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Brodie's late OT goal lifts Flames past Bruins

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames found a way again, and in dramatic fashion on Monday.

Jiri Hudler scored twice to help erase a three-goal deficit and TJ Brodie completed the rally with the winner at 4:58 of overtime to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

David Jones also scored for the Flames (32-22-3), who have an NHL-leading 10 wins this season when trailing after 40 minutes. Calgary has scored 72 third-period goals, shared with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the most in the League this season. The Flames have allowed the fewest at 38.

"To use a famous phrase from a great baseball manager, it's not over until it's over," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "I don't know what to say anymore. Those guys never quit.

"We want to be part of the playoffs. We've said it from Day One 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."

Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins (28-20-8), who have lost four straight games and were 91-1-1 in games since 2011 that they led by three goals. Boston will continue with the third game of a five-game road trip through the Western Conference when it faces the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

"When things are tough, things are tough and you don't get the breaks," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We've got to keep working ourselves out of this."

With the clock ticking down, Brodie burst wide and sent a centering pass into the slot that skipped off the stick of Marchand, into the air and off the glove of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask before skipping off the top of the net, off Rask again and across the goal line with less than three seconds remaining in overtime.

"That's definitely the biggest 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 overtime.

"To be honest, I wasn't sure because I saw Rask go with his glove [behind his back]," Hudler said. "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."

It's one of the more bizarre ones that have gotten past him, Rask admitted.

"It hit (Marchand)'s shaft and it's going and going and I tried to bend myself and grab it and it hit my glove, hit the top of the net, bounced back," Rask said. "I can't do anything different there.

"First one of those in my career. We kind of struggled with the game. That's when the bounces don't go your way and it's happened to us before in this season and we saw it again today. Disappointed."

Extra time was needed after yet another Flames rally.

Entering the third period down 3-1 after Jones' 11th of the season at 6:52 of the second, Calgary inched closer 3:22 into the third when Sean Monahan spotted Hudler parked to the right of the net. Hudler corralled the pass and lifted his 17th over Rask to trim Boston's lead to 3-2.

With 5:09 remaining in the third period and David Pastrnak in the penalty box for high sticking, Hudler added his second of the night after tipping Mark Giordano's point shot by Rask to tie the game 3-3 and force overtime.

Boston got the jump early on the Flames.

With Bruins forward Chris Kelly in the penalty box, Patrice Bergeron intercepted Brodie's neutral zone drop pass and broke in with Marchand on Flames starting goalie Karri Ramo. Bergeron fed Marchand, who lifted his 16th of the season over Ramo 6:48 into the game.

Another turnover cost the Flames at 11:27. After Johnny Gaudreau couldn't clear the zone, Dougie Hamilton circled behind the net and fed Chara at the point, who one-timed his fourth of the season by Ramo to put Boston up 2-0.

The Flames tried answering back but couldn't solve Rask, who made seven saves in the opening period that included a diving glove save against Mason Raymond in the slot following a failed wraparound attempt from Josh Jooris with 2:17 remaining in the first.

Boston extended the lead 50 seconds into the second period and chased Ramo in the process.

Reilly Smith fanned on his shot from the slot but Krug picked up the loose puck, circled around Flames defenseman Kris Russell and lifted a backhand over Ramo. It ended his night after 11 shots in favor of Jonas Hiller.

"Sometimes, changing goalies is like calling a timeout," Hartley said. "You give your team a chance to kind of change the momentum, but at the same time, Jonas deserves tons of credit because he came up with a few big saves."

Hiller was flawless, stopping all 16 shots he faced. His entrance into the game also sparked the Flames.

Jones got one back for Calgary at 6:52 of the second, paving the way for Hudler's two goals and Brodie's overtime winner.

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