When I shot it I thought it was in. I raised my arms and then they waved it off. From the Jumbotron view they showed it looked like it hit the crossbar so then I didn’t think it went in. - Dennis Wideman
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Before anyone else realized, Dennis Wideman knew. Based on his reaction, though, he seemed to be the last to find out.
Upon further review, Wideman had the game winner to lift the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday.
“When I shot it I thought it was in,” Wideman said. “I raised my arms and then they waved it off. From the Jumbotron view they showed it looked like it hit the crossbar so then I didn’t think it went in.”
Skating four aside in the extra frame after battling to a 1-1 draw through 60 minutes, Wideman one-timed a feed from Kris Russell over a sprawling Jonathan Quick. The shot seemed to strike the crossbar, but the Flames defenceman raised his arms like he had netted the game-winner.
With no goal light and play continuing, Wideman quickly rejoined the play.
“Because usually the shooter has the best view, I always look at the one who shoots the puck,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “First he got his hands up, he pointed it was a goal, then he comes to the bench and he changes his mind. He said ‘No it wasn’t in.’ I looked at his face when they said it was in. Our video coach was yelling at Martin Gelinas ‘It’s in, it’s in,’ so we got it right before the referee made the call.
“[Wideman] had us totally going like both sides. At first, in his mind, it was a goal. Then he changed his mind.”
According to the official review, video determined that Wideman's shot at 4:08 completely crossed the Los Angeles goal line, striking the in-net camera.
It set off a delayed celebration on Calgary’s bench.
“I think obviously it was a good play by [Russell] there to fake the shot and get it over,” said forward Sean Monahan, who tied the game to force overtime. “He kind of had an open net and put it upstairs. I wasn’t sure if it went in but I’m pretty happy it did.”
So too were the rest of the Flames, who have taken all six possible points against the defending Stanley Cup champions this season. Three games have resulted in three wins.
But Wideman wasn’t the only hero on in nabbing the latest pair of points.
Far from it, he admitted.
“I thought everybody played well tonight,” Wideman said. “I think we had to. Anytime we play a team like that we need everybody going and I think top to bottom we played well tonight. Obviously [Monahan] had a good game and again (Joni) Ortio stood tall for us.”
Trailing 1-0 on the only blemish from Ortio on the night -- a seeing eye point shot through a screen by Matt Greene midway through the third -- Monahan pulled Calgary even with his third in as many games.
Breaking down the wing on a partial breakaway just over three minutes after Greene’s goal, Monahan snapped his 14th of the year by Quick to tie the game, force overtime and, eventually, Wideman’s heroics.
Neither goal from the Flames would’ve mattered without Ortio’s 33-save performance. It resulted in his, and Calgary's, fourth straight victory since being recalled from Adirondack of the American Hockey League.
“For me its another hockey game,” said Ortio, who dropped his goals against average to 1.23 per game while upping his save percentage to .958 through 244 minutes of action since being recalled.
“We knew it was going to be a hard-fought battle. They’ve been on a tough stretch here. I guess they’ve only won one on their homestand. We knew they were going to come out hard and I guess early there we weathered the storm and then again in the third they got that one, a little bit lucky goal and then [Monahan] responded right back.
“Again, we proved the character in this room.”