The Calgary Flames came back from a 4-1 deficit and beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-5 in the shootout tonight at the Joe Louis Arena.
Mike Cammalleri and Olli Jokinen both scored for the Flames in the shootout and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 2 of 3 shooters to complete the comeback win for the Flames.
Kiprusoff was outstanding for the Flames, stopping a total of 40 shots in the game including a franchise-record, 28 in the first period.
Jamie Lundmark scored 2 goals in the 3rd period, including the 5-4 go-ahead goal with just 1:20 left in the game to set the stage for a huge comeback victory for the Calgary Flames.
After Olli Jokinen opened the scoring with a powerplay goal just over 5 minutes into the 1st period, the Detroit Red Wings owned much of the 1st and 2nd period thanks in part to over 7 minutes of powerplay time, including 4:45 of consecutive 5-on-3 powerplay. The Red Wings capitalized with 3 powerplay goals in the 1st and 2nd periods, and added a regular strength goal by Valtteri Filppula to go ahead 4-1.
Calgary’s Daymond Langkow seemed to be more at ease after coming back from a hand injury and closed the gap to 4-2 only 35 seconds after Filppula’s goal, by redirecting Adrian Aucoin’s shot into the Detroit Net.
Calgary came on strong in the 3rd period, and scored 3 goals in a span of 2 minutes and 2 seconds late in the period. Lundmark started the comeback scoring his first of the game, followed by Jokinien’s 2nd goal of the night.
Flames fans thought the win was sealed when Lundmark scored his 2nd goal of the night to give the flames a 5-4 advantage, but Dan Cleary kept the Red Wings alive by banging in a loose puck with just 42 seconds left in regulation time.
The Calgary Flames will be happy with tonight’s 2 points after dropping 3 games in-a-row on their extended road trip. This win is especially gratifying for the team as it comes against a Western Conference rival and fellow division leader.
The Flames are now 3-3 on their 7-game road trip and finish on Saturday night in Toronto.