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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Oilers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Edmonton Oilers could only solve Calgary Flames goaltender Reto Berra once.

It was all they needed to take the third installment of the Battle of Alberta.

Ryan Smyth’s first of two goals on the night stood as the game winner while Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season to lift the Oilers to a 2-0 victory at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

With Smyth parked to Berra’s right, Ales Hemsky’s centering feed bounced off the chest of the longtime Oilers forward and over the line to put Edmonton up 1-0 with just 2:38 remaining in the first period.

The goal came after Mark Giordano had one of his own waved off.

Joe Colborne and David Jones couldn’t find the back of the net on their 2-on-1 rush, but with the play still in Edmonton’s zone, Giordano fired a shot from the point that got by Dubnyk. The goal was immediately waved off after the referee ruled Colborne had impeded Dubnyk’s movement on the play.

It was as close as the Flames could come.

Smyth added his second of the game into an empty net with just 5.8 seconds remaining.


Just over five minutes into the second period, Anton Lander found himself with a clear-cut opportunity on Berra but the Flames goaltender, who is 3-0 to start his NHL career in shootouts, stared down the Oilers shooter and kicked out Lander’s shot with his pad.


Giordano’s no-goal was followed by Smyth’s lucky bounce three minutes later, putting Calgary in a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of on Friday.


“I’ve got to be careful with what I say, I’m a rookie so I don’t want to get into it too much but that’s a tough one. I thought Gio made a good play faking the shot and I think that is what caused Dubnyk to go down and have to move. I don’t think it was me but that’s something we’re going to have to look at on the video.”



Though the Flames lost on the scoreboard, the Oilers left Calgary bruised after being outhit 26-9.


Derek Smith was scratched against the Blues. Dennis Wideman (broken hand), Kris Russell (MCL sprain), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) and Blair Jones (torn meniscus) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames return to the ice Sunday to welcome the Vancouver Canucks (5:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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