Holy Cr@p! That’s a comeback that I’ll remember for a while!
The Flames used some kind of magic tonight in Edmonton to come back from a 2-0 deficit, tie the game at 3-3 with 1.5 seconds left in the 3rd and then win it in the shootout. With the win the Flames go 4-0 to start the season and sit in first place in the NHL.
The Flames started slowly against the Oilers tonight and found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first period after goals by Ethan Moreau and Lubomir Visnovsky. They didn’t do much in the 2nd period until Daymond Langkow scored his first goal of the season with 29 seconds remaining in the period. The Flames tied the game at 2-2 early in the 3rd period when Nigel Dawes re-directed Staffan Kronwall’s point shot into the Oilers net behind Khabibulin.
With just 6.5 minutes left to play in the 3rd period, Alex Hemsky capitalized on some sloppy Flames play to put the Oilers ahead 3-2. Just when Oilers fans were about to start patting themselves on the back, Jay Bouwmeester fired a high shot from the point that was deflected in by Rene Bourque. The tying goal came with just 1.5 seconds left in regulation time. It would be an understatement to say that the 16,839 fans in attendance were stunned. Even the fans in Flames jerseys couldn’t believe it.
In Overtime, the Flames took a penalty but the Oilers couldn’t capitalize. Miikka Kiprusoff’s glove hand was unbeatable and they managed to push the game to the shootout. After Edmonton’s Sam Gagner missed, Nigel Dawes scored to make it 1-0 for the Flames. Patrick O’Sullivan scored for the Oilers to tie the shootout at 1-1 before Olli Jokinen scored the eventual winner by slipping the puck in behind Khabibulin’s pad. Ales Hemsky couldn’t answer with a goal and shot the puck over the net to seal the win for the Flames.
The win moves the Flames into sole possession of 1st place in the NHL and leaves them as one of 4 unbeaten teams this season. Atlanta, Nashville and Columbus are also unbeaten, but have played only 2 games each this season.
The Flames next game is at home tomorrow night against the struggling Dallas Stars, who have yet to win this season.