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Post Game Notebook: Flames vs. Oilers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Flames-Edmonton game Saturday at the Pengrowth Saddledome won 4-2  by the Oilers

If there is one word to sum up how the Calgary Flames feel, it is frustration.

After losing 4-2 to Edmonton Saturday, the Flames fifth loss in a row, the players seemed exasperated.

"When you are in a slump it seems every ittle mistake, every turnover is in your net. That's what happened tonight. We have to go back to working as hard as we can. We are getting frustrated," said forward Alex Tanguay.

Linemate Craig Conroy echoed those sentiments.

"Everyone keeps talking about rock bottom. I don't know if we are there but we are certainly close," said Conroy. "It is the way it is going right now. We know how important these points are ad we are letting them slip away. We are giving up too many good chances and not ding the little things that create wins."

Defenceman Anders Eriksson added: "We have to bear down, stay positive and work hard to get out of this losing streak."

The Flames did not lose five games in a row last season. Twice, however, they lost four games in a row.

Tanguay gets point 500

Alex Tanguay registered his 500th point in the NHL, scoring in the first period against Edmonton to finish off a neat passing play that he started in the Flames zone. Tanguay zipped the puck up to Jarome Iginla who carried it into the Oilers zone. Iginla hit a trailing Craig Conroy who then quickly backhanded a pass to Tanguay for him to put behind Mathieu Garon.

Tanguay has 164 goals, 336 assists and 500 points in 548 games with the Colorado Avalanche and the Flames, who acquired him in the summer of 2006.

His tally was his fifth of the season.

Iginla extended his points streak for six games with the assist -- he has 4-4-8 in that span.

The goal was also a bit of a breakthrough for Conroy. He had gone nine games without a goal and 12 games without an assist.

Nystrom fights again

Young Eric Nystrom certainly isn't afraid to drop the gloves.

The 24-year-old Flames winger, the son of New York Islander great Bob Nystrom and a first round pick of the Flames, was playing in just his seventh NHL game but had his third fight. He tussled with Edmonton defenceman Allan Rourke late in the first period and held his own against Rourke, an eight-year journeyman pro who was recently called up from Springfield, the Oilers top farm club.

Nystrom scored his first NHL in a 5-1 win over Nashville on Oct. 30. Since then he has three fights, one in Minnesota agaist defenceman Kurtis Foster, another in Colorado against Ian Laperriere and then Saturday against Rourke.

Rourke, 6' 2" and 215 pounds, was playing in his 43rd NHL game.

Flames Line-up
Defence Pairings:
Kiprusoff (S) Keetley
 F Wayne Primeau (ankle sprain); D Rhett Warrener (throat infection); F Daymond Langkow (concussion)
The Big Save

Mathieu Garon left Flames forward Marcus Nilson shaking his head in the first period when he made a toe save out of nowhere to rob Nilson at the side of the net. Seemingly out of the play, Garom somehow shot his leg across the goal-line as Nilson was trying to backhand the puck on the short side.

It would have been some sweet redemption for Nilson who was benched along with Cory Sarich and Stephane Yelle during the third period of Thursday's loss to Vancouver. Nilson has gone 10 games without a goal dating back to a game Oct. 16 against the Avalanche.

Uncharacteristic Kipper

Miikka Kiprusoff wants the second Edmonton goal back. You don't even have to ask him.

Robert Nilsson's first of the season was a slapper from a bad angle on the power play.

It somehow got by Kiprusoff on the short side, very uncharacteristic for the normally steady Kiprusoff.

He redeemed himself in the second with the Oilers on a power play absolutely stoning Tom Gilbert, who had crept in from the point and one-timed a slapper that Kiprusoff slid across and kicked out.

The Line Up

The Flames had no healthy scratches. D Rhett Warrener is out with a throat infection; F Daymond Langkow is out with a concussion while F Wayne Primeau is out with a high ankle sprain.

This and that

The Oilers power play ranks 30th in the league. The first period goal against the Flames with the man advantage was just their sixth of the season on 65 attempts...The Oilers have plenty of talent in sick bay including Sheldon Souray, Ethan Moreau and Jon Pitkanen. Souray may return early next week...The Flames entered the game with a 79-73-20-1 record against the Oilers since the team moved to Calgary...

Up Next

The Flames host Minnesota Tuesday at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and is on Sportsnet West and The Fan 960 radio.

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