So much happened in the final 5 minutes of that game, really the final period and overtime, I don’t know where to start.
I guess with the Bennett non-goal. So kudos to the crowd for making such a stink for the linesmen to look up to the bench to have Hartley make the nod to get the ref to review the crowd. That’s right, I’m giving the fans credit for that one. It was close, but I have to believe the Situation Room back in Toronto has a lot more camera angles than we get to see. Since I was at the game we only saw the replay before they were going to review it, once a goal is under review they don’t show the crowd anymore. Since the overhead angle didn’t show the puck cross the line I believe that the puck wasn’t in, the camera angle that did show it in I think the puck was up in the air and that’s why you see white underneath.
But that didn’t matter (thankfully).
Because with two minutes remaining Stajan almost cost the Flames the season when he took a goaltender interference penalty. I think the officials feared that they’d be hit with beer if they didn’t call offsetting penalties with that much time to go in the game. So now 4-on-4, Hartley pulls the goalie?! So with two minutes to go – I can’t stress that enough – it’s 5-on-4, and then the Ducks take a delay-of-game penalty! So now we’re 6-on-4, and with 20 seconds to go in the game Johnny Hockey scores to tie the game at three. Gaudreau had done nothing all game, and he comes through at the end.
Then overtime. Karri Ramo, who didn’t look too sharp but then would come up with some out-of-his-mind saves when he needed to. Ramo made the save in OT that probably (again) could have ended the season, and the Ducks shortly after had a delayed penalty coming. Then Backlund – who also didn’t do much for the game – scores in overtime. Are you kidding me?
The Flames opened the scoring, but only led for a couple minutes before Anaheim tied it. The Ducks then take the lead 2-1. Then Joe Colborne scores a breakaway shorthanded beauty of a goal to tie the game at two midway through the second. The Anaheim scores soon after to retake their one-goal lead. The 3-2 score stood for all but the last 20 seconds of the third period. Then you all know what happened after that.
Mikael Backlund couldn’t have picked a better time to score his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal.
“That was something I’ve been dreaming of, something I’ve told myself before the third period I was going to do,” Backlund said. “I’ve got to go in with that mindset if I want to play well. That’s what I was just trying to tell myself.
“It was an amazing feeling. It’s hard to describe. I didn’t believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it’s just an unbelievable feeling. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don’t think I’m the same caliber player he is so I couldn’t do it.”