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CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Valeri Bure scored his second goal of the game 3:06 into the extra session as the Calgary Flames set an NHL record for most overtime victories in one season with a 5-4 triumph over the Nashville Predators.
Marc Savard moved around Nashville defenseman Bill Houlder and fed Bure, who poked the puck into an open net for his 24th goal and third multi-goal contest this season.
"(Savard) came down and there really wasn't much for me to do but put it in. It's something I'm going to remember for sure," Bure said. "When we go overtime, I kind of feel we are going to win."
The win was Calgary's ninth overtime triumph (9-1-5), breaking the previous total it shared with the 1987-88 Winnipeg Jets. The Flames have won five of their last six contests overall.
"You look at the replay and it was a gutsy call," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought it was incidental contact and they both ran into each other. It was a judgement call and the referees have a tough job."
Calgary's Jarome Iginla tied the contest, 4-4, midway through the third period. He took a pass in front from Savard and put a slap shot past goalie Mike Dunham for his 11th goal and first in five games.
"It's to the point that it's part of our attitude," Iginla said. "When we get to overtime, everybody on the bench feels good and we go at them, line after line."
"I think they have an aggressive kind of confidence because they have won so many games like that," Trotz said of the Flames. "For that to keep happening, I would think they have a pretty good confidence level."
Mark Mowers gave Nashville a 4-3 lead just 1:44 into the period. He skated in front from the left side and beat Brathwaite with a wrister for his third of the season and second in as many contests.
Bure's first goal was the 100th of his career and Phil Housley added his 800th career assist for Calgary.
Andrei Nazarov and Jeff Shantz also scored for the Flames, who defeated the Predators by the same score in overtime here on November 3. Nazarov's tally was his seventh of the season and second in three games.
Nashville's Drake Berehowsky had his first career multi-goal game with a pair of power-play tallies, his seventh and eighth of the season. Vitali Yachmenev added his sixth goal of the season and fourth in six games.