The Oilers got on the score board early in hopes to keep the momentum on their side. With a 1-0 lead, they found themselves on the PP and instead of turning it into a 2-0 lead, Grebeshkov turns the puck over into the welcoming hands of Langkow, who makes no mistake passing it over to Rene Bourque who bury's it in the net. The Oilers were able to add one more on the board, but things kept rolling for the Flames as they went on to take this one 5-2.
TOP PERFORMERS OILERS -Gagner is already on a three game point streak with two goals and five assists. He adds two assists to make it seven points in his last four games. With that being said, Hemsky picks up two more points tonight assisting on the same goals as Gagner. Hemsky moves up the ladder to 12 points in nine games played.
FLAMES- Rene Bourque already solid against the Oilers this year with four points, adds a goal and two assists tonight to make it seven. Bourque scored his goal shorthanded off a nice pass from Langkow to tie the game at oneNigel Dawes also had a great night against the Oilers scoring two goals and finishing at a +1.
SAVE OF THE GAME Kiprusoff had to be big at the midway point of the final frame. With Hemsky speeding down the wing with open O'Sullivan in front, Kiprusoff had to make three big saves. The first was a slap shot from Hemsky, O'Sullivan picks up the rebound and zips a hard wrist shot on net. Unlike a sponge, he spits the rebound right back onto the stick of O'Sullivan who this time tries to lift it up and over his glove. He had NONE of that and robbed his shot out of the air.
THE 4TH STAR Three stars went to: Bourque Dawes and Hemsky. The one we've talked about is Gagner. He'll take the fourth star tonight with his two assists tonight both coming on the power play. He had energy right out of the gate and kept his game strong and extended his point streak to four games.
STAT OF THE NIGHT JF Jacques adds two more hits to his already impressive number. He ups his hit total to 38 and remains fourth in the NHL behind Ryan Callahan, Chris Neil and Dustin Brown.
QUOTABLE Calgary Flames Coach Brent Sutter: “We took some bad penalties and we were able to kill them off, we’re fortunate that way.” “For the most part it was a pretty solid hockey game.” “Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) stood tall.” “We had a lot of very good hockey players here tonight.”
Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn: “Once they had little a lead, we reverted to solo play, and we abandoned the game plan.” “We had a lot of guys cheating to get some offence, but you don’t get it when you cheat.”
BY THE NUMBERS
7- Points that Rene Bourque has against the Oilers this season, three of those tonight. 30- Points Horcoff has in 44 games all time against the Flames. 62- Points Iginla has in 73 games all time against the Oilers. 41- Goals that the Flames have in their past 10 games. 38- Shots faced by Khabibulin tonight....5 let in.