Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Cardiac Kids: Fun Facts About the Flames' 10 Third Period Comebacks

One of the most honest explanations yet about the Flames unbelievable amount of stirring third period comebacks came from coach Bob Hartley on Monday night, after Calgary did it yet again, this time rallying back from a late 3-1 deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins.

“I don’t know what to say anymore," said Hartley, with a shake of his head.

No kidding.

"Those guys never quit," continued Hartley. "We always have the feeling that we can pull out those comebacks.”

For more on the 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins, my game story for The Canadian Press can be read here.

Meanwhile, here is a closer look inside those 10 comebacks -- how they happened, who made them happen, and the historical significance of it all.


Franchise History Already Made

The Flames have come from behind when trailing after two periods to win 10 games this year. Per Elias, that's a team record. The old mark was seven set in 1986-87 and equaled in 1987-88.

Those 10 wins also leads the NHL for this season and no other team is even close:

1. Calgary, 10-16-1
2. Anaheim, 7-15-0
3. Detroit, 6-10-2
    St. Louis, 6-8-1
    Montreal, 6-13-1
    NY Rangers, 6-11-1
7. Colorado, 5-18-2

In fact, 14 of the NHL's 30 teams have two comeback wins or fewer including Pittsburgh (0-10-4) and Winnipeg (0-15-3) still stuck at zero.

For further context, consider the Flames had nine comeback victories over the last three seasons combined. During that span, Calgary went 9-68-13. That's nine comebacks in 90 games compared to 10 in 27 this season.


Closing in on NHL History

Elias has also confirmed that the NHL record for most third period comebacks in a season is 12, which was done by Dallas in 2005-06.

Here is a list of teams that since 1997-98, have pulled off third period comebacks at least 10 times in a season:

2005-06 Dallas, 12-17-2
2008-09 Pittsburgh, 11-21-2
2009-10 Vancouver, 11-21-3
2014-15 Calgary, 10-16-1
2006-07 Dallas, 10-20-1
2006-07 Tampa Bay, 10-22-1
2005-06 Los Angeles, 10-24-1
2006-07 Montreal, 10-24-4
2013-14 NY Islanders, 10-26-2


Ten Fun Facts About This Year's 10 Comebacks

As reference, a full recap/log of Calgary's third period comebacks in 2014-15 can be found below. Included is a recap of the scenario faced, goal scorers and other factoids from each of the games. Meanwhile, here are 10 fun facts about the 10 comebacks:
  • Seven of the comebacks have happened at the Saddledome
  • Jonas Hiller has been in net for eight of them including two in which he was perfect in relief, after Karri Ramo was pulled in the second period.
  • Five times the comebacks have come with the Flames down two goals to start the third period.
  • Seven of the comebacks have been decided in extra time -- five in overtime, two in a shootout
  • Goals for/against in the third period/OT has been 30-5 for Calgary
  • Calgary has only been shorthanded three times in those third periods or OT (1-for-3 on the PK) while they've gone 5-for-14 on the PP 
  • Jiri Hudler leads the team in third period/OT goals with five (all in the third period)
  • Sean Monahan has two of the five OT goals to lead the way.
  • Monahan (4-7-11) and Mark Giordano (1-10-11) are tied for the team lead in points
  • Given the first comeback wasn't until Halloween, the 10 comebacks have come over the span of just 46 games.

Third Period/OT Goals and Points Leaders

Goals - In Third Period/OT of Comebacks:

1. Hudler, 5
2. Gaudreau, 4
    Monahan, 4
    Bouma, 4
5. Wideman, 3
6. Glencross, 2
    Brodie, 2
    Jooris, 2
9. Byron, 1
    Giordano, 1
    Granlund, 1
    Colborne, 1

Points - In Third Period/OT Comebacks:

1. Monahan, 4-7-11
    Giordano, 1-10-11
3. Hudler, 5-5-10
    Gaudreau, 5-5-10
5. Wideman, 3-3-6
6. Bouma, 4-1-5
7. Granlund 1-3-4
    Glencross, 2-2-4
    Brodie 2-2-4
    Jooris 2-2-4
11. Byron, 1-2-3
      Jones, 0-3-3
      Russell, 0-3-3


Summary of Each of the 10 Comebacks:


No. 1 - Game 12, Oct. 31, 2014, Nashville 3 at Calgary 4
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 2-1
  • Third Period: Flames 3-1 edge in goals, Predators 14-10 edge in shots
  • Goal Scorers: Hudler 2:36, Brodie 4:23 (pp), Gaudreau 6:37, NSH - Neal 10:47 (pp)
  • Goalie: Hiller
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 1/1, PK 0/1

No. 2 - Game 14, Nov. 4, 2014, Calgary 4 at Washington 3 (OT)
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 3-2
  • Third Period: Flames 1-0 edge in goals, Capitals 8-5 edge in shots (shots 2-2 in OT)
  • Goal Scorers: Granlund 14:50, Monahan 4:17 of OT
  • Goalie: Hiller
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 0/0, PK 1/1

No. 3 - Game 16, Nov. 8, 2014, Calgary 6 at Florida 4
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 4-3
  • Third Period: Flames 3-0 edge in goals, Panthers 8-5 edge in shots
  • Goal Scorers: Monahan 4:53, Bouma 17:42, Gaudreau 18:55 (pp) (en)
  • Goalie: Ramo started, but Hiller enters at 13:31 of second after Florida goes ahead 4-3
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 1/2, PK 0/0

No. 4 - Game 20, Nov. 18, 2014, Anaheim 3 at Calgary 4 (SO)
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 2-0
  • Third Period: Flames 3-1 edge in goals, Flames 10-6 edge in shots (shots 2-2 in OT)
  • Goal Scorers: Hudler 3:25, Wideman 9:03, Wideman 13:43, ANA - Palmieri 15:05 (pp), Monahan (shootout GDG)
  • Goalie: Hiller
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 0/4, PK 0/1

No. 5 - Game 22, Nov. 22, 2014, New Jersey 4 at Calgary 5 (SO)
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 3-1
  • Third Period: Flames 3-1 edge in goals, shots even at 9-9 (shots 2-2 in OT)
  • Goal Scorers: Jooris 2:26 (pp), NJ - Ruutu 10:26, Hudler 17:38, Glencross 19:55, Hudler (shootout GDG)
  • Goalie: Ramo
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 1/3, PK 0/0 

No. 6 - Game 27, Dec. 4, 2014, Colorado 3 at Calgary 4 (OT)
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 2-1
  • Third Period: Flames 2-1 edge in goals, Avalanche 9-7 edge in shots (Flames 3-0 in OT)
  • Goal Scorers: Glencross 1:14, COL - Tanguay 14:14, Wideman 18:43, Monahan 1:47 of OT
  • Goalie: Ramo
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 0/0, PK 0/0

No. 7 - Game 36, Dec. 22, 2014, Calgary 4 at Los Angeles 3 (OT)
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 3-1
  • Third Period: Flames 2-0 edge in goals, Flames 8-7 edge in shots (Flames 5-2 in OT)
  • Goal Scorers: Gaudreau 17:48, Gaudreau 19:01, Giordano 4:07 of OT
  • Goalie: Hiller
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 0/0, PK 0/0

No. 8 - Game 39, Dec. 31, 2014, Edmonton 3 at Calgary 4 (OT)
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 2-1
  • Third Period: Flames 2-1 edge in goals, Flames 8-6 edge in shots (Flames 2-0 in OT)
  • Goal Scorers: Bouma 4:28, EDM - Ference 9:29, Colborne 11:55, Jooris 1:08 of OT
  • Goalie: Hiller
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 0/1, PK 0/0

No. 9 - Game 50, Jan. 31, 2015, Edmonton 2 at Calgary 4
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 2-0
  • Third Period: Flames 4-0 edge in goals, Flames 12-5 edge in shots
  • Goal Scorers: Byron 2:56, Bouma 6:16, Monahan 8:39 (pp), Bouma 16:27
  • Goalie: Hiller
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 1/2, PK 0/0

No. 10 - Game 57, Feb. 16, 2015, Boston 3 at Calgary 4 (OT)
  • After Two Periods: Trailed 3-1
  • Third Period: Flames 2-0 edge in goals, Flames 10-7 edge in shots (Bruins 3-2 in OT)
  • Goal Scorers: Hudler 3:22, Hudler 14:51 (pp), Brodie 4:58 of OT
  • Goalie: Ramo started, but Hiller enters at 0:50 of second after Boston goes ahead 3-0
  • Flames Special Teams: PP 1/1, PK 0/0

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