Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren, left, and goalie Jaroslav Halak, right,...

Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren, left, and goalie Jaroslav Halak, right, react as Flames forward Mikael Backlund celebrates his overtime goal during an NHL game Saturday in Calgary, Alberta.  Credit: Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY, Alberta — No matter how Saturday night’s game at Scotiabank Saddledome turned out for the Rangers, they were going to be flying home on Sunday after a highly successful road trip.

A  perfect road trip would have been sweet, but it wasn’t to be. Mikael Backlund tipped in a shot by Jonathan Huberdeau for a power-play goal at 1:28 of overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory that ended the Rangers' winning streak at seven games.

Only 46 seconds into the game, the Rangers trailed 2-0, having given up a pair of goals by Andrew Mangiapane and Nazem Kadri in an eight-second span.

“The start was interesting, but after that it got a little bit better,'' Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said, "so no, it wasn't the same type of game we played last week, either team, but to come out of here at the end of the road trip with the point in that last game, it's pretty big for us to battle back.’’

The Rangers fought back to tie it on a power-play goal by Alexis Lafreniere at 12:48 of the third period, but 50 seconds into overtime, Adam Fox got called for a high-sticking penalty, and the Flames converted.

“I think we should start better,'' said Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored the Rangers' first goal. "This is a second game in a row [after Friday night’s shootout win over Edmonton], we understand this. But, you know, it's nice to win the games when you're coming back, but we should play better in the start . . .  I don't think [anyone's] satisfied with the result today.’’

The Rangers (33-14-9) did extend their point streak to 10 games (8-0-2) after finishing the trip 3-0-1. They are two points behind the second-place Devils in the Metropolitan Division and will face the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers, who are 14-2-4 in the last 20 games,  had scored at least four goals in seven straight games for the first time since February 1991.

Goalie Jaroslav Halak had his personal winning streak snapped at seven games. He made 29 saves, many of them great, to keep the Rangers in the game. 

The Rangers got a scare when Filip Chytil was blindsided by Calgary enforcer Milan Lucic with 3:24 left in the third period. Chytil appeared stunned and remained on all fours for a few moments before being escorted off the ice by team trainer Jim Ramsay. But the 23-year-old Czech stayed in the game, played one more shift before the end of regulation, and started the three-on-three overtime. Afterward, Gallant said Chytil is OK.

Gallant stayed with the same lineup for the entire trip, though he did make one not-so-subtle tweak in how he deployed the players, elevating Tarasenko from the second power-play unit to the first group and dropping  Chytil down to the second unit.

Tarasenko had scored on his second shift in his Rangers debut but hadn’t done much since, so apparently Gallant thought it was time to try to get him going. Aside from putting him on the top power play, when Gallant decided to shake his lines up in the second period, he put Tarasenko on the second line with his pal Artemi Panarin, flanking center Vincent Trocheck. Kaapo Kakko took Tarasenko’s spot on the top line, with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, and Barclay Goodrow moved into Kakko’s spot on the right of the Kid Line, with Lafreniere and Chytil.

The shakeup produced near-immediate results as Tarasenko scored his second goal as a Ranger at 16:53 of the period, pulling the Blueshirts within 2-1.

The coach was asked before the game if he expected any fireworks, given that there were three fights — two involving Jacob Trouba — and some thunderous hits in the Feb. 6 game the teams played at Madison Square Garden.

“You don't know what's going to happen in this game,’’ he said. “It was 10 days ago and it was a physical game. It was a wild, wide-open game, 5-4, good goals at both ends, exciting game . . .  But that's not the game plan, to go out there and have three or four fights, if you're asking me that.’’

What did happen was that Calgary scored twice in the first minute. First,  Mangiapane won a one-on-one battle against K’Andre Miller, avoiding Miller’s attempted wraparound check and beating Halak with a backhand shot 38 seconds in. Then, off the ensuing faceoff, Fox gave the puck away in the neutral zone and  Kadri ended up cranking a one-timer past Halak at :46.

But Halak stopped Mangiapane on a clean breakaway after he had stripped Miller of the puck at the Calgary blue line, and after that, the Rangers settled down. After being outshot 11-3 early in the period, they managed to generate some chances and the shots were 13-8 — not including the crossbar that Tarasenko hit and the goalpost that Fox hit — at the end of the period.

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