Flames' Colborne the hero of the night

Calgary Flames Joe Colborne celebrates scoring on New York Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson in NHL...

Calgary Flames Joe Colborne celebrates scoring on New York Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson in NHL hockey action at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. on Friday March 7, 2014. (Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 AM ET

Calgary kid Joe Colborne’s favourite forward when he was a youngster was Joe Nieuwendyk.

Fitting on a night the Flames honoured their former captain and part of the 1989 Stanley Cup team as the latest member of the Forever a Flame club, it was Colborne who sparked a third-period rally and then scored the winner in a 4-3 comeback victory over the New York Islanders Friday night at the Saddledome.

Colborne, one of eight Flames rookies in their lineup – remember way back when how Nieuwendyk answered the question ‘Joe Who?’ by scoring 51 goals in his first NHL season – started the kind of third-period performance fans saw plenty of times during that long-gone era.

With the Flames, looking listless and destined to fall in defeat, needing a boost while trailing 3-2 with nine minutes left, Colborne began a comeback by jumping on a loose puck at the side of the net and swatting it into the cage.


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