Flames use 4-goal outburst in 1st period to beat Devils 5-3

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The Calgary Flames keep winning on the road, and Andrew Mangiapane's scoring is a major reason.
Mangiapane had two of Calgary's four goals in the first period, and the Flames extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.


Milan Lucic, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for the Flames. Calgary backup goalie Dan Vladar made 27 saves.

"We scored on some early opportunities and I think that was the difference in the game,'' said Mangiapane, who also scored twice in Monday night's 5-1 win over the New York Rangers. "We had a good start. We knew we needed to come out strong and get our legs underneath us."

Pavel Zacha had two goals and Dawson Mercer also scored for the Devils.

Nico Daws allowed three goals on seven shots in his second career start before being lifted in favor of Scott Wedgewood, who finished with 20 saves.

"We just lost wall battles. Our puck battles, our 50-50 battles weren't good,'' Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. "A lot of our pain was self-inflicted. They got to pucks quicker. They deserved to get the lead."

The Flames have won all four games on their current road trip, which concludes with a matchup at Pittsburgh on Thursday. The Devils were completing a season-opening five-game homestand in which they won three times.

"We played well against a young team that hasn't played a road game yet,'' Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.

The victory was the seventh straight for Calgary over New Jersey. It was the first meeting between the teams since Nov. 7, 2019, when the Flames won 5-2 in Calgary.

Calgary improved to 3-0-0 against Metropolitan Division teams and 4-0-0 at teams from the Eastern Conference thus far this season.

"We're learning a lot to play the right way,'' added Sutter, who is coaching the Flames for the second time after leading the Los Angeles…
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