Elias Lindholm scored twice and Dillon Dube scored an insurance coverage purpose within the third half when the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 at Rogers Place on Thursday night time.
The win put Calgary (22-24-3) 4 factors behind the idle Montreal Canadiens within the race for fourth and closing playoff spot within the North Division standings.
James Neal had the one purpose for the Oilers (29-17-2) who have been denied a 3rd straight win.
Edmonton ranks second within the north, 9 factors behind Toronto. The Maple Leafs scored a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks early that night.
Determined for factors because the season progressed, the Flames have been bodily from the beginning. Matthew Tkachuk gave an early tone with a powerful strike on Dmitry Kulikov behind the Edmonton web.
The Oilers strove to get the puck out of the zone earlier than Calgary’s opening goal. Tkachuk acquired possession and ready Lindholm for a one-timer who defeated Mike Smith at 6:04 am.
Neal even drew Edmonton together with his first purpose since March tenth. There was little house, and at 1:28 p.m. he snatched him beneath Jacob Markstrom’s proper arm.
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Markstrom, who began for the tenth time in a row, stoned Leon Draisaitl late in time to maintain the sport a tie.
Calgary regained the lead at 7:07 am within the second half after Lindholm received a faceoff, turned to the web and deflected Rasmus Andersson’s shot on the spot.
Within the subsequent shift, Neal nearly pulled the Oilers once more. He broke in alone and tried to shoot it previous Markstrom, however the Netminder saved a pleasant glove.
Smith outperformed him on the opposite finish with an all-world cease within the closing seconds of the interval.
Mikael Backlund tossed Lindholm a saucer move in a 2-on-1 break, however an outstretched, outstretched Smith managed to get his glove on the shot to disclaim central Calgary the hat trick.
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Connor McDavid and Draisaitl, one on two within the NHL classification race, began buzzing extra incessantly within the third interval, however Markstrom was as much as the duty.
Calgary made it a two-goal benefit at 12:08 p.m. Milan Lucic fired a shot that rolled between Smith’s legs, and Dube poked the free puck from a decent angle.
The Oilers pulled Smith with two minutes left of regulation however struggled to use sustained strain.
Edmonton overtook Calgary 31-30.
The Oilers and Flames will compete in opposition to one another once more on Saturday in Edmonton. Calgary may even win the 10-game season with one win.
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