A comeback of historic proportions took place at the United Center on Monday night.
After allowing five goals in a span of 5:29 during the first period, the Chicago Blackhawks
roared back with six unanswered tallies -- capped by Brent Seabrook
's winner 26 seconds into overtime -- for a wild 6-5 victory against the Calgary Flames
It was the biggest comeback in the history of the "Original Six" franchise and came against the team the Blackhawks eliminated in the opening round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it tied the NHL record for the biggest deficit overcome.
Dustin Boyd, Eric Nystrom, Jarome Iginla
, Rene Bourque
and Olli Jokinen
all scored in the opening period for the Flames. The first three tallies came in a 53-second span, which prompted Chicago coach Joel Quenneville to replace Cristobal Huet
in favor of Antti Niemi. Iginla's tally came on a breakaway.
''We were embarrassed," Seabrook said. "Our fans weren't very happy and they let us know about it. We want to have good starts and we want to help our goaltender out. That was unacceptable.''
But John Madden got the Blackhawks on the comeback trail when he put a rebound past Miikka Kiprusoff
with 2:18 left in the first. Patrick Kane
, Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Bolland
all found the back of the net in the second to cut Calgary's lead to 5-4. Byfuglien and Bolland's goals came just 41 seconds apart.
tied the game with his fourth goal of the season -- a redirection off a shot from Duncan Keith
-- at 4:32 of the second period. All 10 goals in regulation came at even strength.
''We were getting rid of it (the puck) a little too quick, all of us all the way around. When you don't have composure, that's the result,'' Iginla said.
''It stings all the way through and we're embarrassed.''
The biggest deficit overcome by the Blackhawks previously was four goals, most recently in 1989 when they rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets, 7-4.
''A pretty amazing game,'' Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ''From the worst to as good as you can get.''
Naturally, Flames coach Brent Sutter didn't share the same feelings.
"There's not really words to describe it … a huge lack of mental toughness within the group," Sutter said. "It just says more and more about how much work needs to be down with this group. It's not about structure or anything like that. It's about stuff between their ears."
-- Brian Compton, NHL.com
Material from wire services was used in this report.