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Flames edge Wings in West shootout

THE Calgary Flames gained ground on Western Conference-leading Detroit with a thrilling 6-5 shootout victory over the Red Wings on Thursday.

Olli Jokinen had two goals in regulation and scored in the shootout to give the Flames a rare win in Detroit and help them snap a three-game losing streak.

Michael Cammalleri also added a shootout goal as Calgary flourished in the final period to overcome a three-goal deficit and drop one of the top teams in the NHL.

"In the third period we made plays," Flames wing Jarome Iginla said. "We haven't done that much lately, but we got back to it in the third period tonight. We've got to do that more."

Netminder Miika Kiprusoff had 40 saves for Calgary (40-22-6), who currently occupy the third seeding in the West.

Defending Stanley Cup champions Detroit (44-15-9) squandered a 4-1 lead and had to scramble in the final seconds of regulation just to force overtime. Dan Cleary's tip-in with 42 seconds remaining in the third period tied the game at 5-5 after Calgary tallied four unanswered goals to take the lead.

The Flames surged into control with late third-period goals, Jokinen's score at 17:29 sandwiched between two from Jamie Lundmark.

The Red Wings, who have lost three of their last six, claimed an early lead with first-period scores from Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson. Nicklas Lidstrom and Valtteri Filppula added goals in the second to help Detroit race ahead.

Filppula's goal was his fourth in the last five contests, but it was not enough to prevent Detroit's lapse.

Detroit goaltender Ty Conklin had 28 saves as he lost in net for just the second time in 11 contests.

In Philadelphia, Washington won a fifth straight road game for the first time in eight years by edging Philadelphia 2-1. Alex Ovechkin set up the first-period goal then scored his NHL-leading 48th goal in the second period for what proved the winner.

In St Louis, the hosts inflicted another loss on stuttering San Jose.

Andy McDonald had a goal and an assist, Brad Boyes scored a team-leading 28th goal, and Chris Mason made 24 saves for St Louis as the Blues edged the Sharks 3-1.

The Sharks have slipped to second in the Western Conference, winning only one of their past six games.

In Boston, the home team showed some belated form by downing Ottawa 5-3. Aaron Ward scored his first NHL short-handed goal, and Phil Kessel scored twice for the Bruins, who lead the Eastern Conference but have been struggling for wins over the past month.

In Newark, New Jersey, goalie Martin Brodeur moved within a victory of tying Patrick Roy's career NHL record, posting his 550th win as New Jersey defeated Phoenix 5-2. It was a record ninth straight home win for the Devils.

Elsewhere, it was: Sabres 3, Panthers 1; Stars 3, Hurricanes 2; Rangers 4, Predators 2; Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3, SO; Islanders 3, Canadiens 2, OT; Avalanche 2, Wild 1, SO; Thrashers 4, Oilers 3, OT; and Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 1.


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