Calgary held the NHL’s high producers off the scoresheet and Flames ahead Tyler Toffoli scored twice in a 3-1 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday.
Johnny Gaudreau contributed an insurance coverage objective and his fiftieth help of the season for the Flames (34-14-7), which continued atop the Pacific Division with a 14th win of their final 16 video games.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 of 28 photographs in entrance of a season-high 17,246 on the Saddledome. The sector holds 19,289.
Devin Shore replied for Edmonton (30-23-4), which remained two factors out of a wild-card berth within the Western Convention.
The NHL’s co-leaders in factors – Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid – didn’t register one Monday.
“You may’t count on Brad Malone to come back in right here and rating three objectives tonight, proper?” Draisaitl stated. “That’s our job. That’s on Connor, that’s on me, that’s on the highest guys which are getting paid to create. In all probability didn’t do sufficient of that tonight.”
Mikko Koskinen turned away 26 of 29 within the season’s first instalment of the Battle of Alberta on the Saddledome.
A Dec. 23 sport in Calgary was rescheduled as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak among the many Flames.
The Oilers beat the visiting Flames 5-2 on Oct. 16 and 5-2 on Jan. 22. Their regular-season sequence concludes March 26 in Calgary.
Toffoli bought his first style of the NHL’s Battle of Alberta. The Flames acquired the ahead from Toronto in a commerce with the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 14.
Toffoli scored his sixth and seventh objectives for Calgary since changing into a Flame.
“I used to be positively excited not solely due to that, however the way in which the standings are,” he stated. “It was only a only a actually vital sport for us.
“I believed we did an excellent job of containing their high guys. Marky made some massive saves on the proper time. I believed we simply did a extremely good job general and probably not letting them get to their sport as a lot as they most likely needed to.”
Edmonton dropped to 7-5-1 since Jay Woodcroft took over as head coach for fired Dave Tippett on Feb. 10.
“We performed a strong sport I feel, however you’re not going to win many video games once you rating one objective,” Draisaitl stated. “I don’t suppose it’s ever a query of competing or battle stage. We’re enjoying our hearts out.”
Calgary opera singer Stephania Romaniuk sang the Ukrainian anthem earlier than George Canyon’s O Canada on Monday.
It was the second straight dwelling sport that the Flames made a gesture of help to a rustic making an attempt to repel Russia’s invasion.
After a scoreless first interval, Calgary led 2-0 on back-to-back Toffoli objectives heading into the third.
Shore halved the deficit at 4:57 of the third, however Gaudreau, scoring on a partial breakaway with slightly below three minutes remaining, restored Calgary’s two-goal cushion.
The puck deflected off referee Dan O’Rourke’s leg to Oiler Derek Ryan, whose go then bounced off the leg of Flames’ defenceman Nikita Zadorov out to Shore to attain Edmonton’s lone objective of the sport.
Toffoli, who was stopped on a short-handed breakaway within the first interval, took a backhand feed from Adam Ruzicka and wired a wrist shot far facet on Koskinen at 9:54 of the second interval.
He shovelled a rebound upstairs for a power-play objective at 6:37. Gaudreau’s help on Toffoli’s first objective was his sixth in 5 video games.
Markstrom stretched throughout his crease to rob Malone and in addition corralled an Evander Kane blast throughout an Edmonton power-play early within the second interval.
Calgary held the fourth-best power-play within the NHL to 0-for-4 within the sport and went 1-for-4 with a person benefit.
“We didn’t have to dam a number of photographs tonight,” Flames head coach Darryl Sutter stated. “We put a number of stress on them in key areas. Coming into the zone, they didn’t get a lot entry time or zone time, to be fairly trustworthy.”
The Flames are at dwelling Tuesday to the Washington Capitals, who face the Oilers in Edmonton on Wednesday.