For two periods the Flames outplayed the Wild, then were very quickly reminded that you cannot play 40 mins of a game and expect to win. Blowing a 2-goal lead in the third period, Calgary managed to hang on to get the game to overtime where the hottest Flame of late – Mikael Backlund (yes that’s correct) – knocked a Sean Monahan shot out of the air for the win.
The second story of the night was that Karri Ramo left the game in the first period, apparently injured on this harmless play?
The third story of the night was that the Flames have now won 5 games in a row, their longest streak in over two years and the longest currently active in the NHL.
Mark Giordano has a 9-game point streak going, the longest point streak by a Flames defenseman in 20 years.
Kris Russell was hurt in the warm-up and did not play.
Wow, lots happened Saturday night.