That’s one way to steal two points.
Twelve minutes into the game the Flames jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 5-0 lead. And really, you could blame anyone during that time frame and you wouldn’t be wrong. Colin Fraser, Cristobal Huet, Antii Niemi, Cam Barker, Brian Campbell, Jay Blunk, Duncan Keith, Tommy Hawk, no one was blameless in the opening frame.
The Hawks came out completely flat and the Flames looked like a 4-1, head of the class, Western Conference team. Every loose puck, there were two Flames on the puck and one Hawk getting pummelled into the glass.
The onslaught began with Dustin Boyd burying a one-timer in front after a Cam Barker giveaway and a Colin Fraser missed assignment.
Forty-five seconds later, Eric Nystrom fluttered home a scramble in front of Huet. Then fifteen seconds later, Duncan Keith was caught napping as Jarome Iginla blew right past him, Olli Jokinen sprung him, and he buried the breakaway.
After a time-out and Cristobal Huet’s banishment to the bench, Antii Niemi looked like a goalie who has all of 6 NHL appearances under his belt. He let in two completely unacceptable goals from Rene Bourque and Olli Jokinen. Those two goals seemed like they were going to be back-breakers for the Hawks.
Then with just under two and a half minutes left in the opening frame, John Madden picked up his second goal in as many games when he banged home a Cam Barker rebound.
In the second period, Patrick Kane decided it was time for him to take over. Within a seven minute span, Kane racked up a goal and two assists.
He’ll probably have to pay copyrights to Martin Havlat for his goal seven and a half minutes into the second. Kane picked up the puck in the corner, skated around the top of the circle, waited for all the traffic to get in front, and then quickly snapped off a shot in the top corner.
Six minutes later, he feathered a beautiful pass to Dustin Byfuglien on a 2-on-1. Byfuglien put a nice move on Mikka Kiprusoff himself, and the Hawks cut the deficit to 5-3.
Just thirty seconds after that, Dave Bolland finished off a scramble in front that originated from a pretty Patrick Kane tip courtesy of a Brian Campbell point shot.
Within a 20 minute span, the Hawks cut the 5 goal deficit to 1.
By the five minute mark of the third period, the comeback was complete.
The Hawks ran a set face-off play in Calgary’s zone. Toews won the draw back to Andrew Ladd. He chipped it back to Duncan Keith. While this was happening, Patrick Sharp streaked across the slot. By the time Keith’s shot was heading towards the net, Sharp knocked the puck out of the air and it went right between Kiprusoff’s legs (It wouldn’t be the last time).
When the game reached overtime, the Hawks had to feel incredibly fortunate they were going to walk out of the building with a point after their horrendous start. Calgary probably wasn’t too thrilled they had to split the extra point after they jumped out to such an enormous lead.
Barely thirty seconds into the overtime, a loose puck in the Flames end found its way on Brent Seabrook’s stick. He dragged the puck in tight to his body and shot a low one towards the net. The puck appeared to glance off one of the three Flames’ standing in front of him and found it’s way right between Kiprusoff’s legs for the game-winner.
With that, the Hawks claimed their only lead of the game and they quickly fled the scene before anyone could charge them with grand larceny.