You can put it in the win column.
The Flames were down 2-0 going into the third period and had managed only 7 shots through 40. It was looking like my prediction of Calgary losing 5-0 might come true, and Peter Maher’s prediction of getting the win so he could yell out one final “Yeah baby!” was not going to happen. Shows what I know.
Juri Hudler got it started after the Flames had multiple chances for their first, then Denis Wideman had two in the span of 5 minutes to put Calgary up 3-2. The Ducks tied it late on a power play, and overtime solved nothing. Unless what you were after was to be entertained, then it solved that. The shootout featured goals from a couple rising stars in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and one goal from slower-than-molasses Kesler. When it was over, Hiller got the win over the team that gave up on him.
Because I’m prone to finding the negatives, here they are. Calgary was brutal through two periods, managing less than a shot for every five minutes of play. The power play went 0-5. Curtis Glencross was coasting around as per usual, actually even more than usual, and it cost the Flames a bunch of chances. Devin Setoguchi was playing, that’s a negative. Also Kris Russel and David Jones were both out with injuries.
Didn’t matter though, the Flames got it done anyway.