CALGARY - Joe Colborne scored twice during a furious third period comeback for the Calgary Flames, who overcame a 3-1 deficit with three goals in less than five minutes for a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday.
Colborne got the Flames comeback started at 11:29 when Mark Giordano's point shot missed the net but the puck caromed out sharply to Colborne who fired it in before in the open side on rookie goaltender Anders Nilsson.
Rookie Sean Monahan tied it at 14:22. Taking a slick pass from behind the net from T.J. Galiardi, Monahan went forehand to backhand to tuck his team-leading 19th goal past Nilson.
Colborne completed the comeback, deflecting in Giordano's slapshot at 15:41. It was the seventh goal of the season for the 2008 first round pick acquired from Toronto at the start of the season.
Finnish rookie Markus Granlund, with his second goal in as many games, also scored for Calgary (25-31-7). The Flames, who had eight rookies in their line-up for the first time since Dec. 10, 1996, have won seven of their last eight at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Tied 1-1, the Islanders took their first lead early in the second period on an uncharacteristic giveaway by Giordano. With the puck deep in the Islanders end, the Flames captain spun and sent a wayward pass into the slot that was intercepted.
New York made it 3-1 at 12:08 of the second when Nelson took a feed from Josh Bailey and ripped a wrist shot over the glove of Ortio.
After winning his first NHL game on Wednesday, Ortio had 23 saves in his third NHL start to improve to 2-1-0.
Rookie Anders Nilsson had 19 saves in falling to 2-4-2.
Granlund opened the scoring with his second NHL goal of his career, coming at 2:01 while the Flames were shorthanded. Paul Byron drew both defencemen and the goaltender towards him before sending a slick pass to Granlund, who was left with an empty net.
After spending much of the first five minutes in their own end, the Islanders took over the play and seemed to be the better team for the remainder of the period.
New York tied it at 15:26 on a laser of a shot from McDonald. From a sharp angle, he took a pass from Ryan Strome over the shoulder of Ortio and just under the crossbar.
Notes: Joe Nieuwendyk was honoured before the game in Calgary's Forever a Flame program. Several teammates from the Flames Stanley Cup winning team in 1989 were part of the ceremony... Calgary D Tyler Wotherspoon played his first NHL game. He replaced Dennis Wideman (upper body), who was hurt in Wednesday's win over Ottawa. Wotherspoon is the fourth Flame to make his NHL debut in the past nine days... Between the two teams, there were 15 rookies dressed... Also out of the line-up for Calgary was Jiri Hudler (upper body)... Calgary had eight of its own draft picks in the line-up for the first time since Mar. 3, 2009.
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