Hamilton, Flames beat Hurricanes 4-1 for 7th win in row

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Dougie Hamilton scored twice, Mike Smith made 38 saves and the Calgary Flames ran their winning streak to seven straight games with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Even with leading scorer Sean Monahan out with the flu, the Flames controlled the entire game.

Matt Stajan opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first period with his first goal of the season.

Hamilton made it 2-0 later in the first period. Hamilton scored again early in the third for his first multigoal game of the season.

Matthew Tkachuk added an insurance goal late and Johnny Gaudreau had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games in a row.

Scott Darling made 26 saves for Carolina, which has lost four of five. Lee Stempniak scored with 4:31 remaining to avoid a shutout.

The Flames were faster and physical from the start.

Barely six minutes in, Curtis Lazar took the puck from his own blue line all the way to the front of the Carolina net, beating two defenders, but lost the puck before could get a shot off. The loose puck ended up right on Stajan's stick, and he fired a wrister past Darling for his first goal in 37 games dating to last season.

The Flames doubled their lead with 1:13 left in the first period. A huge hit by Micheak Ferland at center ice forced a Hurricanes turnover and resulted in a 3-on-2 Calgary rush, and Hamilton snapped home a one-timer to make it 2-0.

Flames captain Mark Giordano received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head and was ejected in the third period. He hrew his shoulder into the face of Sebastian Aho, who was preparing to shoot. Aho remained down on the ice for several minutes, had to be helped off and didn't return.

NOTES: Monahan is expected to return in time for the Flames' next game. ... The Hurricanes have been outscored 21-12 during their current 1-4 stretch. ... F Ryan Lomberg and D Matt Bartkowski were scratched for Calgary. ... Hurricanes C Derek Ryan (upper body injury) missed his second straight game. ...F Josh Jooris and F Phillip Di Giuseppe were scratched for Carolina.


Flames: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 20 after their bye week.

Hurricanes: Visit the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 20 after their five-day break.