Monday, January 17, 2022

Backlund took the flames out of the Penguins in a 7-round shootout. NWN News

CALGARY, Alberta (NWN) – Mikel Backlund scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout as the Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Monday night to take a late third period lead.

Backlund, Calgary’s seventh shooter, broke from the right and a shot exploded in the top corner on Tristan Jari.

Jacob Markstrom sealed the victory by stopping Brock McGinn on Pittsburgh’s final shootout attempt, with the Flames goalkeeper pumping his fist as his teammates dropped boards to celebrate Calgary’s second win in extra time Gave.

Johnny Goudreau of The Flames and Chris Letang of the Penguins scored in the third round of the tiebreaker.

Milan Lucic scored in regulation for Calgary, 6-1-2 in their last nine games. Markstrom improved to 9-4-4 with 21 saves.

Jake Guenzel scored for Pittsburgh, and Jari had 31 stops while he was down 10-4-4.

Much like during regulation, Calgary had better scoring chances in overtime. On one occasion, Goudreau hit the crossbar. Then at 2-on-1, Jari fired a low shot that looked like a game-winner.

Down 1–0, the Penguins tied it with 7:25 remaining in the third period, quickly converting the first power play of the night for either team. With Backlund in the penalty box for interference after downing Evan Rodrigues at the edge of the Flames net, Pittsburgh needed only 7 seconds to draw even against the NHL’s second-best penalty-killing unit.

Sidney Crosby won the faceoff and took the puck back from Letang, his attempted diagonal pass through the Calgary slot was redirected by Gwentzel and past Markstrom. A power-play goal extended Gentzel’s point streak to 10 games. He has scored at least one point in all 10 Penguin Road Games this season.

The Flames entered the game by hitting 26 of the last 27 penalties.

Calgary missed out on a power play, which would have pitted them against the NHL’s No. 1 penalty-killing team.

With Calgary producing most of the scoring opportunities near the halfway point of the second period and with a game without a score, the Flames eventually broke up against Jerry’s.

Oliver Killington’s long pass off the side board was neatly chipped by Lusick after tight coverage from defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. As he retrieved the puck and stormed the Penguins’ end to chants of “louch” from the saddledome crowd, he scored his sixth goal of the season via Jerry’s pad.

Up until that point, the Flames had done everything but scores.

Goudreau and Trevor Lewis posted the goals. Andrew Mangiapen whispers on a cross-crease feed from Blake Coleman to shoot the puck from an open side.

Backlund and Lindholm provided opportunities for dangerous rebounds before the open net.

Notes: Mangiapen played in career game number 200 as Pittsburgh carried Dominic Simon. … Calgary has only fallen behind (0-1-1) twice throughout the season. … Flames de Jusso Valimaki has been in a healthy 14 of his last 15 matches from scratch. … penguins in western Canada are 21-5-5 in 2007-08.

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PENGUIN: In the second half of five straight street games Wednesday night in Edmonton.

Flames: Thursday night in Los Angeles in the first match of a four-game tour.

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