“Overtime’s been a sore spot,” said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, baffled by his team’s inability to play well in OT. “I think we’ve got enough assets in there. In overtime, we’ve got to find a way to make it happen.”
“It’s always nice winning, especially against a team like that,” Brodie said.
“There was a battle on the red-line and Stempy won the battle and gave a pass to Mony,” Brodie explained. “Mony made a good play cutting to the middle and got a shot off. Crawford sort of slid out of the net from the shot. I just tried to wrap it around back out front and it ended up going in.”
“There was a lot of emotions out there, a lot of chances back and forth,” Backlund said. “These are fun games to play. I’m sure the coaches didn’t think that, but I enjoyed the game.”
Matt Stajan had a goal and an assist for Calgary, Lance Bouma also scored and Stempniak set up three goals.
Marian Hossa scored twice for the Blackhawks (32-10-13), who went 0-2-2 in their previous four games. Patrick Kane and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago.
“They’re a hard-working team so we expected them to work hard,” Kane said. “They always seem to give us a tough game in this building. We had to be ready for it. I thought we did a good job fighting back. It was just a few too many mistakes.”
Neither of the starting goalies played particularly well and both were replaced in net by their respective head coaches.
Reto Berra stopped 20 of 24 shots through two periods before Karri Ramo took over in the Calgary net for the final frame and overtime. Ramo made nine saves to pick up the win.
Antti Raanta drew the start in net for Chicago, but was pulled after he stopped just 11 of 15 shots he faced through 1 1/2 periods of play. Crawford entered and stopped 13 consecutive shots before giving up Brodie’s OT goal.