Flames deal Oilers 13th consecutive loss

Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:53am EST
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CALGARY (Reuters) - The Edmonton Oilers moved within one loss of tying their all-time futility record when they lost 6-1 to the Calgary Flames on Saturday, their 13th consecutive defeat.

Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists to help Calgary end a nine-game losing streak.

The Oilers, the NHL's worst team with a 16-31-6 record, have not won a game since December 30 and have just one victory in their last 21 games.

A loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Edmonton on Monday would tie the team's winless streak of 14 games set during the 1993-94 season when they lost 13 and tied one.

The 1974-75 Washington Capitals and 1992-93 San Jose Sharks have the NHL's longest losing streak at 17 defeats in a row, while the 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets went 30 games without a win, the NHL's longest winless streak.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolinal; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

<p>Edmonton Oilers' Sheldon Souray (L) fights with Calgary Flames' captain Jarome Iginla during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta January 30, 2010. REUTERS/Jack Cusano</p>