BUFFALO (AP) – Elias Lindholm scored on a wraparound 1:17 into overtime to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and set up the winner in a game played in front of a backdrop of uncertainty and questions regarding allegations made against Flames coach Bill Peters’ past dealings with players before he arrived in Calgary.
TJ Brodie also had a goal and assist, and David Rittich stopped 34 shots as Calgary improved to 2-0-1 in its past three, and with associate coach Geoff Ward behind the bench.
Peters has been accused of using racist slurs against a Nigerian-born player 10 years ago while the two were in the minors.
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour on Wednesday also backed another former player’s allegation that Peters kicked and punched players on the bench during his previous four years coaching Carolina.
During the third period, Peters acknowledged using offensive language in dealing with forward Akim Aliu in writing a letter of apology addressed to general manager Brad Treliving.
Without specifically referencing the words he used, Peters writes his comments to Akim Aliu were the source of both anger and disappointment in the letter posted on Twitter.
He adds the incident was made in a “moment of frustration and does not reflect my personal values.”
Flames now return home for their next three matchups.
Starting Saturday against Ottawa, before facing Buffalo and Los Angelas.