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Backlund nets game-winner in OT victory over the Flyers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Mikael Backlund scored 35 seconds into overtime and Karri Ramo made 26 saves when the Calgary Flames defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

A shot from Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau was stopped by Philadelphia goaltender Michal Neuvirth, but the rebound hit Backlund and bounced over the line to give Calgary the win.

Philadelphia, 0-5-3 when surrendering the first goal of the game, fell behind Calgary 1-0 at 4:40 of the first period. Josh Jooris scored for the Flames (4-9-1), who won for the second time in their past seven games and the second time in seven games on home ice this season.

After serving a penalty, Jooris had a breakaway on Neuvirth, who made the initial pad save before Jooris slid his second chance by the Flyers goaltender to give the Flames the lead.

The goal came after Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano and Philadelphia forward Jakub Voracek, still seeking his first goal of the season, each hit goal posts in the opening minutes of the game.

Michael Raffl scored for the Flyers (4-7-2), who have lost six straight games, and are 0-3-1 on their current five-game road trip. Philadelphia concludes the trip against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Raffl scored with 35.2 seconds remaining in the second with a shot that trickled through Ramo's pads and over the goal line to tie the game 1-1.

Neuvirth made 28 saves.

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