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CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Calgary Flames finally won a hockey game in 60 minutes.
Fred Brathwaite made 28 saves as the Calgary Flames snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Bill Lindsay, Phil Housley and Hnat Domenichelli scored for the Flames, who have won four straight over the Red Wings. Entering the contest, Calgary was 0-12 in games that ended in regulation, while posting a 5-0-2 mark in overtime.
"Our guys played hard," Domenichelli said. "Our goalie stood in there and gave us a chance to win it in the third. It's only our first regulation time win and we'll enjoy it."
Brathwaite biggest saves came against Detroit center Steve Yzerman, who was seeking his 600th career goal. With just under four mintues gone in the second period, Brathwaite made consecutive sprawling saves on Yzerman at the left of the net before making a blocker stop on his wrist shot later in the period.
"I didn't want to be a part of a trivia question, but they did end up scoring," Brathwaite said. "It would have been nice if it was Steve's."
Brathwaite won his first game of the season (1-4-1) and posted third career victory against Detroit.
"Freddie seemed to play a real good game," Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood said. "He seems to play good against us in Calgary."
Lindsay opened the scoring with just over two minutes gone in the game when he took the puck from center Steve Dubinsky at the right side of the net and shot it over Osgood.
With 50 seconds remaining in the second period, Housley gave the Flames a two-goal advantage for the first time this season by finishing off a give-and-go with right wing Valeri Bure by stuffing the puck to the left of Osgood.
Domenichelli gave Calgary a 3-0 lead with a power-play tally 88 seconds into the third period by one-timing a shot from the left faceoff circle through Osgood's pads.
"It seems like they had some momentum in the third, but they really didn't because we did a good job defensively in front of the net," Sutter said. "The first period, we didn't give any high percentage shots. With the exception of the power play in the second, we played good. We've played good defense and we know it."
Osgood made 17 saves and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored the only goal as Detroit had a five-game unbeaten streak stopped.
"When they got their chances -- they scored," Osgood said. "That was a big goal in the second and a big one at the beginning of the third. That was pretty much it. They buried us."