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    Flames stay hot with 5-2 victory over Oilers

    Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano both score in Calgary's 5-2 win over the Oilers.

    EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames are getting some offense from just about everyone right now.

    Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over the rival Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

    "It was a big win, for sure," Backlund said. "It means a lot to the team. We're showing strength in the third again. We found another way to win. It's great to see the character in this room and everybody digs in and we're finding ways to win."

    Oliver Kylington also scored for the Flames, who are 7-0-1 in their last eight games and 10-1-2 in their last 13.

    "It's about the two points each and every night," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "We're hungry for points. We want to win and we know how to play. Sometimes we deviate a little bit, but we do know how to play and when we play the right way, we're a good team."

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Milan Lucic scored for the Oilers, who had won back-to-back games before facing Calgary.

    "They capitalized on their chances and we didn't," Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl said. "We didn't generate too much. We didn't really create too many chances for ourselves. We hung in there for a while, but you aren't going to beat a team like that by playing half a game."

    With Calgary leading 3-1, Edmonton pulled within one with a power-play goal 4:16 into the third period when Lucic tipped Jesse Puljujarvi's shot past David Rittich.

    But the Flames regained their two-goal lead with 5:45 remaining when Backlund picked off a pass and scored his 11th.

    Monahan added a power-play goal at the 16:03 mark to put the game away with his 27th of the season.

    There was no scoring in the first period, although the Flames came close on the power play with 1:10 remaining. A shot by Gaudreau hit the post and then Mikko Koskinen's back and was headed into the net before the Oilers goalie made an acrobatic behind-the-back save with his glove, a play that stood a video review.

    Gaudreau broke the scoreless deadlock just 44 seconds into the second period as he swung wide before putting the puck through Koskinen's legs for his 29th goal of the season and his 17th in his last 19 games.

    Calgary took a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal in the middle of the period when Giordano smacked in a shot in during a scramble out front.

    The Flames added to their lead late in the period on a one-timer by Kylington.

    Edmonton finally got on the board with 18 seconds left in the second when Nugent-Hopkins scored his 16th while the teams were playing four aside.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

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    Backlund scores in OT to give Flames 3-2 win over Hurricanes

    Mikael Backlund makes a swift move on his game-winning goal to give the Flames a 3-2 overtime win vs. Carolina.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- After fading down the stretch last season, the Calgary Flames are determined not to let it happen again.

    Mikael Backlund scored 15 seconds into overtime Tuesday night to give the Flames a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Calgary (33-13-5) heads into the All-Star break as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, six points up on San Jose.

    "It's good that we take the time early on to completely shut hockey off and just relax and then the closer we get to coming back, we've got to get the minds ready," Backlund said.

    "Most guys were here last year and we learned a lesson from last year when we weren't as good after the break. We know what to do this time and what not to."

    Calgary went 12-18-2 after Feb. 1 last season and missed the playoffs.

    Oliver Kylington and Mark Jankowski also scored Tuesday for the Flames, who finished 9-1-1 in January. David Rittich made 33 saves to improve to 8-0-2 in his last 10 starts.

    All-Star representative Sebastian Aho tied it for Carolina with 44 seconds left in regulation. Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Hurricanes (23-20-6), who are trying to work their way into the wild-card race in the East.

    Peter Mrazek stopped 22 shots and denied the Flames on several prime chances.

    "He enabled us to at least hang in there and get a point out of this game," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said.

    "The positive is you came in here against one of the best teams and in my opinion, we could have had that game."

    It was the first game between the teams since Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Hurricanes after four seasons and was hired by the Flames in April 2018.

    Carolina led 26-11 in shots on goal after two periods but trailed 2-1.

    Jankowski scored 4-on-4 at 6:40 of the second. Backlund dished T.J. Brodie's cross-ice pass to Jankowski lurking at the corner of the Hurricanes net, where he batted the puck over Mrazek.

    Hamilton drew the Hurricanes even at 15:48 of the first when he wristed a drop pass from Brock McGinn by Rittich.

    Kylington darted out of the corner and beat Mrazek's glove with a backhand at 1:58 of the opening period. The Hurricanes challenged for goaltender interference, but were denied.

    After scoring 12 power-play goals in 10 games this month, Calgary was blanked on four chances thanks in large part to Mrazek's acrobatics.

    The Flames didn't get a lot of sustained pressure in Carolina's zone until the third period.

    "I don't think we played our best game, but again, we found a way to win and I think that's a big key," Backlund said

    "That was one of our weaknesses last year. We couldn't find ways to win and this year, it's the opposite. Good teams, they find ways to win."

    The All-Star break and bye week will provide an eight-day breather for the Flames, with the exception of All-Star participants Johnny Gaudreau and Peters.

    "Going into the break it's important to go in with a good taste in your mouth," Peters said. "I like the direction which we are trending and the contributions throughout the lineup.

    "We played the best when the game was on the line in the third and I thought we had some great looks that made Mrazek make some big saves for them. ... We'll take the two points heading into the break and we'll come back refreshed and ready to go."
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Capitals beat Flames 4-3 without Ovechkin to end 7-game skid


    Mikael Backlund flips the puck over multiple Capitals defenders and schools Braden Holtby for the wild goal.

    WASHINGTON -- No one man can possibly replace Alex Ovechkin for the Washington Capitals. So, forced to play without their captain and leading scorer, the defending Stanley Cup champions used contributions from just about everyone to make up the difference.

    Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with 57 seconds left, and Washington shook off the absence of its finest player to end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

    Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, received a one-game suspension from the league for skipping the All-Star Game. He had played in 214 consecutive games, a streak that began in October 2016.

    Facing the best team in the Western Conference, the Capitals also had to overcome a lower-body injury to center Lars Eller, who played only six minutes. Undaunted, Washington got goals from unheralded role players Nic Dowd and Dmitrij Jaskin, along with Tom Wilson, before Kuznetsov notched the game winner.

    Without Ovechkin, the NHL's 10th-ranked power play unit was 0 for 3 until Kuznetsov connected.

    "We knew that there was going to be an opportunity for some guys with Ovechkin out of the lineup," coach Todd Reirden said. "It was a big team effort from top to bottom."

    With Calgary's Mikael Backlund off for holding, Kuznetsov weaved his way into the Flames' zone before firing a wrist shot past goaltender Mike Smith.

    "I was just in a bad position to pass the puck," Kuznetsov said. "So I decided to shoot."

    An instant after the final horn sounded, several players traded punches before finally skating off the ice.

    "There was a lot of emotion on both sides. Two good teams that want to win," Wilson said. "We were playing hard right until the end there and it's loud. We were doing whatever it took to get the job done. That includes defending each other and sticking together at the end."

    It was the first of six straight home games for the Capitals, who hope to get back on track after their longest losing streak since 2013-14 dropped them behind the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.

    "We're looking forward. We're not looking back," Wilson said. "That was a good team effort tonight. Pretty fun to go out that way at the end. Guys are happy."

    Calgary trailed 3-2 before Elias Lindholm notched his 22nd goal of the season at 12:01 of the third period. Lindholm eluded Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny to get free in front of the net, where he deflected a shot by Johnny Gaudreau into the net.

    Backlund and Garnet Hathaway also scored for the Flames, who came in with the second-best record in the NHL. It was Calgary's first defeat in regulation since Jan. 3, and it ended a run of nine straight games with at least one point.

    "They were a little more desperate than us, a little hungrier early," coach Bill Peters said. "We got better as it went along."

    Dowd opened the scoring with three minutes elapsed, deflecting a shot by John Carlson past the screened Smith.

    Backlund tied it with at 17:37 of the first period, zig-zagging past defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler after two Capitals got tangled up in the neutral zone. Less than two minutes later, Jaskin tapped in a rebound for Washington.

    Wilson made it 3-1 with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle in the opening minute of the second period, and Hathaway quickly answered for the Flames.

    Smith finished with 36 saves, but it wasn't good enough.

    "Anytime you lose a game with less than a minute left, it stings," he said. "It definitely hurts after coming back and making a game of it."
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Ryan, Lindhom, Hanifin lift Flames in return to Raleigh


    The Flames couldn't be stopped as they netted 3 straight unanswered goals on the way to a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes.

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Bill Peters' return to Carolina went about as perfectly as he could have imagined.

    He has the players he brought with him to Calgary to thank for that.

    Derek Ryan, Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin all scored in their first game back in Carolina, and the Flames beat the Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday in Peters' return to Raleigh.

    Peters resigned as Carolina's coach last offseason and took over in Calgary. Shortly after, the Flames acquired Lindholm and Hanifin in a trade with the Hurricanes, and Ryan signed with Calgary after three seasons in Carolina.

    The ex-Hurricanes had a hand in all four Flames goals. Lindholm pulled Calgary into a tie late in the first, Ryan scored the go-ahead goal in the second and assisted on Garnet Hathaway's goal later in the period, and Hanifin finished the scoring with a slap shot in the third.

    "You can't script that," said Peters, who coached the Hurricanes for four seasons. "All the guys involved had a positive impact on the game."

    David Rittich made 34 saves as Calgary improved to 9-1-1 in its last 11 games.

    A pregame video welcoming Peters, Ryan, Lindholm and Hanifin back to Carolina was met with boos by the crowd.

    It only served to fire the players up. After the final buzzer sounded, Lindholm began clapping his hands over his head, mocking what the Hurricanes do after home victories. Lindholm received even louder boos after that.

    "My name came up twice on the JumboTron and I got booed, so that was a nice way to end it," Lindholm said. "I was surprised. I tried to play hard here for five years and got booed. It is what it is. It was nice to end it that way."

    Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves.

    The Flames scored three consecutive goals after Carolina took an early lead, and Rittich made it stand up with a string of highlight-reel saves.

    Rittich stopped Justin Williams' chance at an open net off a deflection and Micheal Ferland's point-blank slap shot in the first period. He made a terrific pad save on Lucas Wallmark's one-timer in the second as well as stopping Ferland's late deflection in front of the net, and he robbed Williams again with a pad save on a one-timer in the third to preserve Calgary's one-goal lead.

    "Big-time saves," Peters said. "It was a hell of a hockey game and those were some high-end plays."

    After a turnover by Flames defenseman TJ Brodie in front of Rittich led to Carolina's first goal, Calgary took control. Mark Giordano's wrist shot from the point redirected off Lindholm's leg into the net to tie the score at the end of the first, and Ryan took over in the second.

    He gave the Flames their first lead with a wraparound 7:38 into the period, and served as the catalyst for a short-handed goal that made it 3-1. Ryan forced a turnover just inside his own blue line, skated the length of the ice along the left boards and finished a 2-on-1 with a pristine pass to Hathaway on the far post.

    "(Ryan) has had a lot of good games in this building," Peters said. "He was real good. Brought a little extra juice for him coming back into PNC Arena."

    Allowing the short-handed goal was punch to Carolina's power play, which finished 0-for-4 on the day.

    "If you want to look at one big difference in the game you can look at that," Williams said. "Our power play was minus-1, which can't happen. We need to execute and we need to score goals and those are crunch times. Instead of being 2-2 it's 3-1 and that's a tough hill to climb, especially against one of the better teams in the league."

    After Rittich stonewalled numerous Carolina rushes in the third, Hanifin provided the backbreaker with 6:55 to go.

    Aho scored with the extra attacker on with 55 seconds remaining, but Carolina's comeback attempt ran out of time.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Kane has 2 goals and an assist, Sharks beat Flames 5-2


    Evander Kane has a 2-goal night in the Sharks' 4-2 win over the Flames.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Evander Kane continued his mastery of the Calgary Flames with another big performance for the San Jose Sharks.

    Kane scored twice and added an assist in the Sharks' 5-2 victory Thursday night.

    Kane has nine goals and 13 points in five games against the Flames since being acquired from Buffalo in a trade last February.

    "We're in the same division, they're a top team," said Kane, who had a game-high eight shots and was plus-3. "You'd like to think we rise to the occasion as a group and I thought we did that tonight. Those points are so valuable. It's a four-point game against a team we're chasing."

    Four consecutive wins move the Sharks to within two points of Calgary for top spot in the division.

    Tomas Hertl also scored twice, and Brent Burns added a goal, and Martin Jones made 36 saves.

    Jones was at his best in third period, turning aside all 12 shots he faced including diving across the crease to get the paddle of his stick on a shot from Johnny Gaudreau.

    "Their power play looked really, really dangerous," San Jose captain Joe Thornton said, "and he probably made six or seven quality saves that probably saved us the game."

    Mark Jankowski and TJ Brodie scored for Calgary. The Flames lost at home in regulation for the first time in nine games.

    Mike Smith took the loss after stopping 16 in relief after David Rittich was pulled in the first period.

    After Calgary opened the scoring on Jankowski's goal at 4:36 of the first period, the Sharks scored on three straight shots in a 1:25 span.

    Kane tied it at 12:39 when he spun and sent a shot on net that dribbled through Rittich's pads. Rittich then raced to a loose puck, but fired it straight into Burns, who skated in by himself and slid it into the vacated net. That was the end of the night for Rittich after allowing two goals on six shots.

    "He didn't look comfortable," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "I didn't like either goal."

    It didn't start off any better for Smith, who was beaten by Hertl on a deflection 22 seconds after entering the game.

    Calgary turned on the pressure for much of the third period, but couldn't get any closer despite several great chances.

    "You've got to bear down," said Calgary's Sean Monahan, who finished a game-worst minus-3. "It's the NHL and it's not easy to score goals. When you get your chances, you've got to be ready and put the puck in the back of the net or if not, it's going to come back to bite you."
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Pettersson scores in shootout, Canucks best Flames 4-3

    Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom makes the game-sealing save on James Neal in a shootout, giving Vancouver a 4-3 win vs. Calgary.

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat credited veteran goalie Jacob Markstrom with Saturday's win over the Calgary Flames.

    Markstrom stopped 44 of 47 shots and put up three more saves in the shootout, leading Vancouver to a 4-3 victory over the Flames.

    "We couldn't have done it without Marky tonight," Horvat said. "He was absolutely sensational, made key saves at unbelievable times of the hockey game and he was a stud in the shootout again. So big credit to him."

    Several of his teammates agreed.

    "I think (the Flames) were the better team overall, but Marky played really good and kept us in the game," said Vancouver's star rookie, Elias Pettersson, who had a pair of assists and put away the shootout winner.

    A pair of the goalie's most memorable stops came against one of the league's top talents.

    Johnny Gaudreau streaked into the Canucks' end on a breakaway with just five seconds to go in the first period and released a blistering shot, but Markstrom snatched the puck out of the air.

    He repeated the feat late in the third, once again robbing the Flames winger of a goal with a stunning glove save.

    "Man, (Markstrom) was dialed in tonight. What am I going to say? He was awesome tonight," Canucks coach Travis Green said.

    Markstrom was humble about stopping Gaudreau, who's in the race for the title of the league's top scorer with 75 points this season.

    "It was one of those things where you're just trying to make the read and I got the right read and I was fortunate enough to stop it," Markstrom said.

    He credited his teammates with playing hard and making sure he was able to keep track of the puck throughout the game.

    "They really pinned us down in the second," he said. "But I thought everybody really played for each other. We stood up good when they had pressure coming toward the net."

    Horvat, Josh Leivo and Brock Boeser scored for Vancouver in regulation.

    Sam Bennett, Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane scored for Calgary.

    Mangiapane's second-period goal was his first NHL goal.

    "It was definitely nice. It was a little longer than I would have liked, but I felt like our line was hemming them in there in the second period and (Noah Hanifin) picked it up and made a nice pass over to me," said Mangiapane, who made his NHL debut in early December. "So it was definitely a good feeling and nice to get it out of the way."

    The goal came when the Flames had Markstrom under siege, outshooting the Canucks 17-1.

    "The bench was electric when he scored and that was a wonderful shift by the (Derek) Ryan line there. They really worked hard and hemmed them in and had a quality shift," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "That's a proud moment, something he will never forget."

    David Rittich had 22 saves for the Flames and made two stops in the shootout.

    The victory snapped a three-game losing skid for the Canucks. It was the second straight loss for the Flames, who hadn't lost back-to-back games since Dec. 22.

    But Peters said there was a lot to like about how his team played Saturday.

    "Definitely had some good looks. There's not a lot of big changes to be made. Power play needed to get one. We had our opportunities for sure. There was some good looks we have to cash in," he said.

    Vancouver's win keeps the team firmly entrenched in a battled for a Western Conference wild-card spot.

    The squad knows that every game is crucial going forward, Markstrom said.

    "Points are going to be hard to come by," he said. "We've got to battle hard for 65-plus minutes. And we did it tonight. Which is a nice win."
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Kucherov, Point pace Lightning to 6-3 win over Flames

    Nikita Kucherov helps Tampa Bay to a 6-3 win over Calgary with a first-period goal to help him stay atop the NHL points leader board.

    TAMPA, Fla. -- The high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning just keep on rolling.

    NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Brayden Point added a goal and two assists, and the Lightning beat the Calgary Flames 6-3 on Tuesday night.

    Kucherov has 88 points, including seven over his last two games after going a pair of games without getting on the scoresheet.

    "He has that ability to find guys even when I don't think guys know they're open," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

    Kucherov has a career-high 63 assists. He stopped a 10-game goal drought with a pair Sunday in a 5-2 win at Florida.

    "Good to see we got two games with `W's," Kucherov said. "That's better."

    Kucherov and Point (72) are the second pair of Tampa Bay teammates to reach 70 points in 57 team games. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier did it in 2006-07.

    Cedric Paquette, Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde and Steven Stamkos also scored for the NHL-leading Lightning, who are 5-0-2 over the last seven games. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves.

    "We've got the top guys going and we're getting scoring from the other guys as well," Stamkos said. "So, that's a pretty dangerous combination to have."

    Calgary, 1-3-1 in its last five games, got two goals from Sean Monahan. Mark Giordano had the other Flames goal, and David Rittich stopped 21 shots.

    "Pretty disappointing with letting that one go the way it did," Giordano said. "Our details weren't where they needed to be. We've got to be a lot sharper and its starts with me and the leaders and the older guys and it trickles down."

    Monahan didn't have a goal in his previous five games. Teammates Matthew Tkachuk (eight) and Johnny Gaudreau (six) remain in goal droughts. The trio has combined to score 82 goals.

    Point scored his career-high 33rd goal to open the scoring 11:54 into the game.

    Point's goal came shortly after Vasilevskiy made a save on Elias Lindholm's short-handed breakaway.

    Lindholm had three assists, while Gaudreau added two.

    After Paquette scored at 16:06 of the first, Kucherov made it 3-0 just 1:13 later.

    Giordano cut the Flames' deficit to 3-1 during a 5-on-3 power play 47 seconds after Kucherov's goal. The 35-year old became the 10th defenseman in NHL history to have 55 or more points at age 35 or older.

    Calgary pulled within 3-2 on Monahan's goal at 9:13 of the second, but Tampa Bay responded 57 seconds later when Cirelli scored.

    "It's a huge shift," Giordano said. "It's a big part of the game. Obviously you want to grab momentum when you're back in it."

    Gourde put Tampa Bay ahead 5-2 later in the second.

    Stamkos reached 30 goals for the sixth time during a third-period power play.

    Monahan had a power-play goal late in the third.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Game # 57

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    Trocheck's shootout goal lifts Panthers over Flames 3-2

    Vincent Trocheck's shootout goal lifts Florida to a 3-2 win against Calgary.

    SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida goalie James Reimer returned from a benching in his last start and rebounded for the Panthers in a big way Thursday.

    Reimer stopped a season-high 41 shots and held strong in the shootout, and Vincent Trocheck scored in the third round to help the Panthers beat the Calgary Flames 3-2, ending a two-game skid.

    Reimer withstood attempts from Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk in the final two rounds after allowing a goal to Sean Monahan in the opening round. Florida won the session 2-1.

    Reimer allowed three goals on 12 shots and was pulled by coach Bob Boughner after two periods in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. He responded well, especially in the overtime, when he stopped TJ Brodie in close on a 3-on-1 after Keith Yandle fell down.

    In the shootout, he kicked his right leg out to block Mangiapane and forced Tkachuk to shoot wide right to end it.

    "When it comes to the shootout, it's kind of a circus," Reimer said. "You just try to stay out there and be patient and force them to make a harder play and hopefully they miss the net or hit you."

    Trocheck skated in and beat Flames goalie Mike Smith high on the glove side -- the same area where Aleksander Barkov beat him one round earlier with a backhander -- and the Panthers improved to 3-4 in the shootout.

    "We blocked a lot of shots and had sticks in lanes," Boughner said. "Our penalty kill has been pretty strong here in the second half. And Reims made some big saves on the chances as well."

    Elias Lindholm scored for Calgary late in the third period to extend the game, but the Flames lost their fourth straight.

    Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist, and Evgenii Dadonov scored for Florida, which killed three penalties in the third period. Mark Jankowski also had a goal for the Flames.

    Smith had 30 saves and lost his third straight.

    Both clubs entered the contest on multigame losing streaks. Florida was blanked 3-0 by Dallas on Tuesday, marking the first time the Panthers had been shut out all season and making them the last team to be held scoreless.

    Smith blanked Florida through the 20 minutes -- its fifth straight scoreless period -- with a high glove save 1:20 into the game on a tipped shot by Jonathan Huberdeau.

    Calgary's Derek Ryan had a point-blank short-handed chance on Reimer in the second but was denied on a kick save. The Panthers failed to score on their ninth consecutive man advantage.

    Dadonov finally broke the ice at 15:17 on a fortunate bounce for his 20th goal. Mark Pysyk sent a long, wide shot that careened off Dadonov's thigh to give the Russian forward his second consecutive 20-goal season.

    Jankowksi scored his 10th at 6:51 of the third period to tie it at 1. Florida challenged for offside, but the goal was upheld.

    Hoffman scored 11:59 for his 26th goal, but Lindholm's tip-in at 17:36 tied it at 2.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Flames snap 4-game skid, beating Penguins 5-4

    Travis Hamonic and Sam Bennett cap off a four-goal second period for the Flames in a 5-4 victory over the Penguins.

    PITTSBURGH -- A big second period ended up being just enough for the Calgary Flames.

    Michael Frolik had the first of four second-period goals for Calgary, and the Flames held on to snap a season-long four-game skid with a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

    Frolik, Austin Czarnik, Travis Hamonic and Sam Bennett scored during a mid-game 17-minute span for Calgary, which held off a late Pittsburgh charge that included a pair of third-period power-play goals by Evgeni Malkin.

    "They're a good team and they had a good pushback there at the end," said Bennett, whose goal with 1:29 left in the second period ended up being decisive. "We got on our heels a little bit, but in the end, we gutted it out and that's a huge win for our team after not the best showing in the last couple games."

    Calgary got its only win on a four-game, eight-day trip and avenged a 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh in October during the teams' other meeting this season.

    Despite numerous chances playing 6-on-5 over the game's final 90 seconds, the Penguins couldn't get the equalizer.

    Malkin had three points after serving a one-game suspension for swinging his stick at Philadelphia's Michael Raffl.

    "I think we fought hard," Malkin said. "Just (wish) we would have played better 5-on-5."

    Mike Smith made 34 saves to win for the first time since Jan. 13 for Calgary, which entered Saturday tied for the best record in the Western Conference.

    The Flames never trailed after Andrew Mangiapane opened the scoring 7:06 into the game.

    Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who welcomed back defenseman Justin Schultz from a 53-game absence because of a fractured left leg. Schultz assisted on Jake Guentzel's goal that tied the game at 1 late in the first period.

    But the Penguins allowed at least five goals for the seventh time over their past 17 games and are 7-9-1 in that stretch. They have dropped to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They entered Saturday one point clear of ninth-place Carolina.

    Malkin nearly pulled Pittsburgh back from a 5-2 deficit with goals at 5:42 and 14:41 of the third period. Each of those was assisted by Crosby, but Crosby could not convert two prime scoring chances in the final minute.

    "You know it's coming, right?" Flames coach Bill Peters said of the Penguins' late surge. "We made it a little harder than we would've liked by putting them on the power play."

    Before he was relieved by Casey DeSmith for the start of the third period, the Penguins' Matt Murray allowed five goals on 24 shots, though his performance was at least in part attributable to shoddy defense and bad luck.

    The puck on the goal credited to Mangiapane -- the second of his career -- hit at least three sticks after it was shot from the left point by Oliver Kylington.

    The goal that gave the Flames the lead for good 1:29 into the second period was a loose puck swatted in when no Penguins player picked up Frolik after Murray had stopped Matthew Tkachuk.

    Ninety-three seconds after that, Czarnik's third of the season was a shot from the top of the left circle that deflected off the stick of a Penguins defender. And Hamonic's goal from the right-wing boards with 3:58 left in the second hit Guentzel's stick on the way in.

    Bennett's goal 2 1/2 minutes later gave Calgary five goals in a game for the 18th time this season. The Flames moved into second in the NHL in goals.

    "Obviously, there's stuff you still want to clean up but everything's moving back to where it was when we were buzzing," Smith said. "That's a good team there. ... We wanted to finish this road trip off on a right note here and get two points tonight."
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Giordano leads Flames to 5-2 win over Coyotes

    Niklas Hjalmarsson turns the puck over in the defensive end, and Michael Frolik takes advantage with a goal in front during the Flames' 5-2 win.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Balanced scoring has helped the Calgary Flames snap out of a funk.

    Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund each had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Monday.

    Mark Giordano also had a goal and an assist, and Derek Ryan and Austin Czarnik had the other goals for Calgary win its second straight to improve to 3-3-2 since the All-Star break. Czarnik and Ryan combined for a goal and three assists in Saturday's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh, which ended a four-game skid (0-2-2).

    "We've had some depth scoring come through, which is important," Flames coach Bill Peters said.

    Elias Lindholm assisted on both third-period goals, Rasmus Andersson also had two assists, and Mike Smith stopped 27 shots in his third straight start (2-0-1) for Calgary.

    "I feel more like myself in the net and it's paying off," Smith said. "It's a good time of year to be playing well."

    Conor Garland and Jordan Weal scored for the Coyotes. Calvin Pickard finished with 29 saves in his third start for Arizona since being claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Nov. 29.

    Czarnik got his second goal in two games after being a healthy scratch for the previous nine, giving the Flames a 3-2 lead with 3:42 left in the second. Subbing in on Calgary's third line again for the injured James Neal, Czarnik snared the puck on a broken play and scored from his knees with a low shot.

    "Feels great. Being out that long, it's hard to adjust right away. Your breath is a little short probably," Czarnik said. "To be able to do that builds confidence and I just want to keep that going if I can.

    "At the start of the year, I wasn't really finding those spots so I think now it's about getting more to the net and being in a spot to score goals."

    Frolik extended Calgary's lead to 4-2 at 5:48 of the third period off Arizona's defensive-zone turnover. Lindholm skated the puck out from the boards and dished to the Czech, who chipped the puck by Pickard stick-side.

    Backlund added an empty-netter with 1:12 left.

    "It seems liked any time we got momentum they got a goal right back," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "We've got to make some plays. We need some guys to step up and score goals.

    "It's only 3-2 at the start of the third. (There was) still plenty of time to get back in the game."

    Ryan opened the scoring as he deflected Giordano's slap shot up on Pickard at 1:34 of the first for his sixth of the season.

    The fourth-line center also won seven of 10 faceoffs to get the puck to linemates Andrew Mangiapane and Garnet Hathaway.

    "I thought they were really good again tonight. They've been good for a while now," Giordano said. "It seems like every shift they're in the offensive zone working the other team and grinding them. They're playing the right way, playing hard and getting rewarded."

    Garland beat Smith with a high backhand to tie it at 6:27 of the second.

    Giordano put Calgary up 2-1 with 8:40 left in the middle period. Instead of shooting from his preferred spot near the faceoff circle to the goalie's right, the Calgary captain went forehand to backhand to beat Pickard for his 13th.

    Weal, acquired from Philadelphia in January, got his first goal for the Coyotes on the power play with 5:39 left in the period. He took a cross-ice feed from Alex Galchenyuk and whipped a wrist shot past Smith's shoulder.
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    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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    Czarnik, Gaudreau score in 3rd, Flames beat Islanders 4-2


    Johnny Gaudreau skates in and unleashes a slap shot, his 30th goal of the season, in the Flames' 4-2 win against the Islanders.

    CALGARY, Alberta -- Johnny Gaudreau's scoring drought is over.

    Gaudreau's first goal in 10 games and 30th of the season was one of two third-period scores for the Calgary Flames in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

    Austin Czarnik, with his third goal in as many games, broke a 2-2 tie 6:10 into the third and Gaudreau scored 29 seconds later on a power play.

    "I probably could have found the net with two or three different looks I had. Just the way it's been going," said Gaudreau, the team's leading scorer who tied his career high for goals set in 2015-16.

    The goal came on a slap shot into the top corner, just eight seconds into a man advantage.

    "I had a pretty good lane there. It was a good play up top, across the zone. I had a lot of time and a lot of space and I just wired it," Gaudreau said.

    Calgary dominated the first two periods, outshooting New York 21-6, but the Flames only led by one goal. The Islanders tied it 2-2 on Anders Lee's 20th goal 1:18 into the third.

    But it was tied for less than five minutes.

    "That's probably as good as we've played on the defensive side," said Travis Hamonic, who had a goal against his former team. "We're confident and when you're playing good teams like that, you have to show up and we did, right from the start."

    Hamonic's goal at 15:59 of the first made it 2-0 for Calgary.

    "I'd be lying if I didn't say it felt good," Harmonic said. "So many good friends and so much fun and great memories on Long Island so to be able to put one in tonight, it obviously feels good."

    Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary. Elias Lindholm had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (two goals, seven assists). The Flames have won three straight after going winless in four and continue to lead the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

    Casey Cizikas and Lee scored for New York.

    The surging Islanders, who opened a three-game road trip through Western Canada, lost in regulation for just the third time in 16 games.

    "We got a big `F.' Failure. We had too many passengers," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "We were poor on our exits. We were poor on our execution. We were poor on our battles. We were poor on our races. We were poor."

    The Islanders' lead over Washington atop the Metropolitan division remained at three points.

    "We didn't come out hard enough and that's the bottom line. I think we showed them a little too much respect," Cizikas said. "Down low in their own end I thought we gave too many pucks away. For a team that likes to get the puck down low and work it, we just couldn't do that tonight. We have to have a short memory because we have a big one (Thursday)."

    Backlund opened the scoring just five minutes in on a two-on-one. Michael Frolik landed a perfect pass on Backlund's stick as he cut to the net and he neatly tucked the puck past Thomas Greiss.

    Greiss, who entered the game with an NHL-leading .930 save percentage, finished with 28 stops and fell to 17-9-2.

    Starting a fourth consecutive game for the first time since the first four games of the season, Mike Smith made 17 saves and improved to 17-11-1.

    "We have to be that air tight moving forward and we are capable of playing that game," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "We need to maintain our strong offensive game while being sound defensively."
    Two time winner of the "Zukes" Cup (2011, 2012)

    Jagr tells the crowd that he wanted to make a beautiful goal but ... "It hit my ass," he said.

    "You know what was great, was today one of his fans mooned me, and he had Happy, written on his ass, HA on one cheek, and then sure enough PPY, right there on the other" ~ Shooter McGavin

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