- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

CALGARY, ALBERTA (AP) - Mike Cammalleri scored two goals and added an assist, Curtis McElhinney made 35 saves for his first NHL victory, and the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Saturday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.

McElhinney 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 appearances.

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.

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.

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.

Notes:@ John Negrin assisted on Lundmark’s goal for his first NHL point. … Calgary was 0-for-2 on the power play.



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