After breaking even on their six-game road trip, the Edmonton Oilers attempt to strengthen their hold on a playoff spot when they begin an eight-game homestand Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Zack Kassian, Jordan Eberle and Patrick Maroon also scored for the Oilers, who have won two games in a row. Tomas Tatar scored his 15th goal in the setback against the Flames, tying him with the recently departed Thomas Vanek for the team lead.
McDavid blazed past a pair of defenders and beat goalie Petr Mrazek on the backhand for his 22nd goal of the season just two minutes into the game.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (25-26-11): Henrik Zetterberg notched an assist against the Flames to extend his point streak to five games.
The Oilers ran all over Detroit in the second period, outshooting them 14-5, but couldn't extend their lead and had to take a slim 2-1 advantage into the third period.
Although Detroit shipped defenseman Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers as well as forwards Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens and Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers prior to Wednesday's National Hockey League trade deadline, players refused to say that the Red Wings are giving up on making the playoffs. Sproul left the game early in the second period with a leg injury after losing his balance and sliding awkwardly into the net... Relied upon primarily for his defensive play, Backlund has 20 goals this season, helping the Flames pull six points ahead of Los Angeles and seven up on St. Louis for the first wild card in the Western Conference.
Red Wings: Travel to Toronto for a game Tuesday night.
The Oilers continue the home stand on Tuesday against the New York Islanders.