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Flames 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Because it was fan-appreciation night, the Calgary Flames presented game-used sticks Thursday to lucky winners.

Right winger Brian McGrattan and defenseman Chris Butler might have wanted to keep theirs.

McGrattan scored his first goal of the season, and Butler notched his second with 3.6 seconds left in overtime as the Flames registered a 2-1 victory Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Center Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes, the only blemish of the night for Flames goalie Karri Ramo, who made 29 saves.

The Flames improved to 12-15-4, while the Hurricanes fell to 13-13-7.

Calgary's enforcer, McGrattan, broke a scoreless stalemate with just over two minutes remaining in the second period. He fired a shot from the slot through goalie Justin Peters' legs.

Skinner tied the score at the 11:10 mark of the third period, zipping a shot past Ramo to spoil his bid for his first NHL shutout. Skinner also hit the goal post in the second and was stopped on a penalty shot with just over five minutes remaining in the third period.

The game seemed to be destined for a shootout, but Butler scored on a wrist shot late in overtime for the winner. Center Paul Byron earned his second assist of the night on the play.

Peters finished with 28 saves.

The Flames are headed out on a five-game road-swing that starts Saturday in Buffalo against the Sabres. The Hurricanes wrap up their four-game trip with Saturday's visit to the Phoenix Coyotes.

NOTES: The Flames made headlines before Thursday's game, announcing that GM Jay Feaster and John Weisbrod, their assistant general manager of player personnel, were relieved of their duties. Brian Burke, Calgary's president of hockey operations, will serve as acting GM but insisted he is not interested in the job full time. "We needed to make a change to get to the next level, and that's why today we took the steps we took, and the search has begun," Burke said. ... After missing 12 games with a concussion, Hurricanes RW Alexander Semin was activated from injured reserve to face the Flames. ... LW Curtis Glencross and RW TJ Galiardi both returned to Calgary's lineup. Glencross missed 16 games with a knee injury, and Galiardi was out for seven games with back spasms. ... The Flames assigned LW Sven Baertschi, their first-round pick in 2011, to AHL Abbotsford.
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