In only his sixth big-league outing and after logging only three shifts in the third period and none in the overtime session, Calgary Flames rookie Corban Knight figured he had the best seat in the house for Friday’s shootout at American Airlines Center.
His boss, Bob Hartley, had other ideas.
“I was just sitting there, kind of enjoying the view. Then, all of a sudden, I get tapped,” Knight said. “It’s amazing how fast my body reacted to that, because about a millisecond after he touched me, I instantly started shaking.”
Thankfully for the Flames, the 23-year-old saved a few shakes for when he really needed them, deking to his forehand and sliding the puck behind veteran twine-minder Tim Thomas for the decisive tally in Friday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars in Big D.
A surprise ending?
Maybe for fans at the American Airlines Center who had never heard of the Flames’ fourth-line centre, but not for a handful of other recent arrivals on the visitors’ bench.