Flames’ Matt Stajan honors late son with penalty shot goal (Video)

Earlier this month, the unthinkable happened to Matt Stajan and his wife, Katie: their newborn son, Emerson, died shortly after childbirth.

After taking a break from the team to grieve with his family, Stajan returned to the Calgary Flames' lineup last Tuesday. Three games after re-joining his teammates, the center got back on the scoresheet.

Curtis Glencross said he told Stajan that he had a good feeling about Saturday night. He was right. During Calgary's 8-1 rout of the Edmonton Oilers in the final "Battle of Alberta" of the season Stajan recorded four points, with his biggest one coming via a second period penalty shot:

"Our bench cheered so loud, I think everybody was pushing each other to hug him when he came to the bench," said Brian McGrattan.

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After Emerson's passing, the Flames told Stajan he could take the rest of the season off. But he wanted to play, using hockey as a way to help him move forward.

The goal was Stajan's 11th this season, his most since he tallied 19 during the 2009-10 campaign

"That one means a lot. It's obviously not been easy," said Stajan afterward. "That ones for the little guy."

"We'll move on now, but I'll remember that one forever."

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Sean Leahy

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