Good morning Flames fans! Or good afternoon, I should say, last night was probably a late night for you.
Well the Calgary Flames found a way again. Jonas Hiller, who’s been spectacular all series was pulled after letting in two goals on three shots. Karri Ramo came in net and then let in the first shot he faced. It was not looking good for the home team. After being down by three goals (in 9 minutes and on 4 shots), Michael Ferland scored with three minutes to go in the first period to pull the Flames within two goals after 20 minutes.
But Calgary would find a way. The top line (Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Juri Hudler finished the night with 10 points) scored the next two goals to tie the game at three. But Vancouver wasn’t going to let the game get away from them that easy. The Canucks scored the next goal to retake the lead, 4 to 3, heading into the third period.
Jiri Hudler – the only one on the top line who hadn’t already scored this game – tied the game at 4 which sent the Saddledome into a frenzy. Then, with just 4 minutes to go in the game, Matt Stajan picked the best possible time to score his first ever playoff goal. That goal was the biggest scored by the Flames in over a decade. I’ve been giving Matt crap all year, but you have to appreciate what he did for Calgary last night. Here is what that sounded like.
The Flames, who won the best-of-7 series 4-2, will face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round.