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The Calgary Flames have had a player score twice in an NHL-record seven straight games to start the season. Over a year has passed since they've gotten that type of performance against the Edmonton Oilers.
The Flames hope to keep getting outstanding individual efforts and continue their high-scoring start to the season when they face the Oilers on Saturday night.
A 4-3 win over Los Angeles on Thursday night marked the seventh straight game Calgary (3-2-2) had a player score twice. Daymond Langkow had two goals and an assist as the Flames broke the league record of six games, set by Ottawa in 1917 and matched by the Senators three years later.
Langkow opened the season with consecutive two-goal games and Kristian Huselius, Matthew Lombardi, Huselius again, and Jarome Iginla followed.
"It's a neat thing, for sure, hopefully we can keep it up," Huselius said. "That (record) was a long time ago, but it's nothing we really think about, it just happens and if we can keep it alive that's great, but we don't focus on it."
Huselius also scored Saturday for Calgary, which opened a seven-game homestand with its first victory at the Pengrowth Saddledome in three tries this season. He is second on the team with five goals, trailing Langkow by two.
The Flames are among the league leaders with 25 goals, including 15 in their last three games. They are 3-0-1 since opening the season 0-2-1.
Huselius was the last Flames player to score two goals against the Oilers (3-4-0), leading Calgary to a 4-1 win on April 1, 2006 in the teams' final meeting that season. The Flames went 5-3-0 against the Oilers in 2006-07, but only Edmonton had a player score two goals in a game through that series, doing it four times.
Miikka Kiprusoff started all eight of those games for the Flames, and posted a 1.76 goals-against average. He is 12-5-2 with one tie and a 1.79 GAA in 20 games against the Oilers.
Kiprusoff stopped 31 shots Thursday, and is one of three goalies who have played every minute of his team's games. The others are Philadelphia's Martin Biron and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
Kiprusoff, though, has allowed four goals in four games, and has a 3.34 GAA overall.
Edmonton was in need a of a strong performance in net on Thursday and got one, as Dwayne Roloson made 39 saves in a 4-2 win over Phoenix.
The Oilers had lost four straight, allowing 14 goals in that span. Roloson started all but one of those games, but has a 2.66 GAA on the season.
Raffi Torres scored twice - including a goal on a circus shot with 8:05 to play - and Kyle Brodziak and Shawn Horcoff also scored Thursday for Edmonton, which won for the first time in four road games despite a season-low 18 shots on goal.
Torres, drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in 2000, found the back of the net just 15 times last season.
"That was the best game he's played and not just from a productivity standpoint," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Every time he touched the puck he made a play."
Torres has just one goal and three assists in 23 games against the Flames.
Edmonton center Andrew Cogliano assisted on Torres' second goal Thursday, and leads the team with six points (two goals, four assists) in seven games.
|Apr 01 '08||CGY 3 at EDM 2||O. Nolan|
|Mar 29 '08||EDM 2 at CGY 1||D. Penner|
|Feb 09 '08||EDM 1 at CGY 4||D. Phaneuf|
|Feb 04 '08||CGY 0 at EDM 5||F. Pisani|
|Jan 13 '08||CGY 1 at EDM 2||A. Hemsky|
|Nov 17 '07||CGY 3 at EDM 1||O. Nolan|
|Nov 10 '07||EDM 4 at CGY 2||S. Horcoff|
|Oct 20 '07||EDM 1 at CGY 4||J. Iginla|