Calgary Flames 2 – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (OT)
Late game heroics aren’t the MO for the Calgary Flames. What they’re known for is blowing third period leads and folding the tent late. This same thing happened in this game. Devoid of offence once again, albeit they’re improving their defensive play, Calgary squandered their third period lead but managed to pull the game out of the hat in the exciting dying seconds of the overtime frame.
The ‘Done was a bit of a circus pre-game with the morning announcement of a management shuffle. Brian Burke fired Jay Feaster and his assistant GM John Weisbrod.
Back in the lineup before gametime were Curtis Glencross and TJ Galiardi. To make room Sven Baertschi was sent down to the minors.
Calgary outworked the visiting Canes but generated few quality scoring chances. The most exciting line was perhaps the fourth line with Paul Byron in the middle and fan favourite Brian McGrattan on the left side. McGrattan actually chipped in his first this season mid-way through the second period after a great shift. But if your scoring comes in the form of McGrattan, your only scoring, you won’t win many games.
After the typical third period melting, complete with a penalty shot that Kari Ramo save, Carolina tied the game to force overtime.
Overtime looked to solve nothing, and players like Byron were getting time on ice (you have to wonder why, but the move paid off). With 10 second left Byron took the puck up the ice, and after slowing down while entering the zone, he found Chris Butler who wristed home the game winner with 2 seconds to spare.
A rare win for the Flames on a night that was full of distractions. A rare last second win that was a treat for fans to watch.
The Flames will now set off for an Eastern road swing as they continue to piece together what comes next for this organization. One thing is for sure, a new GM will be leading the way.