Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flames Wiggle Back into Series with Ducks on Backlund's Overtime Winner

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flames Wiggle Back into Series with Ducks on Backlund's Overtime Winner

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Flames edge Ducks 4-3 in overtime at home


CALGARY - Calgary Flames centre Mikael Backlund felt paralyzed by indecision after his overtime winner beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Tuesday.

He wasn't sure how to celebrate a goal that pulled his team back into their second-round playoff series with the Ducks.

"I thought for a second about doing a Theo Fleury," Backland said, in reference to the former Flame's jubilant pinballing the length of the ice back in 1991.

"He's a legend and I'm not really quite there. I didn't know what to do."

The sellout crowd at Scotiabank Saddledome celebrated for the 26-year-old Swede as the Flames extended their winning streak at home in this year's playoffs to 4-0.

But Calgary still trails Anaheim two games to one in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal. Friday's Game 4 at the Saddledome will be followed by Sunday's Game 5 in Anaheim, Calif.

On a delayed Anaheim penalty and with Flames goalie Karri Ramo on the bench for an extra attacker, Backlund threaded a shot from the blue-line between jerseys to beat Frederik Andersen at 4:24 of overtime.

"It was tough to pick up with all the bodies in front," Andersen said. "It went in on my right side. It was a good shot through traffic."

The Ducks led 2-1 and 3-2 at period breaks, but Johnny Gaudreau pulled the hosts even with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.

Joe Colborne's first goal of the post-season was a short-handed one and Brandon Bollig also scored for the Flames. Ramo made 18 saves for the win, including a key stop on winger Corey Perry in extra time.

Perry, Patrick Maroon and Matt Beleskey countered for the Ducks. Captain Ryan Getzlaf contributed a pair of assists and Andersen stopped 17 shots in the loss.

"We came here to at least steal one and we've got a big task ahead of us in Game 4," Getzlaf said.

"I didn't think we played our best game tonight. We made some errors that are uncharacteristic, but it's bound to happen. You're in the playoffs. It's going to happen throughout the run."

Controversy brewed in the third period when officials denied Sam Bennett an equalizer for Calgary. The rookie's shot from close range at 13:38 appeared from certain angles to slide under Andersen's right pad and behind the goal-line. …

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