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BRODIE 'UNBELIEVABLE'

Coach praises play of blueliner who scored twice to pace Flames attack

by ARI YANOVER @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

With two goals and four points already to his name, the crowd broke out into chants: "Brodie! Brodie! Brodie!"

"I think Johnny (Gaudreau)'s pretty used to it but for me it was new," T.J. Brodie said of the chants. "It's pretty cool."

The game looked to be decided by that point, a 6-3 victory for the Flames in the dying minutes. But there was still one matter of business left unfinished: get Brodie his first career hat-trick.

"He should have scored the third (goal)," coach Glen Gulutzan joked following the game.

"Unbelievable," he added immediately after, describing his defenceman's play.

Brodie's first hat-trick will have to wait for another day, but the two goals he scored were the second multi-goal game of his career. It was also the second time in his career he's had a four-point game - the first time, they were all assists.

"Definitely would've been a first for me," Brodie said of his potential hat-trick after the game.

"I don't think I've ever scored this early in the year," he added, on scoring the first goal of the Flames' 2017-18 season.

Video: WPG@CGY: Brodie snipes a one-timer for PPG

On a blueline that features Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton - two defenders who have had 50+ point seasons in the past - Brodie wouldn't be the first name that comes to mind when it comes to offence from the Flames' backend. But there he was, the first star of the night, and the one who got things going for his team.

Brodie was one of the Flames' leaders with five shots on net as well, an area he wants to work on. 

"I feel like I passed up a lot of shots last year," Brodie said. "I want to get more pucks to the net."

After that performance, many Flames fans are in agreement.

Not only that, but Brodie had the best 5v5 Corsi-for among Flames defencemen with 64.29%, according to Natural Stat Trick. And he led the way with 25:49 in ice time, a fair bit of that coming from the powerplay at the end of the game in which Gulutzan double-shifted Brodie to try to get him his third goal.

Video: WPG@CGY: Brodie nets his second goal through traffic

"Yeah, I was a little tired," Brodie admitted.

"He can skate forever though," Gulutzan said.

"He's had a great training camp. I just talked to Brodes the other day and I said, you know, your training camp has been fantastic. He said he feels really good, he feels a little lighter; I thought he's made some great plays. Tonight, him on the powerplay, it got us back in the game."

"Any time you can contribute and help the team is a good night," Brodie summed up.

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