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Smith turns aside 28 shots as Flames blank visiting Oilers 1-0

by TY PILSON @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

It was vintage Mike Smith Tuesday night.

The Flames all-star goaltender - in just his second start after missing 13 games with a lower-body injury - was named the game's first star for his shutout in a 1-0 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

The victory gave the Flames two huge points as they continue to push for a playoff berth.

Smith turned aside 28 shots, including a handful of highlight-reel saves among that bunch, to get his team back in the win column.

Two of his best came after he got a piece of a Ryan Strome shot in the slot to keep it out in the second period and in the third period, kicked out his leg to absolutely rob Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who one-timed a perfect pass from Connor McDavid.

Video: Gaudreau, Smith power Flames past Oilers, 1-0

Cam Talbot also put in a solid performance at the other end of the ice, making 31 stops as the Flames had their own bevy of beautiful opportunities.

After a scoreless back-and-forth first period in which the visitors edged the homeside 11-10 in shots, Gaudreau got the Flames on the board 5:18 into the middle stanza.

Micheal Ferland made a quick pass to Sean Monahan from the blueline and the top-line centre found his scoring partner-in-crime wide open in front of the net, with Gaudreau taking the pass and backhanding it shortside up and over Talbot's blocker.

Gaudreau is now five goals shy of 100 in his young NHL career.

 

ONE-TIMERS:

Flames sophomore sensation Mathew Tkachuk did not play in the win, sidelined and listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury … The Flames are now 10-7-3 against the Pacific Division this seasonFormer Flame and current Oiler Mike Cammalleri played his 900th career game Tuesday night … Michael Frolik was held off the scoresheet and remains three assists shy of 200 for his career.

 

NEXT UP:

The Flames host the San Jose Sharks Friday night in the final tilt of this current three-game homestand (7 p.m. MT, TV: Sportsnet West, RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN). Come down to the Scotiabank Saddledome early and score some deals! From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there are food, drink and merchandise specials. You can get a 14 oz. domestic draught, 1 oz. highball, 6 oz. house wine, a cheeseburger or a pizza slice for just $5 each at the concessions. As well, take an additional 10% of all regular-priced Fanattic merchandise. 

 

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