Hockey Night in Canada


Flames show no fizzle against Oilers, snap 7-game losing streak

Dougie Hamilton's 17th goal of the season, the most by an NHL defenceman, led the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Calgary defenceman Dougie Hamilton scores game-winning goal

The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in the latest installment of the Battle of Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

Dougie Hamilton continues to impress despite what's become a disappointing season for the Calgary Flames.

Hamilton's league-leading 17th goal by a defenceman helped Calgary snap a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

"Quick release. [His shot] comes on you in a hurry," says Flames goaltender Mike Smith, who only has to stare it down in practice. "He changes the angle really well. He's definitely got a good shot."

Calgary fell behind less than three minutes in, but responded with three unanswered goals before the first period ended.

The goal that ignited the rally was Hamilton's wicked 30-foot wrist shot that beat Cam Talbot at 6:43. It was the first shot he faced.

Hamilton entered the game tied with Florida's Aaron Ekblad and Columbus's Seth Jones. Since Jan. 1, Hamilton's 13 goals ties him with Sean Monahan for second on the team, one behind Matthew Tkachuk.

Mikael Backlund's goal would stand as the winner in a 3-2 Calgary Flames win over the Edmonton Oilers. 0:27

The 24-year-old has increased his goal total in each of the six seasons he's played in the NHL.

"It's so heavy and his release is quick, he doesn't need a wind-up to get the velocity on it. I thought Dougie had an excellent game," said Flames coach Glen Gulutzan.

Garnet Hathaway put the Flames in front at 11:54, beating Talbot on a wrister inside the post from nearly 60 feet out. The short-handed goal was Hathaway's first goal in 42 games.

Mikael Backlund made it 3-1 when he pulled the puck around Talbot and fired in his 14th goal at 15:28. That ended the evening for Talbot, replaced by Al Montoya after allowing three goals on seven shots.

"It wasn't his best night," said Oilers coach Todd McLellan. "If we could get one of them back, we'd take it. But he's been tremendous. In the last six weeks, he's been a rock for our team."

Michael Frolik added a pair of assists for Calgary (36-33-10).

Anton Slepyshev and Mike Cammalleri had the goals for Edmonton (34-39-6).

'A tale of two teams'

The Oilers were the much better team in the second period, outshooting Calgary 12-5 and narrowing the deficit to 3-2 on Cammalleri's deflection at 12:41.

"A tale of two teams. First period, not good, nothing to be proud of," said Cammalleri, who hadn't scored since Dec. 28. "Second two [periods], probably more how we want to play."

In one sequence in the second, Edmonton had three odd-man rushes within the same penalty kill, but only got one shot out of it. On consecutive 2-on-1s, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl failed each time to get a shot on goal.

Early in the third, the same duo combined again, but Draisaitl rung a shot off the post.

"The second and third period, I think we played the way that we wanted to play," said Oilers winger Milan Lucic. "One of those games, again, where one period cost us the game."

McDavid failed to pick up a point, snapping his six-game scoring streak (seven goals, seven assists).

"We decided to play harder and compete a little bit more after the first," said McLellan. "Can't complain about the effort or the opportunities we created. Numerous 2-on-1's and 3-on-2's where it's on our offensive players' sticks and they're not going in."


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