The fantastic Matthew Tkachuk scored a hat-trick, his first in a professional career, and helped his Calgary Flames to record a very important win over the red-hot Vegas Golden Knights, 6-3.
After four straight losses, the leaders of the Western Conference finally won and kept their chances of holding to the conference No.1 seed.
The Flames came in flying into this game, and opened it with a goal after just 2:40 when Andrew Mangiapane, the 20-year old scored to give the Canadians a 1-0 lead.
Mikael Backlund doubled it almost five minutes later, with a long-distance wrist shot which put the puck beside Golden Knight’s goalie Malcolm Subban.
The guests then bounced back with Brandon Pirri’s 10th goal of the season. A quick shot after Cody Eakin’s assist from behind the goal gave some hope to the guests that maybe their triumphant streak could continue.
Tkachuk then interfered. One minute and two seconds before the end of the first, Michael Frolik sent a nice pass towards him, goalie Subban tried to intercept it but couldn’t do it, and it was 3-1 for the home team in no time.
When mentioning time, it took just 80 seconds into the second period for the guests to tie the result.
Reilly Smith after 21 seconds of the second sequence and Mark Stone after 80, scored each once and shocked the fans at Scotiabank Saddledome.
From that moment on a fierce fight began in Calgary, with lots of contact, shots, and hits, which is why we saw four powerplays alone in this period, two on each side.
And from one like that Backlund pulled the hosts to 4-3, 32 seconds before the end of that period.
It was all or nothing for the guests in the final part of the game, and they tried to unlock the defense of the hosts, but without any luck.
Tkachuk scored his second goal with 15:43 since the start of the sequence, and later used the empty net off the guests to solve this one and snap a six-game winning series of the Golden Knights.
Up next, Flames stay at home and wait for the New Jersey Devils, while on the other hand, Vegas continues its tour, this time in Dallas on Friday night.