NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Calgary
(Thursday, October 20th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Edmonton 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Chuck Kobasew had two goals as the Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, at the Pengrowth Saddledome
Steven Reinprecht had the other goal and Miikka Kiprusoff was strong in net and made 28 saves for the Flames, who will now embark on a five-game road trip.
Ethan Moreau had the lone Oilers goal and Jussi Markkanen made 19 saves in the losing effort. The Oilers have lost five games in a row after beginning the season with three consecutive victories.
Edmonton came out strong and had several good scoring chances against the Flames while outshooting them 14-4 in the first period. The pressure paid off, as Moreau got the puck behind the net, brought it around the left side and shoved it past Kiprusoff to get the Oilers up 1-0 with 3:39 left in the stanza.
The Flames looked flat in the period and were unable to generate much offense.
The two teams were pretty equal in the second period, but neither were able to generate much until the end of the period.
The Flames scored twice in a span of 71 seconds to go in front. Reinprecht's goal came with 2:48 left in the second, and Kobasew's first tally came a short time later.
After a Kiprusoff save on a Radek Dvorak short-handed breakaway, the Flames brought the puck into the zone. Jarome Iginla took a point shot and Reinprecht got the rebound in the low left circle and wristed it past Markkanen to get the Flames on the board.
"We get the opportunity on the shorthanded breakaway and we win the game tonight. All signs pointed to us winning the game, but we didn't get the win. But were back to playing the way we started the season and that's encouraging," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish.
Just 1:11 later Calgary took the lead on a goal by Kobasew. Jason Wiemer sent a shot towards the net from the left point and Kobasew got his stick on it and tipped it past Markkanen.
"We wanted to get pucks to the net and get some deflections and rebounds and it worked," said Kobasew.
The two teams had trouble establishing any offensive pressure in the final period, and it seemed the next goal would decide the game.
With 4:05 left, it appeared that the Flames increased their lead when Kobasew sent a shot that appeared to cross the line. Moreau cleared the puck and the referees waved off the goal. After a review, it was determined that the puck crossed the goal line before Moreau cleared it out.
Edmonton got some late pressure after pulling Markkanen, but the Oilers lost to the Flames for the second time in less than a week. Edmonton lost at Calgary, 3-0, last Saturday.
"It was a good game and we need to have wins like this," said Iginla. "Miikka has been good, Edmonton came out strong tonight and Miikka played strong in the first period, he kept us in the game early."
Edmonton winger Ryan Smyth has missed six games with a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee...Edmonton went 0-for-6 on the power play.
10/21 00:22:03 ET