Oilers win fourth straight with victory over Flames

EDMONTON — Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers continued their march toward a playoff spot by winning their fourth in a row, 4-1 over the Calgary Flames on Monday. Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones and Nail Yakupov also scored for the Oilers (15-13-7) who have gone 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.

EDMONTON — Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers continued their march toward a playoff spot by winning their fourth in a row, 4-1 over the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones and Nail Yakupov also scored for the Oilers (15-13-7) who have gone 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.

With the win, the Oilers kept pace in the tight Western Conference playoff race, sitting in a tie with Columbus, one point back of the eighth-place St. Louis Blues.

Brian McGratton replied for the Flames (13-17-4), who were likely rattled as defenceman Jay Bouwmeester was traded to St. Louis shortly before the contest in what looks like a fire sale in Calgary.

The Flames have lost two in a row and six of their last eight games.

Edmonton struck first just before the four-minute mark to start the opening period as Hall spotted Schultz creeping in from the point and fed him the puck in the slot where the rookie was able to beat Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for his sixth of the season.

The pair reversed spots on the scoresheet midway through the first as Schultz picked off a pass in the Calgary zone and sent it to Hall in front.

Hall was able to freeze Kiprusoff with a deft move and then lift in a backhand for his fourth goal in the last two games.

Edmonton scored on both of its first two shots in the game, similar to what happened in their 4-0 blanking of Vancouver on Saturday.

The Oilers went up 3-0 with three-and-a-half minutes to play in the first as Jones beat Cory Sarich to a puck along the boards and muscled a one-handed backhand shot that somehow got through Kiprusoff. The veteran goalie, who many believe may have been playing in his final game as a Flame, was yanked in favour of backup Joey MacDonald after allowing three goals on six shots.

The game slowed considerably in the scoreless second period with the best chances belonging to the Flames, however Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk was able to come up with a pair of big saves on a tip by Curtis Glencross and a nice move by McGratton.

The Oilers put the game away for good midway through the third as MacDonald got a piece of a Yakupov shot from the slot, only to see it dribble in behind him. It was the first goal in 17 games and seventh on the season for the 2012 first-overall draft pick.

Calgary spoiled Dubnyk’s hopes of earning a second consecutive shutout with just 1:32 left as McGrattan scored. Dubnyk made 33 saves in the game.

The two teams play a rematch in Calgary on Wednesday.

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