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Tkachuk shows incredible hand-eye coordination, bats in game-tying goal

Forward swats puck out of midair into net late in third period against Kings

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Tkachuk bats game-tying goal

LAK@CGY: Tkachuk shows off hand-eye to tie it

Matthew Tkachuk knocks a rebound out of the air, then swats it into the net to knot the game at 3 late in the 3rd

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Call Matthew Tkachuk the new Mr. October.

The Calgary Flames forward showed off incredible hand-eye coordination by batting in the game-tying goal late in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Tkachuk tracked the rebound of a shot by Rasmus Andersson that hit Kings goalie Jack Campbell and went high into the air. He avoided playing the puck with a high stick by catching it on his stick blade in midair, the whacked it past Campbell to tie the game 3-3 with 1:04 left in regulation.

The goal, Tkachuk's second of the night, sent the game into overtime. It also undoubtedly would make any baseball player, or even Cardinals fans in his hometown of St. Louis, beam proudly. It also impressed teammate Milan Lucic.

"Great hands in tight," Lucic said. "That's one of his skillsets is his quick hands in front of the net. He's scored a lot of goals already in the League from those areas, and he'll continue to get more and more."

Unfortunately for the Flames, Tkachuk's goal only earned them a point. Drew Doughty scored the game-winner 50 seconds into overtime, giving Los Angeles a 4-3 win.

NHL.com independent correspondent Aaron Vickers contributed to this report

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