Mats Sundin scored his 500th career goal fifty seconds into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win against the Flames tonight. Sundin also scored his 498th and 499th goals in the game, to make it a hat-trick for hit 500 goal milestone.
Toronto opened the scoring with 2 goals in the first period, and many Flames fans were biting their nails. Darcy Tucker scored his 5th goal of the season and Mats Sundin followed it up with his 2nd goal.
The Flames rebounded in the 2nd period, lead by 2 goals by rookie Mark Giordano and one by Matthew Lombardi. But Toronto didn’t sit back, and got the equalizer from Alex Steen and the go-ahead goal from Mats Sundin. The crowd went wild as Sundin scored, knowing that he was only one goal away from 500 for his career.
In the 3rd period, Jarome Iginla set up Daymond Langkow for a wrist shot to tie the game at 4-4 and send it to overtime. Toronto took a penalty late in the 3rd period, giving Calgary an overtime powerplay.
Mats Sundin decided tonight was the night, though, and ended the game 50 seconds into the extra period. His 500th career goal came on a shot through a crowd that bounced off a Calgary defender.
The bright spot in the game for the Flames was that they finally scored more than two goals. They seem to be getting their lines organized and are getting some more offensive contribution from a variety of players.
Calgary’s next game is in Montreal on Tuesday.
TOR: Tucker (5) A: Wellwood, Sundin
TOR: Sundin (2) A: McCabe, O’Neill
CGY: Giordano (1) A: Lombardi, Kobasew
CGY: Lombardi (1) A: Amonte, Yelle
CGY: Giordano (2) A: Iginla, Langkow
TOR: Steen (1) A: Stajan, Kilger
TOR: Sundin (3) A: Tucker, White
CGY: Langkow (1) A: Iginla
TOR: Sundin (4) unassisted