Oilers top Flames 8-3; goalies Mike Smith, Cam Talbot fight

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Russell, right, fights with Calgary Flames' Noah Hanifin during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

CALGARY, AB – Edmonton used a fast start and strong finish to get past Calgary.

Connor McDavid scored twice to lead the Oilers to an 8-3 victory over the Flames on Saturday night in a game that featured a goalie fight.

The Oilers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and extended it to three before the Flames rallied in the second period. Edmonton then reeled off four unanswered goals and earned their first win over the Flames in four tries this season.

“When we start better, we start on time,” Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who chipped in four assists. “We’ve lost a few games against them this season so we wanted to come out strong and come out fast.”

Draisaitl also took the time to share his thoughts on David Rittich's stick-flip celebration following his shootout-winning save against the NHL's leading scorer when the Oilers and Flames met last Wednesday.

"It's just disrespectful," Draisaitl said. "We hit two posts and he's celebrating like they just won the Stanley Cup. Just show some respect, that's my opinion."

Mike Smith, who spent the last two seasons as Rittich's teammate in Calgary, acknowledged that the pair have an on-going relationship, but did admit the Flames netminder took things too far.

"What goes around comes around," Smith said.