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Flames put chill into Oilers

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Curtis McElhinney ended up wiping

shaving cream from his eyes after a game that was anything but

meaningless for the Calgary backup goalie.

McElhinney made 35 saves for his first NHL victory, Mike

Cammalleri scored two goals and added an assist, and the Flames

beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Saturday night in the

regular-season finale for both teams.

"My left eye is burning considerably right now, but for the win

they could put anything in my face tonight. It felt great,"

McElhinney said.

McElhinney, starting in place of workhorse Miikka Kiprusoff,

improved to 1-6-1 this season and 1-8-1 overall. The former

Colorado College star has started seven games and made 19 NHL


"Obviously it's been a long time," McElhinney said.

"Unfortunately, I've been here for over 100 games and I've had

to be extremely patient playing behind Kip, but tonight felt

great and it's a nice way for us to head into the playoffs."

Craig Conroy and Jamie Lundmark also scored for the Flames,

relegated to the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoffs

after Vancouver beat Colorado to win the Northwest Division.

Calgary will face fourth-seeded Chicago in the first round.

"Now we know we're going to start on the road and we're going to

get ready for that," Flames captain Jarome Iginla said.

"Chicago, we think, is a good matchup for us. It's going to be a

really good atmosphere in both buildings. They've got a good

young team. It's going to be great and I'm looking forward to


Conroy praised the 25-year-old McElhinney.

"Unbelievable, he was our best player by far," Conroy said. "He

was fun to watch. He is that good. He just doesn't get many

opportunities and when he does, it's usually back-to-back and

you know we haven't played that well in back-to-backs."

Defenseman Tom Gilbert scored for the Oilers, out of the

playoffs for the third straight season since losing to Carolina

in the 2006 Stanley Cup final. The Oilers lost eight of their

final 11 games.

"It's tough to get up for these last couple games when you're

not playing for much," Edmonton winger Andrew Cogliano said. "We

had so many games that mattered in the past 25 games or so and

to come and play two games at the end here that really didn't

matter much was tough."

After Gilbert opened the scoring at 2:19 of the first period,

Cammalleri tied it at 8:26 of the second. Cammalleri put a

backhander toward the net that went through defenseman Taylor

Chorney's legs and then through goalie Jeff Deslauriers's pads.

Cammalleri, set to become an unrestricted free agent after the

season, put the Flames ahead with 4:08 left in the period with

his team-high 39th goal. Cammalleri's shot from the slot found

the top corner beyond Delaurier's glove.

Conroy and Lundmark scored in the third period.


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