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Schlemko scores shootout winner in Flames debut as Calgary beats Boston 4-3

BOSTON — They had lost four straight games in this rink.

In the past three of those setbacks, they hadn’t scored a goal — being outshot 16-0 in the process.

In other words, the Calgary Flames had nowhere to go but up at TD Garden.

Sure, they may have seen their goal-less drought here reach an incredible 209:25.

But, in a drastic change of fortune, the Flames prevailed in a shootout, shading the Boston Bruins 4-3 in National Hockey League action Thursday.

In the eighth round of the shootout, David Schlemko, with flair, provided the decisive conversion.

In the third period, with the scored tied 2-2, Johnny Gaudreau had drawn a tripping when Bruins defenceman Matt Bartkowski stuck his stick into his spokes.

On the power play, Gaudreau, set up by Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell, rifled a wrister past goalie Tuukka Rask at 4:59.

That lead, however, was relatively shortlived.

Because at 11:40, Loui Eriksson — camped out to goalie Karri Ramo’s left — coerced a sharp-angle shot into the Calgary cage to square the count.

The Flames’ seven-game road trip continues Friday in Detroit.

This one, though, was a nail-biter.

Deadlocked after one period — with Brad Marchand and Sean Monahan trading goals.

Deadlocked after two periods — with Milan Lucic and Jiri Hudler trading goals.

C-NOTES: Flames RW David Jones was hurt blocking a shot in the first period. With a lower-body injury, he did not return … Calgary scratches — D Corey Potter, C Matt Stajan, LW Michael Ferland, D Mark Giordano (biceps), D Ladislav Smid (upper body), C Paul Byron (lower body).

scruickshank@calgaryherald.com

Source:: http://www.canada.com/sports/Schlemko+scores+shootout+winner+Flames+debut+Calgary+beats+Boston/10865498/story.html

      

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