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OTTAWA Zack Smith Jersey , Ontario (AP) — The Calgary Flames and Matthew Tkachuk got the victory. The Ottawa Senators‘ Brady Tkachuk earned family bragging rights.Austin Czarnik scored with 41 seconds remaining to lead the Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Senators on Sunday.Mikael Backlund also scored for the Flames, who have won five straight. David Rittich made 22 saves.The game marked the first meeting between the Tkachuk brothers at the NHL level.There were over 30 Tkachuk family members on hand for the game wearing specially made jerseys to support both teams. Prior to the game the brothers made a pact of no fighting with a handshake. A special moment saw the brothers take the opening faceoff.“I’ll let him from a personal standpoint take this one,” Matthew Tkachuk said. “I know we play them again in a month, so I’ll be pressing to get one that night.“I’m happy for him, happy for my family. What a weekend they had. All they were talking about was how much fun they had.”Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators, who lost their fourth straight.“It was a special night, but I wish we came away with the two points,” said Brady Tkachuk, who gave his grandmother the game puck.Craig Anderson made 33 saves in the loss.“Overall I thought the guys played hard and I thought we did a lot of good things playing with the puck trying to make plays Ryan O’Reilly Jersey Womens ,” Anderson said. “It’s just one of those games where you just didn’t know which bounce was going to be the difference.”Calgary is three points ahead of San Jose and leads the Pacific Division and the Western Conference at 39-16-7.Tied 1-1 to start the third, the Senators believed they took the lead on a power-play goal at 8:24, but the Flames challenged for goaltender interference as it appeared Rittich had covered the puck. It was nearly an identical play as in which the Flames had a first-period goal called back.Flames coach Bill Peters said he’d never seen that scenario play out before.“They were identical plays basically, so I was confident on the challenge obviously,” said Peters. “If ours was no good I didn’t think that was going to be any good either.”The Flames dominated in the second period, but Anderson was able to come up big when needed. The Senators tied it on Brady Tkachuk’s 14th of the season.After being outplayed much of the period the younger Tkachuk took a pass just outside Ottawa’s blue line, broke in alone on Rittich and slid a backhand under the left pad.It was the Senators’ first goal in 160:55 of play.The Flames outplayed Ottawa in the first period, but only led 1-0.Backlund opened the scoring at the four-minute mark with a quick wrist shot from the slot.Matthew Tkachuk believed he had made it 2-0 just over three minutes later when he shoved the puck from under Anderson’s glove, but the Senators challenged and it was ruled there was goaltender interference.NOTES: The brotherly battle was a welcome distraction for Ottawa fans who eagerly await news on Mark Stone’s future as Monday’s trade deadline approaches. Stone was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. In addition to Stone Brian Elliott Jersey , Cody Ceci and Mikkel Boedker were late scratches. … Calgary’s Curtis Lazar and Dalton Prout were healthy scratches.UP NEXTFlames: At New York Islanders on Tuesday.Senators: At Washington on Tuesday. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau’s magic touch has the Calgary Flames pointed back in the right direction.One day after setting up the winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Gaudreau scored 2:40 into overtime to lead the Flames to a 2-1 comeback victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.He did it in style, too. After Matthew Tkachuk scored with 55.3 seconds in the third period, Gaudreau and Mark Giordano completed a pretty give-and-go that left Gaudreau alone with an open net.“You enjoy it,” Calgary coach Bill Peters said of Gaudreau, his leading scorer. “I’ve been on the other side of it, obviously, I’ve seen him in the league long enough. I just like the way he goes about it. He’s a passionate player and gets rewarded for his effort.”The Flames (7-5-1) have bounced back with impressive back-to-back wins on the road after a homestand to forget. Calgary lost 9-1 to Pittsburgh on Thursday before a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington on Saturday.“We’re getting where we want to be ,” Giordano said. “Tonight was solid again, I didn’t think we gave up much. We’re getting to where we know what to expect out of each other defensively and we’re not cheating offense and that’s resulting in wins.”Down 1-0, the Flames took charge in the third, controlling the flow of play and outshooting Buffalo 5-1. They pulled goaltender David Rittich with more than two minutes remaining, which set up Tkachuk’s equalizer. Tkachuk tipped a hard shot from Elias Lindholm that was also deflected by Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and then again off the ice.The Sabres (6-4-2) were left frustrated after spoiling a terrific effort by goalie Carter Hutton. Hutton made 36 saves and was outstanding throughout the game.“I just feel bad for him,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “He’s really given us some really good, solid goaltending and he’s been asked to stand on his head and that’s unfortunate. … He was our best player once again. He gave us a chance to win.”Eichel put the Sabres on the board first with a power-play goal with 3:30 left in the first period. The Sabres captain ripped a one-timer from the left circle into the top of the net, ending an eight-game goal drought.“We didn’t play well,” Eichel said. “Obviously Ivan Provorov Jersey , they outplayed us and we didn’t deserve to win that game.”The Flames appeared to even the score at the start of the second period but officials ruled that a whistle blew before the puck went into the net. After a highlight-reel stick save by Hutton prevented Lindholm’s shot from crossing the goal line, the puck went into the net on a second opportunity — but officials had already blown the whistle. A replay review upheld the decision.“I liked the composure on the bench,” Peters said of the disallowed goal. “Had a little adversity there and then moved on.”Rittich made 28 saves for the Flames.The Sabres have points in five straight games (3-0-2) for the first time since a nine-game point streak in 2012.NOTES: This was the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The second takes place in Calgary on Jan. 16. … D Jake McCabe, C Evan Rodrigues and LW Remi Elie were scratched for the Sabres. D Dalton Prout, Michael Stone and C Austin Czarnik were scratched for the Flames.UP NEXTFlames: Return home to play Colorado on Thursday night.Sabres: Go on the road for a home-and-home series against Ottawa that begins on Thursday night.
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