Author: Cam Tucker

Comeback kids from Calgary win a wild one against Bruins in OT

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It was their calling card last season.

The Calgary Flames developed a penchant for thrilling third-period comebacks, finishing third in the league with 10 victories when trailing after two periods.

It remains to be seen if they can conjure similar results this season as it progresses, however they pulled off quite the comeback in a wild one against the Boston Bruins on Friday, eventually winning the game 5-4 in overtime courtesy Johnny Gaudreau‘s hat trick goal. Former Bruin Dougie Hamilton, facing his old team, registered an assist on the winner.

Flames forward Jiri Hudler scored the tying goal with 1.2 seconds remaining in the third period, sending the game to overtime. It came just 1:04 after Brad Marchand scored on a short-handed penalty shot to give Boston a late 4-3 lead.

This was hardly a goalie-friendly game. The two teams combined for six goals in the opening 23 minutes, including three in 46 seconds early in the middle period.

The Flames chased Jonas Gustavsson from the net early in the second period on Gaudreau’s second goal of the night.

Calgary is now in a four-way tie — along with Dallas, Montreal and L.A. — for the most wins when trailing after two periods at this point in the season, as per NHL.com.

Flyers deal with the Devils in OT for fourth straight win

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Matt Read scored on a 2-on-1 break 3:24 into overtime, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Friday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.

Jakub Voracek set up power-play goals by red-shot Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux, and Michal Neuvirth made 15 saves while helping the Flyers to their third regulation win (3-10-2) over New Jersey since the start of the 2012-13 season.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored for Philadelphia.

Mike Cammalleri, Stefan Matteau and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils in a feisty game that featured a couple of scrums and one fight.

Read skated with Sean Couturier for his big 2-on-1 in OT. He faked several shots with defenseman Andy Greene taking away his passing lane, and then fired the puck off Cory Schneider‘s shoulder, with the shot crawling into the net for his fourth goal.

Cammalleri tied it with 1:01 left in regulation with a power-play goal on which the Devils had pulled Schneider for an extra skater. It was his 10th goal of the season and ended a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for the Flyers.

Lee Stempniak got the primary assist on Cammalleri’s third goal in two games by kicking the puck from out in front of the net to his teammate in the left circle for a shot that beat Neuvirth.

The Flyers had taken a 3-2 lead with 10:30 left in the period on a rebound in close by Bellemare.

The Devils jumped in front 6:36 into the first period when Neuvirth gave up a horrible goal. Matteau skated the puck from his own blue line into the right corner in the Flyers’ end and backhanded a shot at the goaltender along the ice. Neuvirth misplayed the puck and Mattteau got his first goal of the season.

Simmonds tied it a little more than three minutes later on a power play. Giroux sent a cross-ice pass from the left circle to Voracek in the right circle. He found Simmonds at the left side of the net with a quick pass that seemed to go into the net off his skate. The play was reviewed and the goal was allowed.

NOTES: Simmonds’ power-play goal was the first allowed by the Devils at home since Oct. 31 against Islanders. They had killed off 23 straight short-handed situations. … Flyers’ Scott Laughton got the best of Devils’ Bobby Farnham in a one-punch, second-period fight. … The teams have split two games this season.

Video: Sharks’ Haley drops the gloves with Ducks’ Stewart

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Tempers shortened in the first period, as San Jose Sharks forward Micheal Haley dropped the gloves with Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Stewart in a marathon scrap.

Haley, listed at 5’10” tall and 205 pounds, gives up about four inches and 26 pounds to Stewart.

There were no goals to speak of in the opening period, but not surprisingly it was a highly physical contest between the two Pacific Division rivals.

Video: Johnny Gaudreau scores a beauty, chases Bruins’ goalie Gustavsson

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Johnny Gaudreau‘s second goal of the game for the Calgary Flames chased Boston Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson from the net early in the second period.

Gaudreau took a pass in front and out-waited Gustavsson, tucking the puck in behind the Bruins goalie as he slid out to try to make the save. That briefly restored Calgary’s lead over the visiting Bruins. Gustavsson was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots, giving way to Tuukka Rask.

In a chaotic sequence, the Flames and Bruins combined for three goals in 46 seconds early in the second period, and six goals in the opening 23 minutes of hockey before things settled down later on in the middle period.

Leafs’ Bernier earns shut out in first AHL conditioning stint start

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The struggles of 27-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier have been well chronicled this season, however on Friday, he earned a shutout in his first conditioning stint start with the Toronto Marlies.

Sent to the AHL earlier this week, Bernier made 22 saves in a 4-0 Marlies win over the Rochester Americans, getting this assignment off to a positive start after plenty of difficulties with the NHL club this season.

Bernier had yet to record a win in nine games with the Leafs, to go along with a .888 save percentage.

While Bernier remains in the minors for right now, the Leafs announced the call-up of goaltender Antoine Bibeau. He’ll join the team in St. Louis, after James Reimer was listed as day-to-day after he aggravated a recent injury, as per a report from the Canadian Press.

That would mean that for right now, Toronto’s goaltending duo includes the 21-year-old Bibeau, who has never played an NHL regular season game, and Garret Sparks, who has only two games of NHL experience.

Meanwhile, the goaltending situation with the Marlies provided another interesting storyline Friday: