Monahan's OT goal leads Flames past Oilers 2-1
- Associated Press
- March 2, 2014 - 12:15 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta — Sean Monahan scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, as the Calgary Flames topped the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Saturday night.
Paul Byron won a battle behind the net 1:50 into the extra session and sent the puck in front to Monahan, who scored his 18th goal of the season and helped the Flames end a two-game skid.
The Flames have won seven of their last 10 games.
David Perron scored for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row.
The Flames started the scoring just past the midway point of the opening period as Monahan was left alone in front of the net to coral a bouncing rebound and the Flames rookie sent the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov.
The goal was immediately followed by a heated fight between Edmonton's Luke Gazdic and Calgary's Kevin Westgarth, with Gazdic landing a punch that floored Westgarth, who had to be helped off the ice and to the dressing room.
Edmonton came close to tying the game just over a minute later when a puck landed behind Reto Berra in the Calgary crease, but was quickly fished out by captain Mark Giordano.
The solid pace of the first period dropped off during a sloppy second period as Edmonton outshot the Flames just 5-3.
Calgary almost added to its lead seven minutes into the third period, but Giordano's shot rang off the post.
The Oilers tied it just before the midway point of the third as Perron emerged from the sideboards with the puck and fired a laser past Berra for his team-leading 23rd of the season. It was the first goal Edmonton had scored in just shy of 160 minutes of play, extending to before the Olympic break.
Edmonton picked up the pace for the remainder of the third, but the Flames held on to send the game to overtime.
NOTES: Calgary was shut out 2-0 by the Los Angeles Kings in its return to action from the Olympic break, while the Oilers were blanked 3-0 by the Minnesota Wild earlier in the week. The two Alberta-based teams are tied for the most shutouts allowed this season with eight apiece. ... It was the fourth of five games between the Oilers and Flames this season, with Edmonton holding a 2-1-1 edge. The Oilers have won six of the last 10 between the teams overall. ... The Oilers were without forward Nail Yakupov, who took a shot from teammate Justin Schultz off the foot in Thursday's loss to the Wild. While nothing was broken, there is no timetable for Yakupov's return. ... Flames defenseman Chris Butler was a surprise starter after suffering an injury against the Kings. Brian McGrattan, nursing an upper-body injury sustained in practice last week, has been cleared for contact but didn't play. Also out for Calgary were goalie Karri Ramo (lower body) and forward Curtis Glencross (lower body). ... Calgary forward Lee Stempniak took the game off to be with his wife after the birth of twin daughters Friday.
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