CALGARY, AB -- Game 3 of the first round series between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks featured plenty of positive storylines for the home team.
Michael Ferland's continued emergence as an impact player. Sam Bennett scoring his first NHL goal, which ended up being the game-winner. The C of Red's unwavering, unyielding support of their team.
But there is one player who hasn't been in the spotlight as much but played a key role in Calgary's 4-2 win over Vancouver on Sunday.
TJ Brodie put forth his best performance of the postseason on Sunday night, anchoring the Flames blueline and chipping in with timely offence.
The 24-year-old picked up an assist on Brandon Bollig's opening goal in the first period and then was able to give the Flames 2-1 lead with his first postseason marker.
With Radim Vrbata and Joe Colborne racing towards the puck on the boards, the Canucks forward turned the puck over and David Schlemko scooped it off.
Schlemko dished it off to Brodie and he hammered a shot from the blueline that slipped past Eddie Lack.
Flames rookie Sam Bennett provided the screen on Brodie's tally and the blueliner was quick to credit the 18-year-old when asked about the goal.
"That's something that we want to do -- we want guys in front of the net," Brodie said in his post-game scrum. "He's been a guy who has gone there constantly. That's going to be big in the next couple of games.
"The forecheck was great. Guys were getting the puck quick, taking the body, and forcing turnover. That's big for momentum, getting those turnovers, and it leads to chances. We're going to have to keep doing that."
In addition to his offensive production, Brodie was stalwart in the defensive zone. He contained the Canucks forecheck and kept them to the outside, clogging up shooting lanes all evening.
Brodie ended up logging 26:20 of ice time, putting one shot on net, blocking six shots, and was credited with three takeaways in Game 3. He was named the game's first star for his efforts.