Backlund goal lifts Flames over Red Wings
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[November 21, 2016]
DETROIT -- The Calgary Flames
got off to a good start on their six-game road trip.
Mikael Backlund's goal in the third period broke a tie and gave the
Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night
at Joe Louis Arena.
"This is huge, because we're looking at these six games almost like
a playoff series," said Calgary defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who had
three assists. "We know we have to pick up some wins on this trip,
and this is a good start."
Garnet Hathaway got his first career goal and Matt Stajan also
scored for Calgary (8-11-1). Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.
"I thought this was a very even game, but we did a nice job of
capitalizing on our chances," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "We
didn't lose any momentum coming out of the Chicago game, where we
played very well in a loss."
Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit (8-10-1), which
lost its fourth straight. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
"I think we gave them their chances. I think from the start, a few
turnovers in our own end, all of a sudden they end up spending a
minute, minute and a half in our end instead of making a simple play
and move the play out to the neutral zone," Red Wings captain Henrik
Backlund broke a 2-2 tie with 7:46 left. He slammed Michael Frolik's
pass from the left circle past Howard and into the open side of the
net. It was Backlund's second goal.
"We better pick ourselves up and we better come to work tomorrow to
get better," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "And we better put
the work in that it takes to earn confidence come Wednesday (at the
Buffalo Sabres). That's the bottom line. We better pick ourselves up
in a hurry and focus on coming to win a hockey game on Wednesday."
Mantha tied the game 2-2 at 7:59 of the third period. He put a snap
shot under the crossbar on the short side after bringing the puck
from behind the net. It was Mantha's first goal of the season.
Stajan gave the Flames a 2-1 lead 2:31 into the third period with
his first goal of the season. He tipped in Hamilton's slap shot from
the right point.
Hathaway tied it 1-1 early in the second period. Hathaway, who was
beside the net and battling with a Red Wings player, got the shaft
of his stick on a high shot -- by Hamilton from the top of the right
circle -- and deflected it into the empty side of the net.
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Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek (62) shoots the puck
against Calgary Flames goalie Chad Johnson (31) during the first
period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY
"That's an amazing feeling. I saw Fer (Micheal Ferland) get the puck
to Dougie, so I went to the net," Hathaway said. "It was an odd
play, because Howard was still flailng around, so I wasn't sure if
he had the puck or if it had gone it. I'll probably tell people that
I sniped it -- that sounds a lot better. We've still got five more
road games, so it is big to get this one and get some momentum."
Tatar gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 8:06 into the game. He blindly slid a
puck toward the net from the high slot that beat Johnson. It was
Tatar's third goal and only his second in 14 games.
Howard was forced to make a couple saves on in close scoring chances
after Red Wings giveaways deep in their zone.
Red Wings defenseman Alexey Marchenko left the game with an
upper-body injury after taking a hit from Ferland with a little less
than 5:30 left in the second period.
Blashill said Marchenko will likely be out "a little while" and
added there would be an update on Monday.
NOTES: Detroit LW Thomas Vanek returned after missing 11 games with
a hip injury. The Red Wings were 3-7-1 without Vanek and averaged
less than two goals per game. He had four goals and eight points in
seven games before being injured. ... Calgary F Johnny Gaudreau
missed his second game after suffering a broken finger from a slash
from the Minnesota Wild's C Eric Staal. Gaudreau will miss
six-to-eight-weeks. ... Red Wings C Darren Helm missed his second
game after dislocating his shoulder. He will also be out
six-to-eight weeks. ... Sunday night's game was the start of a
six-game road trip for Calgary.
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