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Oilers drop 4-1 decision to Flames

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton got the jump on the Flames early with two consecutive shifts of pressure in the Calgary end. The best chance came when Ethan Moreau crashed the net in front of Kiprusoff. The puck was loose in the goalmouth but the Oilers couldn't lift it over the multitude of Flames bodies in front.

Shawn Horcoff tried to convert four minutes in as his shot from the right circle went through Kiprusoff's legs and out the other side.

Six minutes into the game, shots on goal were 9-1 in favour of the Oilers as they were thoroughly dominating the Flames early on.

Calgary had a brief one-minute power play but it was negated after Ryan Smyth drew a penalty on Kristian Huselius for holding after moving up ice on a partial breakaway. Edmonton turned their power play to a 54-second two-man advantage after Shean Donovan hooked Steve Staios as he skated through the neutral zone.

Calgary struck for the game's first goal after Dick Tarnstrom was stripped of the puck by Jarome Iginla. Iginla then found Langkow in the slot, who deked Roloson for the goal.

With seconds ticking down in the opening period, Horcoff again got the puck through Kiprusoff's wickets but once again the puck squirted out the other side, just grazing the outside of the left post.

After one period, Edmonton was outshooting Calgary 14-9 but trailing 1-0 on the scoreboard.

The second period started out with a rarity: three-on-three hockey. Shortly after the first set of penalties expired, Kristian Huselius scored on a four-on-four to double Calgary's lead to 2-0.

An attempted shot by Langkow dribbled over to Huselius after a bad bounce and the Flames winger wristed it in past an outstretched Roloson.

4:12 into the period, Huselius struck again to make it a 3-0 game. On the power play, Huselius wristed it off the right side boards top corner to beat Roloson on a clean shot.

Less than a minute later, the Oilers struck for their first of the night. Ales Hemsky shot it in front where Horcoff tipped it over Kiprusoff.

On the ensuing faceoff, Georges Laraque and Chris Simon dropped the gloves. Simon acted as Laraque's personal punching bag for about a minute with Laraque the clear victor in the fight. After the bout, Laraque signalled to the crowd, getting the Rexall Place faithful back in the game.

Midway through the second, Roloson made an unbelievable stop on Shean Donovan as Donovan looked to have a wide open cage but Roloson stretched his left pad just enough to deny the Calgary winger. Less than a minute later, Iginla rang a shot off the post, keeping the game at 3-1.

It was Kiprusoff's turn to make a big stop with about five minutes to play in the middle period. Torres fed Stoll who was streaking down the right side but the Flames goaltender slid across to deny the one-timer.

After two, the Oilers were down 3-1 but picked up some momentum in the second period. Shots on goal were 21-18 for Edmonton.

2:20 into the third, the Oilers looked to have scored their second of the night but it was waived off due to a penalty call on Raffi Torres.

On the ensuing power play, Andrew Ference blasted a shot from the point that beat Roloson through a screen to increase the Flames' lead to 4-1.

NOTES: Georges Laraque drew back into the lineup for the Oilers after missing two games with a hip flexor injury. Brad Winchester was a scratch as a result... Prior to the game, the Oilers honoured March Molson Cup winner Dwayne Roloson... Carsen Germyn made his NHL debut for Calgary after being recalled from Omaha (AHL) this morning...
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