The Calgary Flames are using a scorching streak up the Pacific Division standings.
Mikael Backlund had an empty-net function and a couple of assists, serving to elevate the Flames to their 6th straight victory with a Four-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday evening. The streak is the longest lively run within the NHL.
Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan additionally scored for the Flames, and David Rittich stopped 41 photographs in his first get started in seven video games. Calgary is 24-16-Four, in 3rd position within the department with 52 issues — 8 at the back of Pacific-leading Vegas.
“I came in tonight knowing we won five in a row and I wanted to keep it going,” Rittich stated. “The guys played well, so I didn’t have to do too much.”
Rittich began rather than Mike Smith, who performed in Thursday’s Five-1 victory at Tampa Bay.
“Our goalie was great tonight. Goaltending has been the story for us all season,” Giordano stated. “We enjoy playing in front of whoever is in the net but both of them have been outstanding this year.”
Dadonov will get pair
Evgenii Dadonov scored each targets for the Panthers, breaking a 19-game function drought. James Reimer made 25 saves in his 16th consecutive get started, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to stay the Panthers from their fourth loss in 5 video games.
“It’s nice to see him [Dadonov] get the bounces tonight,” Panthers trainer Bob Boughner stated. “Give their goalie a lot of credit. He played well, played great.”
Tkachuk put Calgary forward 2-1 on his function at 10:38 of the second one length when Travis Hamonic’s shot bounced off Reimer’s proper skate and Tkachuk poked within the rebound.
Gaudreau stretched the Flames’ lead to Three-1 on his power-play function with Three:45 left in the second one. Gaudreau’s shot from the left circle went underneath Reimer’s arm, off the put up and into the web.
“I thought they gutted it out on a back-to-back,” Flames trainer Glen Gulutzan stated. “You just have to stay steady [with these winning streaks]. You can’t get wound up and think about them. We’re going to push this group and it’s a group that responds and has great character.”
The Flames had a 10-game win streak ultimate season.
“We’ll go one game at a time here,” Gulutzan stated.
The Panthers closed inside a function at Three-2 on Dadanov’s 2d of the sport with 6:57 left within the 3rd. Dadanov fired a shot from the correct facet that beat Rittich.
Backlund’s empty-netter with 45.1 seconds closing sealed the win for the Flames.
“Their goalie played good. We just didn’t bury our chances,” Panthers defenceman Keith Yandle stated.
Dadonov gave the Panthers a 1-Zero lead on his power-play function at 27 seconds into the second one. Jonathan Huberdeau handed from the correct facet to Dadonov within the slot and fired a wrist shot previous Rittich.
The Flames tied it at 1 simply 33 seconds later on Monahan’s function. Monahan took a backhanded cross from Dougie Hamilton within the prime slot and one-timed the puck previous Reimer for his team-leading 21st function.