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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Red Wings

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- Daniel Alfredsson found a way to will on the Detroit Red Wings.

Missing eight regulars from their lineup and searching for their first win in seven games, Alfredsson scored twice and added an assist to power the Red Wings to a 3-2 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.

The win snapped Detroit’s six-game winless skid and gave them their first win in overtime in 10 tries.

Alfredsson finished the game the way he started -- with some help from Pavel Datsyuk.

With TJ Brodie’s hooking minor extending to overtime, the 41-year-old one-timed a Datsyuk pass behind Karri Ramo just 1:03 into overtime to lift the Red Wings to victory.

It’s how Detroit got on the board first, too.

Just 26 seconds into the game, Alfredsson converted on Datsyuk’s rebound to put the home side up early.

Mikael Backlund responded five minutes later for the Flames, taking a puck off the end boards and firing it under the arm of Jonas Gustavsson to tie the game 1-1.

At 11:38, Alfredsson helped restore Detroit’s one-goal lead. Alfredsson fired a shot from the point that deflected off Joakin Andersson in front and behind Ramo to put the Red Wings up 2-1. Alfredsson’s assist on the play was the 700th of his career.

With a man advantage, Alfredsson almost put Detroit up two, bouncing a sharp angle shot off the pad of Ramo that struck the cross bar before the Calgary keeper could smother the rebound with 7:08 remaining in the second.

The save allowed Mark Giordano to tie the game on a Calgary power play. In the high slot, Giordano took a pass from Curtis Glencross and ripped a shot over the glove of Gustavsson to send the game tied 2-2 into the second intermission.

That score would hold up after 60, forcing overtime and Alfredsson’s heroics.


Taking a pass from Glencross in the high slot, Giordano ripped his fourth goal of the year over the glove of Gustavsson to tie the game 2-2 at 15:53 of the second period.


With the Flames trailing 2-1 in the middle frame, Alfredsson’s sharp-angle shot bounced off Ramo’s pad, off the crossbar and down before the Flames goaltender ripped the puck off the goal line to keep Calgary within one. The save was one of 35 made by the keeper against Detroit on Thursday.


With Brodie’s hooking minor carrying over into overtime, Alfredsson’s one-timer off a feed from Datsyuk ended the game 1:03 into extra time.


With his third man advantage marker of the season, Giordano pulled into sole possession of the team lead in power play goals with three. He now has four goals and 14 points in 17 contests this season.


TJ Galiardi, Blair Jones and Christopher Breen were scratched against the Red Wings. Dennis Wideman (hand) missed the game due to injury.


The Flames wrap up five straight on the road Saturday morning in Pittsburgh against the Penguins (11 a.m. MT, SNET-W).

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