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Flames Pick Up 10th Straight Win

USATSI_9941004_154158418_lowresWith a shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Calgary Flames locked in their 10th win in a row and tied a franchise record.

The Flames haven’t won 10 in a row since they were known as the Atlanta Flames back in 1978.

“They said it was seven, eight years before I was born,” Calgary forward Kris Versteeg said. “It’s really cool to be a part of those things. Playoffs are our first goal but when you can accomplish things like that as you go on throughout the season it’s really nice.”

Versteeg scored the winner in the shootout, slipping the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury in the first round.

Flames goalie Brian Elliott stopped Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel to secure the victory, making 32 saves overall for the win. Deryk Engelland, Dennis Wideman and Johnny Gaudreau had goals for Calgary, while Conor Sheary, Malkin and Crosby had the Pittsburgh goals.

The Flames now have points in 12 straight games and are 11-0-1. They’re 15-2-1 in their past 18 games.

“It’s a little bit of a rollercoaster ride and you have to stay right in the middle,” Elliott said. “To have that confidence to do that, to not get too up or too down, that’s what it takes to win at this time of year and we’re learning how to do that on a nightly basis.”

The Penguins saw the end of a five-game winning streak with the loss, but the point helped them move into a tie with the Washington Capitals for first in the Metropolitan Division.

But for the Flames, who are surging at just the right time in the season, the win is vital.

“I thought our team has grown a lot in the last month or two months and we continue to grow throughout the year,” said coach Glen Gulutzan. “A game like that puts another stamp on it. Hey, we are a good hockey team. That belief part comes into play again. Against the Stanley Cup champs. They were good tonight. I thought it was a great game. It just reaffirms our belief in ourselves.”

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