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Inside the Game: Battle of Alberta Round 2

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames


lt looked like the Flames could win round two of the Battle of Alberta. With Sheldon Souray and Sam Gagner out of the lineup, the Oilers appeared to be struggling a bit in the first period. The Oilers were all over the place with weak penalty killing and allowing four power plays for the Flames. Four minutes in the first, Todd Bertuzzi scored his fifth goal of the season on the power play assisted by Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla.

The Flames' second power play goal came later when Langkow hits a one-timer that got pushed in by Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick when he tried to clear it and it bounced back in off of Mathieu Garon's skate.

It seemed the Flames were on fire as they outshot the Oilers 17-3 in the first.

Flames Line Combinations


Defence Pairings:
Kiprusoff (S)  McElhinney

Official Gamesheet

However, the rest of the game belonged to Edmonton as they regrouped and rattled the Flames with three unanswered goals in the second.

Winger Steve MacIntyre created momentum for the Oilers when he slammed Flames forward Dustin Boyd against the boards. He then dropped the gloves and scrapped with Brandon Prust. Both men entered the penalty box with five-minute fighting penalties while Prust got an additional two-minute instigating penalty and 10 minute misconduct.

Oiler Captain Ethan Moreau got Edmonton on the board with  a snapshot over Miikka Kiprusoff's left shoulder and put the Oilers on the scoreboard, 2-1.

Two minutes later, Fernando Pisani tied the game for the Oilers when he shot wide-open on Kiprusoff when the puck came from behind the net via Marc Pouliot. Andrew Cogliano followed on a turnover and grabbed the puck and quickly scored his second goal of the season and put the Oilers in the lead.

The Flames never recovered from their first period lead even with a last attempt to add a sixth player on the ice in the last minutes of the game. The Oilers continue their winning streak and are 4-0.

THE BIG HITS: Oilers defenceman Steve MacIntyre boarded Dustin Boyd. Brandon Prust reacted and he and MacIntyre dropped gloves resulting in five-minute fighting penalites plus a two-minute instigator penalty and ten minute misconduct call for Prust.
THE TURNING POINT: MacIntyre's hit to Boyd against the boards in the second period changed the momentum of the rest of the game.

THE ROSTER: Flames Scratches: D Adam Pardy, F Andre Roy, and F Wayne Primeau

WORTH NOTING: Coach Mike Keenan tried some experimenting with his lines. The first line included Conroy at center with Iginla and Cammalleri and the second line consisting of Bertuzzi, Langkow, and Rene Bourque.

BY THE NUMBERS: Daymond Langkow had a goal and an assist both on power plays.. Todd Bertuzzi got his fifth tonight and leads the team with the most goals. The Flames outshot the Oilers 33-27. Edmonton registered 21 hits to Calgary's 8...

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