Tkachuk brothers score in same game for first time, Flames top Senators

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OTTAWAMikael Backlund had a goal and two assists for the Calgary Flames in a 6-3 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

“Right from the first 10 minutes, I thought we took charge of the game,” Backlund said. “We played a solid game throughout the day.”

Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and David Rittich made 31 saves for the Flames (10-10-2), who rebounded from a 6-1 loss to the Senators on Thursday.

Brady Tkachuk scored in the third period for the Senators (7-15-1), the first time the Tkachuk brothers scored in the same NHL game. It was their sixth game against each other.

Drake Batherson had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which had its three-game winning streak end. Matt Murray allowed six goals on 33 shots and was replaced by Joey Daccord, who made five saves in his season debut.

“Our game is forechecking, physical, play off the cycle, and we did that in the third period, but we’ve got to come out ready when the game starts,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said.

Juuso Valimaki one-timed a pass from Johnny Gaudreau to give the Flames a 1-0 lead at 4:00 of the first. It was Valimaki’s first NHL goal since Oct. 17, 2018. He missed last season with a knee injury.

“I’m not going to lie, that felt pretty good,” Valimaki said.

Backlund’s wrist shot on the rush went off the right post and in to make it 2-0 at 4:37. Lindholm’s quick shot along the ice fooled Murray to make it 3-0 at 11:05.

Batherson extended his goal streak to five games when he scored with a wrist shot from the top of the right face-off circle on the power play to cut it to 3-1 at 13:05. Thomas Chabot got his 100th assist on the goal.

“I think we’re just jelling as a team, overall,” Batherson said. “I’ve been getting some looks, creating some chemistry with [Tim Stutzle] and whoever’s been playing center with us. Hopefully we can keep building off that. I’ve been getting shots all season, but they seem to be going in now, so I’ll keep shooting.”

Sean Monahan scored with a snap shot into the top left corner on the power play to make it 4-1 at 4:02 of the second. Andrew Mangiapane tapped in a loose puck in the crease on a shorthanded break to make it 5-1 at 9:36.

“We’re building, we’re trending in the right direction,” Mangiapane said. “Next game, we’re going to have to keep building on it. It’s not going to all just change in one game or anything like that, it’s a build. Every time you get out there, you’re building. You’re building on your last shift, you’re building on your last game.”

Colin White scored with a wrist shot from the slot on the power play to cut it to 5-2 at 10:16.

Matthew Tkachuk tipped a shot from Backlund to make it 6-2 at 16:19

Brady Tkachuk jammed a shot in from the side of the net on the power play to cut it to 6-3 at 10:00 of the third.

“It’s been good the last little bit here. We’ve been dangerous every time it’s been out,” Smith said of the team’s power play, which went 3-for-6. “We weren’t dangerous enough five-on-five tonight, but our power play could score every time it was out there.”

NOTES: Batherson is the second player age 22 or younger in Senators history to have a five-game goal streak (five goals, three assists). Jason Spezza had six goals and six assists in five straight games Nov. 19-29, 2005.

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