Calgary Flames 4, Dallas Stars 3 (SO)
It didn’t start pretty, but it did end that way. It began in a similar fashion when Karri Ramo let in a real soft goal just two minutes into the game. Then Dougie Hamilton scored 10 minutes later (for Dallas mind you) to put the Stars up 2-0 after one period.
The Calgary Flames came out strong in the second period, but it was once again Ramo letting the team down by letting in a wraparound (really, who scores on a 1/1 wraparound?). The score was now 3-0 after twenty minutes on goals by Jason Spezza, Cody Eakin and Mattias Janmark. Dallas was 10-0-0 when leading after two periods and had won six consecutive road games. Things didn’t look promising.
Call in the comeback kids
To their credit, the Flames came off a strong second period with a dominating third period. Calgary was out-shooting Dallas 13-1 just five minutes into the final frame. Mikael Backlund scored first on his fourth rebound, then Johnny Gaudreau scored just a minute and a half later on the third rebound of the series. I’m not sure what Dallas’ defence was doing, but you just can’t let that many rebounds happen in front of your net. It wasn’t on Antti Niemi either, I thought he was solid.
Dougie Hamilton made up for his earlier gaff by scoring the tying goal to send the game to overtime. Ramo showed up for overtime, and he can be credited with getting that extra point. Especially in the final minute when Dallas had a 4-on-3 powerplay in extra time. All three shooters scored for Calgary in the shootout, and that’s all she wrote.