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One more time, with feeling: Flames stage yet another comeback, eliminate Vancouver


The Calgary Flames made a name for themselves this season with their third-period comebacks.

So it was fitting, then, that they won their first playoff series in 11 years in that very fashion.

Calgary beat Vancouver 7-4 on Saturday in Game 6 of their opening-round matchup, winning the series four games to two. The dramatic, come-from-behind win came after the Flames erased the Canucks’ 3-0 first-period lead, then rallied again in the third, much to the delight of a delirious Saddledome crowd.

“What a comeback, look at this crowd,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said afterward. “We’re a big team, 20 [players] on the bench, but this crowd is unbelievable and those guys are just amazing.”

The series was bookended by comebacks. Calgary also won Game 1 courtesy a third-period rally, scoring the deciding marker with 30 seconds left.

Tonight’s heroics happened a bit earlier than in Game 1, though not by much. Matt Stajan scored the game-winner with under five minutes left, snapping home a wrister above the shoulder of Ryan Miller:

Stajan’s goal came after Jiri Hudler evened the score at four early in the frame, capitalizing on the power play after an interference call on Canucks forward Brandon McMillan.

Prior to Calgary’s third-period magic, the game was a dramatic affair. Vancouver looked to be in cruise control in the first after scoring three goals in just over seven minutes, but the Flames quickly replied with three goals of their own, including two in under five minutes from Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau early in the second period.

Shortly after the Flames tied things up, Luca Sbisa scored his first goal of the playoffs to give Vancouver a 4-3 edge, which it’d carry into the third — paving the way for Stajan to become the man of the night.

“We’ve worked so hard all year,” Stajan said after the game. “To come back like we have all year, it feels so good. We deserve it. We never back down. We’ll enjoy this, but we don’t want to stop. We want to keep going now.”

“We just felt in our room that we were going to come back. We found a way. That’s what we’ve done all year.”

As mentioned above, the win moves Calgary into the second round for the first time since 2004 — the same year they made it all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, before losing to Tampa Bay. The Flames will now take on Anaheim in Round 2.

As for the Canucks, losing the series — and the way they lost — has to be viewed as a major disappointment. While the club did well to bounce-back from last year’s disastrous campaign and make the playoffs, Vancouver failed to win a game on the road, saw its second-ranked penalty kill surrender five power-play goals over the series and lacked the killer instinct to put Calgary away in Games 1 and 6.

“The first couple of games, I felt we could’ve taken both at home,” a dejected Henrik Sedin said afterward. “[But] they came home tied 1-1.”

Of course, the Flames would argue they’re just not the kind of team you just put away.

Comebacks are kind of their thing.


Karri Ramo replaced Jonas Hiller in the first period and fared well, stopping 17 of 19 shots… Miller finished with 26 saves on 31 shots… The Flames potted a pair of empty-net goals, which inflated their stat totals a bit, but still got great production from Stajan, Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, David Jones, Michael Ferland (three points each) and Jiri Hudler, who finished with four…Jannik Hansen led all Canuck scorers with two points; Vancouver got points from 10 different skaters.

Comeback kids: Flames score winner with 30 seconds left, stun Canucks in Game 1


VANCOUVER — The Calgary Flames did it again.

After a regular season in which they staged 10 third-period comebacks for wins, the Flames conjured up similar magic in their series opener against Vancouver as Kris Russell scored with 30 seconds left for a 2-1 win.

“I think if you asked anyone (on the Flames) we’d rather have the lead and just win that way,” said Russell. “But we knew (trailing after two periods) that we’d been in a situation like that. We knew we had to earn it though. They’re not a team that’s going to roll over and just sit back. We had to be at our best.”

That they were.

With the victory, the Flames wrestled home-ice advantage away from the more experienced Canucks and scored their first playoff victory in six years.

As the final score and shot total — 30 a piece — suggest, this was a tightly-contested affair. Neither team scored in the opening period though Vancouver held an advantage in possession and pucks directed on goal, registering 13 to Calgary’s 10.

In period two, a rookie broke the deadlock.

Vancouver forward Bo Horvat scored his first-ever career playoff tally, directing a shot on goal that took a wicked deflection before settling past Jonas Hiller in the Calgary goal:

The Canucks would take that 1-0 lead into the third period — which, it could be argued, is just how Calgary wanted it.

After scoring 99 third-period goals during the regular season, Calgary scored two more in the final 13 minutes of tonight’s game. The first came courtesy David Jones, on a nice drop pass from Michael Ferland:

Calgary and Vancouver traded chances after that, and the game looked destined for overtime until Russell fired home with a half-minute remaining.


Hiller finished with 29 saves on the night, while Eddie Lack countered with 28 for the Canucks…Calgary rookie Sam Bennett, playing in just his second NHL game, recorded an assist on Russell’s game-winning goal… Speaking of, that goal was the latest game-winner in Flames franchise history, per Elias.

Hot Flames extend Jets’ four-game slide

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Before the All-Star break, the Winnipeg Jets were making up for their mediocre play at home with a 14-5-5 record on the road. Their season has taken a turn for the worse lately though as the Calgary Flames earned a 5-2 victory over the Jets Monday night to extend Winnipeg’s losing streak to four games, including three away contests.

The Jets got off to a fast start courtesy of a goal by Blake Wheeler just 1:09 minutes into the contest. It was his 14th marker in 52 games in 2014-15.

Winnipeg couldn’t build off of that early momentum though. The squad was limited to just 12 shots over the first 40 minutes of play and 19 overall tonight. Flames forward David Jones found the back of the net to tie the contest a mere 3:16 minutes after Wheeler’s goal. Raphael Diaz, 29, scored with the man advantage at 4:24 of the third period to give Calgary a 3-1 lead. It was his first goal of 2014-15 and just his seventh marker in 174 career games, but it proved to be the difference.

Calgary has now won seven of its last nine games. The Flames have moved past Vancouver in the battle for third place in the Pacific Division, but the Canucks have played in three less games, so Calgary’s spot is tenuous at best.

Jones, Monahan lead Flames to fourth straight win against the Coyotes

Sean Monahan #23 of the Calgary Flames is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 4, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
(October 3, 2013 - Source: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images North America)

David Jones and Sean Monahan each had a goal and an assist and Joni Ortio made 27 saves as the Calgary Flames handed the Arizona Coyotes a third straight loss.

Arizona has also lost four straight to the Calgary Flames.

Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano had Calgary’s other goals while Dennis Wideman and Lance Bouma each had to assists in the win.

Mikkel Boedker had the lone Arizona goal and Mike Smith made 21 saves in the loss.

Joe Vitale had an excellent chance to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead with less than seven minutes remaining in the second, but Ortio managed to reach out to make the save.

The two teams meet for a fifth and final time on April 9.

Canucks end five-game skid, extend Flames’ drop to eight

Chris Tanev, Jonas Hiller

At least the Calgary Flames finally got a point. It didn’t look like they would even be able to do that much early in tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, but it’s hard for the Flames to be happy with their 3-2 overtime loss given that it extended their slump to eight games.

The Flames started the contest on a rough note as a botched passing attempt on a delayed penalty led to them scoring on their own net.

“Right now, every time we make a mistake, the puck is in our net,” Flames bench boss Bob Hartley said, per PHT’s Jason Brough.

Vancouver got its first earned goal 9:24 minutes into the contest courtesy of Radim Vrbata:

The Canucks held the lead for most of this contest, but David Jones put the Flames within one in the second period and rookie Johnny Gaudreau scored at 7:05 of the third period to send this one to overtime.

Christopher Tanev, who turned 25 on Saturday, made it a memorable birthday by scoring the overtime winner. It was his fourth career game-winning goal. With that, Vancouver ended its own slump at five games.

“We handled the pressure today when they came back, we played our system,” Henrik Sedin said, per the Cancuks’ Twitter feed. “It wasn’t creative but it’s a win.”

Calgary is now three points behind in the battle for a Wild Card spot with a 17-15-3 record.