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


”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


”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.