Daymond Langkow scored the winning goal 3:38 into overtime,
leading the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa
Senators on Saturday night.
After Robyn Regehr intercepted Christoph Schubert's clearing
attempt at the Ottawa blue line, Regehr slid a pass to Jordan
Leopold who fired a slap shot on goal that Ray Emery stopped.
However, the rebound came right out to Langkow who swept it behind
the Senators goaltender.
"I saw the puck go over to Leo at the point and I just tried to
get in front of Emery and actually ended up getting two rebounds,"
said Langkow, who has nine goals this season -- five in four games.
Ottawa, who lost in a shootout at Vancouver on Friday, has
dropped two straight for the first time this season. Emery took his
first career loss after winning an NHL-record first nine starts.
"Last night was tough because we didn't play very well, we
turned the puck over lots and half the game we were in the penalty
box," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "Tonight, we
played a solid road game except for a couple of mistakes late in
the game that gave them the chance to come back and win it."
The Senators (21-4-2) are tied with the New York Rangers with an
NHL-best 44 points.
"Our team viewed it as a very important game, a test against a
big power from the East, so it's an important win for us," Flames
defenseman Andrew Ference said.
Tony Amonte scored for Calgary (17-9-4), 10-1-1 in its last 12
Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, Calgary got the
tying goal from Amonte at 12:40. Left all alone at the side of the
Ottawa goal crease, Shean Donovan zipped a perfect pass across the
slot to Amonte, who slid in his 400th NHL goal.
"I made contact with Dono a few seconds before he made the
pass," Amonte said. "He noticed that I was there and I put my
stick on the ice. I didn't even see the pass coming because it went
through so many guys but right on the tape, it was a tap-in. Feels
good to get that goal, that's for sure."
It snapped Emery's shutout streak at 117 minutes, 45 seconds. He
finished with 27 saves.
Ottawa had been 17-1 when scoring first and 17-0 when leading
after two periods.
"We knew they played last night, and part of our game has to be
to take advantage of that," Ference said. "Some of their guys put
up huge minutes last night so we said, 'Let's get that forecheck
on, get in the face of their top line, and not give them any room
Calgary limited the Senators to a season-low 21 shots and shut
down the top line of Alfredsson, Dany Heatley, and Jason Spezza.
The trio was kept off the scoresheet for the second straight night.
"They're a good team, but back-to-back games for us and with us
in the lead, we sat back a bit," Alfredsson said. "If we were
behind, we would have been on the offense a lot more but we tried
to play it smart, conserve our energy as much as we could, and we
came close but not quite."
Of Miikka Kiprusoff's 20 saves, his best came late in the second
period when Ottawa defenseman Zdeno Chara broke in alone and had
his shot stopped.
Calgary came out flying in the opening few minutes but the early
momentum was quashed when Jarome Iginla was sent off for hooking at
3:12. The Senators took the lead on the ensuing power play.
A low slap shot from the blue line by Andrej Meszaros was
deflected over the shoulder of Kiprusoff by Schaefer, who was
cruising through the slot.
Amonte became the 76th NHL player to score 400 goals. ...
Calgary D Roman Hamrlik (sprained knee) didn't play and will be
sidelined at least four weeks. Replacing him in the lineup was
veteran Bryan Marchment, who dressed for the first time in eight
games and appeared in his 900th NHL game. ... Ottawa D Wade Redden
(sprained knee) missed his eighth game but he is practicing with
the team and is close to returning. Also practicing and nearing a
return is Calgary C Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain), who has
missed 24 games. ... Calgary's next game is next Saturday at home
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Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome Location: Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Chris Rooney, Brad Watson Linesmen: Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 19,289 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Peter Schaefer (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Fisher, Andrej Meszaros
No scoring this period
Tony Amonte (8)
Assists: Shean Donovan, Kristian Huselius
Daymond Langkow (9)
Assists: Jordan Leopold, Robyn Regehr