CALGARY — Johnny Gaudreau scored goals 10 seconds apart in the first period, then set up Mikael Backlund's overtime winner to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win on Wednesday night over the red-hot Nashville Predators.
The Flames' leading scorer entered the night with no points in his last four games but he snapped out of that skid in style, with the winning goal coming when he patiently hung onto the puck as Backlund broke for the net then set him up perfectly for the finish.
The three-point night gives the sophomore left winger a career-high 66 points. Forty-eight (23 goals, 25 assists) have come at the Scotiabank Saddledome where he leads the league in home scoring, two points up on Chicago's Patrick Kane.
Calgary (28-34-5) improves to 1-0-1 on a six-game homestand that continues Friday night against Arizona.
Anthony Bitetto, with his first career goal, and Mike Fisher scored for Nashville (34-21-13), which is 2-0-1 with two games remaining on a five-game road trip.
The Predators, who are 1-12 in overtime, extended their franchise record point streak to 14 games (9-0-5). They've also gone nearly two months since their last regulation loss on the road, going 11-0-3 over that stretch.
Gaudreau's opening goal at 9:34 was not initially called a goal. Looking like his shot hit the goal post, play continued for a couple minutes with Calgary continuing to pour on the pressure when play was halted and the referees got confirmation the shot hit the back bar instead.
Off the ensuing face off and with the building still buzzing, Gaudreau took a pass from Sean Monahan, darted past Predators defenceman Ryan Ellis as he fell down at the blue line and fired a shot through the pads of Carter Hutton for his 26th goal.
Nashville broke Joni Ortio's shutout at 7:44 of the third period on Bitetto's goal. Then with Hutton on the bench for an extra skater, Fisher banged in a shot from a scramble tying the game with 1:18 remaining.
Ortio had 24 stops to improve to 2-6-3. Playing well of late, Ortio has given up two goals or fewer in six of his last seven starts.
Hutton had 31 saves to fall to 7-2-3.
The Flames lost defenceman TJ Brodie and centre Sam Bennett to upper-body injuries in the second period.
Notes: Flames D Mark Giordano played in game No. 577, tying him with Joe Nieuwendyk for the most in franchise history... The Flames record for fastest goals by one player is held by Lanny McDonald, who scored six seconds apart on Mar. 22, 1984... Calgary D Deryk Engelland (lower body) did not play. D Dennis Wideman served game 19 of his 20-game suspension.