Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for the victory in the Calgary net.
William Carrier and Brett Howden scored their first goals of the season for Vegas (3-1). Calgarian Logan Thompson stopped 37 of 40 shots in the loss.
After the Flames killed off a pair of eye-catching minors in the third period, Backlund scored the game-breaking goal at 15:31. Blake Coleman scooped the puck off the glass and shoveled it past Backlund on Thompson’s doorstep.
Backlund’s 168th career goal for the Flames ranks him fifth among franchise centers and one ahead of Joel Otto.
Trailing by two goals after the first period, Calgary converted two of their six power-play chances in the second to tie the game at 13:19.
After missing a pair of scoring opportunities earlier in the game, Toffoli clawed back a rebound in the slot by switching from backhand to forehand to beat Thompson’s high stick side.
Toffoli had a shooting lane and an open net earlier in the period, but he looked skyward as he shot the puck high.
Lindholm cut the deficit in half at 10:43 when Thompson juggled his shot high in the air.
The Knights goaltender lost sight of the puck falling behind him as teammates Alec Martinez and Alex Pietrangelo tried to fend it off.
The Flames had two straight power plays to start the second period. Cassidy successfully challenged Lindholm’s goal for goaltending interference at 4:39. Kadri was in the crease when Lindholm hit in a rebound.
Vegas led by two at 15:23 of the first period on Howden’s knee-high deflection of a Brayden McNabb shot from the blue line.
Thompson in the crease reached out to give Toffoli a golden chance at the side of the net midway through the opening period.
Markstrom mistimed his attempt to glove Carrier’s wrist shot to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at 3:55.
Backlund’s 168th career goal for the Flames ranks him fifth among franchise centers, one ahead of Joel Otto. … Calgary’s Darryl Sutter coached his 1,400th career NHL game on Tuesday to tie Pat Quinn for 10th in NHL history. Sutter is the 11th coach to reach that mark (702-503-101-94). … New NHL knight Phil Kessel’s 986th straight game was just three points shy of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle’s ironman record set in April. … Huberdeau had 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in nine career games against the Knights.
Flames: Home of the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday.
Knights: At the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 18, 2022.
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press