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CALGARY [url=http://www.mapleleafsshoponline.com/authentic-mitchell-marner-jersey]Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey[/url] , Alberta (AP) Michael Frolik took a pass fr om Mikael Backlund in the slot and fired a shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov just 18 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Calgary Flames didnt let up.Jon Gillies made 28 saves for his second straight victory, Backlund had a goal and two assists and the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Saturday.I thought we had a good start, Backlund said. We needed that, especially at home. Weve been struggling with that. It was a very big win for us.Troy Brouwer added a goal and an assist to help Calgary pass St. Louis for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan also scored, and Matthew Tkachuk had two assists.We dont have a lot of time to waste as far as accumulating points to get ourselves into the playoffs, Brouwer said. Anaheims really starting to come on lately. L.A.s made a trade and made themselves better. We have to make sure that were keeping up with them and when we play them head-to-head we have to get wins. It doesnt really matter how were getting points, we just need to keep accumulating points as much as we can.Called up fr om Stockton of the AHL with starting goalie Mike Smith sidelined by a lower-body injury, Gillies made his second straight start and fourth appearance of the season. The 6-foot-6 former Providence College goalie beat Arizona 5-2 on the road Thursday night.Before the game [url=http://www.mapleleafsshoponline.com/authentic-morgan-rielly-jersey]Morgan Rielly Jersey[/url] , Calgary placed Smith on injured reserve. He has missed six games.Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots. The Avalanche were 1-1-1 on a three-game trip.We give up one first shift of the game and then were kind of chasing, Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. To be honest, I liked our first period. We had all four lines skating and playing hard and we were on our toes and put up 15 shots. We had a handful of turnovers that ended up coming back on us.Just past the five-minute mark of the first, Gillies stopped a shot by MacKinnon, then slid across to get his left pad on Tyson Barries rebound attempt.Giordano made it 2-0 at 7:24 when he took Backlunds pass and fired a one-timer past Varlamov.The Avalanche pulled within one on MacKinnons goal with 3:36 remaining in the first. MacKinnon dumped the puck in and it bounced off the post and Gillies before trickling in.Nothing you can do about it, good or bad, Gillies said. You just have to respond. If you want to classify it as a bad goal [url=http://www.mapleleafsshoponline.com/authentic-nazem-kadri-jersey]Womens Nazem Kadri Jersey[/url] , OK, then you owe your team a save and thats the mindset you take on and go from there.In the second, Gillies made a nice glove save off J.T. Compher during a Colorado power play.Monahan deflected Michael Stones point shot past Varlamov on the power play at 10:50 for his team-leading 29th goal. Calgary has scored at least one power-play goal in six straight games and eight of its last nine.Brouwer snapped a shot to the blocker side past Varlamov at 2:39 of the third. Backlund scored Calgarys second power-play goal of the game at 14:46 to round out the scoring.The third period obviously wasnt one we wanted to see out of our group, but well regroup and rest up, Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said.NOTES: The Flames ended a stretch of eight straight games wh ere they allowed the first goal. The Flames recalled forwards Tanner Glass and Andrew Mangiapane from Stockton, and sent forward Ryan Lomberg back to the Heat.UP NEXTAvalanche: Host Vancouver on Monday night.Flames: At Dallas on Tuesday night. BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins won, then got the break they needed to remain in contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.David Pastrnak and Tommy Wingels scored 51 seconds apart in the second period and Boston beat Ottawa 5-2 on Saturday night, a win that preserved Bruins chances for the No. 1 seed with an overtime loss by Tampa Bay.Its been a battle all year. Its been a grind [url=http://www.mapleleafsshoponline.com/authentic-nikita-zaitsev-jersey]Nikita Zaitsev Jersey Kids[/url] , but were in that position, said Patrice Bergeron, who assisted on Pastrnaks tying goal 8:08 into the second period.The Bruins host Florida on Sunday night in a game postponed by a winter storm Jan. 4. Boston is one point behind Tampa Bay, which lost in overtime at Carolina, for the top spot in the East and the Atlantic Division.Danton Heinen also scored for Boston, which added late goals by Noel Acciari and David Backes in the final two minutes to put away the Senators and complete the season sweep.Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots for the Bruins.We have a chance to move into first. Thats what we all can ask for to have a chance, Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. Its in our hands tomorrow.Ryan Dzingel scored both goals for Ottawa and Colin White had two assists. Daniel Taylor made 29 saves for the Senators, who finished 28-43-11 one year after reaching the Eastern Conference finals.The Senators closed out the season with back-to-back games on the road against two of the top teams in the East. 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The tie lasted less than a minute before Wingels fired a wrist shot that Taylor got his glove on but couldnt hold and the puck bounced over the goal line at 8:59 of the second.Heinen made a steal at the Boston blue line and took it the other way, beating Taylor on a wrist shot with 2:59 left in the second.Dzingel pulled Ottawa to 3-2 at 7:07 of the third with his second goal of the game, but Acciari added an insurance goal for Boston with 1:51 left and David Backes scored on an empty net with 43 seconds left to play.I thought today we got better as the game went on and we really started playing our game, our style, our system and it showed on the scoreboard, Bergeron said. Were in a position wh ere we can win the conference. 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