NHL: PENGUINS 2, FLAMES 1 -- Penguins bounce back, cap trip on positive note
January 12, 2014 1:49 AM
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Less than 24 hours after a crushing overtime loss in Edmonton on Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded to beat Calgary, 2-1, on Saturday and avoid their first losing streak since November.

Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves as the Penguins handed the Flames a team-record sixth consecutive regulation loss on home ice.

It looked for the longest time as if Fleury was going to become the sixth goaltender in the past eight games to shut out the Flames before Mikael Backlund cut into a 2-0 deficit with a goal at 11:29 of the third period.

Ending a goalless stretch on home ice at a team record 196 minutes, 59 seconds, Backlund outbattled Kris Letang for the puck and scored on a slap shot from 40 feet.

The Penguins earned five of six points on their three-game road trip through Western Canada. They begin a three-game homestand Wednesday against Washington.

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