Mikael Backlund

Mikael Backlund

Height/Weight: 6' 0"/200 lbs
Born: Vasteras, Sweden
Draft: 2007 1st round (24th pick) by the
Shoots: L
  • Batherson’s shootout winner gives Senators 4-3 win over Flames
    The Canadian Press

    Batherson’s shootout winner gives Senators 4-3 win over Flames

    CALGARY — The Ottawa Senators emerged victorious in their fifth battle of the season with the Calgary Flames Sunday night. Drake Batherson scored the game-winner in a four-round shootout to give Ottawa the 4-3 decision at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. "I thought we played a good game even when (the Flames) made their push in the third," Senators forward Colin White said. "We hung in there and won it." The Sens have now won three of five against the Flames this season. Ottawa also has five wins in their last eight contests. Calgary earned just one point from the game, leaving them three behind the Montreal Canadiens for fourth place in the North Division. "It stings right now," Flames defenceman Mark Giordano said. "We know how important these points are. We've got to come out better than we did. Obviously, in the third we had a great push. But we've got to find a way to get two points in games. That's the bottom line right now." Connor Brown, Ryan Dzingel and Colin White each scored for the Senators (9-17-1) in regulation. Tim Stutzle also tallied a shootout goal. Mark Giordano, Johnny Gaudreau, and Noah Hanifin scored for Calgary (11-12-3), while Matthew Tkachuk added a shootout goal in the loss. Matt Murray made 31 saves for Ottawa, earning his seventh win of the season. "He was solid. He looked calm back there tonight. He was seeing everything. The only goals (Calgary) got were a deflection and a rebound goal that came right back to the guy. He gave us every opportunity to win," Senators head coach D.J. Smith said post-game. Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for Calgary. Brown scored the first goal of the game with 6:12 to play in the first. He fired the puck from behind the right face off circle. The puck redirected off a Flames defenceman before sliding through Markstrom's legs. Dzingel scored for the second consecutive game to give Ottawa a 2-0 advantage before the intermission. He finished a two-on-one play, taking a pass from Chris Tierney before tapping the puck past Markstrom. Senators forward Austin Watson and Flames forward Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves within the opening three minutes of the second period, in hopes of sparking their respective teams. It worked, briefly, for the Flames. Giordano scored his third of year 88 seconds later, firing a shot that deflected off Sens' forward Josh Norris before beating Murray. But Ottawa would restore their two-goal advantage thanks to Colin White's seventh goal of the season less than four minutes later. Gaudreau scored in the third period to bring Calgary, once again, within a goal. It was his 11th of the season. The Flames would finally even the score thanks to a goal from Hanifin with over eight minutes left in regulation. It was the second goal in two games for the defenceman. Calgary thought they had the game won later in the third as Brown tried to give the Senators the lead with his second of the night. With Markstrom out of position, the puck struck the right leg of Flames defenceman Juuso Valimaki and missed the net. "It was an important time to keep the puck out of our net," Valimaki said. The Flames and Senators hoped overtime would decide things, but to no avail. Batherson's shootout winner finally ended the battle in Ottawa's favour. NOTES: The Flames had eight power play opportunities Sunday night, but only scored once with the man advantage. The Senators were 0-for-2 on the man advantage...Sunday night's game once again saw Ryan Huska coach for the Flames. Calgary hasn't yet won a game since firing head coach Geoff Ward before the weekend. Incoming head coach Darryl Sutter will officially take over Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2021. The Canadian Press

  • Batherson, Senators defeat Flames 4-3 in shootout
    Associated Press

    Batherson, Senators defeat Flames 4-3 in shootout

    Drake Batherson scored the shootout winner to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Connor Brown, Ryan Dzingel and Colin White scored in regulation for the Senators. “I thought we played a good game even when (the Flames) made their push in the third,” White said.

  • Connor McDavid snaps three-game pointless streak in 3-2 Oilers win over Flames
    The Canadian Press

    Connor McDavid snaps three-game pointless streak in 3-2 Oilers win over Flames

    EDMONTON — The latest installment of the Battle of Alberta ended up being the perfect place for Connor McDavid to snap his pointless streak, and help his team snap a losing streak. McDavid ended a three-game pointless streak with a three-point night in a 3-2 Edmonton Oilers win over the Calgary Flames Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The superstar had a hand in all three Oilers goals, scoring one and adding two assists. McDavid had been held pointless in his previous three games, all losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I think it's a big win," McDavid said. "When you're sliding like we were, sometimes it's tough to find a way out of it. I thought we did a good job as an entire group of just staying with it, sticking with it. Holding on to that game even though we probably didn't get off to our best start." Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto also scored for the Oilers (15-11-0). Johnny Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin scored for the Flames (11-12-2). It was their first game following the firing of Geoff Ward earlier this week. He will be replaced by Darryl Sutter. "I thought we had a really good start," Hanifin said. "It was a pretty back and forth game after that. It's a rivalry game. It's always going to be competitive. It stings as a loss. But I think we competed. If we play that way and we compete that way, we'll have more success than not." Mike Smith made 34 saves on 36 shots in a winning effort while Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves on 33 shots. Gaudreau opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period. He one-timed a shot past Smith after taking a cross-ice pass from Elias Lindholm. Sean Monahan also picked up an assist. By the end of the first period, Smith had seen his fair share of rubber, having made 20 saves. Not long after, Edmonton defenceman Darnell Nurse and Calgary forward Milan Lucic dropped the gloves in a spirited tilt in front of the Flames bench. Not to be outdone, Oilers forward James Neal and Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk also exchanged fisticuffs with a little over three minutes to play in the first period. "I loved it," McDavid said of the fighting between both teams in the opening period. "(Nurse) taking on the big man is something special and it for sure got us going. (Neal) to drop them with Tkachuk obviously is an emotional one for our group and got us going as well. Hats off to both of those guys." The Oilers would eventually equalize with 2:59 remaining in the second period. Jesse Puljujarvi put a bouncing puck past Markstrom, with assists from Kris Russell and Connor McDavid. McDavid snapped his pointless streak with the assist. The Flames would retake the lead in the third period thanks to a goal from Hanifin, his first of the season. But Calgary's lead would last for less than five minutes as Yamomoto leveled the score for Edmonton. McDavid would give his team their first lead of the night with less than four minutes to go, scoring his 15th of the season and his fourth game-winning goal of the year. The Oilers will play the Ottawa Senators in Edmonton Monday night. The Flames will meet those same Senators Sunday night. NOTES: The Edmonton Oilers paid tribute to Wayne Gretzky's father, Walter, prior to puck drop. The team played a video commemorating the late father of the Oiler great before holding a moment of silence. Walter passed away Thursday at the age of 82....Calgary Flames assistant coach Ryan Huska served as coach behind the bench. Incoming head coach Darryl Sutter will join the team Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2021. The Canadian Press