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Hogberg makes 40 saves, Senators beat Flames 5-2

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Updated: 19 hours ago

OTTAWA -- 

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 isn’t sure he belongs in the NHL.

 

He might be the only one with that thought.

 

Hogberg was at his finest Saturday, making 40 saves to lead the 

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The Senators (17-23-8) were outshot 42-21 and, if not for Hogberg’s performance, the result could very well have been different for a team that was winless in nine games.

 

It marked the 25-year-old’s second NHL win in 13 career starts.

 

“He’s got points in four straight (games),” said Senators coach 

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. “He gave us every chance to win those other three games and he was really good again.

 

It’s good for our team and our organization to have a young guy that’s playing at this level.”

 

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 had the Ottawa goals.

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 snapped Hogberg’s shutout bid with just under six minutes remaining with his first of the season and 

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 scored with just over two minutes left.

 

Hogberg has a 1-2-5 record this season, but his record is hardly indicative of his play. He has seen substantial playing time as 

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 remains sidelined with a concussion.

 

The Senators have played the 25-year-old instead of veteran 

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, who could be moved at the trade deadline.

 

“I just try to work hard and show my best for the guys and the coaches, and we will see what happens,” Hogberg said.

 

The victory comes at a good time as the Senators are headed into an eight-day break.

 

“We’ve played for stretches the way we want to play, but tonight without Hogberg we’re not winning that game, it’s that simple, he was excellent,” 

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 said.

 

“We got some timely goals, the power play scored, which was huge for us, and it kind of seemed like we didn’t have many shots, but when we did they went in.”

 

Calgary (26-19-5) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end heading into a nine-day break for the All-Star Game.

 

“If we get this one ... we go into the break feeling really good about ourselves and try to gather some momentum for the last 32 games," 

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 said. "But this didn’t allow us to feel that way."

 

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 turned aside 16 of 20 shots for Calgary.

 

Despite outshooting the Senators by a wide margin, the Flames felt they made far too many mistakes that cost them in the end.

 

“We had a few breakdowns and they took advantage of it,” said Flames coach Geoff Ward. “At the end of the day it’s not enough when you need to catch up.”

 

White gave Ottawa a 4-0 lead, scoring on a 

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 rebound early in the third and Namestnikov added an empty-net goal.

 

With nearly 40 family members on hand for the fourth installment of the clash between the Tkachuk brothers, it was Brady who finally prevailed, also picking up an assist.

 

It marked the first time he was on the winning side.

 

The game started with referee Wes McCauley throwing out 

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 out of the faceoff circle to allow the brothers to take the opening draw.

 

“We got that out of the way last year and we had talked about it,” Matthew Tkachuk said.

 

“This year we didn’t talk about it and weren’t going to do it. Wes was great. He said, ‘If I’m reffing, you guys have got to do the opening draw -- your mom will love it.’ "

 

Brady admitted getting the win was a little more special considering who it was against, but in the end the two points were the most important.

 

“It’s two teams who need those points and definitely happy we got those two points,” he said. “It was all because of (Hogberg). He stood in there and had a phenomenal performance.

 

Wish we could have lessened the load in the first period, but it showed everybody how good of a goalie he is.”

 

The Senators took a 2-0 lead in the second as Tierney picked up a loose puck in front and backhanded it past Rittich. Brown then scored on a power play as he dug at a puck under Rittich and was able to push it over the goal line.

 

Hogberg made a huge stick save on 

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 midway through the second to keep the Flames off the board.

 

Brady Tkachuk scored his 15th of the season when he looked to pass to 

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 but instead saw the puck deflect off Travis Harmonic’s stick and into the net at 7:15 of the first.

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Blues get 1st SO win, beat Flames 5-4

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Updated: 14 hours ago

CALGARY, Alberta -- For 

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, Calgary has become his home away from home.

 

Up against a team he's always thrived against and in a building he enjoys playing in, Perron had a goal and an assist in regulation and added a shootout goal to help the 

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 5-4 on Tuesday night.

 

Perron has 17 goals in 39 career games against the Flames, includings 12 goals in 20 games at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

 

"I like the old barn, maybe. I don't know," said Perron, when asked about his success historically against Calgary.

 

"I always have fun coming up to Canada and playing here, even when I was back with the Oilers."

 

Alex Steen, 

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 also scored in regulation for the Blues, who got their first win the tiebreaker in four games this season. 

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 stopped 27 shots to improve to 23-8-5.

 

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 also had goals for the Flames, who were 5-0 in shootouts. 

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 finished with 30 saves.

 

The Flames were 3 for 3 on the power play during regulation, and got a fourth man-advantage in overtime, but squandered it.

 

"It's obviously a big kill," said Blues captain 

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. "Four-on-three's are never easy, especially late in the game when you're tired, legs and brain are a little tired. Good time for us to step up and kill that."

 

Perron and 

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 scored on St. Louis' first two shootout attempts, while Monahan and Tkachuk missed their tries.

 

In a wild back-and-forth game in which both teams blew two leads, St. Louis tied it 4-4 less than a minute into the third period.

 

After 

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 hit the goal post at one end, the Blues raced up ice on a 2-on-1 with Sanford keeping the puck and ripping a shot over Talbot's glove.

 

St. Louis then scored what appeared to be the go-ahead goal less than three minutes later when Talbot muffed Perron's shot off the wing.

 

However, interim head coach Geoff Ward challenged the play for offside and after video review, the goal was waved off.

 

"I kind of had a feeling right away," said Perron, who extended his point streak to four games (2-4-6). "Even going through the line I was asking, `is it offside?' Coming back to the bench I saw coach right away. If it's a quick challenge like that, it doesn't go our way very often."

 

St. Louis lost 3-1 in Vancouver on Monday night in its first game back after an eight-day layoff. It was the Flames' first game in 10 days.

 

"It's tough to come off (the break) and have two back-to-back games against teams that play heavy and have speed," O'Reilly said. "It is good though. We got two points tonight.

 

Last night they were available and we didn't get them. We have to keep building and keep growing our game and get back on track here."

 

After taking a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes, thanks to two goals in the final couple minutes of the first period, the Blues' second lead of the night was erased at 4:40 of the second when Monahan scored off a pass from 

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, for Calgary's third power-play goal.

 

Five minutes later, the Flames surged back in front when Jankowski converted a centering feed from 

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. It was the second goal in two games for Jankowski after he started the season without a goal in the first 38 games.

 

Calgary had a chance to go up by two, but on his second breakaway of the period, Gaudreau was thwarted once again by Binnington.

 

After a deke to his backhand didn't work on his first try, he tried to shoot high blocker side, but again was denied by the Blues' goalie, who also got a pad on the rebound.

 

"He's a good goaltender," Gaudreau said. "You watch him in the playoffs last year, he's a hard goalie to score against. The first breakaway, I didn't sell it enough.

 

Second one, I just missed low, he got a quick blocker on it."

 

St. Louis opened the scoring at 5:45 of the first. 

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 gave the puck away to Steen, who worked a width-of-the-ice give-and-go with 

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, with Steen finishing for his fifth goal of the season.

 

After power-play goals five minutes apart by Tkachuk and Monahan put Calgary in front, Perron tied it with 1:19 left. Schwartz's deflection 8 seconds into a man-advantage made it 3-2 just 44 seconds later.

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Monahan scores shootout winner, Flames edge rival Oilers 4-3

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Updated: 3 hours ago

EDMONTON, Alberta -- 

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 beat the rival 

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 4-3 on Wednesday night in a heated game that featured a much-anticipated fight between 

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 had a pair of goals and 

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 also scored for the Flames, who snapped a two-game skid and improved to 27-19-6. 

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 finished with 31 saves.

 

"Our only concern right now is to get two points," Monahan said. "You look at the standings and this is obviously a four-point game. You're trying to move up a day at a time.

 

When you're playing your rivals like that, obviously you want to step up and want to earn those points and we did that tonight."

 

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 and Matt Benning scored for the Oilers (26-18-6), who won their previous two.

 

"It's fun when you're playing games that matter and tonight was one that mattered, for sure," Edmonton captain 

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"The crowd felt that, both teams felt that and it was fun, for sure."

 

In the last meeting between the clubs on Jan. 11 in Calgary, Tkachuk delivered a pair of crushing hits on Kassian, prompting the Oilers winger to jump Tkachuk -- a move that earned Kassian a two-game suspension.

Kassian returned from the ban Wednesday and the two squared off for a brief scrap during a faceoff late in the first period.

 

"A lot of people didn't want me to do it, but I wanted to," Tkachuk said. "So it was just kind of a way for me to stick up for myself and it didn't have anything to do with owing anybody. It was just doing it for myself there."

Many were anticipating an altercation.

 

"Now it's over," Kassian said. "I wish that would have happened in the first place, then it would have been done. I respect him for stepping up to the plate."

 

The Flames scored just 61 seconds in with a bit of a gift goal as a sharp-angle shot by Lindholm hit defender 

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Less than a minute after Rittich made a point-blank save on McDavid with five minutes to play in the first, a Flames shot trickled past Smith and sat on the goal line before being cleared to safety with a millimeter to spare by 

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, who then got into a rare fight with Monahan on the next shift.

 

Edmonton tied the game six minutes into the second period when Yamamoto scored his fourth goal in nine games up with the big club this season on a rebound.

 

Calgary regained the lead with seven minutes left in the middle frame as Mangiapane fired a one-timer to the top right corner.

 

The Oilers evened things up again less than two minutes later when Chiasson scored on a rebound in tight on the power play.

 

Mangiapane scored his second of the game with 45 seconds left in the second, waiting out Smith before lifting in a backhand shot.

 

Edmonton made it 3-all with eight minutes left in the third when Benning, a defenseman who had missed the past 20 games with a head injury, made a great move to get past 

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 and beat Rittich for his first goal of the season. That sent the game to a thrilling overtime session, when both goalies were forced to make five-alarm saves to send it to the shootout.

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McDavid scores twice, Oilers battle past Flames

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Flames goalie Cam Talbot and Oilers goalie Mike Smith square up at center ice in the second period.

 

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Updated: 14 hours ago

CALGARY, Alberta -- Edmonton used a fast start and strong finish to get past Calgary.

 

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 scored twice to lead the Oilers to an 8-3 victory over the Flames on Saturday night in a game that featured a goalie fight.

 

The Oilers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and extended it to three before the Flames rallied in the second period. Edmonton then reeled off four unanswered goals and earned their first win over the Flames in four tries this season.

 

"When we start better, we start on time," Oilers forward 

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, who chipped in four assists. "We've lost a few games against them this season so we wanted to come out strong and come out fast."

 

Draisaitl also took the time to share his thoughts on 

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's stick-flip celebration following his shootout-winning save against the NHL's leading scorer when the Oilers and Flames met last Wednesday.

 

"It's just disrespectful," Draisaitl said. "We hit two posts and he's celebrating like they just won the Stanley Cup. Just show some respect, that's my opinion."

 

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, who spent the last two seasons as Rittich's teammate in Calgary, acknowledged that the pair have an on-going relationship, but did admit the Flames netminder took things too far.

 

"What goes around comes around," Smith said.

 

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 also scored, while Smith made 15 saves to record the win before being ejected with 24 seconds left in the second period for a secondary fight with Flames netminder 

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 played the final 20:24 in net for the Oilers and stopped all eight shots he faced.

 

"They've kind of took it to us the last three times we've played them," said Smith, who signed with the Oilers on July 1 after playing the previous two seasons with the Flames.

 

"I feel like we hadn't played our best game against Calgary yet. Tonight was a lot better."

 

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 had two assists.

 

"We allowed their best players to really feel it tonight and that was the difference," Giordano said.

 

"When they're getting chances, they're a really dangerous team and we didn't do a good enough job of eliminating odd-man rushes and zone time. It felt like they had a lot of space out there tonight."

 

Rittich started in net for Calgary, but was pulled 3:18 into the second period after allowing four goals on 17 shots.

 

Talbot made 21 saves in a relief appearance before being ejected from the game for the secondary fight with Smith. Rittich then went back in net and made nine more saves.

 

The Oilers opened the scoring 29 seconds into the game when Yamamoto picked up a rebound and slid a shot past a sprawling Rittich.

 

Just 36 seconds later, Kassian took a pass from 

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 and lifted a shot into the top-right corner.

 

The Flames had a great chance to score a short time later when Smith ventured behind his net to play the puck, but had to scramble to get back into position before he extended his stick and stopped 

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Robinson pulled Calgary within a goal at 12:42 of the first when he took a pass from Gaudreau and chipped the puck over Smith's right pad and into the net.

 

It was his first goal as a Flame and first since scoring against the 

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"It was definitely a special moment for myself to score a goal after all this time and have a friend like (Gaudreau) assist on it on a cool play, but it's just something that I'm going to have to just kind of put in the memory bank and get ready to go back to work tomorrow," Robinson said.

 

McDavid restored Edmonton's two-goal lead at 15:33 by snapping a shot from the slot through a screen and over Rittich's blocker.

 

McDavid added his second of the game 3:18 into the second. Rittich got a piece of the shot with his right arm, but the puck got past him.

 

The Flames fought back within a goal as Tkachuk beat Smith off a feed from 

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 at 4:35 of the second, before Lindholm banked the puck off the Oilers netminder's leg and into the net from behind the goal line at 10:14.

 

The Oilers responded 83 seconds later when Nugent-Hopkins scored off a pass from Yamamoto.

 

Jones put Edmonton up 6-3 at 15:58 of the second when his slap shot from the point through traffic found its way into the net.

 

Tempers flared with 24 seconds left before the second intermission when Gagner poked a puck that was under Talbot into the net.

 

Although the goal was immediately waved off, several skirmishes broke out including a fight between Tkachuk and 

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 and another at center ice between Smith and Talbot.

 

"In a game like that, it kinds of sets you off and I reacted accordingly -- probably not the smartest reaction on my part, but it is a highly emotional game and my emotions got the best of me," Talbot said.

 

Smith didn't like seeing Talbot mix it up with his teammates, so he skated out to the red line.

 

"Old fashioned hockey right there," Smith said. "Obviously, Talbot gets in there and mixes up a little bit, throws some blockers. I didn't really like that. I was just seeing what was happening there. He obliged."

 

The teams were subsequently sent to their respective locker rooms and the remaining 24 seconds were played just prior to the start of the third period.

 

The Oilers scored the only two goals of the third as Gagner snapped a shot that fooled Rittich shortside at 13:16, before Haas scored on a penalty shot with 1:57 remaining in regulation.

 

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Thornton reaches 1,500 points, Sharks beat Flames 3-1

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CALGARY, Alberta -- 

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 3-1 Tuesday night.

 

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 scored for the Sharks, who have just two wins in their last seven games. San Jose is 8-11-2 since interim coach 

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 replaced the fired Peter DeBoer on Dec. 11.

 

Thornton became the 14th player in NHL history to reach the 1,500-point mark, and trails 

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 by 31 for 13th place.

 

"I've played with a lot of really good teams and really good players," the 40-year-old Thornton said. "Fortunate enough to stay healthy a lot of years so it's very, very special."

 

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, from nearby Airdrie and who played his Junior A hockey in Calgary, stopped 30 shots for the win.

"I've played a few here," Dell said. "Some of them haven't gone so great, so I needed this one."

 

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 finished with 23 saves.

 

"I don't think frustration does a whole lot for you," Flames interim coach Geoff Ward said. "I think anger does a lot more for you. ... When we're sick and tired as a group of seeing this and losing games we'll find a way to fix it.

 

But more than anything, you've got to hate losing."

 

Calgary captain 

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 left the game in the second period. The defenseman injured his right leg lunging to launch a sharp-angled shot. He massaged his right hamstring when he made it to the bench.

 

After testing his leg with a short skate during a timeout, last season's Norris Trophy winner headed to the dressing room.

 

"We don't know the extent of it. We don't know what it is," Ward said. "We'll worry about things as they unfold. Right now, it's all speculation, so we'll wait and see what the doctors say and go from there, but potentially it's a huge loss."

 

The Flames were looking for both a bounce-back game and precious points after Saturday's 8-3 loss to Edmonton.

 

Calgary was among five teams separated by just six points atop the Pacific Division coming in.

Labanc beat Rittich with a high backhand at 7:45 of the third period to seal the win.

 

The Flames outshot San Jose 16-9 in a scoreless first period.

 

Calgary opened the second period on the power play because of Kane's high-sticking minor. After the Sharks flubbed a short-handed 3-on-1 chance, the Flames scored on the return trip.

 

Gaudreau and 

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 combined on a give-and-go at 59 seconds to put Calgary up 1-0.

 

Burns tied it at 3:57, getting his 500th career point as a Shark, with a high slap shot over Rittich's blocker.

 

Thornton nabbed the puck in the neutral zone and fed Burns at the top of the faceoff circle.

 

San Jose went ahead at 8:02 when Kane roofed the puck on a behind-the-net feed from 

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Granlund helps Predators past Flames 3-2

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CALGARY, Alberta -- 

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After assisting on the tying goal in the first, Granlund made it three straight goals for the visitors at 9:06 of the second, poking in a rebound after 

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The goal came on the Predators' only power play of the game.

 

"Huge win for us," said Josi, who had two assists to surpass the 400-point plateau for his career. "We're a confident group.

 

We need to make a push. We're not happy with where we are, but we're feeling confident and we're excited to make that push."

 

Six of Granlund's 12 goals on the season have come in the 12 games since John Hynes took over behind the bench on Jan. 7 for the fired Peter Laviolette.

 

"When pucks are going in, that's when the confidence comes," Granlund said.

 

"But at the same time, I've been out there a lot, getting a lot of minutes and chances. You just try to take advantage of that."

 

Hynes says his Finnish forward has earned the increased ice time.

 

"He's a good, smart, competitive player that has offensive skill. He's bringing that to the table, but the big thing is he's been consistent," says Hynes, whose record is 7-5-0.

 

"He plays the game in the right areas. He's very strong at the net front offensively. He's strong on his puck battles. He's a very smart player. I can use him everywhere."

 

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The Flames captain is week-to-week. In the absence of the club's ice-time leader, 

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After a 33-save performance Tuesday in Winnipeg, he made 37 stops. His best stop was a pad save off 

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"It's getting frustrating," Tkachuk said. "It's crunch time right now. We've just got to play our game and get to it early.

There's no excuse why after we make it 1-0, it's 2-1 after the end of the first period. We've got to do a better job of playing with the lead."

 

Cam Talbot, in his first appearance since he was thrown out of Saturday's game against Edmonton after his fight with 

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Calgary got off to a fast start with Bennett snapping a 12-game goalless drought just 33 seconds into the game. Skating hard to the top of the crease, he arrived just in time to redirect a centering pass from Travis Hamonic.

 

The lead was short-lived with Fabbro tying it at 1:49, strolling into the slot uncontested and ripping a shot over the glove of Talbot.

 

The Predators took the lead 10 minutes later when Turris banged in a loose puck during a scramble in front.

 

Flames interim head coach Geoff Ward, visibly frustrated, spoke about his club's lack of urgency. Entering the third period and down by a goal, Calgary went over 12 minutes without a shot.

 

"It's about how hard you want to compete," Ward said. "At the end of the day when there's a loose puck, are we getting it or are they getting it? And right now, we're not getting it enough."

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Dube has goal, 2 assists as Flames beat Canucks 6-2

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Dillon Dube had a goal and an assist for a career-high three-point night, and the 

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The Flames found themselves trailing 1-0 after just 34 seconds, then got some momentum when Tkachuk dropped the gloves in a fight with Vancouver's 

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"We were stunned," Dube said. "Right away you see some heads drop, but when (Tkachuk) went out there every single guy was on the bench going crazy. ... I think it got our momentum going and said, `we're here for business,' so he was big for us."

 

Calgary moved into the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Winnipeg and Arizona, and three points behind the Canucks who lead the Pacific Division.

 

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"I think tonight in a way they (Calgary) looked like a team that had been in this situation before," he said. "We made some mistakes at costly times, a couple little details that cost goals. When you are playing games like this, it is those little details that matter."

 

Lucic put Calgary ahead 4-2 on a power play at 6:48 of the third, tipping Backlund's shot past Markstrom for his fifth of the season. Monahan made it 5-2 at 16:01 on a pretty feed from Gaudreau.

 

Pearson said the Canucks need to do a better job clearing the net in front of Markstrom.

 

"He gave us a chance to win that hockey game," Pearson said. "We have to help him when he's doing that. That one is on us."

 

Markstrom blamed himself.

 

"It was a huge game," he said. "I have to come up with some stops and help our team. ... It's my job to see the puck."

 

The Flames led 3-2 after 40 minutes.

 

Dube gave Calgary the lead with just under three minutes gone in the second with a shot from the high slot.

 

Markstrom was screened on the play by a battle in front of the net between rookie Canucks defenseman 

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The teams were tied 2-2 after a first period that saw a goal and fight in the first 35 seconds.

 

The Canucks scored with just 34 seconds gone. Pearson took a pass from Hughes, turned and fired a low shot that went under Rittich. Tkachuk and Miller then dropped gloves.

 

Flames' coach Geoff Ward praised Tkachuk's leadership.

 

"He's trying to change the momentum in the hockey game and get our guys back on a good footing," Ward said. "He understands what impact he can have on the game."

 

Ryan tied it at 4:20 on a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Markstrom was screened on the play by Canucks forward 

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Tkachuk made it 2-1 on a breakaway at 12:08. Markstrom made a pad save on the initial shot but the puck when in off Tkachuk's skate.

 

Gaudette scored his first goal in 15 games at 18:13. He pounced on a bad bounce off the boards behind the Calgary net and lifted a shot over a surprised Rittich.

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Flames use fast start to beat Sharks 6-2

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- 

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"It was good to come out with the start we had and going up 3-0," Tkahcuk said.

 

"It tided us over as they came back. But I thought all in all we did a good job of coming out here and playing with the lead the whole game."

 

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Calgary got goals from all three fourth-liners in Rieder, Rinaldo and Jankowski, who entered the game with seven goals in 98 games.

 

But the prettiest of all came from Tkachuk, who played the puck between his legs before beating 

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"It was a pretty impressive goal," Backlund said. "He's obviously worked on it a lot. ... He's done at least three times that I know of."

 

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"We said all along we have to be a detailed and structured team to give ourselves a chance and I don't think we were detailed or structured especially in the first 10 minutes," interim coach 

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The Flames jumped out early by scoring on back-to-back shifts in the first five minutes of the first period.

 

The Sharks nearly killed off an early penalty to 

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Calgary quickly turned that mistake into a goal with Andersson feeding Backlund, who set up Lucic for the backdoor tip to make it 1-0.

 

The Flames added to the lead on the next shift when Jankoswki's shot from the slot went off the back boards to Rieder, who tapped it into the open net.

 

Rinaldo added his goal a few minutes later on the fourth rebound during a scramble following an icing against the Sharks.

 

San Jose finally got back into the game after that with Karlsson scoring off a give-and-go with 

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The Sharks put heavy pressure on after that but couldn't get the equalizer and fell back behind by two when Lucic's cross-ice pass on the rush deflected off 

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"Obviously didn't get off to the start we wanted to," Sharks forward 

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We'll get back to work. I think we had some pretty good pushes. We responded fairly well and they had that one that hit off the guy's chest and went in. Maybe got a little deflated off that."

 

Backlund and Tkachuk scored on the power play in the third period.

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Toffoli, Wagner score in 2nd period, Kings beat Flames 5-3

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Toffoli tied the score 1-1 off a rebound for his 15th of the season just 44 seconds after Backlund had put the Flames ahead.

 

Wagner then gave Los Angeles the lead for good with his fourth on a breakaway with 7 minutes to go in the middle period.

 

"It was nice to score," said Wagner, a Calgary native who hadn't scored a goal in two months. "I've had lots of chances, just haven't gotten the bounce I need. ... Nice to finally see one go in.

 

I think I've just been trying so hard lately. Think I've been gripping my stick a little too tight. On that one, I just kind of relaxed."

 

MacDermid scored on a wrister that beat Rittich top shelf to extend the Kings lead to 3-1 at 1:42 of the third. It was the defenseman's third.

 

Lindholm scored at 3:25 to pull the Flames within one goal.

 

"I think they're pretty tight in the middle," Lindholm said. "We have a hard time sometimes to get the puck in and get to work down low. Next time we play them we have to be better."

 

The Kings had a key penalty kill midway through the final period, with Calgary on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:03 thanks to back-to-back tripping penalties by 

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"That was huge," MacDermid said. "That's a strength of ours. When we get it done, that's a huge momentum swing."

 

Carter then scored from the slot for his 17th to give the Kings a two-goal lead again with 4:48 remaining.

 

With Rittich pulled for an extra skater, Lindholm got his second of the night and 24th of the season to pull Calgary to 4-3 with 3:05 remaining.

 

Walker's empty-netter with 3 seconds left sealed Los Angeles' win.

 

Backlund scored to put Calgary on the board first in the second period after a mistake by Petersen.

 

The goalie went behind the net to play the puck, but the it took an unexpected bounce and in trying to clear it, the puck went right to Keith Tkachuck, who passed to Backlund for the goal.

 

The Kings -- last in the Pacific Division -- played a strong first period and outshot the Flames 13-8 in a scoreless first period.

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Talbot makes 44 saves, Calgary Flames rout Anaheim Ducks 6-0

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- 

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The Ducks gave up four goals in the first period of their first game since since their game against St. Louis was called off Tuesday night when Blues defenseman 

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Talbot was superb in his first shutout for the Flames and his first victory since Jan. 11, making 18 saves in the second period alone.

 

"I felt like I controlled the game the best I could," Talbot said. "I didn't leave too much laying around for them to bang in. A lot of their shots came from the outside, makes it easy for me to control it."

 

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"We got some timely scoring early," Calgary coach Geoff Ward said. "I liked the response of our guys. We talked about how important it was to come out and play a solid first period, get into the game early. I thought the guys did a good job of that."

 

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 replaced him to start the second. The Ducks' season-best streak of five straight games with a point ended with just their second regulation loss in eight games.

 

"We learn from these," Ducks coach 

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Backlund got a short-handed goal in the second period for his 14th career multi-goal game, his first since March 10.

 

Calgary finished its four-game road trip with three wins in the first of two games between the Pacific Division rivals in five days.

 

Lindholm opened the scoring moments after a power play expired in the first period, finishing a scramble near the Ducks' net by stuffing the puck past Gibson's short side.

 

"We had breakdowns," Ducks forward 

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It was one of those nights where we just couldn't figure it out."

 

Lindholm, who isn't related to Ducks defenseman 

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He scored two goals Wednesday during Calgary's loss to the last-place 

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Backlund extended his scoring streak to five games by converting a pass from 

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Jankowski then put an unobstructed shot past Gibson's glove while skating up the middle during an odd-man rush 55 seconds before the first period ended.

 

Backlund got his short-handed goal late in the second, and Jankowski added another goal off his own rebound in the third.

 

He has scored five goals in his last seven games after failing to score in his first 38 this season.

 

"I think ever since I got that first one in Ottawa, the weight was lifted off my shoulders," Jankowski said. "I was able to play a little bit more freely. It definitely feels good."

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Nylander nets 2, Blackhawks beat Flames 8-4 to snap skid

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CALGARY, Alberta -- 

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 turned aside 38 shots to improve to 16-9-5. Toews and Kane each added two assists.

 

After entering with two goals in his previous 34 games, Nylander scored twice in the second as Chicago took advantage of several defensive miscues to outscore the Flames 4-1 in the period despite being outshot 14-7.

 

"I've been working hard since the break in practice," the 21-year-old Nylander said. "Nice to get some goals tonight."

 

Nylander wasn't the only Blackhawks player to break through.

 

DeBrincat, who had 41 goals last season, scored his 14th. Dach, who had one goal in his previous 20 games, got his eighth.

 

"Scoring goals gives you a ton of energy. It gives you a lift. It's nice to see them get a few," Toews said.

 

"Even if you're on the ice and have nothing to do with the play, just to be around goals is infectious. It's nice to see those guys make those plays as a result of their hard work."

 

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"Obviously, our details are way off at home," Lindholm said. "Losing the third guy and leaving the (defensemen) for 3-on-2s or 2-on-1s."

 

Saad broke a 2-all tie at 4:24 of the second and Nylander gave the Blackhawks their first two-goal lead just more than a minute later, pouncing on a bad giveaway in front by 

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Another turnover by the Flames behind the net led to rookie 

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"I didn't think we did enough things at the puck, I didn't think we moved our feet as well as we could have, I didn't think we won as many battles as we needed too," Calgary interim coach Geoff Ward said.

 

"We didn't generate very much offensively in the first two periods because we didn't have the puck an awful lot."

 

The Flames entered the night in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. While they still have other teams to pass, the Blackhawks pulled within six points of Calgary with two games in hand.

 

"Big two points, gets us back in the mix," Chicago coach 

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Even though Talbot was coming off a 44-save shutout Thursday at Anaheim, Ward started Rittich, who gave up a goal 30 seconds in when Toews skated down the wing and put a slap shot over his shoulder.

 

Bennett tied it less than two minutes later, but Chicago regained the lead at 9:17.

 

In what became a theme for the home side, a turnover behind the net -- this one by 

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Bennett's breakaway goal at 12:57 tied it again, but Chicago took advantage of the Flames' poor defensive play to pull away in the second period.

 

 

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"It's a little frustrating right now," Bennett said. "We pushed back after they scored early.

 

For whatever reason, our defensive zone and our turnovers, we fell apart and gave up way too many odd-man rushes and good looks and they capitalized."

 

Calgary is 3-8-2 in its last 13 home games.

 

"We want to make this place a real tough place to play and for some reason right now, we're just not having success," Tkachuk said.

 

After Rittich gave up four goals on 15 shots, Talbot allowed four goals on 13 shots to fall to 8-9-1.

 

Calgary is minus its top two defenseman in 

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Mangiapane scores 3 times as Flames beat Ducks 6-4

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CALGARY, Alberta -- 

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It was Mangiapane's first career hat trick.

 

"Obviously it was nice to get the first one out of the way," the 23-year-old left winger said. "Confidence is big in this league. Every game you play, every move you make, you're growing as a player."

 

Mangiapane's 12th goal got the Flames within one 4:46 into the third.

 

After Bennett tied it 19 seconds later, Mangiapane set up Tkachuk at 12:59. Tkachuk's initial shot was stopped, but he fired in the rebound from a scramble.

 

Mangiapane completed his hat trick with an empty-netter, taking a pass from 

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"There was no way (Gaudreau) was going to shoot that puck. He was going to do whatever he had to do to make a pass," Flames interim coach Geoff Ward said. "Guys feel good for a guy like that.

 

He comes in, he's a great team player, he's well-liked in the room. He works extremely hard. He's earned the respect of the veteran players. so the guys were really pulling for him to get it and it's nice to see him get it."

 

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 made 26 stops for Calgary.

 

Leading 2-1 after 20 minutes, Anaheim made it a two-goal cushion at 3:05 when Deslauriers' shot from the sideboards caromed sharply off the skate of Flames defenseman 

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 and went over Talbot's shoulder.

 

But the Flames responded big time with five straight goals.

 

"I wish I could stand out here and say that we quit playing, but goals two, three, four and five, we had the puck on our stick, all under full control," Ducks coach 

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"Goals two, four and five are just simple breakout plays that our guys make with their eyes closed and for some reason we wanted to complicate it by either coming up the strong side or going to the front of the net."

 

The Ducks opened the scoring 5:53 into the second, taking advantage of a turnover by Bennett. 

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He just managed to squeeze a shot through the pads of Talbot.

 

Mangiapane tied it up less than a minute later, burying 

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Hanifin mishandled the puck in his own end, allowing Silfverberg to stroll in alone on Talbot.

 

"It was more us giving it to them than them taking it to us," Anaheim defenseman 

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Bergeron scores twice as Bruins beat Flames 4-3

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CALGARY, Alberta -- 

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 is healthy again, and showing no signs of slowing down.

 

Bergeron scored two more goals, and the 

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 4-3 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive win.

 

Bergeron has scored 21 times in 32 games since returning from a lower-body injury on Dec. 9.

 

He is tied with 

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 had two assists.

 

Bergeron said playing with Marchand and Pastrnak makes his job "real easy."

 

"I'm trying to take care of the details of the game and go on the attack and from there, simplifying our game," he said. "We're used to each other. We know where to be. I'm trying to get open for them to find me."

 

The 34-year-old Bergeron is up to 29 goals. His career high is 32, accomplished twice during his 16-year career.

"It goes well beyond him scoring as much as he has been. He does every little thing right," Coyle said.

 

"He's always on the right side of the puck. He has a great stick. Really good defensively. He just puts in the work."

 

The Bruins, who have won 11 of 12 overall, also made a trade Friday, acquiring forward 

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Kase has missed the past five games with flu-like symptoms and won't join his new team until the Bruins return home after completing a four-game trip at Vancouver on Saturday.

 

Boston sent veteran forward 

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 and a first-round pick to the Ducks in the deal.

 

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 also scored for Calgary (31-25-6), which is fighting for a wild card in the Western Conference. The Flames head out on a five-game trip that begins Sunday in Detroit, before meeting the Bruins again on Tuesday.

 

"We've got to take the right things out of this game and move on, take the positives out of it," interim Flames coach Geoff Ward said. "To hold a team like that to the number of shots that we did and the number of scoring chances we did, I thought it was a good defensive effort from our guys."

 

Marchand gave Boston its first lead 52 seconds into the second period -- making it 4-3 after trailing 3-1 -- deflecting 

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Bergeron got the comeback started at 6:12 of the first when he outmuscled 

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Boston tied it six minutes later. After 

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, who sprung Coyle on a breakaway. He cleanly beat Talbot with a move to his forehand.

 

"They weren't giving us anything. The couple chances we had, most of them we scored on," Flames forward 

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"They've got four lines that can wear you down. Their D move the puck very well. They defend very, very well. You saw that in the third."

 

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, beaten three times on the first four shots, was perfect the rest of the way, making 18 saves to improve to 16-6-6.

 

Talbot's four goals allowed came on 23 shots. He fell to 9-10-1.

 

Calgary got off to a fast start when Backlund scored 20 seconds into the game. 

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Backlund scored again at 2:34, one-timing a 

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Boston got on the scoreboard 24 seconds later. Pastrnak's shot went wide off the skate of Flames defenseman 

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 before it was flicked in by Bergeron for his 29th of the season.

 

Gaudreau restored Calgary's two-goal lead less than a minute later. He drove to the net and had the puck deflect in off the stick of Bruins center 

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DETROIT -- 

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 scored in the first period, and the 

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The Flames are in a tight race for the final postseason spots in the Western Conference, and the five-game trip they began Sunday could be crucial. This matchup -- against a Detroit team with by far the NHL's worst record -- wasn't terribly intimidating, and initially it looked like it might be an easy night for Calgary.

 

"This is the NHL. Any team you play can win any night," Monahan said. "It comes down to how hard you're going to work, and how bad you want it."

 

Gaudreau was alone in the left circle when he beat goalie 

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 with a slap shot to make it 1-0. Monahan scored on a rebound 77 seconds later.

 

"I thought we started the way we wanted. We started on time," Flames coach Geoff Ward said. "We were able to get out to the lead."

 

Larkin, however, got behind Calgary defenseman 

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The Red Wings stayed within a goal until the final minute of the second. That's when a slapper by 

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"I thought we dug in in the second," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "I didn't think we were good enough in the first. I thought we had some guys playing and some guys were just in their jerseys."

 

With Detroit's goalie pulled, Larkin made it 3-2 with 2 minutes remaining in the third when his wrist shot from the blue line sailed through traffic and past Rittich. Mangiapane sealed the win for Calgary with 11.8 seconds to play.

 

The Flames pulled into a tie for the first wild card in the West with Arizona. Those two teams are one point ahead of Winnipeg, which lost at Buffalo on Sunday.

 

"We told them not to watch the standings. We're in control of our own fate right now," Ward said. "If you watch the standings right now, you're going to see a lot of different things.

 

Teams are going to be in and out. It's so close on different days, depending on what happens."

 

Detroit is 3-15-1 in its last 19 games. The Red Wings scratched forward 

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"You don't know what's going to happen next. It could just be precautionary," Larkin said. "That's what we were told."

 

Green was traded to Edmonton in a deal announced a short while later. The Red Wings received forward 

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Monahan, Backlund score 2G each, Flames beat Bruins 5-2

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BOSTON -- 

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 also scored twice for Calgary, helping seal the win on a goal with 1:30 left in the third and adding an empty-netter in the final minute.

 

The Flames snuffed out any hopes of a comeback by the Bruins, holding them to just seven shots in the third period.

 

"There were some big blocks. Guys were paying the price," Monahan said. "We're here to win and you've got to do what you've got to do to get those two points."

 

The Flames remained on top of the Western Conference wild card standings with their first victory in Boston since Nov. 25, 2016.

 

"I thought it was an excellent effort," coach Geoff Ward said. "We played with an awful lot of composure.

 

This is a hard building to play in, but I thought we came in and we did a really good job in terms of staying focused."

 

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 scored a shorthanded goal for the Bruins, who were playing their first home game since Feb. 15 and came out flat after a four-game road trip.

 

"We were stubborn. We kept wanting to put the puck in the middle of the ice and it wasn't there," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We paid the price in the end."

 

The Bruins, who beat the Flames 4-3 on Saturday in Calgary, have lost back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game skid in early December.

 

It was just the third home loss in regulation for the Bruins, who still lead the NHL with 90 points (39-13-12).

 

"We weren't at our best, for sure. We didn't have it all the way through the game," Marchand said. "Just not our normal, upbeat high-energy game, but that's going to happen in an 82-game schedule. You're not going to be perfect."

 

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 finished with 26 saves for Boston.

 

Marchand tied it at 1-all 10:08 into the second on a breakaway, scoring his 27th career shorthanded goal and extending his point streak to seven straight games.

 

Marchand stared down Backlund after the goal and the two exchanged a few words before officials stepped in and kept them apart.

 

"We were just having a chat," Marchand said.

 

If Marchand was trying to fire up his teammates, the move seemed to backfire over the next few minutes as the Flames regained control of the game and held onto it the rest of the way.

 

Monahan scored his 20th of the season 13:25 into the second on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Gaudreau, putting the Flames back up 2-1.

 

The Flames went on a power play when Boston's 

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 was called for roughing 14:32 into the second. The Flames won the faceoff after the penalty and scored five seconds later when Monahan redirected a shot by Tkachuk.

 

"I just thought the guys did a really, really good job regrouping," Ward said. "Real good response from a team that's showing resiliency to be more and more of a characteristic every day."

 

Tkachuk put Calgary up 1-0 when he backhanded in a rebound after a slap shot by Backlund went wide and took a hard bounce off the end boards.

 

Wagner poked in a loose puck during a scrum 13:09 into the third to pull Boston within 3-2.

 

Backlund set himself up with a pass off the boards coming up the ice and beat Rask with 1:30 left in the third.

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