Glencross has hat trick, Flames rout Oilers 8-1

  • Associated Press
  • March 23, 2014 - 12:05 AM

EDMONTON, Alberta — Curtis Glencross had a hat trick and Matt Stajan had a goal and three assists as the Calgary Flames scored four times in just over three minutes in the second period to cruise past the Edmonton Oilers 8-1 on Saturday night.

Mike Cammalleri, Mark Giordano, Paul Byron and Kevin Westgarth also scored for the Flames, who have won four of their last six and are 26th overall in the NHL standings.

Jeff Petry had the lone goal for the Oilers, who have lost two in a row and remain in second-to-last place in the league.

The Oilers started the scoring with a power-play goal 4 1/2 minutes in as Petry sent a long slap shot from the point through a few players' legs and past a screened Karri Ramo in his return to the Calgary net for the first time in seven weeks.

Calgary tied it four minutes later as Giordano got all of a shot from the top of the face-off circle, zipping it off the crossbar and into the Oilers net behind Edmonton starter Viktor Fasth.

The Flames went up 2-1 four minutes into the second period as Mikael Backlund sent a cross-ice pass to Cammalleri, who was able to pick the corner with a quick shot before Fasth could get across the net. It was Cammalleri's 23rd of the season.

The floodgates opened from there.

A minute later, Calgary had a two-goal advantage. Stajan was awarded a penalty shot after a slashing call on a breakaway from Edmonton defenseman Mark Fraser. Stajan made the most of the 1-on-1 opportunity, beating Fasth glove-side with a backhand shot.

The Flames scored their third goal in a span of 1:47 as Cammalleri stopped short on a quick breakout and allowed two Edmonton defensemen to go sliding past before feeding the puck to Byron at the side of the net for his sixth of the season.

Just 1:18 later, the Flames made it four goals in just over three minutes as Glencross tucked a shot over Fasth's shoulder. Ben Scrivens came into Edmonton's net to replace Fasth, who allowed five goals on 16 shots.

Late in the second period, Edmonton's Taylor Hall threw a water bottle in frustration while sitting on the bench that ended up spraying the coaching staff, earning him a scolding from coach Dallas Eakins.

Calgary made it 6-1 five minutes into the third period as Glencross' shot hit the stick of Edmonton's Justin Schultz and went through Scrivens' legs.

The Flames then struck again 37 seconds later as Tyler Wotherspoon's shot that was going wide was batted out of the air and in by Westgarth at the side of the net.

The frustration continued for Edmonton as a jersey was thrown on the ice soon afterward, prompting Scrivens to hook it up with his stick and fling it back into the crowd.

Calgary made it 8-1 with just under seven minutes to play as Glencross notched his hat trick on a long shot through traffic for his 10th goal of the season.

NOTES: It was the fifth and final meeting this season between the provincial rivals. Each team had two wins to their credit, although both of Calgary's came in extra time. The road team was victorious in all four of the previous matchups. ... Coming in, Edmonton had won six of the last 10 meetings overall. However, the Flames have wins in four straight and eight of their last 10 in Edmonton. ... Ramo made his return to the Flames net, his first appearance since spraining his right knee on Feb. 1. ... Fasth, picked up by the Oilers just before the trade deadline in a deal with Anaheim, had made two previous starts with the Ducks against Calgary and had a 2-0 mark and 1.00 GAA in those games. ... Oilers F Jordan Eberle returned to Edmonton's lineup after missing Thursday's loss to the Buffalo Sabres with a knee injury. Remaining out for the Oilers were forwards Nail Yakupov (ankle) and Jesse Joensuu (high ankle sprain). ... Scratched from the Flames' lineup were forwards Markus Granlund (shoulder) and David Jones (shoulder) and defenseman Dennis Wideman (upper body).

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