Flames D-man T.J. Brodie elevates game

Flames coach Bob Hartley says T.J. Brodie can become a dominant defenceman in the NHL. (Al...

Flames coach Bob Hartley says T.J. Brodie can become a dominant defenceman in the NHL. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

CALGARY - With a short-term glance, it could be an indication of what all T.J. Brodie can achieve when he steps up.

In the long-term sites, it may become a seminal moment in the career of the Calgary Flames defenceman.

The fourth Flames goal in Friday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators, was the kind of play head coach Bob Hartley has been clamoring all season to see from Brodie.

After racing across the ice to keep the puck in the offensive zone by a whisker, Brodie wheeled and fired a high shot -- it turned out to be deflected by David Jones -- past Devan Dubnyk to help complete the comeback.

“He can be a dominant NHL defenceman. That's for sure,” Hartley said of the 23-year-old blueliner following Saturday's practice at the Stampede Corral.


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