Flames Visual Recap 15: Calgary blows lead in final minute but secures victory in overtime with a Gaudreau power play beauty

The Calgary Flames opened up their second quarter of the season continuing their four-game series with the Vancouver Canucks. After a mediocre first quarter, the Flames looked to right the ship.

The first period did not go the Flames’ way as they were down early courtesy of a goal from Tanner Pearson. Calgary took four minor penalties in the first, two of which led to a 5v3 power play for the Canucks that Bo Horvat capitalised on to extend their lead. Before the end of the period, the Flames drew back within one as Milan Lucic scored during an excellent offensive zone shift.

In the second, the action was back and forth between the two teams, but a Canucks miscue in the neutral zone led to a turnover that Elias Lindholm made no mistake on to tie it up at two apiece. Not long after that, Thatcher Demko vacated his net to play the puck behind the net, but a bad read from Nate Schmidt sent the puck right into Dillon Dube’s stick and it tipped towards the net, trickling past the goal line under Demko to put the Flames up by one.

The third saw the Canucks claw back, and in the final minutes of the game, the Flames went on the power play. With the Canucks’ empty, the Flames had a prime opportunity to seal the victory at 5v5 play, but unfortunately a defensive zone faceoff was lost and Brock Boeser scored a shorthanded goal to send the game to overtime.

In extra time, the Flames quickly ended it while still up a player on the man-advantage. With four forwards out on the ice, Johnny Gaudreau fired off a quick one timer that beat Demko cleanly to win the game. The Flames nearly blew it, but were able to secure the extra point over the Canucks instead of having things go even worse. Take every win you can get.

Data visualisations from the game, all below:

Game events

All situations corsi

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5v5 corsi

Shifts

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