Flames avoid elimination with win against Senators


CALGARY — The Calgary Flames avoided elimination from Stanley Cup Playoff contention with a 6-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

The Flames trail the Montreal Canadiens by eight points for the last of four playoff berths from the seven-team Scotia North Division. Calgary has four games remaining, and Montreal has two.

Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and two assists for the Flames (23-26-3), who had lost two games in a row. Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves.

Josh Norris scored for the Senators (22-28-5), who had won three in a row. Anton Forsberg allowed four goals on 23 shots before being replaced by Filip Gustavsson, who made 11 saves.

Gaudreau scored on a backhand deke on a breakaway to put Calgary up 1-0 at 10:39 of the first period after a stretch pass from Mark Giordano.

Mikael Backlund scored short side over Forsberg’s shoulder 17 seconds into the second period to give the Flames a 2-0 lead, and Tkachuk made it 3-0 on a backdoor pass from Gaudreau at 4:38.

Michael Stone scored on a slap shot off the rush to make it 4-0 at 10:05. Glenn Gawdin had an assist for his first NHL point in his sixth game.

Forsberg was pulled after the goal.

Norris cut the lead to 4-1 at 11:06 with a chip shot.

Dillon Dube one-timed a pass from Derek Ryan to make it 5-1 at 6:45 of the third period.

Giordano scored on the power play at 13:53 for the 6-1 final.

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