Tkachuk, Flames rally for win against Predators in final seconds of OT
- Matthew Tkachuk scored with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Calgary Flames rallied from three goals down in the third period for a 6-5 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.
- After Elias Lindholm’s initial shot was blocked, Tkachuk got the rebound in the slot and scored with a shot between his legs.
“I try it it seems like once a game,” Tkachuk said. “I’m lucky it went in. I knew there was very little time on the clock. Very little, like a couple seconds. Where the puck was, I couldn’t get my feet or my body around to keep it on my forehand. I didn’t think I’d have the time to do that and I didn’t want to go ahead of it to try and backhand smack it, so that was kind of the last resort. And it went in, which was nice.”
- Tkachuk tied it 5-5 on a rebound at the right post with 39 seconds remaining in the third period after Austin Watson gave the Predators a 5-4 lead with 1:22 remaining on a 2-on-1.
- Lindholm and Derek Ryan each had a goal and an assist, Sean Monahan had three assists, and David Rittich made 31 saves for Calgary (7-6-2).
“I think all 24 guys in here get a lot of confidence out of a win like that,” Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson said. “Now we’ve just got to keep it going, start off better and finish off the way we did.”
- Watson had two goals and two assists, Calle Jarnkrok scored two shorthanded goals, and Pekka Rinne made 21 saves for Nashville (8-3-2), which had won four straight.
“When you lose a game like this, you want to get back on the ice and get out there as quick as you can,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ve been pretty consistent for the whole year. I think the one thing that we’ll go back and look at is that we just really stopped playing the game offensively.”
- Tkachuk is the second player in Calgary history to score a tying goal in the final minute of regulation and the game-winning goal in the final minute of overtime.
- Eddy Beers did it against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 30, 1983. …
- Jarnkrok is the second player in Nashville history to score two shorthanded goals in a game, joining Scott Nichol. …
- Predators forward Filip Forsberg returned to the lineup after missing six games because of a lower-body injury.
- He had five shots and was minus-1 in 17:27 of ice time. …
- Gaudreau had two assists to become the fifth fastest player in Flames history to reach 400 NHL points (409 games).
Sources & Credits: Robby Stanley / NHL.com , CAL Flames, NAS Predators