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BLOG: Hiller gets fifth straight start

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

TAMPA, FL -- Jonas Hiller wasn't pleased with his second period in Washington.

The Swiss netminder let in two goals in the middle stanza on Tuesday, allowing the Capitals to carry a 3-2 lead into the third period. Both goals, he felt, were stops he should have made.

But he didn't let frustration take over.

Instead, he came into the third period with composure and carried his team to a 4-3 overtime win in Washington.

"He didn’t get rattled one bit," Bob Hartley said. "I watched him. I don’t like bad goals or flukey goals but I certainly love goalies’ reactions after. It didn’t rattle him one bit. Strong focus, cool.

There’s no blood in this guy. I’m not a doctor but I look at him and you look at his preparation. It’s always Joe Cool, happy-go-lucky. He’s under control."

Hiller gave his squad a boost of confidence in the last second of the game when he made an absolutely outstanding pad save on Tom Wilson.

Between that clutch stop and his poise throughout the third period, the Flames were able to come out of the gates flying in overtime and Sean Monahan ended up burying the game-winner at the 4:17 mark.

"That save at the end ... I was a kid and I had a Gumby at home and I’m sure I couldn’t stretch Gumby the way he stretched on that save," Hartley smiled. "He’s pretty amazing."

Tonight, Hiller will get his fifth straight start as he squares off against Tampa Bay starter Ben Bishop. Through nine games this season, he has a 1.96 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

Game time is 5:30 PM MT with Sportsnet Flames carrying the television broadcast.

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