Flames pound Oilers

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray and Flames captain Jarome Iginla fight Saturday night at the...

Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray and Flames captain Jarome Iginla fight Saturday night at the Saddledome. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency)

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

The NHL's marketing geniuses should bottle up whatever the Edmonton Oilers excrete during a game and sell it to the public as a hangover remedy.

Nothing cures what ails you like a meeting with the league's worst team.

Just ask the Calgary Flames, who ended a nine-game losing streak in a big way in the Battle of Al-brutal with a 6-1 victory at the Saddledome Saturday night.

It was their first win since Jan. 9.

Their first home ice since Jan. 2.

It was their first six-goal effort since Oct. 20.

Jarome Iginla piled up four points for the first time this season, with two goals and two helpers, and the captain polished off a Gordie Howe hat-trick by fighting Sheldon Souray in the third period.

Dustin Boyd scored a pair for the first time all year, with Souray and Sam Gagner giftwrapping his second as if they worked at Tiffany's.

He added an assist for good measure on Iginla's third-period tap-in.

If not for a great save by Devan Dubnyk late in the game, even Brian McGrattan would have had a highlight-reel goal after splitting the defence.

Producing more offsides than offence, the Oilers now have to deal with the fact they've been swept in the Battle of Alberta for the first time in 28 seasons.

If you can accept the reality that a point for overtime and shootout losses is meaningless and the result is still in fact a loss, they've also just hit a franchise low with 13 straight defeats.

They've managed just one win in their last 21 games — more than a quarter of their entire season.

Looking better than they have since the calendar flipped to 2010, the Flames took advantage of their abysmal opponent.

The newly formed trio of Boyd, Iginla, and Mikael Backlund teamed up for an early lead.

Boyd blocked Denis Grebeshkov's effort to clear the zone from behind the net and Backlund quickly shovelled the puck to Iginla in the slot.

Fanning on his shot, Iginla was tackled to the ice as he watched the puck slide right to Boyd on the other side for a tap-in past Dubnyk and a 1-0 Flames lead just 3:45 into the game.

Boyd was in the penalty box later in the period for sticking his leg out and tripping Tom Gilbert when the Oilers evened things up on the powerplay.

Sniping his 13th goal of the season from an awkward angle past a motionless Miikka Kiprusoff, Gagner had Dome fans wondering how their Flames would screw things up as a pair of slumping NHL teams with at least nine straight losses met for the first time in 22 years.

Then Jay Bouwmeester did something rarely seen in these parts this season — he fearlessly rushed the length of the ice with the puck.

Throwing an extra man on the ice to take advantage of a delayed penalty call, the Flames stormed the Oilers net, and Rene Bourque one-timed Bouwmeester's pass off the post and in to re-take the lead less than a minute after Gagner's goal.

A pair of fans — one in an Oilers jersey and the other a Flames — were spotted in the lower bowl wearing bags on their heads when the puck dropped.

Exploding for three more goals in the second period, it was finally safe for the Flames fan to take his off.

Boyd's unassisted marker was followed up by Dion Phaneuf's second goal in three games 44 seconds later early in the middle frame.

Iginla got into the goal column with his 23rd of the year on a two-man powerplay, tapping Mark Giordano's rebound past a sprawling Dubnyk.

The rout was on.

The losing streak over — at least for the Flames.

Oilers fans will have to wait.


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