As per usual, the Flames spotted their opponent a 2-0 lead in the first. However to make things more difficult, Calgary also went into the third period down by two goals, and was down again (for the third time in the game) by two with just 3 minutes to go.
What Hartley called a ‘gut feeling,’ he pulled Ramo with 3 minutes to go in the game and the Flames scored twice with the empty net. It was the first time the Flames scored twice with the goalie pulled in franchise history. Curtis “The Invisible Man” Glencross actually had two goals in this game and Jiri Hudler scored the shootout winner to cap the comeback.
So while the box score showed otherwise, and New Jersey looked like they carried the play most of the time, Calgary actually lead all major stats in the game.
Karri Ramo played pretty well, despite a poor GAA. He made a few huge saves to keep them in the game. Never allowing the Devils to go up by three… because that would be crazy.
The Flames, who lost 4-3 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, improved to 8-0-1 when coming off a loss and improved their NHL-leading total for wins when trailing after two periods to five.
“I’ll have to get my heart checked,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “I don’t know how they do it, but we found a way again. We’re not making it easy, but we’re making it interesting.”