Curtis Clencross scores hat trick to lead Calgary over Edmonton 8-1

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EDMONTON - Curtis Glencross had a hat trick and Matt Stajan scored on a penalty shot and added three assists as the Calgary Flames scored four goals in a 3:05 span of the second period to come away with a devastating 8-1 victory over the rival Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Mike Cammalleri, Mark Giordano, Paul Byron and Kevin Westgarth also scored for the Flames (29-35-7) who have won four of their last six and sit 26th overall in the NHL.

Jeff Petry replied for the Oilers (25-38-9) who have lost two in a row and remain in second last place in the league.

The Oilers started the scoring with a power-play goal four-and-a-half minutes in as Petry sent a long slapshot from the point through a sea of legs and past a screened Karri Ramo in his return to the Calgary net for the first time in seven weeks.

Calgary tied the game four minutes later as Giordano got all of a shot from the top of the face-off circle, sending a bullet off the crossbar and into the Oiler 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 rather suspect slashing call on a breakaway from Edmonton defender Mark Fraser. Stajan made the most of the one-on-one opportunity, beating Fasth glove-side with a backhand shot.

The Flames scored their third goal in a 1:47 span as Cammalleri stopped short on a quick breakout and allowed two Edmonton defenders 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 net to replace Fasth, who allowed five goals on 16 shots.

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

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

The Flames then struck again 37 seconds later as a Tyler Wotherspoon 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 afterwards, 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 goal on a long shot through traffic for his 10th goal of the season.

The Flames return home for a three-game set, starting with the San Jose Sharks on Monday. The Oilers play the fourth game of a six-game homestand on Tuesday, also against the Sharks.

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 match-ups… Coming into the game, Edmonton had won six of the last 10 meetings overall, however the Flames have now captured 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… Fasht, who was 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... Oiler forward Jordan Eberle made his return to the Edmonton 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)… Absent from the Flames lineup were forwards Markus Granlund (shoulder) and David Jones (shoulder) and defenceman Dennis Wideman (upper body).

Organizations: Calgary Flames, Oilers, Edmonton Oilers NHL San Jose Sharks Buffalo Sabres

Geographic location: Calgary, EDMONTON, Anaheim

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