GAME AT A GLANCE
EDMONTON— The Oilers struck first but it was the Flames that extinguished Edmonton's playoff dreams.
With the win, the Flames have officially eliminated the Edmonton Oilers.
Adrian Aucoin, Alex Tanguay
and Owen Nolan scored in seperate periods, giving the Flames the 3-2 victory.
|Calgary Flames' Cory Sarich, center, defends goalie Mikka Kiprusoff of Finland, from Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan) |
The first period was fast paced and both teams had a multitude of chances. The Oilers got themselves on the board first when Kyle Brodziak made a pretty pass to Curtis Glencross. His 14th goal of the season beat Kiprusoff five hole at
Edmonton took the first two penalties of the game, both for holding the stick, and the Flames got their power play going on their second chance. Adrian Aucoin netted the equalizer at 14:12. The power play goal really boosted the team's confidence and their forechecking was drastically better than the first half of the period.
The second period was another high-octane 20 minutes. Chances were traded back and forth, with both goaltenders making huge saves to keep their respective teams in the game.
Aucoin then made a huge hit on Ales Hemsky. He took him out along the boards and the forward was hurting when he made back up to his feet. He limped to the bench and then headed back to the locker room. He did not return to the game.
Alex Tanguay got lucky a break late in the second period and it put the Flames up by a goal. His odd-angle shot hit Dwayne Roloson and bounced into the corner of the net. Tanguay's goal came with just three seconds left in the period.
The third period was full of desperation on the Oilers part. They knew they needed a win to keep their playoff dreams alive. Glencross received a stretch pass from Kyle Brodziak and broke in alone in the Flames zone. His wrist shot beat Kiprusoff and tied the game up.
The Oilers kept coming from there. Kiprusoff had to be at his best as Edmonton sent shot after shot at the Finnish netminder, playing their hardest for the post-season.
Owen Nolan would play spoiler however. Dion Phaneuf sent a blast from the point, with Matthew Lombardi trying to tip the puck, and the rebound landed right on Nolan's stick. He made no mistake with his wrist shot, sending it over Roloson's shoulder. It was his first goal in 22 games and it at 16:16, making it extremely hard for the Oilers to come back.
Edmonton tried their hardest but the Flames stood tall under an assault of shots sent at their net in the final minutes.