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Brodie, Gaudreau help Flames edge Rangers

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- TJ Brodie scored 2:09 into overtime and Johnny Gaudreau had two goals to help the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 win against the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Mason Raymond and Joe Colborne scored and Jonas Hiller made 25 saves for Calgary (13-14-2), which has won five straight games and swept a five-game homestand for the first time since Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2014. The Flames have won nine in a row at home, one shy of the franchise record set from Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006.

Calgary starts a four-game road trip against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The Flames are 3-9-2 on the road.

"We're moving in the right direction," Brodie said. "I think now we have to find a way to win on the road. We have to start finding ways to win in regulation."

Skating down his off wing, Brodie let go a shot that beat Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta far side to continue Calgary's streak.

"It's more of the team from last year, the high-tempo, pressure team that we were last year," Brodie said. "We found a way to put the puck in the back of the net."

The Flames are 7-1 in overtime this season.

"On the bench, we feel that the two points are already in the bank," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "It seems that we get into OT and there's no pressure. It seems that we know that we're going to win and the guys are getting it done. The players deserve unbelievable credit."

Gaudreau finished the homestand with seven goals (including two game-winning goals), 10 points, and one shootout-deciding goal.

"It's been huge for me, my linemates and my teammates around the locker room," Gaudreau said. "We weren't happy with that last road trip and we knew we needed to come in here on this homestand and make a statement here. And I think we did a great job."

J.T. Miller, Tanner Glass, Dan Boyle and Mats Zuccarello scored for the Rangers (18-9-4), who were 0-2-1 on a three-game road trip through Western Canada. The Rangers have lost four of the past five games and have two wins (2-6-2) in the past 10 games.

"I don't think we're fragile," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "It has nothing to do with confidence. It's got to do with execution and support. Two different things right there."

The Rangers rallied in the third period to force overtime.

Colborne chipped a shot over Raanta's shoulder at 4:57 to momentarily extend Calgary's lead to 4-1, but Glass beat Hiller from in close after taking a pass from Dominic Moore 16 seconds later. Boyle cut the lead to one, cutting out from below the goal line and sliding a backhand by Hiller's pad to make it 4-3 at 15:06.

Zuccarello tied the game with 1:12 remaining in the third period. On a power play and with Raanta on the bench for the extra attacker, Zuccarello sent a shot over Hiller's shoulder to tie the game 4-4.

"You look at it on a positive side," said Vigneault, whose Rangers tied the game three times before losing 7-5 against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. "That's a couple of games in a row where we haven't quit and battled back and made a game out of it. At the same time, it's very easy to pinpoint where we need to improve. Our support and our puck management got us in trouble tonight. They're a skilled team and they made us pay for it. Our guys battled back and unfortunately we weren't able to get it done in the overtime."

Miller scored on New York's third shot of the game, tapping a pass from Viktor Stalberg over Hiller to complete a tic-tac-toe play started by Kevin Hayes at 10:56 of the first period to put the Rangers up 1-0.

Raanta, who denied two of three shots faced in relief of starter Henrik Lundqvist against the Oilers, made seven saves in the first eight minutes of the game and nine in the period.

Gaudreau tied the game 1-1 at 17:41 of the second period, intercepting a breakout pass up the middle by Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle before skating in and putting a shot over Raanta's glove.

Raymond put Calgary up 17 seconds later with his first goal in 15 games. Breaking in on a 2-on-1, Raymond took a pass from Michael Frolik and beat Raanta for his second goal of the season.

Gaudreau doubled Calgary's lead 2:32 into the third, taking a breakaway pass from David Jones before beating Raanta with a forehand-to-backhand deke.

"It was a textbook road game where we're playing the way we're supposed to," Vigneault said. "A lack of support and a lack of puck management and they scored two quick ones and they scored two early ones right off the hop in the third."

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