Smith and Gaudreau help Flames finally edge Oilers, 1-0

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday,

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday,

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) fights with Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey game

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) fights with Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey game

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) and defenseman Kris Russell (4) look on as Calgary Flames right wing Chris Stewart (8) tries for a rebound

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) and defenseman Kris Russell (4) look on as Calgary Flames right wing Chris Stewart (8) tries for a rebound

Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) and defenseman Ethan Bear (74) battle for the puck with Calgary Flames right wing Michael Frolik (67), from

Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) and defenseman Ethan Bear (74) battle for the puck with Calgary Flames right wing Michael Frolik (67), from

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) looks on as defenseman Matt Benning (83) gets the puck away from Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund (11)

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) looks on as defenseman Matt Benning (83) gets the puck away from Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund (11)

Edmonton Oilers left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) is checked by Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey

Edmonton Oilers left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) is checked by Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey

Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) fights for the puck with Calgary Flames centre Curtis Lazar (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey

Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira (16) fights for the puck with Calgary Flames centre Curtis Lazar (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey

Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) checks Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Calga

Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic (27) checks Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic (24) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Calga

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) lets in a goal against the Calgary Flames in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 13, 20

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) lets in a goal against the Calgary Flames in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 13, 20

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mike Smith made 28 saves, Johnny Gaudreau scored in the second period and the Calgary Flames edged the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 on Tuesday night to end a seven-game losing streak against their provincial rival.

It was a superb bounce-back performance for Smith in his second game after missing a month with a lower-body injury. Smith was beaten four times on 26 shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

Calgary (35-26-10) is two points behind Dallas and Colorado, who occupy the two wild-card spots in the Western Conference. The Flames began the night three points back of Los Angeles for third place in the Pacific Division.

Cam Talbot made 31 saves as Edmonton (30-35-4) had its three-game winning streak snapped.

The most dangerous Oilers player all night was Connor McDavid, who entered on a seven-game point streak (six goals, seven assists) and with 18 goals in his last 19 games. But despite a team-high five shots and several other setups, McDavid could not solve Smith.

Early in the third, Smith acrobatically kicked out his pad to rob Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a one-timer after he was set up perfectly by McDavid. On that same shift, McDavid swooped in alone on Smith, only to be denied by the 35-year-old goalie.

Smith also made a highlight-reel stop late in the second to preserve the one-goal margin, getting his arm on a shot from Ryan Strome after a bad bounce resulted in the Edmonton center having the puck alone in front.

Calgary scored at 5:18 of the second when Sean Monahan's pass found Gaudreau alone in front and he zipped a backhand over Talbot's shoulder.

Gaudreau's 22nd goal of the season extended his point streak to five games (two goals, five assists).

Edmonton thought it took a 1-0 lead at 14:05 of the first when Zack Kassian banged in a puck that was partially covered under Smith, but the goal was waved off immediately because the whistle had blown.

NOTES: Calgary made two lineup changes at forward, with Drew Shore and Chris Stewart inserted for Matthew Tkachuk (upper body) and Mark Jankowski (coach's decision). ... Kris Versteeg (hip) missed his 49th game for the Flames but is nearing a return and could play as soon as Friday. ... Ex-Flame Mike Cammalleri, who played in career game No. 900, has gone 30 games without a goal.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Flames: Host the Sharks on Friday night.

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