Scoring early in every period was a recipe for success for the Calgary Flames on Friday.
“It sure helps. Any time you can score as quickly in periods as we did, it’s helpful. You get to play out in front as opposed to behind and I thought that was a big thing for us tonight,” said Flames interim head coach Geoff Ward. “I thought it was our most complete hockey game in a long time. I thought the guys did a good job playing the right way.”
Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund also scored for the Flames (20-15-5), who had lost four of their previous five games.
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“We came to each period and we scored right away so it was huge for us,” said Calgary goalie David Rittich, who made 28 saves for the win in net. “The guys did a really good job and they didn’t get too much on me. It wasn’t that hard of a game, but I’m taking those two points and going home.”
Connor McDavid responded for the Oilers (20-17-4), who have lost eight of their last 10.
“We’ve kinda thrown our good start away, but we’ve given ourselves a chance in the second half here to chase down a playoff spot,” McDavid said, adding that the team is…