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The Red Wings dominated over the Flames for the fifth time when they beat them 4-3 in overtime at the Joe.
The Wings outshot the Flames 39-34 with both teams playing their backup goaltenders Ty Conklin and Curtis McElhinney in net.
Despite the loss, McElhinney played an impressive game preventing 35 shots from the Red Wings. This was his second time starting a game since last November when the Flames played the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Flames are now 16-11-2, rank second in the Northwest Division—one point behind Vancouver, and fourth overall in the Western Conference.
The Flames burned rubber on the Wings by improving their offencive and physical play as they outshot the Wings 14-10. Craig Conroy got the first goal of the night from a pass by Jarome Iginla in a traffic jam in front of Ty Conklin. That was his first goal in 15 games. Later, Daymond Langkow scored another goal for Calgary on the rebound from Todd Bertuzzi; his first goal in nine games.
Detroit got on the board with a power play goal when Valtteri Filppula tapped the puck in to the left of McElhinney in the middle of the period.
David Moss gave the Flames a 3-1 lead with a power play goal at 8:51, but the Red Wings answered back when Henrik Zetterberg tapped in a goal off a rebound. The Flames were losing their momentum and the Red Wings took advantage as Brian Rafalski added one more from the blue line and tied the game.
OT Niklas Lidstrom fired a goal past the right shoulder of McElhinney from a pass by Johan Franzen.