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Inside The Game - Flames vs. Oilers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


EDMONTON, AB -- The Edmonton Oilers chased starting goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff early.

The Calgary Flames couldn't get to Devan Dubnyk until the final minutes of the game.

Three goals on six shots chased Kiprusoff from the net while Dubnyk made 33 saves as the Oilers upended the Flames 4-1 at Rexall Place on Monday night.

The Oilers wasted no time getting to Kiprusoff, scoring on their opening two shots of the contest for the second consecutive game.

It took Justin Schultz just 3:52 to add his sixth of the season and first in 16 games, taking a feed from Taylor Hall in the slot and firing a shot over Kiprusoff's blocker.

Schultz, the current leader in points among defencemen in the American Hockey League, returned the favour on Edmonton's second shot of the game. After Hall's unsuccessful bid to split the Calgary defense, Schultz corralled the puck before finding Hall barreling down the left side, cutting to the net and lifting a backhand over the glove of the Calgary keeper at 9:55 to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead on two shots.

The Oilers accomplished the same feat on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. Like Canucks starter Cory Schneider, Kiprusoff was chased soon after.

With 3:32 left in the frame, Ryan Jones' seemingly harmless one-handed backhand from the goal line on a broken rush found its way behind Kiprusoff, who gave way to Joey MacDonald for the second consecutive game.

MacDonald managed to hold the Oilers at bay through the middle frame before Nail Yakupov gave Edmonton a 4-0 edge midway through the third, taking a pass from Jones in the slot and firing a high shot that handcuffed the Flames goalie at 10:30.

Calgary snapped Dubnyk's shutout bid with 1:32 remaining in the game, sliding a scrambled play by the pad of the Oilers goaltender for his second in as many games to end the goaltender's personal shutout streak at 166:28, marking the final 4-1.


Sliding the puck by Dubnyk's right pad after a scrambled draw, McGrattan's tally late in the third was the only one to beat the Oilers goaltender on the night.


MacDonald flashed the leather to snag Ladislav Smid's point shot tipped 15 feet in front of the cage with three minutes remaining in the third period to keep the Oilers from adding another.


Midway through the third period, Mark Giordano followed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into the end boards, sending the 19-year-old sophomore for a rough ride.


Scoring three goals on the first six shots in chasing Kiprusoff, the Oilers built an early lead Calgary couldn't chip away at.


"He is one of the best goalies in the world. It doesn't help when his first two shots tonight were basically point-blank shots, breakaways right in front of the net. Those are the first two shots he sees. It's not a good job by us. You can write what you want about the last two games but our team has leaned on him for a long time and he gives us a chance to win pretty much every night. I have nothing but good things to say about him and how talented he is."

-Matt Stajan


Playing 23:16, Chris Butler established a new season high in time on ice.


Anton Babchuk was scratched against the Oilers on Monday. Paul Byron remains out indefinitely with a broken wrist.


The Flames return to Calgary to wrap up the second of a home-and-home series against the Oilers on Wednesday (8 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before departing on a three game road trip that will pit them against the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche.

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