Flames 4, Oilers 1

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Craig Conroy and the Calgary Flames had a lot more to play for than the playoff-bound Edmonton Oilers.

“This was our last game and Edmonton gets a chance to play in a few days,” Conroy said after scoring twice in Calgary’s 4-1 victory Saturday night. “We’ve got to take this one with us for five months. It was much bigger for us.”

Dave Lowry had three assists and Roman Turek made 23 saves for the Flames, who missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season—the longest current drought in the NHL.

“Next year, we’ve got to do what Edmonton did this year,” Conroy said. “They find a way to win games.”

Edmonton will open the playoffs in either Dallas or Detroit, with the Stars and Red Wings tied atop the Western Conference standings heading into the final day of the regular season.

“It’s tough when the games aren’t do or die,” Mike Comrie said of the loss. “But that’s no excuse. What matters now is how we play next play and how we play the rest of the season.

“We’ve got to come and roll our lines and wear down whoever we play. We’ve got to play with enthusiasm and tonight we didn’t.”

Stephane Yelle and Jordan Leopold also scored for the Flames.

Todd Marchant had the lone goal for Edmonton, which entered the game with a seven-game unbeaten streak.

“It wasn’t the game we wanted to play,” Marchant said. “The first 40 minutes, they capitalized on their opportunities. They played their style ofgame and we didn’t.”


Marchant scored 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career. He had 19 in 1995-96. … Rookie Marc-Andre Bergeron picked up an assist on Marchant’sgoal, Bergeron’s first NHL assist and second career point.

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