Flames-Red Wings: Calgary's Comeback Win in Hockeytown

Dany LemieuxContributor IMarch 13, 2009

Well, what can I say?  What a game last night between the Calgary Flames and the Detroit Red Wings!

Even ithough the Flames gave up 28 shots in the first period and were trailing 4-1 with 3:58 to go in the second period, they found a way to get back into that game and win it in the shootout.

Jamie Lundmark, with two goals and an assist, and Olli Jokinen, also with two goals, including the game-winner in the shootout, were the catalysts of this incredible comeback by Calgary.

Taking the lead with 1:20 to go in the third period, the Flames saw Dan Cleary tie the game up at five after the Wings pulled Ty Conklin in favor of a sixth player. All that only 38 seconds after they took the lead!

Who said pulling the goalie in the last minute of a game is foolish?

Well, it worked for the Wings last night.

Overtime was spectacular and it led to a star-studded shootout loaded with pure goal scorers. 

Mike Camalleri, Jarome Iginla, and Olli Jokinen for the Flames.

Against Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Jiri Hudler for the Wings.

So, with these players coming down alone against a goaltender, what hope do you have to win?  Well, it all goes on your goaltender's shoulder, and fortunately the Flames can fall back on Miikka Kiprusoff while the Wings were wondering about Conklin.

Kiprusoff made the two big saves needed and Jokinen put a laser of a wrist shot over Conklin's left shoulder to seal the deal for the visiting team.

This was one of the most exciting games this season and I hope you were able to witness this beauty of a game.

You got to love the "new NHL," cause you know that even a three-goal lead is not a safe lead anymore.