The Calgary Flames are nothing special in regulation--barely cracking the top eight teams in the Western Conference that would go to the playoffs if the season ended today. If they can make it to overtime, though, the Flames are nearly unbeatable, with a record of 10-1-5.
"It's been great. I can't believe we keep doing it," forward Marc Savard said last night after scoring his second goal of the game with 3 minutes 4 seconds left in overtime to give Calgary a 4-3 victory over the Bruins in Boston.
Savard, who also had an assist, picked up a loose puck behind the Boston net and swung around, putting it above Byron Dafoe for Calgary's fifth win in six games.
Sergei Samsonov scored with 10:19 to play in regulation to tie it at 3, but the Bruins dropped to 0-5-4 in their last nine games at FleetCenter--their longest home winless streak since 1962.
"Home games have to be an advantage," said Dafoe, who stopped 33 shots. "All of a sudden, they're a disadvantage for us."
Boston trailed 3-2 when Don Sweeney took a shot from the point that was stopped by Fred Brathwaite. Samsonov picked up the rebound, brought the puck around to his backhand and slipped it into the goal.
RANGERS 6, THRASHERS 3: In Atlanta, rookie Johan Witehall, called up to replace troubled Kevin Stevens, scored his first NHL goal and Petr Nedved scored three times to lead New York to its sixth straight win.
The Rangers, who have won eight of nine, took an early 3-0 lead as Witehall scored at 3:05, Nedved at 5:52 and Michael York at 6:42.
Atlanta goalie Norm Maracle was replaced by Scott Fankhouser with the Rangers leading 5-1.
HURRICANES 3, CANADIENS 2: Marek Malik scored 55 seconds into overtime as host Carolina beat Montreal, snapping the Canadiens' season-best five-game unbeaten streak.
Malik scored his third goal of the season after a wild scramble in front of the Montreal net in which Gary Roberts hit the post and Jeff O'Neill banged at the puck in the crease. It bounced out to Malik, who beat a scrambling Jose Theodore with a high slap shot.
SENATORS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 3: In Toronto, Igor Korolev scored twice as Toronto rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Ottawa. Korolev, who scored the tying goal early in the third period, has six goals in his last six games. Mike Johnson also scored for Toronto.
PREDATORS 3, OILERS 2: Sergei Krivokrasov's goal at 1:19 of overtime lifted visiting Nashville to the win.