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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Hurricanes

Friday, 13.12.2013 / 12:44 AM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

GAME IN A MINUTE

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames gave up another third period lead. They still managed to take two points from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Chris Butler scored with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Flames a 2-1 victory at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.

Butler took a pass from Paul Byron and sailed a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Justin Peters in the dying seconds of the extra frame to give Calgary their first win in three games on home ice.

The Flames needed overtime to secure victory after Jeff Skinner tied the game at 11:10 of the third period with his 11th of the season, giving starter Karri Ramo his only blemish of the night.

He made 29 saves in the win.

After both teams failed to find the back of the net in the first period, Brian McGrattan broke the scoreless tie late in the second.

After forcing a turnover on the forecheck, McGrattan centered the puck into the slot. That opportunity couldn’t be converted but Lance Bouma retrieved the puck again and fed McGrattan, who slid a shot under Peters to put Calgary up 1-0 with just 2:11 remaining in the middle frame.

McGrattan’s goal, his first of the season, held up until Skinner’s tally forced overtime, setting the stage for Butler’s heroics.

GOAL OF THE GAME

After a heavy forecheck resulted in a stolen puck, McGrattan centered a pass to Byron in the slot. The team couldn’t convert, but Bouma found McGrattan back in the slot, who slid his first of the season under Peters to give the Flames a 1-0 lead with just 2:11 remaining in the second period.

SAVE OF THE GAME

After stopping Jeff Skinner off the rush, Ramo flashed the glove to deny Tuomo Ruutu on a nifty, cross-slot drop pass from Eric Staal just nine minutes into the game.

TURNING POINT

After taking a pass from Byron, Butler sailed a puck over Peters’ shoulder with just 3.6 seconds remaining to give the Flames a 2-1 overtime victory.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“It was big. The mentality on the bench was very different tonight after we gave up that goal than it’s been in the past. We’ve been a little bit fragile but I thought guys did a good job of stepping up right after we gave up that goal and really focusing on their next shift. We didn’t panic, we didn’t go into a shell and I think that’s a positive step forward for us tonight.”

-Butler

STAT OF THE GAME

Holding Carolina to just one goal, the Flames have given up just nine in the past six games.

LINEUP NOTES

Blair Jones and Christopher Breen were scratched against the Hurricanes. Sean Monahan (foot) and Dennis Wideman (hand) missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames hit the road for the first of five away from Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres (12 p.m. MT, SNET-W).