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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Islanders

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames made sure Joe Nieuwendyk’s ceremony wasn’t the only memorable moment on Friday.

Joe Colborne’s second of the night with 4:19 remaining in regulation capped Calgary’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Calgary honoured Nieuwendyk in a ‘Forever a Flame’ pre-game ceremony, raising his image to the rafters alongside Al MacInnis and the retired numbers of Lanny McDonald (No. 9) and Mike Vernon (No. 30).

The Flames made more memories in the late stages of the game.

Trailing 3-1 entering the final frame, Colborne started the rally, taking Mark Giordano’s wide shot from the point and wrapping it behind Islanders starter Anders Nilsson to cut New York’s lead to 3-2.

After Sean Monahan tied the game just 2:53 later, Colborne gave the Flames the win, deflecting Giordano’s point shot by Nilsson with 4:19 remaining in regulation.

After Nieuwendyk’s ceremony wrapped, Markus Granlund wasted no time putting Calgary on the board.

Breaking in shorthanded, Granlund had his shot blocked before retrieving the puck and finding a streaking Paul Byron breaking into the zone. Byron looked off a defender before returning the puck to Granlund, who buried a shot into a virtually empty net to put the Flames up 1-0 just 2:01 into the game.

Colin McDonald answered Granlund’s goal at 15:26 to tie the game 1-1.

A pair of goals by Kyle Okposo and Brock Nelson in the second staked the Islanders to a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes, setting the stage for Colborne’s third period heroics.


After taking a pass from Galiardi behind the net, Monahan barged from below the goal line and tucked a shot between the legs of Nilsson to tie the game 3-3 at 14:22 of the third period.


With just 1:13 remaining in the game and the Flames up by one, Frans Nielsen redirected Michael Grabner’s pass in the slot, only to be met by Ortio.


Three goals in a 4:12 span late in the third period erased a two-goal deficit to give the Flames back-to-back wins on their two-game homestand.


The Flames iced eight rookies against the Islanders, the first time since Dec. 10, 1996 the team has had that many freshmen in the lineup. They also had eight players in the lineup that were selected by the Flames in the NHL draft, the first time since March 3, 2009 that’s occurred.


Matt Stajan missed the game against New York due to personal reasons. Jiri Hudler (lower body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), David Jones (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body) and Karri Ramo (lower body) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames turn right around and face the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on Saturday (8 p.m. MST, CBC, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

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