Final Score: Calgary 4, Florida 3 (SO)
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Monahan scored the clincher during the
sixth round of the shootout as the Calgary Flames put away a persistent
Florida Panthers team with a 4-3 decision at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Joe Colborne had a goal and an assist for Calgary, with Sven Baertschi and
Blair Jones also lighting the lamp to help the Flames to only their second
victory in nine games.
It didn't come easy, as the Panthers rallied from a 3-1 deficit on third-
period goals from Jimmy Hayes and Marcel Goc, then scored twice while facing
elimination during the shootout to extend the matchup to a sixth round.
"We made it too interesting in the third period, but we found a way to win,"
Flames head coach Bob Hartley remarked.
Tim Thomas finished with 21 saves for Florida, which concluded a five-game
western swing with a 2-2-1 record. Calgary's Reto Berra turned aside 23 shots
in the triumph.
The teenaged Monahan ripped a shot past the stick side of the 39-year-old
Thomas to give Calgary a 3-2 edge during the shootout phase, with Berra
closing off Hayes on the ensuing attempt to give the Flames the two points
they had appeared to have sewed up on several prior occasions.
Calgary owned a 3-1 advantage after the recently recalled Jones one-timed in a
behind-the-net feed from Lance Bouma 5:40 into the third period. However, a
misplay by Berra in the Flames' end enabled Florida to pull back within one
just 82 seconds later, with Hayes flicking the puck into the net that the
Flames' goaltender had vacated on an unsuccessful clearing attempt.
Another Calgary turnover allowed the Panthers to draw even, as Goc connected
on a wrister from the right circle on the resulting odd-man rush with 5:59
remaining in regulation.
"It was a heck of an effort for these guys to come back in the situation,"
said Panthers interim coach Peter Horachek. "I don't think the second period
was that great, but to come back in the third -- them scoring and still coming
back -- I think it was a really strong effort."
The Flames' Jiri Hudler had the only goal over the initial 2 1/2 rounds of the
shootout, but Brad Boyes kept Florida alive by placing a forehand through
Berra's pads. Mike Cammalleri answered for Calgary to open the fourth round,
but Tomas Fleischmann got Berra out of position and scored on the Panthers'
turn to bring another round, during which both goaltenders came up with stops.
Tom Gilbert's long drive following a Panthers' faceoff win got through traffic
for the only goal of a defensive-minded opening period, but Calgary scored
twice in the second to move in front.
Bouma knocked Panthers defenseman Mike Mottau off the puck in the Florida zone
to create a scoring chance that Colborne converted with a left-circle blast at
the 9:00 mark the middle session. The Panthers' Shawn Matthias was sent off
for hooking just over a minute later, and the Flames capitalized on the
penalty when Baertschi knocked in a rebound of Colborne's initial try to give
Calgary a 2-1 lead.
Calgary had gone 0-4-2 in its last six outings at the Saddledome since a 5-2
win over Washington on Oct. 26 ... Jones had just been called up from the
minors on Thursday following Calgary's trade of forward Tim Jackman to Anaheim
... Hayes, acquired from Chicago as part of a trade that sent forward Kris
Versteeg to the Blackhawks on Nov. 14, netted his first goal as a Panther ...
The Flames improved to 6-2-1 when scoring at least once on the power play this
season ... Florida had won two straight in the series, including a 3-0
decision in Calgary in October of 2010.
11/23 01:24:08 ET
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