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BACKLUND OVERTIME HERO

Flames win sixth-straight game in wild finish at the Dome

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

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Mikael Backlund scored in overtime while Brian Elliott made 35 saves as the Flames beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Western Night.

The Flames have now won six in a row and Friday night they showed their same recent flare for the dramatics.

Video: DET@CGY: Backlund hammers the puck home for OT winner

It was the fifth straight game they have allowed the opposition to score first and then come back to win. They now have a league-leading 16 wins after conceding the opening goal.

Kris Versteeg and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for the Flames, while Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar replied for the Wings.

Tatar's goal came with just 1.8 seconds left in the third period to force overtime.

Helm burst into the zone at the 6:55 mark of the first period and fired a laser high glove-side past Elliott to put Detroit up 1-0.

Video: Condensed Game: Red Wings @ Flames

However, the Flames answered back less than two minutes later when they found the back of the net just four seconds into a four-minute powerplay with Anthony Athanasiou in the box for highsticking.

Monahan won the face-off, got the puck back to TJ Brodie who passed cross-ice to Versteeg who stepped into a one-timer that beat Petr Mrazek, who made 28 saves on the night.

The Flames had a couple other great chances during the remainder of the double minor, including a beautiful tip by Monahan in the slot that Mrazek was able to squeeze his legs shut to stop.

Calgary doubled their lead with just under seven minutes left in the first period after Niklas Kronwall flubbed the puck in his zone, with Tkachuk picking it up and going forehand, backhand to beat Mrazek.

 Video: DET@CGY: Tkachuk steals the puck, pots backhander

Neither team lit the lamp in the second, with the Wings outshooting the Flames 14-2.

Tatar had the lone marker in the third.

Backlund's game-winner came 3:56 into extra time when he flew into the zone and snapped a rocket short-side past Mrazek.

This was the second of two meetings between Detroit and Calgary this season. The Flames won 3-2 on Nov. 20 in Detroit.

Video: DET@CGY: Elliott gloves down Sproul's blast in OT

NOTES: Monahan's assist on Versteeg's first-period goal was his 100th career assist and 200th career point … Johnny Gaudreau led the Flames in points in February with 12 (2G, 10A), while Micheal Ferland lit the lamp six times to lead the club in goal-scoring … Flames captain Mark Giordano scored in both his first regular-season game against the Detroit on Feb. 11, 2007 and his first postseason meeting with the Red Wings on April 17, 2007.

NEXT UP: JT and the New York Islanders visit the Scotiabank Saddledome Sunday for a rrare, 2 p.m. matinee (SNWEST, SN960 THEFAN)
 

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