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Flames bounce back with win in Florida

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

I think we’ve got a lot of character, a lot of guys here that want to win and are willing to do whatever it takes to win. It’s not always going to be pretty so we just have to find a way.Lance Bouma

SUNRISE, FL -- There’s no quit in the Calgary Flames. There’s plenty of bounce-back, though.

The Flames overcame deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 en route to earning a wild 6-4 win over the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

“It reminded me one day when I was a kid,” Flames coach Bob Hartley started. “I was fishing for Brook trout and I caught a nice one but I dropped it between two rocks. With frozen fingers, trying to catch a trout that is dangling in between two rocks, it was a tough one and I was scared to lose it. That’s how I felt tonight. It was one of those wild ones.”

Calgary trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes after Scottie Upshall opened the scoring just 1:17 into the game. The Flames and Panthers exchanged six goals in a furious second period that saw Calgary exit with a 4-3 deficit after 40 minutes.

A three-goal third period rally capped the win for Calgary, improving their record to 6-0-1 in games after a loss this season. Calgary had come off a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

“We needed this one,” said Lance Bouma, whose slap shot from the high slot with 2:18 remaining in regulation broke a 4-4 tie and stood as the winner. “It’s nice to come in here and get that for sure. We stuck with it all night long and didn’t get too down after we were down. We didn’t get too low and we just stuck with it and came out with a big win.

“I think we’ve got a lot of character, a lot of guys here that want to win and are willing to do whatever it takes to win. It’s not always going to be pretty so we just have to find a way.”

The way was thanks in large part to Johnny Gaudreau, who set up Sean Monahan’s sixth of the season to tie hte game 44 just 4:53 into the third period. He capped it, too, with an empty netter at 18:55.

Add in a second period assist and Gaudreau finished with a career-high three points.

“It was a great effort by everyone throughout the whole second and third period,” the 21-year-old said. “I think we were playing really well as a team and coming into that third period, throughout that second intermission, a lot of the guys were ready to go for that third period and I think it showed.”

The win helped move the Flames into a tie in wins when trailing after two periods at three with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.Calgary also has three wins when trailing first in a game.

The resiliency doesn’t come as a surprise to Hartley.

“With the commitment that we’re showing, whenever we’re in a game it seems like we always find a way to come in at the end and leave with two points,” he said.

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