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Calgary 5, NY Rangers 1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, March 15, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: Mark Shewchyk, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 18956

Matthew Tkachuk collected two goals and a career-high five points -- his second game of the week with at least four points -- and the host Calgary Flames climbed back atop the Western Conference with a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Goalie David Rittich stopped 24 shots for the Flames, who have racked up 20 goals during a three-game winning streak.

Tkachuk has been as hot as anybody through the winning spree, having netted six goals and 10 points in that span, and coming through at key times. Case in point was his game-winning goal three minutes into the second period.

With the score tied 1-1, Tkachuk deflected Mark Giordano's waist-high point shot en route to his sixth four-point game of the campaign.

Tkachuk had a hand in Garnet Hathaway's tally exactly 70 seconds later, feeding the puck to the front of the net for a nifty redirect for his 100th career assist.

Tkachuk collected his third assist of the game five minutes into the third period when he grabbed a loose puck and made a slick pass to set up Michael Frolik to make it a 4-1 game. It was Frolik's first goal in 12 games and gave him a two-point game.

Then Tkachuk rounded out the night with his second goal of the game just before the midway point of the final frame by burying a wide-open chance for his 32nd goal of the season.

The clubs traded first-period goals with Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau, who had a six-point game a few nights earlier, opening the scoring exactly 10 minutes into the affair. Neal Pionk responded for the vistors with his sixth goal of the year 70 seconds after.

Alexandar Georgiev made 27 saves for the Rangers, who have one win in 10 games (1-4-5).

Flames top center Sean Monahan left the game after the first period with an illness and didn't return, and he has been ruled out for Saturday night in Winnipeg.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Rangers   Calgary
Neal Pionk 1 Points Matthew Tkachuk 5
Neal Pionk 1 Goals Matthew Tkachuk 2
Ryan Strome 1 Assists Matthew Tkachuk 3
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Alexandar Georgiev .844 Save Percentage David Rittich .960
Alexandar Georgiev 27 Saves David Rittich 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 25 1 0-3 3-3 10 28
Calgary 32 5 0-3 3-3 10 26
Upcoming Games
  • Calgary will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Flames have a W/L % of .651 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Rangers have a W/L % of .310 after a win and .452 after a loss.