two points in the first series against Portland, but exploded with eight points in the second round against Quebec, before only scoring three points against the Bruins.

Plus Minus:

The table below looks at plus/minus statistics for all three rounds, and the playoffs overall. The first section shows plus/minus in actual terms while the final columns shows the statistic on a per game basis.

 

Plus Minus

Plus Minus/GP

Player

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

Tkaczuk

 

-2

2

0

 

-0.67

0.40

0.00

Montador

5

2

2

9

1.67

0.40

0.40

0.69

Scoville

5

4

2

11

1.67

0.80

0.40

0.85

Begin

1

0

0

1

0.33

0.00

0.00

0.08

Roche

1

3

0

4

0.33

0.60

0.00

0.31

Dupont

0

-2

0

-2

0.00

-0.40

0.00

-0.15

Botterill

1

4

0

5

0.33

0.80

0.00

0.39

Morgan

 

0

0

0

 

0.00

 

0.00

Russell

 

 

0

0

 

 

0.00

0.00

Royer

 

0

0

0

 

0.00

0.00

0.00

Varlamov

-1

4

-1

2

-0.33

0.80

-0.20

0.15

Clark

5

-1

-1

3

1.67

-0.20

-0.25

0.25

Murray

1

5

-1

5

0.33

1.00

-0.20

0.39

Betts

2

1

-1

2

0.67

0.20

-0.20

0.15

Fata

2

3

-1

4

0.67

0.60

-0.20

0.31

Mrozik

-2

-2

-1

-5

-0.67

-0.40

-0.20

-0.39

Doull

0

0

-1

-1

0.00

0.00

-0.20

-0.08

Walser

2

5

-2

5

0.67

1.00

-0.40

0.39

Martin

 

4

-2

2

 

0.80

-0.40

0.20

Elomo

1

1

 

2

0.33

0.33

 

0.33

Dewar

0

 

 

0

0.00

 

 

0.00

St.Croix

0

0

 

0

0.00

0.00

 

0.00

Notes: The Saint John Flames may have taken the Providence Bruins in five games, but they had more "minus" players than "plus". Saint John's highly effective powerplay was clearly the difference in the series. The Flames were lead in the round by three players; Daniel Tkaczuk, Steve Montador and Darrel Scoville, each with a plus two rating. Overall the team is lead by Scoville, who is a +11 in the playoffs.

Playoff Tidbits:

      The Flames remain a perfect 6-0 at home, outscoring the opposition by a 23-6 mark. On the road the Flames are 5-2, with a 22-18 goal margin.

      The Flames have balanced their scoring across all three periods with 16 first period goals, 14 second period goals, and 13 third period goals.

      Saint John has outshot their opponents by a total of 523 to 349.

      The Flames have the playoff's number one powerplay, hitting for 21 goals in 67 opportunities, good for a 31.3% success rate.

      Their penalty killing is middle of the pack at 85.7%.

      Martin Brochu is second in goals against average at 1.75. He is ranked fifth in save percentage with 0.931.

      Brochu leads the AHL with three playoff shut outs this post season.