But third period comebacks have become the Flames’ calling card this season. And they pulled off another in Game 3 against the Ducks on Tuesday, defeating the visitors 4-3 in overtime to get back in the series. Playing the role of massive underdog, the Flames are still behind 2-1 in the series, but they have a win, with another game on home ice to try and even things up.
Johnny Gaudreau buried a perfect shot on a five-on-three with 19 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. In the extra period, Mikael Backlund won it with a delayed penalty coming to the Ducks.
Yet it looked at times like the Flames might be their own worst enemy.
They got off to a perfect start, with Brandon Bollig giving them the lead 2:07 into the first period. But the Ducks countered on goals from Patrick Maroon and Corey Perry to go ahead.
Flames’ forward Joe Colborne tied the game in the second period with his first career playoff goal — a beauty, short-handed — but Calgary wasn’t able to build momentum and the Ducks once again took the lead just over four minutes later.
And then there was the controversial no-goal call. Sam Bennett’s shot hit off the pad of Frederik Andersen right along the goal line, but a video review couldn’t find definitive evidence to deem it a goal.
There was enough working against the Flames. But, like they’ve done throughout this season, they came back to earn a huge victory.
The Calgary Flames thought they had the tying goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period of Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks, however Sam Bennett’s shot off the pad of Frederik Andersen that appeared from one angle to go over the goal line was deemed inconclusive after a lengthy video review.
At 13:43 of the third period in the Anaheim Ducks/Calgary Flames game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Sam Bennett’s shot at 13:38. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck completely crossed the Anaheim goal line, therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no goal Calgary.
The Flames managed to rally, eventually sending the game into overtime. Johnny Gaudreau beat Andersen with a perfect wrist shot with 19 seconds remaining in regulation during a power play.
Of course, the earlier disallowed goal could painfully remind Flames fans of Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, when Calgary was one win away from a championship.
Late in the third period of a tie game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Flames leading the series 3-2, Martin Gelinas deflected the puck on goal; it hit off the pad of Lightning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and appeared to be over the goal line for the go-ahead goal. But it didn’t count and Tampa Bay went on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games.
Joe Colborne’s first career Stanley Cup playoff goal was a beauty, but unfortunately for him, the Calgary Flames failed to generate any real momentum from it.
During a Ducks power play, Colborne picked up a loose puck at the Calgary blue line, went in alone, faked backhand and slid the puck by Frederik Andersen with a slick move to the forehand, tying the game at 2-2 in the second period.
Just 4:03 later, Matt Beleskey restored the Anaheim lead. Similar story in the first period. Brandon Bollig scored for Calgary just 2:07 into the game. However, what was a perfect start on home ice for the Flames evaporated almost as quickly, with Patrick Maroon and Corey Perry scoring to give the Ducks the lead.
The Chicago Blackhawks have the Minnesota Wild on the brink of elimination, and Corey Crawford did his part in Game 3 on Tuesday with a sensational shutout performance.
We have some video evidence, too.
Among his biggest saves of the night, this one comes against Mikael Granlund on a breakaway in the second period to preserve the 1-0 Chicago lead:
And then there is this desperation save in the third period, during a scramble in his goal crease. Crawford drops the stick and lays down the blocker while falling to the ice, keeping the rolling puck out: