Inside The Game: Flames vs. Oilers
GAME IN A MINUTE
EDMONTON, AB -- The Calgary Flames captured the 2013-14 edition of the Battle of Alberta in a big way.
Curtis Glencross recorded a hat trick, Matt Stajan had four points and Mike Cammalleri -- who has factored in on six of Calgary’s last 13 goals -- enjoyed his second consecutive three-point night en route to routing the Edmonton Oilers 8-1 at Rexall Place on Saturday.
Cammalleri extended his scoring exploits to help the Flames take the season series over Edmonton. The Calgary forward extended his goal-scoring streak to three straight while recording points in seven consecutive outings in the process. He’s amassed eight goals and 13 points in that span.
He also kicked off a stretch of four goals in 3:05 that saw the Flames pull away from Edmonton in a quick fashion.
After already extending his point-scoring streak on Mark Giordano’s first period goal, the 31-year-old broke a 1-1 tie. Mikael Backlund picked off a pass in the Oilers’ zone and fed Cammalleri, who promptly fired a snap shot behind Edmonton starter Viktor Fasth at 4:13.
With his assist, Backlund reached the 100-point plateau on his career.
On a penalty shot 1:07 later, Stajan extended Calgary’s lead to two after beating Fasth with a backhander to put the Flames up 3-1.
Forty seconds passed before Paul Byron added another. Breaking in 2-on-1, Cammalleri faked a shot before pulling up and feeding Byron a backhanded pass that the 5-foot-7 forward one-timed into the Oilers’ net.
Just 1:18 later, Glencross capped the run and chased Fasth from the crease with his short-side shot struck the bar before bouncing in.
Glencross continued the onslaught, bouncing a puck of Justin Schultz’s stick and behind reliever Ben Scrivens to push Calgary’s total to six at 4:50 into the third period.
After Kevin Westgarth added his second of the year 37 seconds later, Glencross completed the hat trick by snapping a shot over Scrivens’ shoulder to cap an 8-1 final.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Streaking down the wing, Glencross wired a short-side shot that beat Fasth and clanked off the bar before crossing the goal line, chasing the Oilers goaltender from the contest after just 27:18 of action.
SAVE OF THE GAME
With a step on TJ Brodie, Taylor Hall came barreling down the wing and tried to force a backhand through Karri Ramo, but the Flames goaltender stood tall to preserve a 1-1 tie with 5:35 remaining in the first period.
Four goals in a 3:05 span in the second period turned a tie game into a giant lead that Flames tacked onto in the third en route to a 8-1 win on Saturday.
STAT OF THE GAME
Calgary’s 8-1 win over the Oilers ties a Flames mark as the largest margin of victory ever in the Battle of Alberta with a 9-2 victory on Oct. 4, 1991.
The Flames return home to host a three-game homestand at Scotiabank Saddledome starting with the San Jose Sharks on Monday (7 p.m. MST, SNET-W, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).