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Flames proving tough to extinguish

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

I'll have to get my heart checked. I don't know how they do it but we found a way again. We're not making it easy but we're making it interesting.Bob Hartley

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are going to give coach Bob Hartley a heart attack for all the right reasons.

Trailing 3-1 and 4-2 at different stages of the third period, the Flames rallied to take a 5-4 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

It’s Calgary’s NHL-leading fifth win when trailing after two periods and improves the Flames to 8-0-1 in games following a loss.

“I'll have to get my heart checked,” Hartley said. “I don't know how they do it but we found a way again. We're not making it easy but we're making it interesting.”

Trailing 2-0 after first period goals from Adam Henrique and former Flames forward Mike Cammalleri, Curtis Glencross responded with his first in nine games midway through the second, picking off a Travis Zajac clearing attempt and firing a shot over the glove of New Jersey goaltender Scott Clemmensen.

Zajac restored the two-goal lead late in the period, but just 2:26 into the third Josh Jooris batted a rebound behind Clemmensen to cut the lead to 3-2.

Tuomo Ruutu slid his fifth of the season under Karri Ramo to restore the two-goal lead, setting the stage for some late game heroics courtesy Jiri Hudler and Glencross.

With Ramo on the bench and nearly four minutes remaining in regulation, Hudler corralled the rebound on Mark Giordano’s initial point shot and beat Clemmensen at 17:38. Glencross, with his second of the night, tied the game with exactly five seconds remaining to force overtime.

“That's a fun third period to play,” Glencross said. “You don't want to be down a couple goals like that going into the third, but we did a great job in the third period. We got lots of shots, lots of traffic in front of the net and finally capitalized on our opportunities.”

When overtime solved nothing, Hudler scored in the fourth round of the shootout and Ramo denied Zajac to preserve the win.

“We play to win a game,” Ramo said. “We don't play to lose by one goal. We attack, we attack a lot, and we create a lot of scoring chances. Sometimes it comes and bites us but that's what I've noticed and think it's the reason we find success when we're behind. We play on the edge all the time and keep pushing.”

Clemmensen wasn’t aware of Calgary’s prowess when trailing postgame.

He pieced it together when analyzing the loss postgame.

“There is something to be said about being in certain situations and being comfortable as a team, whether its playing with the lead or playing from behind or whatever the case,” he said. “I was not aware of that but now having said that you see how they had their success.”

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