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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Oilers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


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.


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.


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.


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.


TJ Galiardi and Ben Hanowski were scratched against the Oilers. Markus Granlund (upper body), Dennis Wideman (upper body) and David Jones (upper body) all missed the game due to injury.


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).

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