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WHAT. A. GOAL.

Tkackuk's filthy OT winner the talk of the dressing room as the Flames arrive in Columbus

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Tkachuk's jaw-dropping OT winner

CGY@NSH: Tkachuk goes between his legs for OT winner

Matthew Tkachuk puts his stick between his legs to score a spectacular goal just before overtime expires, lifting the Flames to a dramatic win

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COLUMBUS - Incredible. Amazing. Stunning. Unbelievable.

Ask any of Matthew Tkachuk's teammates about his overtime game-winner in Nashville and the adjectives are endless.

"To be able to pull off the between-the-legs from that far out? I've never seen that one done," captain Mark Giordano said. "I think (what was) more impressive was the situation - the time left on the clock and what it meant for the game.

"It was a pretty special play. I'm sure it's going to be right up there with anyone's goal of the year candidate. It was a real important moment for us to try and get on a roll here."

 

Video: Flames players react to Tkachuk's OT winner.

 

The goal, coming with just 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime, will be a mainstay on highlight reels throughout the year as one of the best plays of the season.

Carrying the puck through the neutral zone, Tkachuk dished it over to Lindholm who was waiting on the blueline. Lindholm carried it in and managed to get a snap shot off from high in the slot and rebound went to Tkachuk, who had crept in behind the Predators skaters, at an awkward angle.

Despite not being in position to take a clean shot, Tkachuk received the rebound with his stick between his legs and one-timed a shot high short-side to complete the wild comeback.

 

 

"To be able to pull that off in the slot and know the timing too … He wouldn't have had enough time to get himself around the puck to get off a regular shot," Milan Lucic said. "A guy like me, I don't even think about shooting a puck like that. Great to see the creativity, great to see that it worked, and great to see it go in. Especially when you come back from a three-goal deficit and then give one up and then tie it up again, a lot of emotions, that's for sure.

"The element of that kind of goal to go with it, to top it off, I think is the nice cherry on top. It's games like those, where you come back, you try to carry it over to the next game from an emotional standpoint and get things rolling.

"As a team, through 15 games, we've done a good job of staying in the mix as far as points and the standings go, but also, I don't think we've brought our best game other than that third period last game. You want to build off that moving forward and get on a roll."

 

Video: CGY@NSH: Tkachuk slams home rebound to tie game late

 

The move is one his teammates have seen plenty of times, both in practices and in games, but the execution and circumstance surrounding the goal had everyone's jaw dropping.

"I mean, you see Chucky do that kind of stuff in certain situations - obviously not score a goal like that - but when the puck is in a weird position, it kind of handcuffs him and he can't get his body around it, he finds a way to get his stick around and manipulate the puck a little bit," Derek Ryan said.

"That's just what he did and made an incredible shot while he did it."

Tkachuk had already scored once in a game that saw the Flames pull even with Predators twice in the third period after falling into a 4-1 hole after 40 minutes.

Alan Quine was able to net the 4-4 equalizer at 16:39 of the third period but an Austin Watson goal with under 2:00 in regulation looked like it would ice the win for the home team.

Tkachuk responded with the Flames' fifth goal with 39 seconds left.

"Chucky did a good job dragging guys into the battle and then a just reward for him to get both goals," head coach Bill Peters said. "The 6-on-5, I thought it was a real good play down into Mony - he didn't score on that but Chucky's on the side of the net and scores back-door.

"Then overtime, what can you say about that? I don't think I've seen a shot like that, from that far out, with that much on it."

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