Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner and added an assist and Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 vhome ictory on Sunday night over the Ottawa Senators.
The Flames – who have won three of their last four games – remain six points back of the Winnipeg Jets, who won 3-2 in Tampa Bay, for the second wild-card playoff berth in the NHL’s Western Conference.
Tim Stutzle had the lone goal for Ottawa (33-29-4), which has lost three of its first four on a five-game road trip.
The Senators are six points out of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, which is occupied by the New York Islanders.
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Markstrom was excellent in his sixth straight start to improve to 18-18-8.
Kevin Mandolese, in his third career start, finished with 35 stops. He falls to 1-2-0. The 22-year-old is up with the NHL club due to injuries to Cam Talbot and Anton Forsberg.
Down 2-0 after the first period, Ottawa cut the deficit in half at 5:55 of the second capitalizing on a misplay between Markstrom and Backlund.
Going behind the net to play a loose puck, Markstrom passed it out to Backlund, who in attempting to shoot the puck around the back of the net hit Markstrom’s pad instead. The puck bounced right to Stutzle who shot it into the vacated net for his team-leading 32nd goal of the season.
It took only 68 seconds for Calgary to restore its two-goal cushion with Kadri firing a rising shot toward the net that Huberdeau deflected out of mid-air and past Mandolese for his 13th goal.
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The Flames went ahead 4-1 at 13:08 of the second when Huberdeau and Kadri combined to set up Hanifin jumping up into the rush and he zipped a perfect shot inside the far goalpost.
It was an eventful first period.
Four minutes after Tyler Toffoli’s goal that would have made it 1-0 was called back when Ottawa challenged it for being offside, Calgary scored again short-handed and this one counted.
After corralling a cross-ice pass from Lindholm, Backlund…
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