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Flames defeat Devils in shootout

Tkachuk scores deciding goal to give Calgary third straight win

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Matthew Tkachuk scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 5-4 win against the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

Tkachuk lifted a shot over the glove of Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid in the bottom of the third round after New Jersey's Drew Stafford extended the game by beating Mike Smith to start the third round.

"Honestly I just have three moves that I've done since I've been however (old)," said Tkachuk, who also had the deciding goal in a 3-2 shootout win at the Nashville Predators on Nov. 24. "I don't know. I just have three moves in my head and I look at the shooters before me and decide when I touch the puck.

 

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"I've only used one out of my three moves so far. I'm probably going to have to switch it up here soon."

Michael Frolik, Micheal Ferland and Sean Monahan each had a goal and an assist and Michael Stone scored for the Flames (8-6-0), who have won three in a row and are 3-1-0 on their seven-game homestand. Smith made 26 saves.

"We've been home for a while now, but I think we're just going into third periods and we know how critical the games are," Ferland said. "I think we're getting better at learning how to win games."

Video: NJD@CGY: Monahan buries Ferland's pass from the slot

Taylor Hall, Ben Lovejoy, Brian Gibbons and Andy Greene scored, and Kinkaid made 30 saves for the Devils (9-3-1), who have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. New Jersey lost 6-3 at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, and finished a three-game Western Canada road trip with one win (1-1-1).

"We were realistically going for four [points] out of six but we found a way to get a point and that's important," Greene said. "We came out of it 1-1-1 so I guess it's an OK road trip. We wanted more, and that's a good thing. We've just got to put it past us."

Ferland scored 6:54 into the third period to put Calgary up 4-3, taking a chip pass from Johnny Gaudreau and putting a shot over Kinkaid's shoulder.

"I think playing with Johnny and [Monahan] I try to be around the net a lot," Ferland said. "They're both skilled guys. I think we're just getting some good bounces and it feels good to be rewarded."

Greene beat Smith on the short side with a sharp-angled shot at 11:11 to make it 4-4, and New Jersey's Miles Wood missed the net on a penalty shot at 13:54.

Video: NJD@CGY: Greene beats Smith with a seeing-eye shot

Hall scored 1:34 into the first period to put New Jersey up 1-0 and extend his point streak to five games, during which he has eight points (four goals, four assists). Frolik tied the game 1-1 with a shorthanded goal at 11:07.

Kinkaid made a right pad save on Ferland's penalty shot attempt at 13:15.

Lovejoy scored on Nico Hischier's rebound 1:56 into the second to put New Jersey up 2-1. Stone tied it 2-2 at 11:11 with a slap shot from the point through a screen that went past Kinkaid. Hischier, who had two assists, entered the game with one assist in his past five games after earning six points (two goals, four assists) in his previous three.

Monahan scored his Flames-leading eighth goal of the season at 12:27 to make it 3-2, but Gibbons scored his Devils-best seventh of the season 10 seconds later when he knocked down Smith's clearing attempt and beat him from the left boards to tie the game 3-3.

 

Goal of the game

Tkachuk's winner in the third round of the shootout.

Video: NJD@CGY: Tkachuk roofs shootout winner over Kinkaid

 

Save of the game

Smith stopped Hischier at 1:42 of overtime.

Video: NJD@CGY: Smith turns away Lovejoy, stones Hischier

 

Highlight of the game

Ferland's goal at 6:54 of the third period.

Video: NJD@CGY: Ferland buries slick feed from Gaudreau

 

They said it

"Our quality, our chances were good. We weren't just getting a lot of shots. We were getting quality chances. I thought tonight too we had some breakaways again and some real quality looks. They had some too. You can just feel when you're getting those looks consistently game-in and game-out it's going to go." -- Flames captain Mark Giordano

 

"We're having fun creating offense this year. You don't really think of the Devils as a high-powered offense, but we are showing people that we can score and create chances at a good pace." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall

 

Need to know

Gaudreau is tied for second in the NHL in assists with 15. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning leads with 18. … Devils forward Marcus Johansson missed his second game because of a concussion. … Flames forward Jaromir Jagr missed his sixth straight game because of a lower-body injury, and defenseman Travis Hamonic did not play after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Saturday. The Flames placed him on injured reserve Sunday.

 

What's next

Devils: Host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, FS-MW, NHL.TV).

Flames: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP, NHL.TV).

 

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