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Alfredsson lifts Ottawa over Calgary in OT

Dec 31, 2011 - 5:00 AM
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson scored his 400th career NHL goal on a power play in overtime, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 come- from-behind win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Alfredsson rifled a one-timer from the top of the left circle past Leland Irving 3:31 into overtime for the game-winner, drawing the Senators all the way back from a 3-0 deficit for their fourth win in six games.

"I always said I would love to do it at home," Alfredsson, who has compiled all of his 1,050 career points with the Senators, said of his 400-goal milestone.

Senators head coach Paul MacLean said: "Any time you can score any goals in this league is an accomplishment. To get to 400, there's not a whole lot of guys who can do that."

Nick Foligno, Zack Smith and Erik Karlsson also scored for Ottawa. Alex Auld gave up three goals on 15 shots in the first period and was pulled for Craig Anderson, who made 17 saves for the win.

Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross and Chris Butler scored for Calgary while Irving allowed four goals on 49 shots. The Flames fell to 2-1-1 on a seven- game road trip.

"Disappointing," said Irving. "We got the start we wanted. We just ran out of gas."

The Senators snapped a brief two-game losing streak that looked like it would reach three after Calgary's red-hot first period.

Bourque's fluke goal just 23 seconds into the first came after he intercepted Auld's lazy clear around the boards and threw a sharp-angle pass toward the front of the net that hit off a skate in front.

Glencross' power play goal came on a one-timer at 6:25 and Butler's soft shot from the left side made it past Auld with 71 seconds remaining.

But Ottawa rallied, beginning with Foligno's backhand deke for a goal 3:34 into the second period. Smith scored at 12:01 and Karlsson tied the game at 3-3 on a good individual effort 4:28 into the third period.

After his initial shot from the right side was blocked, Karlsson hustled for his own rebounds and carried the puck around the net, spinning to score on a wrister from the left circle.

"In the second and third periods we responded. In the first period, we weren't very good at all," said MacLean. "We didn't play with enough competitive juice."

Game Notes

The Flames were forced out on their season-high road trip because the 2012 World Junior Championships are taking place in Calgary and Edmonton.