Oilers top Flames, inch closer to playoff spot

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Updated: April 2, 2013

Devan Dubnyk posted 33 stops as the Edmonton
Oilers took a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames in the front end of a home-and-
home on Monday.

Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists while Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones and
Nail Yakupov each gave a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who have won four
straight to move just one point back of the final playoff spot in the Western
Conference.

Brian McGrattan’s goal late in the third period kept the Flames from getting
blanked, but the team lost for the sixth time in their last eight games and
have dropped a team record 11 straight on the road.

Miikka Kiprusoff was yanked late in the first period after giving up three
goals on six shots while Joey MacDonald posted 13 saves the rest of the way.

Before the game, Calgary announced it had traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to
the St. Louis Blues for a pair of players and a first round draft pick in
either 2013 or 2014. This trade comes several days after the team traded
captain Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh for a pair of players and a first round
draft pick.

These two clubs will meet in Calgary on Wednesday.

Edmonton had opened its 4-0 win over Vancouver on Saturday with four goals in
the first 7:53 of the game, and the team again used a big first period to take
control of this game early.

Schultz got things going at the 3:52 mark when Hall threw a pass from the
right boards to the front where Schultz wristed it home for his sixth of the
year.

Hall, who posted the fastest hat trick in Oilers history on Saturday, got on
the board near the midway mark of the period as Schultz picked off the puck at
the right point and skated down to the right circle before feeding it over to
Hall, who roofed it for his 12th of the season.

Jones got in on the action at 16:28 as he caught up to the puck in the Calgary
end down the right wing and chipped it in one-handed from a sharp angle.

After the second period passed without a goal, Yakupov made it a 4-0 game with
a quick wrist shot from the slot off a feed from Jones.

McGrattan spoiled Dubnyk’s shutout bid after putting the puck home off a right
circle faceoff win with 1:32 to play.

Game Notes

Calgary’s last road win came on Feb. 17 in Dallas … The Flames had taken a
4-3 win over the Oilers in Calgary on Jan. 26 … The only power play of the
game went to Calgary and the team failed to score on it.