There's many great teams in the Western Conference pushing, but we're controlling our own destiny and comebacks like tonight can only add confidence to our young group. - Bob Hartley
CALGARY, AB -- To quote Bob Hartley quoting Yogi Berra, “It's not over until it's over”.
The Calgary Flames proved the mantra true for an NHL-leading 10th time this season.
The Flames rallied to erase a three-goal deficit en route to recording their 10th win when trailing after 40 minutes to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.
“We want to be part of the playoffs,” Hartley said. “We've said it from Day 1 of camp and we believe it. Right now, we're in a situation where we feel good but we understand it won't be easy. There's many great teams in the Western Conference pushing, but we're controlling our own destiny and comebacks like tonight can only add confidence to our young group.”
Calgary’s latest installment of the ‘cardiac kids’ proved to be the most dramatic to date.
David Jones scored his 11th of the season in the second period to pull the Flames within two and Jiri Hudler added a pair in the third to force extra time.
It was there that TJ Brodie recorded the game winner, skipping a shot from the goal line off the glove of Tuukka Rask and off the top of the net before it bounced again off the Bruins goaltender and across the goal line.
All with under three seconds remaining in overtime, no less.
“That's definitely the biggest (goal) of my life, so far,” Brodie said. “Every game from here on in is a big game, especially with how tight the standings are, and the next one is going to be bigger than this one. We have to come out better.”
Video review supported the referee's call on the ice that Brodie's shot crossed the Boston goal line in a legal fashion with 2.4 seconds left in the period.
Even with a good view, Hudler wasn’t sure the goal would stand.
“It was great,” he said. “To be honest, I wasn't sure because I saw Rask go with his glove (behind his back). That's the beauty of hockey. The whole bench was yelling, 'Put it on net. There's three seconds, four seconds left' and he did. And three bounces it's in. Great, we'll take it.”
Jonas Hiller, who made 16 saves in relief of Karri Ramo, admitted to seeing a few like that in his day.
What Hiller hasn’t see, though, is a team that has shown the resiliency that Calgary has this season.
“No. Never,” he said. “It's almost like you go out there and everybody knows we're going to win. It's tough to describe but you go out there as a goalie and (think) 'They're probably going score.' I think that confidence does a lot. The way we play, we have everybody going, d-men making it tougher on the other team. You want those extra points. Over the season, it might make the difference between making the playoffs and not making it.”
It comes down to character, Brodie declared.
“I think it just shows the character of the guys in the room,” he said. “We want to be a team that never gives up no matter what the score is. When we're down, once we get that first one, I think the confidence gets bigger with each goal.
“So far, we've got the job done.”