Flames shut out Oilers, end losing streak at four


CALGARY — The Calgary Flames ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.

Jacob Markstrom made 17 saves for his third shutout of the season and the eighth of his NHL career.

Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano each had a goal and an assist, and Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm scored for the Flames (17-21-3), who won for the second time in 10 games.

Mike Smith made 27 saves for the Oilers (25-15-2), who had won two in a row and three of four.

Calgary scored four times in the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

Monahan one-timed a pass from Andrew Mangiapane to put the Flames up 1-0 at 3:12. It was Monahan’s first goal in 13 games.

Gaudreau made it 2-0 at 10:43 with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle after taking a cross-ice pass from Noah Hanifin. It was Gaudreau’s first goal in eight games.

Monahan and Gaudreau, who are longtime linemates, were put on separate lines by coach Darryl Sutter this week.

Lindholm scored on the power play off a pass from Gaudreau to make it 3-0 at 13:21, and Giordano made it 4-0 at 19:25 when he scored five-hole against Smith.

Brett Ritchie scored on a spinning backhand on the rush to extend the lead to 5-0 at 13:30 of the third period.

The Flames originally were scheduled to host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and Saturday, but the games were postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the Canucks.

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