NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Calgary
(Saturday, December 31st)
Final Score: Calgary 6, Edmonton 5
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Kristian Huselius scored the game-winning goal with just over a minute left in the game to lift the Calgary Flames over the Edmonton Oilers, 6-5, at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Shean Donovan and Daymond Langkow both scored two goals apiece and Miikka Kiprusoff made 25 saves for Calgary, which has won four of its last five games. Matthew Lombardi added a shorthanded tally for the Flames, who now stand alone in first place in the Northwest Division.
Jarret Stoll and Ales Hemsky registered a goal and an assist each, Ryan Smyth added his 17th tally of the season and Jussi Markkanen stopped 19 shots for Edmonton, which has lost three of its last four games. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Raffi Torres added goals for the Oilers.
Tied at 4-4 in the third period, Langkow gave Calgary a 5-4 lead 7:28 into the final frame after he poked a rebound that caromed off the crossbar into an open net.
Edmonton netted the equalizer with 5:39 remaining in the game after Hemsky beat Kiprusoff through the five hole with a wrist shot from inside the right circle to make it 5-5.
Calgary forged ahead one last time after Huselius gathered a draw off the faceoff and ripped a shot from the right circle that caromed off of two Edmonton defenders and past Markkanen for a 6-5 lead with 1:15 left in the contest.
"It's not the way we want to win every night but we'll take it," Donovan said. "It's nice to help out."
The Flames jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead after Langkow tapped a rebound through Markkanen's five hole for a power-play tally 4:38 into the opening stanza. Less than eight minutes later, Donovan beat Markkanen stick side with a wrister from the left circle to pad the Flames' advantage.
"Anytime you score five goals, I don't care where you are playing, you should win by two or three," said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.
Undaunted, the Oilers rallied for three goals to take their first lead of the contest. Torres got Edmonton on the board 28 seconds after Calgary's second goal when he put a slap shot past Kiprusoff from down low. The Oilers tied the game less than five minutes later while on the power play after Bergeron's one-timer from the high slot snuck past Kiprusoff.
Edmonton took the lead while on a two-man advantage 10:58 into the second period after Stoll one-timed a shot from the high slot past Kiprusoff's glove side.
Calgary netted the equalizer under two minutes later after Lombardi finished a two-on-one rush when he tucked a backhand through Markkanen's five-hole for a shorthanded tally.
The Flames regained the lead 18 seconds into the third period after Donovan slapped the puck past a sprawling Markkanen from down low to make it 4-3.
The Oilers retied the contest 2:02 into the third frame after Smyth poked a rebound past Kiprusoff while on the power play to make it 4-4.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla continued his slump, going without a point for the fourth straight game. Calgary, which is 14-4-2 on home ice, will host Chicago on Monday...The Flames took a 3-2 season-series lead over the Oilers...Stoll extended his points streak to six games...Chris Pronger had four assists for Edmonton...The Oilers finished 4-of-8 on the power play, while Calgary was 2-of-7.
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