FINAL SO
BOS
6
BUF
7
FINAL
TOR
5
OTT
1
FINAL
NJD
3
CAR
6
FINAL OT
NYR
1
TBL
2
FINAL
WSH
3
PIT
1
FINAL
SJS
1
LAK
0
FINAL
CGY
2
EDM
1
CGY
41-29-12
EDM
25-45-12

30 SOG
17 SOG

Flames continue hex over Oilers with 2-1 win

Robin Brownlee  - NHL.com Correspondent | Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:06 AM

EDMONTON, Alta. -- It's a new calendar year, but it was the same old result for the Edmonton Oilers against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place on Saturday night as the Oilers lost for the 10th time in the last 11 editions of the Battle of Alberta, dropping a 2-1 decision to their provincial rivals.

The Flames won their season-high fourth straight game and continued a mastery of the Oilers dating back to a 4-1 win at the end of the 2008-09 season. This time, they got goals from Tim Jackman and Mark Giordano while Miikka Kiprusoff had to make just 17 saves.

"Sometimes, for whatever reason, you get on a good run," Calgary captain Jarome Iginla said of his team's domination of the Oilers. "They're always big games against these guys as far as momentum.

"When you don't them, it magnifies. When you do, it's even bigger than a normal win, too."

Bad results against the Flames -- interrupted only by a 4-0 victory Oct. 7 in their season opener -- are getting old in a hurry for the Oilers, who lost their sixth straight game and are 6-10-3 at home.

"We just couldn't conjure up the proper connection to the game," Edmonton coach Tom Renney said. "Emotionally and physically, I thought we got pushed out of the game early.

"I don't think we pushed our way in at all. We didn't sustain much of any kind of pressure. I thought in our own end, we needed a greater battle level than what we demonstrated. We seemed to be disconnected."

Since that 4-0 loss to the Oilers, the Flames have won three straight against the Oilers as part of their 10-for-11 run.

"We were coming out feeling real good about ourselves," Iginla said of a losing to the Oilers after going undefeated in the preseason. "That kind of put a little stress in it."

Slow starts have plagued Edmonton all season, and the opening 20 minutes was no different. While the Oilers talked about getting off to a better start, they stood around as the Flames, aided by two power plays, fired 19 shots at Nikolai Khabibulin while mustering just three of their own at Kiprusoff.

The Flames directed 34 shots in the direction of Khabibulin in the first period -- they had 10 blocked and missed the net on five others -- but had only a goal by fourth-line grinder Jackman at 12:47 to show for it.

"Our line's been getting some offensive pressure the last few games," said Jackman, who had a goal in a 3-2 win over Colorado Friday. "We're starting to get a few bounces, so things have been going good."

The shots were 21-6 for the Flames when Ryan Jones got the Oilers even on Edmonton's seventh shot. Jones took a pass from Tom Gilbert and snapped the puck past Kiprusoff for his ninth goal of the season at 10:19.

It didn't stay even very long as Olli Jokinen won a faceoff back to Giordano, who fired a slap shot from the point that deflected off Dustin Penner and behind Khabibulin at 14:16 for what would stand as the winner.

The Oilers mustered few chances the rest of the way, even taking a bench minor for too many men after pulling Khabibulin for an extra attacker.

"It's not just about shots," center Sam Gagner said. "We weren't playing in their end and they were in our end. It's as simple as that.

"We feel like we're prepared. We're working hard at practice, making sure we have good habits. For whatever reason, when the game starts, we're a little tentative and not really ready for the physicality. In a game like that, it's so important to be physical and intense. For whatever reason, we didn't have it."

The Oilers, already without captain Shawn Horcoff (knee) and Ryan Whitney (ankle) for at least another month, took another hit when star rookie Jordan Eberle left the game three minutes into the second period with an ankle injury after a collision along the boards with Ales Kotalik. Eberle's left leg folded under him as he went down from the hit.
1st2nd3rdT
CGY
EDM
Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:47CGY Tim Jackman (5) Backhand shot - ASST: David Moss (5), Jay Bouwmeester (10) 1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
10:19EDM Ryan Jones (9) Snap shot - ASST: Tom Gilbert (8), Dustin Penner (14) 1 - 1 Tie
14:16CGY Mark Giordano (4) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Tanguay (21), Olli Jokinen (13) 2 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
NONE
Penalty Summary
1st Period
14:41EDM Nikolai Khabibulin  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
17:25EDM Taylor Hall  Hooking against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
18:31EDM Andrew Cogliano  Cross checking against  Cory Sarich
18:31CGY Cory Sarich  Cross checking against  Andrew Cogliano
3rd Period
17:52CGY Olli Jokinen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:38EDM Gilbert Brule  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
PeriodCGYEDM
1st193
2nd75
3rd49
Total3017
Team Stats
CategoryCGYEDM
Power Plays0/30/1
Hits2021
Faceoff Wins2629
Giveaways1521
Takeaways610
Blocked Shots2328
Penalty Minutes48
  • CALGARY
  • EDMONTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. BouwmeesterD0102028:35
5M. GiordanoD1015021:05
6C. SarichD0010217:00
7A. PardyD0000013:43
8B. MorrisonC0002020:14
10N. HagmanL0001011:53
12J. IginlaR0002020:33
13O. JokinenC0102218:14
15T. JackmanR101307:57
16T. KostopoulosR0011011:40
17R. BourqueR0003018:01
18M. StajanC0001012:33
20C. GlencrossL0001015:13
25D. MossR011208:49
26A. KotalikR0003013:14
28R. RegehrD0000025:07
33A. BabchukD0001011:30
40A. TanguayL0101020:39
#GoaliesSVSASv%TOI
34M. Kiprusoff1617.94160:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4T. HallL0001218:44
5L. SmidD0000019:33
13A. CoglianoC00-22220:49
14J. EberleR000004:51
16C. FraserC0000011:51
22J. JacquesL0001010:17
26K. FosterD0003020:13
27D. PennerR01-12023:42
28R. JonesL1012017:40
42R. O'MarraC000108:25
43J. StrudwickD00-10017:30
45S. BelleD00-10017:30
46Z. StortiniR000007:51
49T. PeckhamD0000019:16
67G. BruleC0001012:19
77T. GilbertD0101025:58
83A. HemskyR00-21020:04
89S. GagnerC0012018:15
#GoaliesSVSASv%TOI
35N. Khabibulin2830.93358:50