Mikael Backlund scored in overtime as the Calgary Flames bounced back from giving up a goal with 1.8 seconds left in the third period to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night.
Calgary had two chances earlier to win it in overtime. On a two-on-one, Michael Frolik’s stick broke as he tried to one-time a pass from Backlund in the open side. On a breakaway shortly after, Johnny Gaudreau lost control of the puck after a deke left him with an empty net.
But Backlund wouldn’t waste the third chance, blasting a shot past Petr Mrazek off the wing at 3:56.
Kris Versteeg and Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary (35-26-4) in regulation time. The Flames are six points up on Los Angeles and move seven points ahead of St. Louis for the first wild card spot in the West.
Brian Elliott made 35 saves to help the Flames to their sixth win in a row.
Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit (25-26-11). The Red Wings opened the night 10 points out of a playoff spot and sit last in the Eastern Conference.