CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Thomas Fleischmann scored with 3:09 left in the third period to lead the Florida Panthers to a wild 6-5 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Fleischmann lifted a backhander over both Calgary defenseman Kris Russell and goalie Jonas Hiller for the winning goal just 45 seconds after Matt Stajan scored his second of the game for the Flames.
Fleischman, Jonathan Huberdeau, Brad Boyes and Sean Bergenheim all finished with a goal and an assist for the Panthers. Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell also scored for Florida, while David Bolland had two assists.
Stajan and T.J. Brodie each scored twice for the Flames, who lost their third straight to finish a six-game homestand at 3-3. Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist, while Lance Bouma added three assists.
Neither goaltender was especially sharp as Florida’s Al Montoya stopped 29 of 35 shots and Hiller made 25 saves.
Stajan opened the scoring at 2:42 of the first when he pounced on a clearing attempt by rookie Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad and one-timed a shot past a stunned Montoya for his first goal in 15 games. Even though he didn’t get an assist, Bouma helped set up the goal with a big hit on Ekblad behind the Florida net to force the turnover.
The Panthers evened the score less than three minutes later when the combination of Boyes and Huberdeau took advantage of a blunder by Hiller behind the Calgary net. Hiller ventured behind his own net and attempted to play the puck to Calgary forward Mason Raymond, but Boyes intercepted the pass and quickly fed Huberdeau in front of the net for an easy goal.
Huberdeau returned the favor at 13:12 of the opening period when he set up Boyes for a tip-in goal to the top corner behind Hiller to put the Panthers up 2-1.
The Flames pulled even with a power-play goal at 16:36 when Brodie’s shot from the right boards found its way into the net behind Montoya, who got a piece of it with his right pad.
The Flames nearly went up 3-2 with 51.9 seconds left in the first, but Ekblad went to his knees to block a backhander by Jiri Hudler with Montoya out of position.
Early in the second with the Flames on their third power-play of the game, Montoya stopped a slap shot from the point by Dennis Wideman before also turning aside the rebound attempt by Paul Byron.
Backlund then scored his second goal in as many games since missing 29 outings with an abdominal injury that required surgery. After his initial shot was blocked by Florida defenseman Dylan Olsen, Backlund picked up the bouncing puck in the slot and snapped a quick shot past Montoya at 2:27 of the second.
The Panthers pulled even once again just 19 seconds later when Bergenheim swatted his own rebound past Hiller.
Brodie, who had gone 16 games without scoring a goal, put the Flames up 4-3 at 8:13 of the second when he took a pass from Bouma and blasted a point shot through Montoya’s legs.
Hayes snapped a shot past Hiller from the high slot with 2:55 to play in the second to tie it at 4.
The Panthers went ahead at 9:29 of the third on a disputed goal by Brian Campbell. Campbell’s point shot appeared to deflect off Bergenheim’s stick before hitting Hiller in the arm and bouncing into the net. Calgary coach Bob Hartley motioned from the bench that the goal should be disallowed due to a high stick, but the video replay was inconclusive.
Stajan then scored to tie it again at 5 when he drove hard to the net to swat a rebound past Montoya.
NOTES: D Ladislav Smid returned to Calgary’s lineup after missing the past 10 games with a head injury. … As part of Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night, the Flames wore camouflage jerseys during the pregame skate. Before the game, the Flames and Panthers announced that they swapped minor league centers. The Flames sent Corban Knight, who was with the AHL’s Adirondack Flames, to the Panthers in exchange for Drew Shore, who was with Florida’s farm team, the San Antonio Rampage. … The Flames also placed forward Brian McGrattan on waivers on Friday. McGrattan was a healthy scratch for 13 straight games.
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