In a stunning comeback, the Calgary Flames secured an overtime victory against the Seattle Kraken, with Rasmus Andersson sealing the deal by burying his own rebound on a wraparound. The unpredictability of the game was matched by Andersson’s celebratory display, showcasing the team’s elation after a hard-fought win.
Andersson had predicted his game-ending goal to teammate Chris Tanev and couldn’t contain himself as he confidently skated towards center ice with arms wide open – an affirming gesture which seemed to say: ‘I told you so’. In retrospect, Andersson stated, “When scoring an overtime winner it just comes naturally – no real planning involved!”
Andrew Mangiapane 100th NHL goal
The Flames made history on Tuesday by winning in extended play – an extremely rare accomplishment for their franchise! After falling behind 3-2 during a tough second period, they rallied incredibly late with Andrew Mangiapane scoring his 100th NHL goal late on via blue paint tap-in style goalkeeping to level the score and Mikael Backlund recording his 500th point as an assist on Andersson’s game-winner goal – creating even greater excitement throughout their victory celebrations.
Mikael Backlund 500th point
Backlund was filled with pride and excitement at reaching this goal, saying he never expected or imagined reaching 500 points or staying this long in the league. All my hard work paid off today; therefore I feel immensely accomplished.” Backlund expressed both of these sentiments of pride and excitement over reaching their 500-point goal:
Not only did their victory extend their unbeaten run to 5-1-2 but it demonstrated their resilience following an exceptionally difficult second period.
Huska also highlighted the relief of breaking a power play goal drought, with Jonathan Huberdeau scoring midway through the first period. Elias Lindholm’s early goal further set the tone for the Flames’ performance, silencing the home crowd at Climate Pledge Arena.
As the Flames head to Nashville, the team finds itself just two points behind Seattle and St. Louis for a wild card spot. This promising position follows a six-game losing skid, showcasing the team’s remarkable turnaround.
In the net, Dan Vladar’s 28 saves played a crucial role, particularly in a third period where the Flames outshot the Kraken 16-3. Coach Huska made strategic decisions, shortening the bench to maximize contributions from key players.
The post-game atmosphere was noticeably more uplifting than weeks prior, with Backlund expressing joy for Mangiapane’s milestone goal. In a room filled with levity, Backlund humorously acknowledged his role in Mangiapane reaching 100 goals.
In summary, the Flames’ overtime victory against the Kraken was not just a game-winner but a culmination of milestones, comebacks, and a renewed sense of optimism as they continue their road trip.