The Calgary Flames have won their first game at Bridgestones Arena since February and will face the Toronto Maple Jets on Sunday for the first time since beating the Nashville Predators on January 19.
The Flames, who were 0-2-0 in the series and have lost six of their last seven games, took a 3-2 lead in the second period after Brandon Bollig scored the winner at the 18:33 mark of the first period.
They were led by their leading scorer, Johnny Gaudreau, who recorded his first goal since Feb. 19.
They had a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal at the start of the second, but it was too little too late.
Calgary’s third period was dominated by goals from Ryan Miller and Sean Monahan, who each had two, and Calgary went ahead 1-0 at 13:17 of the third.
The Leafs were not able to capitalize on their early chances in the third period.
Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen was beaten in the neutral zone, forcing the Flames to resort to their goaltender of the future, Jonathan Bernier.
After some nice saves by the Flames, Bernier made 24 saves on 33 shots, including a pair of saves on a penalty shot that was tipped at the 12:23 mark of each period.
Buffalo Sabres center Rasmus Ristolainen scored the final goal of the game at 15:52 of the fourth to put Calgary up 3-0.
The Sabres had their best chances of the night on the power play, but neither goal was scored.
Calgarians coach Rick Tocchet was thrilled with his team’s comeback.
“This is what you want,” he said.
“You want to be able to be competitive and go out and win games.”