Well that game had everything! Goals, Saves, Hits, Defensive breakdowns, Olli Jokinen fighting. The Flames hung on to beat the Oilers 5-4 in the shootout in front of a packed house at the Saddledome.
Calgary came out flying for the first two periods and had a 4-1 lead built up largely on Edmonton turnovers in their own zone, however Nikolai Khabibulin kept making good stops to keep the game from getting out of hand and he was rewarded when his team got a softie past Miikka Kiprusoff thanks to a Jordan Eberle goal with 30 seconds left in the second period which game the Oilers life.
Previous to that the Flames led by Brendan Morrison (how did he not make the Canucks? Seriously how?) and his two goals were absolutely steam rolling the Oilers in every facet of the game. The best part was there was a feeling of hate growing between the two teams. Guys from both teams were taking runs at the opposition, and we got some unlike dance partners highlighted by Olli Jokinen (ya that Olli Jokinen) taking on Sam Gagner in a spirited little scrap after Gagner laid a bit of a cheap shot on a Flames defenceman.
Jay Bouwmeester, and Curtis Glencross also scored for the Flames and things looked good until the Jordan Eberle goal gave the Oilers a little life going into the third. In the third period the Oilers came out flying. They scored twice to tie the game up and overtime settled nothing so it was off to the shootout for the first time this year for the Flames.
The birthday boy Miikka Kiprusoff was perfect stopping all three Oilers shooters including a pathetic effort by Dustin Penner. Alex Tanguay scored the only goal in the shootout ripping one top shelf over Khabibulin giving the Flames the two points. The Calgary Flames have now won three in a row and five of their last six.
The coaching staff’s for both teams will probably just want to throw the tape of that game out the window, however both teams have some positives and negatives to learn from in this game. Next up for the Flames is a battle with the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night. Last years the Avs were a source of never ending frustration for Calgary. A win in that game would exorcise a few demons for the Flames.
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!