NEW YORK — The Calgary Flames have had a flair for the dramatic.
And Sunday's date was, after all, on Broadway, so it only seems fitting a shootout was required to determine the outcome in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Joe Colborne, Lee Stempniak and Paul Byron all scored for the Flames in a skills showdown that lasted seven rounds, but Mikael Backlund couldn't match after Benoit Pouliot's go-ahead tally.
Backlund, Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan provided the offence for the Flames (13-15-5) in regulation, while Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider replied for the Rangers.
Karri Ramo finished with 29 saves in Calgary's crease. Mats Zuccarello, Brad Richards and Dominic Moore also tucked pucks behind him in the shootout.
The Flames are now 2-2 in shootouts this season.
Backlund snapped out of a five-game goal-scoring drought in the first period of Saturday;s matchup in Manhattan, winning a faceoff on the powerplay, then heading to the door-step and deflecting Kris Russell's point shot into the top corner.
Glencross added his first in three games since returning from a knee injury, banging in a shot from the edge of the blue paint after linemate Jiri Hudler chipped the puck across the crease.
Monahan struggled in Saturday's matinee in Buffalo — a 2-1 overtime victory against the Sabres — but came up clutch one night later in the Big Apple, capitalizing on a great pass by Glencross for the go-ahead goal about five minutes into the third period, although Kreider eventually tied it up.
The Flames killed off a five-on-three powerplay late in the third period, then couldn't capitalize on a lengthy man-advantage of their own that included the first 2:04 of the extra session.
The Flames will enjoy an off-day Monday before Tuesday's clash with Jarome Iginla and the Boston Bruins at TD Bank Garden (5 p.m., Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Fan 960).