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CALGARY (AP) — Brian Elliott’s return to Calgary went much better than his last playoff game there.

Scott Laughton scored twice and Elliott made 43 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a 10-game losing streak Monday night with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

“That’s a big streak to end, and in doing it the way we did tonight with punctuation was really good for our group,” Elliott said.

Elliott lasted just 5:38 during Game 4 of Calgary’s opening-round playoff series with Anaheim last spring before being pulled. The Ducks went on to win 3-1 to sweep the series, and Elliott left in the summer as a free agent.

“Whenever you’re coming to a city you lived in for a year and played and enjoyed yourself, you really look at it as an opportunity to show your stuff again one last time,” he said.

Calgary held a wide edge in play, outshooting Philadelphia 45-21, but the opportunistic Flyers scored three times in a 1:11 span of the second period to break open a 1-all game.

Valtteri Filppula, Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds also scored for Philadelphia (9-11-7), and Jakub Voracek had three assists. The Flyers have points in six of their last 11 games because five of the losses during their skid came in overtime.

“Guys have worked real hard and more importantly than that, guys have really stuck together through a pretty tough stretch here,” coach Dave Hakstol said.

Troy Brouwer, with his first of the season, and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary (14-12-1). The Flames lost three of four on their homestand and now head out East for games on back-to-back nights in Toronto and Montreal starting Wednesday.

Mike Smith made 16 saves in defeat.

“Any time you lose there is cause for concern, but there are no big issues,” Brouwer said. “Our effort was there. It was one of those nights that we weren’t rewarded.”

A key moment came early in the second when a misplayed puck by Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov enabled Johnny Gaudreau…