Flames’ quick goal in OT beats Hurricanes

Mikael Backlund scored 15 seconds into overtime Tuesday night to give the host Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Calgary (33-13-5) heads into the All-Star break as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, six points ahead of the Sharks.

Oliver Kylington and Mark Jankowski also scored for the Flames, who finished 9-1-1 in January. David Rittich made 33 saves to improve to 8-0-2 in his past 10 starts.

Sebastian Aho tied it for Carolina with 44 seconds left in regulation. Andrei Svechnikov also scored for the Hurricanes (23-20-6), who are trying to work their way into the wild-card race in the East.

Carolina goalie Peter Mrazek stopped 22 shots, denying Calgary on several prime chances.

It was the first game between the teams since Bill Peters resigned as head coach of the Hurricanes after four seasons and was hired by the Flames in April 2018.

The All-Star break and bye week will give the Flames an eight-day break, except for All-Star participants Johnny Gaudreau and Peters.

Red Wings 3, Oilers 2: Luke Glendening scored twice and visiting Detroit headed into the All-Star break with a victory over Edmonton. Dylan Larkin had a goal for the Red Wings, who snapped their two-game skid. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves. Leon Draisaitl and Matt Benning scored for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row.

Coyotes 3, Senators 2: Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice and added an assist to lead visiting Arizona over Ottawa. Derek Stepan also scored for the Coyotes, who are 6-1-1 in their past eight games. Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 shots. Bobby Ryan and Ryan Dzingel had the goals for the Senators.

Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout to send host Chicago to a win over the Islanders, ending New York’s five-game winning streak. Toews scored on a backhander and Kane beat Robin Lehner between the pads. Chicago goalie Cam Ward stopped Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal to give the Blackhawks their second straight victory following a five-game slide.

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