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CALGARY Josh Bailey Jersey , Alberta (AP) — After fading down the stretch last season, the Calgary Flames are determined not to let it happen again.Mikael Backlund scored 15 seconds into overtime Tuesday night to give the Flames a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Calgary (33-13-5) heads into the All-Star break as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, six points up on San Jose.“It’s good that we take the time early on to completely shut hockey off and just relax and then the closer we get to coming back, we’ve got to get the minds ready,” Backlund said.“Most guys were here last year and we learned a lesson from last year when we weren’t as good after the break. We know what to do this time and what not to.”Calgary went 12-18-2 after Feb. 1 last season and missed the playoffs.Oliver Kylington and Mark Jankowski also scored Tuesday for the Flames, who finished 9-1-1 in January. David Rittich made 33 saves to improve to 8-0-2 in his last 10 starts.All-Star representative Sebastian Aho tied it for Carolina with 44 seconds left in regulation. Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Hurricanes (23-20-6), who are trying to work their way into the wild-card race in the East.Peter Mrazek stopped 22 shots and denied the Flames on several prime chances.“He enabled us to at least hang in there and get a point out of this game Brady Skjei Jersey ,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.“The positive is you came in here against one of the best teams and in my opinion, we could have had that game.”It was the first game between the teams since Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Hurricanes after four seasons and was hired by the Flames in April 2018.Carolina led 26-11 in shots on goal after two periods but trailed 2-1.Jankowski scored 4-on-4 at 6:40 of the second. Backlund dished T.J. Brodie’s cross-ice pass to Jankowski lurking at the corner of the Hurricanes net, where he batted the puck over Mrazek.Hamilton drew the Hurricanes even at 15:48 of the first when he wristed a drop pass from Brock McGinn by Rittich.Kylington darted out of the corner and beat Mrazek’s glove with a backhand at 1:58 of the opening period. The Hurricanes challenged for goaltender interference, but were denied.After scoring 12 power-play goals in 10 games this month, Calgary was blanked on four chances thanks in large part to Mrazek’s acrobatics.The Flames didn’t get a lot of sustained pressure in Carolina’s zone until the third period.“I don’t think we played our best game, but again, we found a way to win and I think that’s a big key http://www.officialblackhawksproshop...nisimov-jersey ,” Backlund said“That was one of our weaknesses last year. We couldn’t find ways to win and this year, it’s the opposite. Good teams, they find ways to win.”The All-Star break and bye week will provide an eight-day breather for the Flames, with the exception of All-Star participants Johnny Gaudreau and Peters.“Going into the break it’s important to go in with a good taste in your mouth,” Peters said. “I like the direction which we are trending and the contributions throughout the lineup.“We played the best when the game was on the line in the third and I thought we had some great looks that made Mrazek make some big saves for them. … We’ll take the two points heading into the break and we’ll come back refreshed and ready to go.”NOTES: Gaudreau was kept off the scoresheet for the first time since Dec. 29. … Hamilton and forward Micheal Ferland also played their first game in Calgary since they were dealt to the Hurricanes for right wing Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin at the 2018 draft. Ferland didn’t finish the game because of an upper-body injury, Brind’Amour said.UP NEXTHurricanes: Finish their three-game road trip Wednesday night at Vancouver.Flames: Off until Feb. 1 against the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals before a rematch with the Hurricanes in North Carolina two days later. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — It didn’t take long for Nino Niederreiter to fit in with the Carolina Hurricanes.Niederreiter and Lucas Wallmark each scored twice to lead the Hurricanes to a 7-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.Acquired from Minnesota on Friday Brandon Saad Jersey , Niederreiter got his first goals with Carolina.“It’s always nice if you get a chance to score a goal, but more importantly we got the win we needed,” he said. “The last home game, we definitely didn’t play the way we wanted, so it’s a big win for us tonight.”Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and two assists, and Brock McGinn and Jordan Martinook also scored as the Hurricanes snapped a two-game skid. Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin each had three assists, and Petr Mrazek stopped 17 shots.Carolina led 3-0 in the first period Brent Seabrook Jersey Kids , and pushed the lead to 6-1 in the second.“The start was obviously what we talked about doing and it couldn’t have went really any better,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “You have to give the guys credit, it was a 60-minute effort for the most part. The effort level was high and we deserved that game.”Leon Draisaitl had two goals, and Brandon Manning and Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers, who have lost two straight. Cam Talbot gave up three goals on 15 shots over the first 11:02 before he was replaced by Mikko Koskinen, who had 15 saves.“We have to get through this, we have no choice Youth Corey Crawford Jersey ,” Draisaitl said. “It is frustrating. We take two steps ahead and then we take two back. One ahead, and then one back. We go up and then we go down. We have to figure it out.”Carolina wasted no time getting on the board, scoring on the first shot of the game just 28 seconds in when Niederreiter beat Talbot with a quick wrist shot for his 10th.The Hurricanes doubled the lead 6 1/2 minutes into the first with the Oilers scrambling in their own zone on a point shot by Slavin that was tipped in by Svechnikov. Carolina was outshooting Edmonton 8-0 at the time.Carolina kept it coming with another goal 11 minutes into the opening period as Niederreiter muscled his way out from behind the goal line and beat Talbot for his second of the game on his team’s 15th shot. Koskinen then replaced Talbot.The Oilers finally showed some signs of life with 51 seconds left in the first when Connor McDavid passed in front for Manning, who beat Mrazek.Carolina made it 4-1 on McGinn’s shot two minutes into the second and then made pushed the lead to four a couple of minutes later on the power play on a breakaway goal by Wallmark.The Hurricanes made it 6-1 late in the second on a perfect feed from Warren Foegele to Martinook for his 10th.The Oilers pulled within four with 19 seconds left in the period on Draisaitl’s 25th of the season and 100th in his career.Kassian’s tip to start the third made it 6-3 and Edmonton pulled within two seven minutes into the final frame on the power play on Draisaitl’s second of the game.Wallmark scored again into an empty net to seal the win.NOTES: Carolina improved to 17-4-2 when scoring first and 18-1-2 when leading after two periods. … Niederreiter played in his 500th regular season game. Hurricanes F Greg McKegg played in his 100th. …The teams concluded their two-game season series Feb. 15 at Carolina. … Edmonton is 3-18-1 when trailing after two periods. … Draisaitl leads the Oilers with eight power-play goals.UP NEXTHurricanes: At Calgary on Tuesday night.Oilers: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.
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