Fro­lik’s three points lead Flames to 4th straight win

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Michael Fro­lik col­lected one goal and two as­sists to lead the of­fen­sive at­tack, and goal­tender David Rit­tich made 24 saves as the host Cal­gary Flames erased a two-goal deficit to beat the Florida Pan­thers 4-3 Fri­day night.

Fro­lik has col­lected eight points in seven games since be­ing a healthy scratch for the Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Flames, who have won four straight games and are rid­ing a 7-1-1 roll. With his team down 2-0, Fro­lik kicked off the Cal­gary come­back at 10:14 of the mid­dle frame when he de­flected Mikael Back­lund’s shot for his 11th goal of the sea­son and fourth in six games. Mark Gior­dano tied the game at 2-2 five min­utes later, wiring a top-shelf shot for his sev­enth goal of the year af­ter re­ceiv­ing a cross-ice pass from Fro­lik.

Fro­lik fol­lowed it up by set­ting up Matthew Tkachuk 8:29 into the third pe­riod for the go-ahead goal. Fro­lik in­ter­cepted a Jonathan Hu­berdeau clear­ing at­tempt and fed a wideopen Tkachuk in the slot for his 21st goal.

Sean Mon­a­han scored the even­tual gamewin­ner with an empty-net, power-play goal at 18:33. Johnny Gau­dreau col­lected an as­sist to run his point streak to seven games, dur­ing which he has net­ted seven goals and nine as­sists.

Ev­genii Dadonov scored with 20 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion to trim the deficit to 4-3. The strug­gling Pan­thers staked goalie Roberto Luongo to a 2-0 lead by the early mo­ments of the sec­ond pe­riod, but they couldn’t hang onto the lead for the sec­ond time in as many nights. Florida led three

times Thurs­day at Ed­mon­ton but lost 4-3 in a shootout.

On Fri­day, the Pan­thers’ Mike Hoff­man opened the scor­ing 6:18 into the first pe­riod with a gift goal.

Noah Han­i­fin fanned when try­ing to pass the puck from be­hind his own net, in­stead giv­ing the puck to Hoff­man, who went to the front of the cage and buried his 21st goal of the sea­son.

Hu­berdeau dou­bled the Florida lead just 20 sec­onds into the sec­ond pe­riod with a break­away tally for his 12th goal of the sea­son. The power-play goal also gives him 30 points in 23 games.

Luongo made 20 saves for the Pan­thers, who are on an 0-3-2 slide.

PENS SCORE 7, HAND DUCKS 10TH LOSS IN ROW

Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, and Phil Kes­sel de­liv­ered the go-ahead goal in the third pe­riod Fri­day as the vis­it­ing Pitts­burgh Pen­guins ral­lied from a three-goal deficit to earn a 7-4 vic­tory and send the Ana­heim Ducks to their 10th con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

Tan­ner Pear­son scored a pair of third-pe­riod goals as the Pen­guins won for the 10th time in their past 11 games, a run that started af­ter they lost a 4-2 de­ci­sion on Dec. 17 at home to the Ducks. Ana­heim has not won since that date, go­ing 0-7-3 and drop­ping all six games on their-just com­pleted home­s­tand (0-3-3).

Kes­sel scored the game-win­ner unas­sisted at 10:22 of the third pe­riod, when he forced a Ducks turnover in the Ana­heim zone and beat goal­tender John Gib­son for his 18th of the sea­son.

Pear­son had just tied the score 3-3 less than a minute be­fore Kes­sel’s goal. Ev­geni Malkin fed him the puck from be­hind the Ducks’ net, and Pear­son de­liv­ered to the short side of the net. Pear­son’s in­sur­ance goal, his eighth of the sea­son for a 6-4 lead, came with 3:25 to play.

Daniel Sprong scored against his for­mer team, de­liv­er­ing the last of Ana­heim’s three first-pe­riod goals. Sprong, traded to the Ducks from the Pen­guins in De­cem­ber, scored for the sixth time in 16 games with his new team. Nick Ritchie and Ryan Get­zlaf also scored in the open­ing pe­riod for the Ducks.

Guentzel scored twice in the sec­ond pe­riod as the Pen­guins tied the score 3-3. Malkin also scored in the sec­ond pe­riod, his 14th of the sea­son, and he con­trib­uted three as­sists on the night. Kes­sel had two as­sists.

Guentzel added his third of the night into an empty net with less than a minute re­main­ing. Jakob Sil­fver­berg scored in the sec­ond pe­riod for the Ducks, his 12th of the sea­son.

The seven goals were the most the Ducks have al­lowed this sea­son. Their 10-game los­ing streak ex­tended the long­est such run in fran­chise his­tory. The Ducks will now play at home just once in the next 33 days.

The Pen­guins won the opener of a fiveg­ame West Coast road trip that con­tin­ues Satur­day at Los An­ge­les against the Kings. The road trip will lead Pitts­burgh into the All-Star break.

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Cal­gary Flames right wing Michael Fro­lik (right) cel­e­brates his goal as Florida Pan­thers goal­tender Roberto Luongo looks on dur­ing their NHL game at Sco­tia­bank Sad­dle­dome.

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