Calgary Flames' Karri Ramo

Flames fry Oilers to set new franchise record

Johnny Gaudreau keeps on lighting it up on home ice and the Calgary Flames keep on celebrating victories. Gaudreau’s red-hot play at the Scotiabank Saddledome continued Sunday night with two goals as the Calgary Flames rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 and set a franchise record with its 11th consecutive home victory.

CALGARY — Johnny Gaudreau keeps on lighting it up on home ice and the Calgary Flames keep on celebrating victories.

Gaudreau’s red-hot play at the Scotiabank Saddledome continued Sunday night with two goals as the Calgary Flames rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 and set a franchise record with its 11th consecutive home victory.

Since last losing at home on Oct. 30, Gaudreau has 15 goals and 22 points at home — including four game-winning goals plus a shootout-deciding goal.

“We love playing at home,” said the 22-year-old forward. “We’re pretty comfortable playing here, it’s a good atmosphere and a lot of fun.”

Gaudreau, tied for sixth in NHL scoring with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists), ranks third with 29 points at home. He trails only Jamie Benn (31) and Patrick Kane (30).

“Small but plays big,” described Flames coach Bob Hartley. “He’s so much fun to watch, so much fun to coach. Great team guy, great competitor and wants the puck in those big occasions.”

The record the Flames broke was set in 2006-07.

“This is a place we need to win hockey games,” said Matt Stajan, who scored a key short-handed goal. “We’re going to rely on this to be a place for us to hopefully give us some wiggle room down the stretch to gain some points and get into the playoff picture.”

Mark Giordano, with two goals, also scored for Calgary (17-16-2).

Benoit Pouliot scored twice and Teddy Purcell added the other for Edmonton (15-19-3), which gave up a two-goal second-period lead. The Oilers are 1-4-1 since a six-game winning streak.

“It’s frustrating. Getting a lead like that on the road’s not easy to get and it’s even harder to keep and we didn’t do the job,” Pouliot said. “It’s not that we played bad. It’s just a matter of little mistakes here and there and they cost us.”

The Flames trailed 3-1 halfway through the second when Calgary stormed back with three straight goals before the period ended.

The Flames started the rally at 12:52 with their first short-handed goal of the year. It came on a 3-on-1 that was finished off by Stajan, who batted a rebound out of the air for his second goal of the season.

“I played a little lacrosse growing up, some slo-pitch. I’ve been watching (Sean Monahan) score a few goals like that this year. You go to the blue paint, sometimes you’ve just got to find it. I had three whacks at it so I better put that one in somehow,” Stajan said.

After Giordano scored on the power-play at 16:47, Calgary took its first lead with 31 seconds left in the period when Justin Schultz coughed the puck up to Gaudreau in the slot and he buried a shot past Anders Nilsson.

But it was the Stajan goal, his first in 15 games, that both teams pointed to as the key moment.

“That was the goal that re-started the game for us,” said Hartley. “They score and it’s 4-1 and it’s a much tougher hill to climb.”

Oilers coach Todd McLellan was not happy about the blown lead.

“I would call it a collapse. The short-handed goal’s a real disappointing one — not only because we gave up the chance, but how we defended in our zone. We had some fly-bys going on and nobody stopped to defend.”

Nilsson, replaced by Cam Talbot to begin the third period, took the loss. He had 26 saves.

Karri Ramo had 28 stops for the win.

Just Posted

BREAKING: Alberta election set for April 16

Premier Rachel Notley makes announcement on Tuesday morning

Camper found in good health at Pinto Lake

Rocky Mountain House Search and Rescue respond

Red Deer city council to consider starting a bike registry

Coun. Buck Buchanan suggested it would help police return recovered stolen property

Rimbey-area landowner believes earthquake damaged his electricity supply

Underground line was damaged at same time quake hit, says landowner

Reliance on equalization not a factor in Quebec’s low productivity rate: author

MONTREAL — Despite low unemployment and a strong economy, Quebec continues to… Continue reading

WATCH: Celebrating francophone Canadians at the 10th annual Red Deer Winter Carnival

The event was hosted by the Red Deer region of the French-Canadian Association of Alberta Saturday

Andreescu rockets to No. 24 in WTA Tour rankings after Indian Wells title

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu has rocketed to No. 24 in the WTA Tour… Continue reading

Canadian figure skaters looking to reach new heights at world championships

Nam Nguyen, Alaine Chartrand and Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro all have… Continue reading

Man linked to largest art heist in history freed from prison

HARTFORD, Conn. — A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is… Continue reading

Florida Georgia Line, Glorious Sons headline concert series at Canadian Open

HAMILTON — Florida Georgia Line and the Glorious Sons will headline a… Continue reading

Family: Time to shed winter clothes and inhibitions

It has been a long, crazy cold winter. But, if the thermometer… Continue reading

Chelsea Carey rink registers two wins at world women’s curling event

SILKEBORG, Denmark — Canada’s Chelsea Carey rebounded nicely Sunday at the world… Continue reading

Canadian Bianca Andreescu has her first WTA title, winning BNP Paribas Open

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Canadian Bianca Andreescu has her first WTA title.… Continue reading

‘Captain Marvel’ soars even higher with stellar 2nd weekend

LOS ANGELES — “Captain Marvel” has continued to dominate the global box… Continue reading

Most Read