Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Flames-Oilers game Monday at Rexall Place...
A number of big bumps tonight from both rivals, but one of the most memorable came 4:17 in the opening frame with a hit on Curtis Glencross. As the Oilers' forward races for the loose puck, Phaneuf picks up speed and bangs Glencross into the boards just right of netminder Curtis Joseph.
Oilers' netminder Mathieu Garon was spectacular in net, stopping all 24 shots to hold the Flames scoreless. One of his biggest saves had to be on Calgary captain Jarome Iginla at 12:14 in the first. It looked to be the Flames best scoring chance as Iginla takes not one, but two shots on Garon. The first shot sailed wide of the Edmonton net, but the second shot was square on, hitting Garon in the chest. It started with a cross ice pass from Phaneuf, which forced Garon to quickly slide post to post in order to get across in front of Iginla's one-timer. After taking the shot to the body, Garon was sure to get his frame over it, keeping the Oilers lead.
The Oilers dominated the game right from the drop of the puck. Edmonton got the ball rolling at 6:24 in the opening frame when Fernando Pisani bangs in his own rebound to draw first blood for the Oilers. It was all over from there, although, no one can say the Flames didn't give it a valiant effort, as they continued to push the Oilers' buttons and keep the game physical through 60 minutes of play.
Tensions were high between the two provincial rivals, each wanting to take the next edition of the Battle of Alberta. Fans can always expect a physical game and tonight was no exception. A number of quick toss-ups in the opening two periods, but things really started to heat up in the final frame. Right off the drop of the puck, Robyn Regehr and Zachery Stortini dropped the gloves. Then came the big brawl, which started when forward Eric Godard was called for goalie interference. This started a brawl between the two teams and a one-on-one smack down between Cory Sarich and Curtis Glencross. Sarich definitely had the upper hand in the fight, landing a couple good rights on the Edmonton forward. All in all a spirited tilt between the two rivals.
Netminder Curtis Joseph made his Flames' debut tonight for the first time since being acquired Jan. 17...Cujo has yet to make his debut in front of a Calgary audience, but be sure he'll do that soon.....The Flames are 2-3-0 against the Oilers this season...The Oilers learnt today that forward Shawn Horcoff would be out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury...Flames' captain Jarome Iginla was held off the scoreboard for his tenth straight game...The Flames are 0-2-0 in the month of February...Calgary has 12 home and 17 road games before the end of the regular season.
By The Numbers
60 - Edmonton's face-off percentage
24 - shots on goal for the Flames
10 - games Jarome Iginla has been scoreless in
9 - fighting majors in 60 minutes of play
4 - hits for Robyn Regehr
4 - shots on goal for Jarome Iginla
2 - blocked shots for Steve Staios
The Flames return home to the Pengrowth Saddledome Tuesday to take on Wayne Gretzky and the Phoenix Coyotes for the final time at the 'Dome this season. Game time is 7:00 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West. Fans can also catch the game on The FAN 960 radio. The last time these two teams met at the 'Dome, the Coyotes defeated the Flames 3-1 back on Jan. 8.