February 6, 2013
Flames' Taylor gets another NHL crack

Danny Taylor makes one of 17 saves in a win over the Rochester Americans. Photo courtesy Abbotsford Heat.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was 20 minutes of action Danny Taylor can’t forget.

And those 20 minutes have driven the newest Calgary Flames goalie to persevere towards another chance.

Late in the 2007-08 NHL season, Taylor — then 21 years old — lived the dream of playing in the bigs.

During an afternoon game with the Los Angeles Kings, he was serving as backup to Erik Ersberg. The Kings were down 5-1 after two periods, and coach Marc Crawford addressed the team just before the third period.

“He rattled off a bunch of things we had to do and start doing better, and in between, (Crawford) said, ‘Taylor, you’re gonna go in there.’ I heard him but didn’t really and looked to my left and right, ‘Did he say what I think he said,’ ” Taylor recalled Wednesday evening upon joining the Flames in Ohio, just in time for Thursday night’s tilt against the host Columbus Blue Jackets (5 p.m., Sportsnet West).