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Flames win record-breaking 11th game at Scotiabank Saddledome

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano each scored twice to help the Calgary Flames to their franchise-record 11th consecutive home victory, 5-3 against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

Karri Ramo made 28 saves and Matt Stajan also scored for the Flames (17-16-2), who broke the previous team record of 10 straight home wins, set from Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006. Calgary hasn't lost at the Saddledome since Oct. 30.

Gaudreau has five goals in his past two games; he has 15 goals and 22 points during the Flames' 11-game winning streak at home.

Benoit Pouliot had two goals and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Oilers (15-19-3), who have lost five straight road games. Edmonton plays its next six games at home.

Calgary's special teams helped erase a 3-1 second-period deficit.

With Flames forward Joe Colborne in the penalty box, Stajan batted a rebound off Markus Granlund's initial shot out of midair and past Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson at 12:52. It was Calgary's first shorthanded goal of the season. At 73.9 percent, the Flames' penalty kill entered the game last in the NHL.

Giordano's power-play goal at 16:47 tied the game 3-3. After Jiri Hudler gained the zone, Giordano one-timed a pass from Dennis Wideman past Nilsson. Calgary's power play, which has scored in three consecutive games, entered the game last in the NHL at 11.4 percent.

Gaudreau's second goal of the game gave Calgary a 4-3 lead. After picking up a turnover by Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz in the slot, Gaudreau beat Nilsson glove-side for his team-leading 17th goal with 31.1 seconds remaining in the period.

Nilsson made 26 saves before Cam Talbot relieved him to start the third period.

Giordano scored his second power-play goal of the game at 18:00, snapping a shot that beat Talbot short-side.

Pouliot scored on back-to-back shots late in the first period to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead.

He tipped a backhand by Jordan Eberle from the high slot past Ramo at 16:21 to put the Oilers ahead. After getting tangled with Flames forward Lance Bouma on his next shift, Pouliot drove to the net in time to redirect a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins behind the Flames goaltender at 18:11.

Gaudreau's first of the game, a wrist shot from the slot on a setup by TJ Brodie, cut the deficit to one at 3:10 of the second period. But Purcell restored the two-goal lead at 10:21, beating Ramo with a low shot on a breakaway from center ice after Flames defencemen Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton were caught in the Edmonton zone.

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