The math wasn’t on their side, but despite a Winnipeg Jets win earlier in the evening, the Calgary Flames had their destiny in their own hands. With a win against the Nashville Predators, the Flames would stay alive in the playoff race and live to fight another day.
In a poetic ending that saw the Predators defeat the Flames in extra time, the Flames’ destiny was sealed—they have been eliminated from the playoffs after 81 games.
The game itself was incredibly entertaining. The Flames fought back from 1–0 and 2–1 deficits, and absolutely poured on the pressure in the third period outshooting the Predators 17–5. Juuse Saros was the difference maker in the game, as he made tremendous save after tremendous save to keep his team in the race.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored an incredible goal to open the scoring in the shootout, but ultimately Nick Ritchie and Mikael Backlund—who were selected as Calgary’s third and fourth shooters respectivel—couldn’t solve Saros, and Tommy Novak ended it in round four.
Charts from the game are below.
|Egor Afanasyev||Mark Jankowski||05:49 | 1st||NSH 1 – 0 CGY|
|Troy Stecher||Andrew Mangiapane, Dillon Dube||07:41 | 2nd||NSH 1 – 1 CGY|
|Zach Sanford||Cody Glass, Jake Livingstone||04:02 | 3rd||NSH 2 – 1 CGY|
|Mikael Backlund||Andrew Mangiapane, Jonathan Huberdeau||08:03 | 3rd||NSH 2 – 2 CGY|
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