Calgary claims 3-2 victory over Vegas Golden Knights

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Mikael Backlund scored in the third-period game to secure a win for the Calgary Flames over Vegas Golden Knights.

The Calgary Flames claimed a 3-2 victory over the visiting Vegas Golden Knights as Mikael Backlund scored the game winner in the third period.

Elias Lindholm and Tyler Toffoli also scored for the hosts, who extend their win to 3-0 in the start of the NHL season.

Jonathan Huberdeau, who was acquired in an off-season trade with the Florida Panthers got an assist in Calgary’s first two goals of the game for his third point in as many games.

Kadri, who also signed as a free agent in August, had an assist and now has a goal and three assists in his first three games as a Flame.

Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves to help the Calgary’s secure their victory.

William Carrier and Brett Howden scored their first goals of the season for Vegas (3-1). Calgarian Logan Thompson stopped 37 of 40 shots in the loss.

After the Flames killed off a pair of hooking minors in the third period, Backlund scored a go-ahead goal at 15:31.

Down two goals after the opening period, Calgary converted two of six power-play chances in the second to draw even by 13:19.

After missing a pair of scoring chances earlier in the game, Toffoli corralled a rebound in the slot going backhand to forehand to beat Thompson high stick side.

Toffoli had a shooting lane and some open net earlier in the period, but looked skyward when he shot the puck high.

Lindholm halved the deficit at 10:43 when Thompson juggled his shot high into the air.

The Knights’ goalie lost sight of the puck falling behind him as teammates Alec Martinez and Alex Pietrangelo tried to bat it away.

The Flames had two consecutive power plays to start the second period. Cassidy successfully challenged Lindholm’s goal for goalie interference at 4:39. Kadri was down in the crease when Lindholm banged in a rebound.

Vegas led by two at 15:23 of the first period on Howden’s knee-high deflection of a Brayden McNabb shot from the blue line.

Thompson down in the crease reached up to glove a golden chance for Toffoli at the side of the net midway through the opening period.

Markstrom mistimed his attempted gloving of Carrier’s wrist shot to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at 3:55.


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