Flames drop shootout to Senators in second loss in row since firing Ward


CALGARY —┬áThe Ottawa Senators handed the Calgary Flames a second straight loss since they fired coach Geoff Ward, 4-3 in a shootout at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

Connor Brown, Ryan Dzingel and Colin White scored, and Matt Murray made 31 saves for the Senators (9-17-1), who have won five of the past eight games.

Drake Batherson scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout. Tim Stutzle scored in the first round for Ottawa, and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the second for Calgary.

Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for the Flames (11-12-3), who have three wins in the past 11 games (3-6-2). They came back from down 3-1 in the third period.

Calgary fired Ward on Thursday after a 7-3 win against the Senators, replacing him with Darryl Sutter. Assistant Ryan Huska has coached the Flames the past two games with Sutter unable to join them until Monday because of NHL COVID-19 protocols.

Gaudreau made it 3-2 at 3:27 with a power-play goal, and Hanifin scored off a centering pass from Dillon Dube at 12:17 to tie it 3-3.

It was Hanifin’s second straight game with a goal after he went 44 without one dating to Jan. 18, 2020.

Brown scored to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 13:48 of the first period when his wrist shot from just inside the blue line went in off defenseman Christopher Tanev.

Dzingel made it 2-0 when he finished a pass from Chris Tierny on a 2-on-0 break at 15:56. Dzingel has scored in both games he’s played since being reacquired by the Senators in trade from the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 13.

Giordano cut the Ottawa lead to 2-1 at 3:41 of the second period when his wrist shot from the point went in off forward Josh Norris.

White scored on a goalmouth scramble to make it 3-1 at 7:09.

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