Fully knowing their place outside the National Hockey League playoff picture, the Calgary Flames welcomed the Los Angeles Kings to the Scotiabank Saddledome. A team which fully knows their place in the post-season scheme. Yet — like they’ve done with so many opponents this 2013-14 rebuilding season — the Flames still shocked the visitors on Wednesday night. And, even after coughing up a three-goal lead, they managed to beat the Kings 4-3 in a shootout with Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan playing the role of the heroes on this night. Kudos to the home team which was involved in its 49th one-goal game this campaign — equalling an NHL record (set by Florida in 2010-11). “We had a lot of snowball games early in the year, you guys all saw that,” said Flames forward T.J. Galiardi. “We’d let one in and then before we knew it, there’d be four. “I think we’ve gotten better at managing our emotions and coming together and sticking together as a team when we let in a few. That’s why we’ve been able to handle adversity better.” Which is exactly what L.A. tried to do by scoring twice in the second period to ignite a comeback and then taking advantage of a rookie mistake in the third to force overtime. Playing in his first game at the Dome, Flames forward Bryce Van Brabant wore the goat’s horns when he failed to clear the puck and basically passed it to Jake Muzzin who flipped a shot towards Ramo. Dwight King managed to get a piece and suddenly — with just under eight minutes left — it was 3-3. (It should be noted that Van Brabant, playing his first game at the Dome, had led the game with six (!) hits. So, go easy on the kid.) “I think (Van Brabant) went back to school (Wednesday),” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “That’s part of the game. That’s why we play those kids. “I can tell you he’s a very proud young man because we did not have to say a word to him. He knew exactly what happened. Gosh, if he could do anything to repair his mistake, he would have done it. But, hey, that’s part of the game.” In overtime, the Kings also evaded a blatant hooking call on Muzzin, who took down T.J. Brodie on a breakaway less than 31 seconds in.
Ramo slams door on crashing Kings as Monahan scores winner for Flames in a shootout
Calgary Herald | Apr 10