Surging Flames handle Avalanche

Calgary’s Elias Lindholm scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and David Rittich stopped 32 shots as the host Flames added to Colorado’s woes with a 5-3 win over the Avalanche on Wednesday.

Mark Giordano had three assists and Johnny Gaudreau recorded two as the Flames, who are 6-1-1 in their past eight games, regained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. They are two points ahead of Vegas.

For Colorado, the loss was the eighth in its past nine games.

Calgary snapped a 2-2 tie at 12:57 of the second period on Lindholm’s power-play goal.

After a hooking penalty on Tyson Barrie, Sean Monahan won the faceoff and the Flames maintained possession. Lindholm took a feed from Giordano and wired a shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Colorado has killed off only 10 of 19 power plays over its past six games.

The Flames’ penalty kill had a big night, going 4-for-4 against a Colorado team that came into the game ranked fifth in the NHL with the man advantage.

Senators 2, Ducks 1: Colin White scored at 1:34 of overtime as visiting Ottawa snapped an eight-game losing streak by extending Anaheim’s losing streak to a franchise-record nine games. The Ducks have played an NHL-leading 13 overtime games at home and are 5-6-2 in those games.

Predators 4, Blackhawks 3: Filip Forsberg scored a minute into overtime, his second goal of the game, and visiting Nashville won its third in a row. Chicago has lost four of its past five.

Briefly: Vancouver placed rookie forward Elias Pettersson, who was hurt last Thursday, on injured reserve because of a sprained knee. … Arizona announced that center Nick Schmaltz, on IR since last Thursday, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. … Anaheim activated forward Richard Rakell, a 2018 All-Star who missed 13 games because of a sprained ankle. … Pittsburgh placed forward Zach Aston-Reese on IR because of an undisclosed injury. … Chicago put defenseman Gustav Forsling on IR because of an upper-body injury.

Sharks on Thursday

Who: Sharks (25-13-7) at

Vegas (27-15-4)

When: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBCSCA/98.5

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