Oilers, Flames both hammered as Albertas teams lose by a combined 15-1 score

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It was an awful night to be an NHL fan in Alberta.
First the free-falling Edmonton Oilers were thumped 6-0 by the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, then the Calgary Flames were embarrassed 9-1 by the San Jose Sharks, resulting in Alberta's NHL teams losing by a whopping combined margin of 15-1.
Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson was rarely tested in his shutout, making 24 stops while sending the Oilers to their eighth straight loss, and 15th in their last 16 games.
"I won't be flashing my teeth, because I think they just got kicked in," Edmonton coach Pat Quinn said. "After a game like that you're pretty discouraged. There were a lot of people that didn't compete very well."
While Edmonton's loss Monday wasn't a shocker, the Flames are battling with Colorado and Vancouver for top spot in the Northwest Division. They didn't look like a playoff contender as eight different Sharks beat Calgary starting golatender Miikka Kiprusoff and reliever Curtis McElhinney.
"It's obviously very embarrassing and disappointing," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "There are certain things you expect from individuals and we didn't come close to it. It's very humbling to see what happened. When you get beat this bad you better realize it's a wakeup call."
Dany Heatley scored twice for San Jose, which has won 13 of 16 games to tie Chicago for the most points in the NHL.
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Ottawa 5 Boston 1; Toronto 4 Nashville 3; New York lslanders 4 New Jersey 0; Buffalo 7 Phoenix 2; Columbus 4 St. Louis 2; Tampa Bay 3 Carolina 2; Florida 1 Atlanta 0; and Dallas 4 Minnesota 3.
At Denver, Kyle Cumiskey and Matt Duchene each scored twice for the Avalanche.
Anderson, 28, has set personal bests in starts (41), wins (24) and minutes (2,461).
On Monday, he added another to the list as he earned his career-high fourth shutout of the season. He wasn't tested save one Oilers chance in the second period, when he casually slid over to stop Patrick O'Sullivan's close-in wrist shot.
Other than that, he was constantly in the proper place.
"I play better when I'm more in control and not trying to do too much," Anderson said. "When you make the unbelievable save that makes the highlight reels, you're out of position and you're desperate. When you're making the easy saves and making everything look easy, that's a sign of a good goalie who's reading the play well."
He's been reading things well all season. It wasn't enough to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team that will play in Vancouver next month. Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick and Tim Thomas will man the nets there for the Americans.
"You can't fault them for taking the guys they did, because they've had outstanding seasons," Anderson said. "I'm going to take it as rest and get ready for the last month of the season."
While the Avalanche matched their longest winning streak of the season, the Oilers are heading in the opposite direction. They've dropped eight straight and 15 of 16.
As for the Oilers, they can't get much lower.
"This is unacceptable. There has to be a change," Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff said with his head between his hands. "This is frustrating. It's the same thing every night."
At San Jose, Calif., the eight Sharks goal-scorers broke the franchise record of seven last reached in a 9-4 win over Detroit on Jan. 4, 2007.
Manny Malhotra and Scott Nichol also scored in the first for San Jose.
Jed Ortmeyer, Ryane Clowe, Devin Setoguchi and Rob Blake added goals as the Sharks broke out to a 7-0 lead and blew out their longtime nemesis. Pavelski added three assists, and Ortmeyer and Nichol each added two assists to tie career highs for points in a game.
Miikka Kiprusoff, who had won six of his last eight starts against his former team, allowed six goals on 34 shots before being pulled after two periods. Curtis McElhinney gave up three more in the third for the Flames, who allowed their most goals in a game in four years.
Calgary has lost five straight games for the first time since November 2007. Flames captain Jarome Iginla has not scored in nine games.
"That's about rock bottom," Flames forward Eric Nystrom said. "The only place to go is up from here. You guys aren't blind, there are a lot of things we have to do to get better. It's about pride and we didn't have very much today."
Evgeni Nabokov was tested a few times in the second but had a relatively easy time earning the win, allowing only a third-period goal to Robyn Regehr that spoiled a chance to earn his 50th NHL shutout.
While this game was won by the production on San Jose's second and third lines, the top trio got involved late in the second when Heatley scored his 28th goal of the season on the power play to make it 5-0. Heatley added his 29th in the third to make it 9-1. That prompted chants of "We want 10! We want 10!" from the crowd.
Senators 5 Bruins 1
At Boston, Daniel Alfredsson scored three goals in his second game after missing 11 with a shoulder injury and Ottawa beat the struggling Bruins to end an 11-game losing streak against goalie Tim Thomas.
Maple Leafs 4 Predators 3
At Nashville, Phil Kessel scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:48 left to give Toronto a victory over the Predators.
Islanders 4 Devils 0
At Uniondale, N.Y., Rick DiPietro made 20 saves for his first shutout in almost two years and Matt Moulson scored twice, leading the Islanders over New Jersey.
Sabres 7 Coyotes 2
At Glendale, Ariz., Jason Pominville scored his 12th and 13th goals and Buffalo routed the Coyotes to move into a tie with Washington atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Blue Jackets 4 Blues 2
At Columbus, Ohio, Rick Nash scored for his 400th NHL point and Chris Clark notched his first goal with the Blue Jackets in a victory over St. Louis.
Lightning 3 Hurricanes 2
At Raleigh, N.C., Steve Downie scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to help Tampa Bay beat the Hurricanes.
Panthers 1 Thrashers 0
At Sunrise, Fla., Gregory Campbell scored the game's only goal midway through the second period and Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves in Florida's victory over Atlanta.
Stars 4 Wild 3
At Dallas, Mike Modano scored his 551st NHL goal, backup Alex Auld stopped 22 shots, and the Stars beat Minnesota at home again.

Organizations: Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, NHL Colorado Avalanche San Jose Sharks Toronto 4 Nashville 3 Dallas 4 Minnesota 3 Islanders Blue Jackets

Geographic location: Alberta, Edmonton, San Jose Vancouver Calgary Ottawa Tampa Bay Colorado Chicago New York Denver U.S. San Jose, Calif. Detroit Boston Nashville Toronto Uniondale New Jersey Glendale, Ariz. Buffalo Washington Columbus, Ohio St. Louis Raleigh, N.C. Sunrise, Fla. Florida Atlanta Dallas Minnesota

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