The Calgary Flames entered this game as the only team in the NHL that had not managed to secure a win this season when trailing entering the second period, and also the only team that had not managed to secure a win this season when trailing entering the third period.
Let’s just leave it at that for now.
The Flames got off to an early start off a truly gorgeous passing play from Adam Ruzicka. The rookie was the puck carrier on a two-on-one and after the Stars defender slid to block the pass, Ruzicka waited him out, delivered a nice hook pass over to Trevor Lewis who deposited the put into the top of the net. A nice goal from the fourth line gave the Flames the lead.
It wasn’t long after that though, that the Stars evened things up. A knuckler from Joel Hanley hit Brett Ritchie in the slot and bounced past Jacob Markstrom.
Unfortunately for the Flames, the Stars added another goal in the final minutes of the first period off the stick of Jason Robertson.
The Flames headed into the second period trailing the Stars 2-1.
The second period did not go the Flames’ way. Only one goal was scored, and it came off the stick of Stars captain Jamie Benn. The Flames headed into the third period down 3-1, and would need to break their trailing losing streak to come ahead in this one.
It didn’t look good and Dan Vladar was tending the pipes in the third. With five minutes left in the period though, magic happened.
Andrew Mangiapane put home a rebound in front to give the Flames some life. Then, 37 seconds later, Johnny Gaudreau put home another rebound to tie things up at three goals apiece.
Oliver Kylington scored the eventual game winning goal with 1:47 left in the game, and it was so nice it needs to be seen.
The comeback was complete and the Flames extended their winning streak to two.
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