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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Oilers

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


EDMONTON, AB -- Sean Monahan has squared the Battle of Alberta.

Monahan had two goals, including the overtime winner, to lift the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Saturday night.

Monahan took a feed from Paul Byron out of the corner and slid a shot under Ilya Bryzgalov with 3:10 remaining in the overtime period for his team-leading 18th goal of the season. The victory evens the season series between the provincial rivals 2-2.

It was Monahan who got things going for the Flames in the first period, too.

Both teams traded chances before Sean Monahan put the Flames up 1-0 near the midway mark of the first period.

After Ilya Bryzgalov booted Joe Colborne’s sharp-angle shot into the slot, the 19-year-old Monahan gathered the rebound, spun and fired over the shoulder of the Oilers goaltender for his  17th of the year at 10:15.

The Oilers pressed for the equalizer minutes later with Nick Schultz sneaking a shot through the legs of Berra, but Mark Giordano swept the puck off the goal line before an Edmonton forward could deposit the loose puck.

Giordano then went on the offensive, jumping into the rush and getting in alone on a partial breakaway before having the puck roll off his stick as he went in alone on Bryzgalov with just over a minute remaining in the opening frame.

Neither team could generate the same type of scoring chances during the next 20 minutes with both Berra and Brygalov stopping a collective nine shots in the second period.

A post stood between Giordano and a 2-0 Flames lead 8:03 into the third period. On the power play with Jeff Petry in the box for high-sticking, the Calgary captain stepped into a blast that beat Bryzgalov but not the post to keep Edmonton within one.

The post proved costly nearly two minutes later as David Perron worked his way to the faceoff dot and fired a shot that beat Berra blocker side to tie the game at 9:43.

With 7:16 remaining, Berra stuffed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ wraparound attempt, following it up by denying the former first overall pick on his second wraparound of the period with just over five minutes left in regulation to force overtime.


After picking up Colborne’s rebound in the slot, Monahan spun around and lifted his team-leading 17th of the season over Bryzgalov to put the Flames up 1-0 midway through the first period.


After Nick Schultz’s point shot from the high slot trickled through Berra’s pads, Mark Giordano swooped behind the Calgary netminder to sweep the puck out of the crease to deny the Oilers their first goal of the contest.


Monahan’s overtime marker clinched two points for the Flames on Saturday.


With his heroics Saturday, Monahan became the youngest player in franchise history to record an overtime winner.


Derek Smith, Chad Billins and Lee Stempniak (personal) all missed the game due to injury. Brian McGrattan (upper body), Karri Ramo (lower body) and Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) missed the game due to injury.


The Flames wrap up their two-game road trip on Monday when they visit the Minnesota Wild (5:00 p.m. MST, SNET-W, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

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