CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Mike Morrison has come a long way from the ECHL to an NHL shootout.
Fernando Pisani scored the deciding goal in the tiebreaker, and Morrison made 27 saves as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 Friday night.
After each team's first three shooters failed to score, Pisani beat Miikka Kiprusoff through the legs on a deke.
"I got out there and I just had one move in my mind and I thought if I do it and it works, that's great," Pisani said.
Morrison was glad to see another goaltender burned by the play.
"He's done that to me about 300 times in practice so I'm glad it worked when we needed it," Morrison said.
Calgary's Chuck Kobasew was the final Flames shooter but he was turned aside by Morrison, giving the Oilers their fifth win in six games.
"When they were going down on Kipper and then coming down on me it was so, so loud," Morrison said. "You don't realize it until after the shot and it kind of dulls down and your ears are ringing. It was exciting. You cant beat that."
Radek Dvorak scored for Edmonton, which moved within two points of second-place Calgary in the Northwest Division.
Marcus Nilson scored for the Flames, who lost for only the second time in their last 12 (10-1-1).
"We had some good scoring chances in the third period, but the other goalie, he played a good game and he was just a little bit better," said Kiprusoff, who finished with 33 saves.
Both teams had great chances to score in overtime but both goalies stayed strong.
Edmonton had an opportunity to win late when Ethan Moreau burst through and forced defenseman Roman Hamrlik to take a hooking penalty with 12 seconds left in regulation.
However, despite applying steady pressure through the subsequent 4-on-3 advantage, the Oilers couldn't get the puck past Kiprusoff.
Morrison stymied the Flames for over 51 minutes before Nilson scored at 11:34 to tie it 1-1. Steven Reinprecht slid a pass through the slot that slipped between the skates of Oilers defenseman Steve Staios and was jammed in the open side by Nilson.
Making his third start in a row, Morrison improved to 4-0.
His run took a while to get started. After being recalled from Greenville of the ECHL on Oct. 24th when Ty Conklin was sent to Hamilton (AHL) on a conditioning stint, Morrison sat on the bench and backed up Jussi Markkanen for his first 10 games with the Oilers.
After winning his first NHL start in Colorado on Nov. 14th, Morrison has started four of Edmonton's last six games. He has a 1.48 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in that span.
"We threw him to the wolves in Colorado and that's always a tough building to win in as well," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We weren't in a great situation when he went in there, and if you can handle the pressure in your first start in that building, you can handle the start in Game 4 here in Calgary. He's shown a lot of composure."
Meanwhile, Conklin has been on the sideline since returning from his conditioning stint, having missed the last eight games with a groin injury.
Edmonton took the lead at 14:42 of the first period.
Jarret Stoll spotted Dvorak open on the far side of the net and zipped a pass across that Dvorak one-timed in the open side.
Kiprusoff would not be beaten the rest of the way until the shootout. He made several great saves, including a diving stop with the paddle of his stick denying Stoll of what looked to be a sure goal in the final seconds of the first period.
"He's a great goalie," Morrison said. "I can remember watching him in the playoffs last year while I was on a cruise in the Caribbean and here I am playing against him."
Kiprusoff also started the second period with a similar stop, thwarting Marty Reasoner at the side of the net.
Notes: Edmonton D Chris Pronger (bruised knee) missed his first game of the season. ... The Oilers improved to 11-2 when scoring first. ... Calgary had its 24th consecutive regular-season sellout, dating to the final 10 home games of the 2003-04 season. ... Slumping Edmonton C Mike Peca played on the fourth line between LW Todd Harvey and RW Georges Laraque. Harvey had been a healthy scratch four of the previous five games. Laraque hasn't scored in 32 games, dating to March 16, 2004.