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Rittich launches stick into the air in win celebration

Flames goalie made aggressive save on Oilers' Draisaitl before tossing lumber

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Rittich's shootout stop

CGY@EDM: Rittich seals shootout win with poke check

David Rittich stops Leon Draisaitl's shootout attempt with an aggressive poke check to secure a 4-3 win, and flips his stick in celebration

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David Rittich's body went sliding and his lumber went flying, and it was the perfect punctuation to a hard-fought shootout win for the Calgary Flames against their rival Edmonton Oilers.

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl made his approach during the shootout and rather than wait to make a save, Rittich slid out to make a poke check.

The bold move sealed the 4-3 win and Rittich launched his stick straight into the air in celebration, echoing Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista's bat flip in the Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series.

Tweet from @NHLFlames: One on the ice, one on the field ... who did it better, Big Save Dave or @JoeyBats19 with the @BlueJays?

The Flames loved it so much, they thought it should go on a t-shirt, asking their team store on Twitter to start printing a "Big Save Dave" stick flip design.

Tweet from @FlamesFanAttic: We're on it!

The next chapter of the Battle of Alberta takes place on Saturday in Calgary. The Flames lead the season series 3-0, while the Oilers are 0-2-1.

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