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McDavid scores, Smith has 29 saves as Oilers beat Flames 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Connor McDavid had a goal, and two assists to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Ethan Bear, Josh Archibald, and Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers, who finished with a 6-4 record against the Flames. Leon Draisaitl assisted on all four goals, and Mike Smith made 29 saves for his 18th win.

Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, who lost ground in the divisional playoff race. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots in defeat.

It was another critical game for Calgary, eight points behind Montreal for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division. The Canadiens came from behind to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime earlier Saturday.

Down 2-1 in the third, Calgary pressed for the equalizer while playing carefully enough to avoid conceding again. But Smith stopped all 11 shots he faced in the period.

The two teams met on Thursday, with Calgary winning 5-3 on a pair of goals by Elias Lindholm.

The Flames took pride in keeping McDavid and Draisaitl off the scoresheet in that encounter – something they’ve done three times this season – but it didn’t take long for Edmonton’s high-flying offensive duo to get off the mark on Saturday.

McDavid put the Oilers in front 1-0 with an end-to-end play at 4:46 of the first power play. The Edmonton captain fed Draisaitl in the neutral zone before getting the pass back at the blue line starting behind his net. McDavid then charged past two defensemen, dangled the puck in front of Christopher Tanev, and snapped it high past Markstrom for his 29th.

The Oilers doubled their lead a few minutes later, with McDavid turning provider. A good cycle play in the offensive zone ended when McDavid found Bear at the side of the net. Bear’s one-timer, which may have taken a slight deflection off Nikita Nesterov, beat Markstrom’s stick side at 7:19.

scored another in the second period on the power play, but he didn’t get everything on a shot stopped by defenseman Michael Stone on the doorstep.

Gaudreau was denied a great chance to get on the board early in the second when his shot on the breakaway beat Smith but rang off the crossbar.

Gaudreau wasn’t denied later in the period, though, when he extended his point streak to seven games at 10:48. Matthew Tkachuk powered his way to the net and fired a shot on Smith, who kicked it with his pad right to Gaudreau on the rush for the back-handed rebound. Gaudreau has 12 points in his past ten games.

Archibald scored the first empty-netter for Edmonton with 1:06 left in the game. The nurse added the other 40 seconds later.


Flames: Host Winnipeg on Wednesday night.

Oilers: At Vancouver on Monday night to open a stretch of four straight against the Canucks.

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