T.J. Brodie bats the puck away from an empty net (via NHL/YouTube)
Neither of the Flames’ NHL goaltenders are under contract after 2015-16, but maybe Calgary can throw defenseman T.J. Brodie between the pipes. Tuesday night he made a spectacular goal line save on Winnipeg’s Drew Stafford by using some slick hand-eye coordination.
The Calgary Flames have gotten shaky goaltending all season long. Be it Karri Ramo, Jonas Hiller or Joni Ortio, the play of the masked men between the pipes has been one of the biggest letdowns of the Flames’ season. If they’re looking to find a new netminder, though, they might want to see if T.J. Brodie has ever considered a positional switch.
In the third period of Tuesday’s game, with the Flames leading the Winnipeg Jets 2-1, Brodie made one of the best hand-eye, goal line stops of the season — one so good it’ll probably stand up as a top save at the end of the campaign and we’re not yet through the holiday break. Ramo was down and out after a slick pass from Blake Wheeler to Drew Stafford when Stafford flipped the puck towards an almost wide-open net with his backhand.
The puck sailed over Ramo’s glove and came perilously close to getting to the back of the net before Brodie, who was flat on his stomach after attempting to block Wheeler’s pass, popped up and swatted the puck out of harm’s way:
The shorthanded goal would have definitely breathed some life into the Jets, who were this close to drawing even with the Flames before Brodie’s save.
Later in the frame, Brodie would help the Flames lock up the victory when he notched the primary assist on Johnny Gaudreau’s second goal of the game with little more than four minutes remaining. Gaudreau’s night would be capped off with an empty-netter for the hat trick.
Calgary tied a franchise record with their win over Winnipeg as they picked up their 10th consecutive victory on home ice, matching a mark set during the 2006-07 season. The Flames will have a shot at winning their 11th straight at home on Dec. 27 when they host the rival Edmonton Oilers.