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Video: Backlund’s OT winner gives Flames five straight wins

Feb 2, 2014, 1:13 AM EDT

It seemed the Calgary Flames, at the start of the month, couldn’t buy a goal or a win.

How things have turned. Mikael Backlund scored his second of the evening to give the Flames a 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Backlund put on display his baseball skills, batting the puck out of mid-air and into the open net.

And suddenly, the Flames, fighting it out with the Edmonton Oilers at the bottom of the Pacific Division, have won five consecutive games. You read that correctly.

The Flames were shutout in three of their first four games to begin the month of January, and twice before that in December following the holiday break. It wasn’t all good for the Flames on this night. Goalie Karri Ramo left the game midway through the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 2, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Won 5 in a row, last 3 against Chicago, San Jose and Minnesota…that’s a pretty good run!

    Hopefully the Ramo injury isn’t too serious, the only good thing that might come if he misses a game or two is it gives the Flames an excuse to call up Joni Ortio to see what he can do for a couple of games in the NHL, he’s certainly having a great year with Abbotsford.

  2. hardkor07mn - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Where is Calgary hiding Ben hanowski?

  3. wishingtonredslur - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    I think Glencross being hurt so much this year really cost the team. If he doesn’t go down twice I think they’d be higher in the standings.

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