Flames eliminated despite routing Oilers 6-1
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:05 AM
On any other night, a 6-1 victory against the archrival Edmonton Oilers
would be cause for celebration in Calgary. Not so on Wednesday night.
Not even Jarome Iginla
's 12th career hat trick was enough to keep the Flames from having their playoff aspirations ended. Victories by Chicago and Anaheim eliminated the Flames from the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Flames (41-29-11) also got goals by Rene Bourque
, Alex Tanguay
and Curtis Glencross
, as well as three assists from Mikael Backlund
. Miikka Kiprusoff
made 22 saves for his 262nd win as a Flame, tying Mike Vernon's franchise record.
None of it was enough to erase the disappointment of being eliminated from the playoff race.
"It was a lot of fun for all of us," Tanguay said. "We played a great game. But we wanted to get into the playoffs. We've been battling extremely hard since Christmas, and we just missed it. It's too bad we didn't start that stretch a week or two earlier.
"Now it's going to end up costing us. It's certainly frustrating, the way our club has been playing since Christmas."
had the only goal for the 30th-place Oilers, who came to Calgary after sweeping a home-and-home series against the League-leading Vancouver Canucks.
Calgary outshot Edmonton 20-3 in the first period but left the ice scoreless thanks to Nikolai Khabibulin
, who stopped Tanguay's penalty shot and the other 19 shots he faced. But Bourque opened the scoring 3:44 into the second period, and Iginla's made it 2-0 at 13:18. He took a pass by Backlund and snapped a shot from the top of the faceoff circle over Khabibulin's glove.
It was his 40th goal of the season, the fourth time he's reached that mark and the first since he had 50 in 2007-08.
Iginla scored again at 16:24, one-timing Tanguay's cross-ice pass for a power-play goal to make it 3-0.
Iginla capped off his first three-goal game of the season scoring his 42nd goal at 6:47 of the third period, chipping in a backhand from the side of the net to make it 6-1. As hats rained down at Scotiabank Saddledome, the crowd gave Iginla a standing ovation that eventually turned to chants of "Iggy, Iggy."
"He is great -- a lot of goals and a lot of points and really working hard for us," Backlund said. "He's a great player and a great leader and it's good playing with him and having him on my team.
"He's really a role model to look up to."
The loss assured the Oilers of finishing last in the overall standings for the second straight season. The Oilers haven't made the playoffs since their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006.
Iginla was more interested in celebrating Kiprusoff's mark.
"It feels good tonight to see Kip tie the record for being the winningest goal in Flames franchise history," he said. Kiprusoff can break the mark by beating Vancouver in the regular-season finale on Saturday.
Edmonton clinched last place for the second consecutive year. It is the fifth year in a row out of the playoffs for the Oilers.
"It's a learning curve. This is a learning curve," coach Tom Renney said when asked if playing on back-to-back nights contributed to the loss. "It's mind over matter. When opportunities like we had tonight present themselves, you've got to push through.
"There's a system of play that will protect you. There's a way to manage the puck that will protect you. There's a way to play with a certain level of discipline that will protect you -- and it you can do those things, it's not 6-1."
Material from team media and wire services was used in this report.