Flames 3, Senators 2

David Moss would love to see the Calgary Flames play more often
in Ottawa.

Moss scored goals 2:23 apart in the second and Calgary held on
to snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the
Senators on Friday night.

Ales Kotalik scored a power-play goal late in the second for the
Flames, who were on a 0-2-2 skid. Anton Babchuk assisted on both of
Moss’ goals.

”It’s been nice so far,” said Moss, who had the only
three-goal game of his career at Scotiabank Place two years ago.
”I’ve only played here twice, a hat trick and then tonight, so
it’s been a good feeling.”

Henrik Karlsson made 32 saves for Calgary, losing his shutout
bid on Nick Foligno’s goal midway through the third.

Sutter used his timeout after Milan Michalek scored with 57.4
seconds left in the third to draw Ottawa within one.

”I think in the third we sat back a little bit,” Moss said.
”We knew they were going to make a push but we have to be able to
weather that better.”

The Flames, who had a four-game winning streak prior to their
skid, have claimed 12 of a possible 18 standings points in their
last nine games. Calgary is 14th overall in the Western Conference,
eight points behind Chicago for the eighth and final playoff
spot.

”We’ve just got to stay with it,” said coach Brent Sutter, who
recently said he wanted his team to get four of every six available
points.

”That’s one of the goals we have is just making sure that we do
that, and take care of our short-term goals and not look at where
we’re sitting in the standings or what’s going on anywhere around
us, let’s just make sure that we take care of our own business,
what we have to do and how we have to play, and the standings will
take care of themselves come April.”

The Senators, who went 0 for 4 on the power play, are 1-5-2 in
their last eight games.

”I thought we played a pretty good game,” Michalek said. ”We
made some mistakes in the second period and that cost us the game.
Going into the third we were losing 3-0 so it was hard to come
back, but we worked hard and we almost came back.”

Brian Elliott, who stopped 23 shots, fell to 0-5-2 in his last
seven starts.

Ottawa snapped a six-game skid Thursday night with a 6-4 win in
New York over the Islanders as 19-year-old Robin Lehner got the win
in his first NHL start.

Karlsson, a 6-foot-5 Swedish rookie, made his eighth start and
second straight appearance after relieving Miikka Kiprusoff in
Tuesday’s shootout loss in Carolina.

”It’s a big win for us,” Karlsson said. ”I think we played
really well tonight.”

Moss gave Calgary a 1-0 lead with his seventh goal 5:32 into the
second. Rene Bourque cut toward the middle from the left side and
flipped a backhand pass forward as Moss charged the slot to tip the
puck past Elliott.

”I was coming with speed and he kind of saw me coming through
the neutral zone and he made a great play,” Moss said.

The Flames went ahead 2-0 at 7:55 on Moss’ second goal of the
game, a wrist shot for his eighth of the season.

Kotalik made it a three-goal lead when he scored with 16.2
seconds left in the second, just four seconds after Ottawa’s Chris
Neil was tagged with an extra roughing minor for his skirmish with
Adam Pardy.

Foligno scored unassisted 9:56 into the third when he snapped a
shot past Karlsson for his seventh goal. He got his second point of
the game with an assist on Michalek’s goal.

NOTES: Karlsson has a 3-3-3 mark in 10 games this season. …
Moss got his hat trick in a 6-3 win in Ottawa on Mar. 3, 2009. …
Flames D Robyn Regehr did not play because of a knee injury. D
Brendan Mikkelson was inserted into the lineup and played his first
game since Dec. 1. … Ottawa coach Cory Clouston used his timeout
after Moss’ second goal.