Red Wings-Flames Sums

With Mrazek on the bench for an extra attacker, Tatar took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and snapped a shot off Elliott's left shoulder to tie the score at 19:58 of the third period.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, bottom, of the Czech Republic, ducks as Calgary Flames' Troy Brouwer crashes into him during third-period NHL hockey gam action in Calgary, Alberta, Friday, March 3, 2017.

The Calgary Flames are making it clear they belong in the postseason as they host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

The Detroit Red Wings pulled off some last-minute magic to at least earn a point. Kris Versteeg tried for another one-timer but Mrazek made that save, then a glove save on Dougie Hamilton. The rest of the Flames lineup remained the same with newest Flame Curtis Lazar participating in the warm-up but watching the game from the press box.

Darren Helm also scored for Detroit.

While starting 11 of the last 14 games, Elliott has gone 9-1-1 with a.925 save percentage.

It was, however, the Flames who scored next, thanks to a turnover by Niklas Kronwall deep in his own zone that Matthew Tkachuk turned into a 2-1 Flames lead, at 13:07.

Mrazek turned away Gaudreau on a breakaway early in the third period, and Danny DeKeyser got nabbed for hooking Gaudreau to leave the Wings shorthanded for the third time. We've all done a great job and that's got to be our mindset: "2-1, 3-2, that's how it's going to be down the stretch". For the most part it worked as the teams headed towards the end of the game with Calgary still up 2-1.

About halfway through the period the Flames started to focus on playing defensively as they worked to limit the Red Wings to few quality scoring chances. Calgary defeated Pacific Division rival and playoff-position pursuer Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday for its fifth straight victory and 10th in the last 13 games (10-2-1) to open a solid lead in the Western Conference wild-card race while getting within within two points of Anaheim for third place in the Pacific. Brian Elliott finished with 35 saves as Calgary won its sixth straight game.

  • Joanne Flowers