National Hockey League
Ottawa 4, Calgary 3
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 7, 2021
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Kiel Murchison
Attendance: N/A

Drake Batherson was the hero as the visiting Ottawa Senators recovered after blowing a two-goal third-period lead to claim a 4-3 shootout victory over the struggling Calgary Flames Sunday night.

Batherson, who was denied on an overtime breakaway, lifted a glove-side wrist shot for the winner.

Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 31 shots -- 14 in the third period alone plus three of four Flames in the shootout -- for the Senators, who are 4-1 this season in games that go beyond 60 minutes.

Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves through overtime for the Flames, who will have new head coach Darryl Sutter behind the bench next game.

The Senators, who watched the Flames play Saturday in Edmonton, opened the scoring when Connor Brown's long shot from just inside the blueline ricocheted off the skate of Flames defender Chris Tanev and through Markstrom's legs at the 13:48 mark.

Ryan Dzingel doubled the lead 128 seconds later during four-on-four play. Chris Tierney led a two-man breakaway that ended when Dzingel redirected the crossing pass for his first goal since he rejoined the Senators.

Flames captain Mark Giordano snapped a 12-game goal drought when he put the Flames on the board 3:41 into the second period, however, Colin White restored Ottawa's two-goal edge just over three minutes later when he found the loose puck and shoveled it into the net.

Trailing 3-1 after the second period, Calgary's comeback began when Johnny Gaudreau converted during his team's sixth man-advantage of the game early in the third period to make it a one-goal game. Matthew Tkachuk slipped a short pass to Gaudreau during a scramble and he buried the sharp-angled offering at 3:27 of the third period.

Then Noah Hanifin -- who scored his first goal in 45 games Saturday night -- tallied for the second time in as many outings to make it a 3-3 affair with 7:43 remaining. While the Flames were buzzing, Hanifin pinched from his point position and buried a shot from the slot for the goal that earned the Flames a single point in the standings.

Moments later, defenseman Juuso Valimaki made a diving save to deny Brown of a sure goal after Markstrom misplayed the puck behind his own net.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Ottawa   Calgary
Connor Brown 1 Points Matthew Tkachuk 2
Connor Brown 1 Goals Johnny Gaudreau 1
Thomas Chabot 1 Assists Matthew Tkachuk 2
N/A Power Play Goals Johnny Gaudreau 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matt Murray .912 Save Percentage Jacob Markstrom .864
Matt Murray 31 Saves Jacob Markstrom 19
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 22 4 0-2 7-8 25 25
Calgary 34 3 1-8 2-2 11 38
Upcoming Games
  • Calgary will play their next game at home against Montreal. The Flames have a W/L % of .364 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Edmonton. The Senators have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .278 after a loss.