Lindolm scores 2 as Flames beat Oilers 3-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Elias Lindholm scored two times as the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Thursday night.

Dillon Dube likewise scored for Calgray, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 shots while making his 10th straight start. The Flames pulled 4 points behind Montreal for the 4th and last playoff area in the North Department.

“I guess all we can do is keep winning and hope that they lose some to make this very interesting here down the stretch,” stated Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, who had 2 helps.

James Neal had the only objective for the Oilers, and Mike Smith ended up with 27 conserves. Edmonton is 2nd in the North, 9 points behind first-place Toronto.

It was Edmonton’s 3rd video game in 4 nights and tiredness seemed an element sometimes.

“We were sloppy,” Edmonton coach Dave Tippett stated. “Sloppy with the puck and turned a lot of pucks over. Smith was really good in goal and gave us a chance. We had some chances and didn’t bury anything.”

The groups reunite Saturday in Edmonton.

The Flames, desperate for points as the season unwind, were physical from the start. Matthew Tkachuk set an early tone with a strong hit on Dmitry Kulikov behind the Edmonton internet.

The Oilers had a hard time to clear the puck out of the zone ahead of Calgary’s opening objective. Tkachuk got belongings and established Lindholm for a one-timer that beat Mike Smith at 6:04 of the very first duration.

Neal pulled Edmonton even with his very first objective given that March 10. He had area down low and snapped it under Markstrom’s best arm with 6:32 left in the opening duration.

Markstrom stoned Leon Draisaitl late in the very first to keep the video game connected.

Calgary restored the lead at 7:07 of the 2nd duration after Lindholm won a faceoff, moved towards the internet and deflected Rasmus Andersson‘s point shot.

“Obviously he’s a really good two-way centerman for us but it’s nice to see him get rewarded too,” stated Flames coach Darryl Sutter.

On the next shift, Neal almost pulled the Oilers even once again. He broke in alone and attempted to chip it past Markstrom however the goalie made a good glove conserve.

Smith outshined him at the other end in the subsiding seconds of the duration with a huge stop.

Mikael Backlund turned a dish pass to Lindholm on a 2-on-1 short-handed break however a stretched, outstretched Smith handled to get his glove on the shot to reject the Calgary center a hat technique.

“It’s funny how it works,” Lindholm stated. “Two greasy ones in the beginning and then you get a really good chance and it doesn’t go in.”

Connor McDavid and Draisaitl, one-two in the NHL scoring race, began to buzz regularly in the 3rd duration however Markstrom depended on the job.

Calgary made it a two-goal benefit at 12:08. Milan Lucic fired a shot that rolled in between Smith’s legs and Dube embeded the loose puck from a tight angle.

The Oilers pulled Smith with 2 minutes left in guideline however had trouble offering continual pressure.

Lindolm ratings 2 as Flames beat Oilers 3-1 initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.