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Backlund scores for 5th straight game, Flames beat Avalanche

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard, left, looks on as the puck gets caught in the legs of Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta.  (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard, left, looks on as the puck gets caught in the legs of Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard kicks the puck away from Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta.  (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard kicks the puck away from Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon, right, gets away from Calgary Flames' Michael Frolik, from the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta.  (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon, right, gets away from Calgary Flames' Michael Frolik, from the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Mikael Backlund scored for the fifth consecutive game, leading the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Alex Chiasson had a goal and an assist and Kris Versteeg and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary. Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie and Sean Monahan had two assists each.

Brian Elliott's bid for his first shutout of the season ended when Patrick Wiercioch scored with 1:25 left in the third period. Elliott finished with 17 saves to win his fifth straight start and improve to 8-9-1.

Calvin Pickard stopped 33 shots for the Avalanche.

Backlund made it seven goals in his last five games with 2:40 left in the second period for a 2-0 lead. Giordano's shot was stopped by Pickard but the rebound popped into the slot where Backlund buried his team-leading 12th of the season.