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Under the Scope: Oilers at Flames

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

On another tough Battle of Alberta where the Oilers were coming in having played the night before for the second consecutive Saturday, the Calgary Flames managed to pull out a tightly-contested 3-0 win.

After a scoreless first period, the Flames scored twice in the second on goals by Tom Kostopoulos and Jarome Iginla to power their way to victory. Iginla added an empty netter for his second of the night. Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves in the defeat.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

After Ladislav Smid took a high-stick to the face courtesy of Olli Jokinen, the Oilers went on a four-minute power-play. The Flames were able to kill that off and then scored on a power-play of their own which immediately followed. Derek Smith's shot found Tom Kostopoulos in front of the net where he put it past Devan Dubnyk to open the scoring in the second period.

536 Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester's consecutive-games streak - the longest current NHL streak and longest ever for a blueliner.
6 Scoring streak heading into the game for both Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, snapped tonight.
16 Ryan Smyth's road points, which rank third in the NHL.
2-5-0 Oilers record in the second game of back-to-back sets this season.
495 Career goals now for Jarome Iginla after netting two on the night.

Miikka Kiprusoff
21 21 0 60:00 1.000

Jay Bouwmeester
G A P +/- Shots
0 1 1 +2 2

Jarome Iginla
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +2 3

Miikka Kiprusoff

21 21 0 60:00 1.000

Devan Dubnyk
33 31 2 57:54 .940

Jay Bouwmeester - D

29:32 - 1 PT, +2 rating

Tom Gilbert - D

23:46 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

With time winding down in the second period, Jarome Iginla planted himself at the top of the right faceoff circle. It was there that he one-timed a blast past Dubnyk after taking a feed from Brendan Morrison, who was in the corner of the zone.

Jarome Iginla did it all for the Flames on this night. He had two hits, a huge goal late in the second period, put the empty-netter in and was +1.

Despite missing a good chunk of the second period after taking a stick to the chops, Ladislav Smid returned to the game in the third period after getting stitched up. He had limited ice time in the game but managed three hits and a blocked shot in his 17:12 of work.

Each team had one player in the lineup tonight who was acquired via the waiver wire. Calgary had Blake Comeau, who was picked up by the New York Islanders earlier this season while the Oilers had Ryan Jones who was plucked from Nashville at the tail-end of the 2009-10 season.

"We didn't have enough juice tonight to push like we needed to."

-- Oilers head coach Tom Renney speaking as the team concluded a back-to-back set tonight once again against the Flames.

Thursday, December 15  at Phoenix
  7:30pm MST (SNET-EDM / 630 CHED)

The Oilers continue their road swing with a game next Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes. That game can be seen on Sportsnet Oilers with a puck drop of 7:38 p.m.


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