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Bouwmeester scores winner as Florida defeats Calgary 3-2 in pre-season game

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CALGARY - Jay Bouwmeester scored the winner as the Florida Panthers scored twice in the third period en route to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames in a pre-season game Tuesday.

After Rostislav Olesz tied the game for the Panthers at 10:14 of the final frame, Bouwmeester put Florida ahead with 3:27 left to play in the contest with a nice individual effort. He cut towards the net and backhanded a shot that just squeaked into the short side past Flames goalie Curtis McElhinney.

David Booth also scored for the Panthers, while goalie Craig Anderson made 24 saves to record the win.

For Calgary, Dustin Boyd scored and set up a goal by captain Jarome Iginla, while McElhinney stopped 21 of 24 shots in a losing cause.

Todd Bertuzzi started the game on a line with Jarome Iginla and 19-year-old Swedish prospect Mikael Backlund.

When introduced, Calgary fans gave Bertuzzi, who signed a one-year contract with the Flames on July 7, a rousing ovation.

The line accounted for just one shot on net in the first period, by Backlund, and were on the ice at 1:19 of the second period when Booth banged a loose puck past McElhinney after a giveaway by Calgary defenceman Anders Eriksson.

Boyd got the Flames on the board at 13:02 of the middle frame when he converted a feed from Jamie Lundmark.

The Flames then took a 2-1 lead in the final minute of the second period when Boyd spotted Iginla streaking towards the net and hit him with a cross-ice pass. The Calgary captain then cut around Florida defenceman Karlis Skrastins and roofed a puck over Anderson for a power-play goal.

In the third, Olesz took a nice pass from Anthony Stewart in front of the net before depositing the puck in the net past a sprawling McElhinney.

Notes: The Flames will now play back-to-back games against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg and on Thursday back at the Pengrowth Saddledome. While the Flames are in the midst of a four-games-in-four-nights stretch, the Panthers also have a hectic schedule as Tuesday's game kicked off a stretch of six consecutive road preseason games. Florida will play back-to-back games in Edmonton against the Oilers before returning to face the Flames in Calgary on Friday night.

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