Glencross nets the winner as Flames beat Oilers
Edmonton's winning streak ends at one
Curtis Glencross tipped in a point shot by Mark Giordano on a third-period power play to lead the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Craig Conroy also scored for the Flames (23-12-5), who have reeled off three straight victories after starting off the month of December with a 3-6-2 record.
Shawn Horcoff scored the lone goal of the game for the Oilers (16-21-4), who broke out of a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at home one night earlier.
Playing in just his seventh game of the season, Calgary goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 shots to improve to 3-2-0.
Edmonton goalie Jeff Deslauriers played well at the other end, making 37 saves in a losing cause.
Just 15 seconds into the game, McElhinney turned aside a shot by Gilbert Brule with his blocker. A short time later, McElhinney blocked a slapshot with his right pad to thwart a scoring opportunity by Dustin Penner.
The Flames poured on the pressure in the first period and outshot the Oilers 15-9. Deslauriers kept the Oilers in the game by turning aside back-to-back shots from the slot by Calgary forwards Dustin Boyd and Daymond Langkow.
Brandon Prust almost scored the game's opening goal late in the opening period, but he rang a heavy shot off the crossbar behind Deslauriers.
In the second, Deslauriers made great glove grabs on shots by Langkow and Fredrik Sjostrom before Conroy finally broke the scoreless drought with 10.2 seconds remaining in the period.
Conroy one-timed a pass from Rene Bourque past Deslauriers on Calgary's 28th shot of the game for his second goal in as many games after going without a goal in his first 36 games of the season.
Glencross then put the Flames up 2-0 at 10:07 of the third period with a nice redirection of a shot by Giordano during a Calgary power play.
With 1:21 left, Horcoff backhanded a feed from Sam Gagner past McElhinney, who was looking for the first shutout of his NHL career.
With the win, the Flames are now within a point of the Colorado Avalanche for top spot in the Northwest Division. Calgary holds two games in hand on the Avalanche (23-13-6), who lost 4-2 to the Red Wings in Detroit earlier Thursday.