We’re basking in the afterglow of a wild and exciting shootout win by the Calgary Flames last night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The big comeback has led us to put together this primer on Calgary Flames third period performances. Enjoy!
LEADING AFTER 40: 5-0-0
The Flames are air-tight when leading after 40 minutes. They beat Chicago in overtime, and beat Winnipeg, Carolina, Montreal and Arizona in regulation. In four of the five games (all but Carolina), they were out-shot by the trailing team in the third (because score effects).
In games Calgary leads after 40 minutes, they’ve out-scored their opponents 7-4.
TRAILING AFTER 40: 5-6-0
The Flames are shockingly good when trailing after 40 minutes. They’ve come back from three one-goal deficits (against Nashville, Washington and Florida) and two two-goal deficits (against Chicago and New Jersey). They were unable to come back against Vancouver (one goal), St. Louis (four), Columbus (three), Tampa Bay (one), Washington (one) and Carolina (two).
In the five successful comebacks, the Flames were out-shot in the third of three of them.
In the six unsuccessful comebacks, the Flames were out-shot in four of them.
In games Calgary trails after 40 minutes, they’ve out-scored their opponents 16-7. That’s crazy.
TIED AFTER 40: 3-1-2
This may be more impressive than the five wins when trailing: the game has been up for grabs for the Flames six times in the third period. They captured 8 of a possible 12 points. That’s pretty strong.
Twice the Flames were out-shot (they went 1-0-1), three times they out-shot their opponents (going 1-1-1), and once the shots were even.
In games Calgary is tied in after 40 minutes, they out-scored their opponents 7-3.
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?
What’s the most impressive achievement of the Calgary Flames in the third period? Their perfect record when leading? Their record when trailing? Their record when tied?
Would you, like me, wish they were leading more often?
Fire off your take in the comments!
And now, this: