Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flames Beat Oilers 5-3, Set Franchise Record with 11th Straight Win at Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Flames Beat Oilers 5-3, Set Franchise Record with 11th Straight Win at Home

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Gaudreau, Flames beat Oilers 5-3


CALGARY - Johnny Gaudreau keeps on lighting it up on home ice and the Calgary Flames keep on celebrating victories.

Gaudreau's red-hot play at the Scotiabank Saddledome continued Sunday night with two goals as the Calgary Flames rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 and set a franchise record with its 11th consecutive home victory.

Since last losing at home on Oct. 30, Gaudreau has 15 goals and 22 points at home -- including four game-winning goals plus a shootout-deciding goal.

"We love playing at home," said the 22-year-old forward. "We're pretty comfortable playing here, it's a good atmosphere and a lot of fun."

Gaudreau, tied for sixth in NHL scoring with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists), ranks third with 29 points at home. He trails only Jamie Benn (31) and Patrick Kane (30).

"Small but plays big," described Flames coach Bob Hartley. "He's so much fun to watch, so much fun to coach. Great team guy, great competitor and wants the puck in those big occasions."

The record the Flames broke was set in 2006-07.

"This is a place we need to win hockey games," said Matt Stajan, who scored a key short-handed goal. "We're going to rely on this to be a place for us to hopefully give us some wiggle room down the stretch to gain some points and get into the playoff picture."

Mark Giordano, with two goals, also scored for Calgary (17-16-2).

Benoit Pouliot scored twice and Teddy Purcell added the other for Edmonton (15-19-3), which gave up a two-goal second-period lead. The Oilers are 1-4-1 since a six-game winning streak.

"It's frustrating. Getting a lead like that on the road's not easy to get and it's even harder to keep and we didn't do the job," Pouliot said. "It's not that we played bad. It's just a matter of little mistakes here and there and they cost us."

The Flames trailed 3-1 halfway through the second when Calgary stormed back with three straight goals before the period ended. …

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