SAN JOSE – The only thing that was more breathtaking than Matthew Tkachuk's last contender for the goal of the year was the list of Flames goal scorers before him:
Milan Lucic, Zac Rinaldo, Mark Jankowski and Tobias Rieder.
Before the Flames' 6-2 victory over the Sharks, the quartet had scored only 12 goals all season.
Still, there were the first three of them, just one fight from a hat trick by Gordie Howe, 30 minutes before the game ended.
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Truth is. Lucic should have won the honor earlier when he dropped the mittens and fought with Stefan Noesen, but he was just given a roughing minor.
"Usually it's a fight major if you drop your gloves and throw a punch," giggled Lucic. "So we can count it, I think."
The cherry above was Tkachuk's pipette.
When Tkachuk approached Aaron Dell from the left wing, he stuck his stick between his legs and covered the fifth flame gate the night after the frozen Netzminder.
The replay pulled a collective string of Ohs and Ahs out of the crowd as the Flames celebrated what would be their second consecutive win on this four-game road trip.
"I didn't even think about it at the time – it was just the only way I thought possible," Tkachuk shrugged.
"This is an impressive goal," added Mikael Backlund, whose seventh win of the season late in the night was the team's third Powerplay goal.
"I mean, he obviously worked a lot on it. Like he did in Nashville, this sick target. He had it on Long Island last year. He did it in three different situations, so it's very impressive . It's a smart move. "
It may not be quite comparable to Tkachuk's overtime on Halloween in Nashville, but the debate is interesting.
The second attempt with six goals in a row by Flames continued the dynamic of Vancouver on Saturday and opened with a 3-0 lead that they never looked back on.
Perhaps the biggest goal of the night fell in the middle of the game when the Flames held on to a 3-2 lead that was repeatedly threatened by a wave of shark attacks.
Jankowski's redirect of a Lucic pass gave the Flames some leeway, which they expanded with two Powerplay goals in the third.
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"I am more excited when they hit than I am," said Tkachuk, "about the impact players can have on the depth, especially later in the season.
"I thought Janks and Docs (Derek Ryan) lines were the two best lines on this road trip so far."
Without playing defenders Mark Giordano and Travis Hamonic, who had been injured in a reserve after being examined by doctors in Calgary the day before, the Flames had a far better result than a 1: 3 defeat by the Sharks last Week.
Lucic, who scored three points, opened the gate in four minutes with a back door power play gate that was identical to what he and Backlund had achieved together on Saturday.
Thirty-four seconds later Rieder struck again before Rinaldo hit a rebound in the middle of the first rebound.
Rinaldo was only cast because Sam Bennett has the flu – part of a next-man-up issue the Flames dealt with this week. His goal came during a rare shift with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
"I actually went out to deal with a situation ahead of me," smiled Rinaldo, who was sent to the ice after asking the trainer to do so.
“Nothing came of it. I had to stay on the ice. A nice situation for me and I have to take it. It is nice. "
It helped him earn the team police cowboy hat for the player of the game.
"I'm not a big fan of cowboy hats per se, but if the team gives it to me, I will wear it with pride," said Rinaldo.
David Rittich won his second start in a row with 34 parades and returned the boast to the Flames, which they seemed to lose last week after losing three games.
The Flames are set to play in Los Angeles on Wednesday and in Anaheim on Thursday.