EDMONTON - Sean Monahan scored two goals, including the overtime winner, as the Calgary Flames snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in a game between two of the NHL's current lesser lights on Saturday night.
Paul Byron won a battle behind the net with 1:50 remaining in the overtime session and sent the puck in front to Monahan, who scored his 18th goal of the season.
The Flames (23-30-7) have won seven of their last 10 games.
David Perron responded for the Oilers (20-34-8) who have lost three in a row and sit in second last in the NHL, five points back of fourth-worst Calgary.
The Flames started the scoring just past the midmark of the opening period as Monahan was left alone in front of the net to coral a bouncing rebound and the Flames rookie sent the puck past Oilers starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
The goal was immediately followed by a heated tilt between Edmonton's Luke Gazdic and Calgary's Kevin Westgarth, with Gazdic landing a punch that floored Westgarth to the point that he had to be helped off the ice and to the dressing room.
Edmonton came close to tying the game just over a minute later when a puck landed behind goalie Reto Berra in the Calgary crease, but was quickly fished out and sent to safety by captain Mark Giordano.
The solid pace of the first period dropped off during a sloppy second period as Edmonton outshot the Flames by just a 5-3 margin in the scoreless middle frame.
Calgary almost added to its lead seven minutes into the third period but a Giordano shot rang off the post.
The Oilers tied the game just before the midway point of the third as Perron emerged from the sideboards with the puck and fired a laser past Berra for his team-leading 23rd of the season. It was the first goal Edmonton had scored in just shy of 160 minutes of play, extending back to before the Olympic break.
Edmonton picked up the pace for the remainder of the third, but the Flames held on to send the game to extra time.
The Flames return to action on Monday as they travel to Minnesota to face the Wild. The Oilers play the third game of a five-game homestand on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.
Notes: Calgary was shutout 2-0 by the L.A. Kings in its return to action from the Olympic break, while the Oilers were blanked 3-0 by the Minnesota Wild earlier in the week. The two Alberta-based teams are tied for the most shutouts allowed this season with eight apiece…. It was the fourth of five games between the Oilers and Flames this season. Edmonton came into the game with a 2-0-1 record in the previous three meetings and had won six of the last nine games between the two teams overall… The Oilers were without forward Nail Yakupov, who took a shot from teammate Justin Schultz off the foot in Thursday's loss to the Wild. While nothing was broken, there is no timetable for Yakupov's return… Flames defenceman Chris Butler was a surprise starter after suffering an injury versus the Kings. Brian McGrattan, nursing an upper-body injury sustained in practice last week, has been cleared for contact but didn't play. Also out for Calgary were goaltender Karri Ramo (lower body) and forward Curtis Glencross (lower body)… Calgary forward Lee Stempniak took the game off to be with his wife after the birth of twin daughters on Friday.
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