Dougie Hamilton was as surprised as anybody that he was left alone in the slot late in Saturday’s game at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Hamilton took a pass from Micheal Ferland and then tucked a shot past goalie John Gibson with 16 seconds left in regulation time to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
“I was just jumping up and Ferly made a great pass and I realized I had a breakaway and tried to be patient, make a move and it just went in,” said Hamilton, whose game-winning goal helped the Flames improve their record at home to 12-11-0.
“Especially being at home with our record, we’ve got to take care of these games. We’ve done a good job.”
Ferland and Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames (21-16-4), while Mike Smith made 27 saves to pick up his 17th win of the season.
“We’ve had the same mindset these last few games,” Ferland said. “We know how big these points are right now. We’ve just been playing simple hockey and waiting for our chances. I think it’s working for us right now.”
Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf scored goals in the third for the Ducks (19-15-9), while goalie John Gibson finished with 28 saves.
“Any time you lose in the last couple seconds like that, it’s tough,” Silfverberg said. “You don’t come by these losses a lot, but obviously they sting you quite a bit.”
Giordano had a great chance to open the scoring 27 seconds into the first period when he one-timed a pass from Matthew Tkachuk on net, but Gibson kicked out his left pad to make the save.
Ferland gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 7:51 when he converted a feed from Johnny Gaudreau, who pounced on a turnover by Anaheim defenceman Brandon Montour to set up the goal.
Just 44 seconds later, Giordano’s point blast deflected off Kevin Bieksa and past a stunned Gibson to give Calgary a 2-0 lead.
“You’re lucky to win in the NHL if you don’t play 60 minutes,” said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. “We had terrible first period and it took us until the third period to really get our feet underneath us and get some emotion involved in the game.
“You can’t play this game waiting for things to happen. You have to be out there to create things and we didn’t do a very good job of that.”