CALGARY (AP) _ Jussi Markkanen justified the Edmonton Oilers' trade of Tommy
Markkanen made 30 saves and Shawn Horcoff scored at 9:53 of the third period
to offset a goal by Ville Nieminen to lift the Oilers into a 1-1 tie with the
Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
``Jussi was great for us tonight and that's the type of effort we're going
to need down the stretch,'' Horcoff said.
Horcoff deflected a slap shot by Cory Cross that Flames goalie Miikka
Kiprusoff was able to stop. But Horcoff put in the rebound for his 14th goal of
``A big goal and a big point and it still keeps us very much alive and in
the hunt,'' said Horcoff.
Nieminen scored 2:33 into the third for Calgary. Kiprusoff made 27 saves for
Markkanen was making his second start since being acquired from the New York
Rangers last week. He was in goal for Edmonton in a 1-1 tie with St. Louis on
Markkanen made a game-saving glove save off a shot by Jarome Iginla with 7
seconds remaining in regulation, stopping Iginla's slap shot from the top of
the face-off circle.
Markkanen and Ty Conklin will share Edmonton's goaltending duties after Salo
was traded Tuesday to the Colorado Avalanche.
Calgary moved within four points of Dallas for fifth place in the Western
Conference. The Stars lost 4-0 to Pittsburgh.
The tie left Edmonton, unbeaten in its last four (2-0-2), five points out of
the final playoff position in the Western Conference. The Oilers begin a
five-game homestand Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche.
``We've talked about how good we need to be at home down the stretch and
this is going to be a good test for us,'' Horcoff said.
Nieminen opened the scoring 2:33 into the third with his first goal in 33
games dating back to Dec. 21. Calgary acquired Nieminen on Feb. 24 from the
``We played really hard tonight. We were a desperate team, just like they
were and we broke even,'' Nieminen said. ``It was a little disappointing,
especially for our part that we didn't get two points but there's nothing we
can do about it now.''
Nieminen was the first of three players coach and general manager Darryl
Sutter added prior to Tuesday's trade deadline. The others were Chris Simon and