NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Edmonton
(Monday, December 19th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Calgary 4
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Fernando Pisani knocked in the go-ahead goal with 45 seconds remaining to lift Edmonton over rival Calgary, 5-4, at Rexall Place.
Shawn Horcroff racked up two goals and an assist and Igor Ulanov also scored twice to help the Oilers to their third consecutive victory. Jussi Markannen stopped 10-of-11 shots after relieving Michael Morrison early in the third period.
Kristian Huselius, Daymond Langkow, Dion Phaneuf and Steven Reinprecht all tallied goals for the Flames, who blew a 4-2 lead late in the second period and had a three-game win streak halted.
"Our most disappointing loss of the season by far," said Calgary defenseman Rhett Warrener. "We're not a team that believes much in what the other team does, when we get a two-goal lead, we should close it out, but obviously we didn't work hard enough to accomplish that tonight."
The game appeared to be headed into overtime until the Oilers came up with a hard-fought score in the final minute of regulation.
Ethan Moreau muscled his way along the boards and skated behind the net before dropping a backhander to an awaiting Pisani at the doorstep. Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff stopped Pisani's finial attempt but couldn't handle the rebound, resulting in the back-breaking goal.
"We showed a lot of composure," said Pisani. "We know we can come from behind in games, and we showed that again tonight. Ethan made such a nice pass to me in front of the net, and I missed it the first time, then I just kind of whacked at it, and ended up shoving it across the line."
The teams played to a 2-2 tie after one period before the Flames scored twice within a 30-second span in the second to move ahead.
Phaneuf ended Morrison's night with a power-play rocket from the point with just under six minutes elapsed in the period. Markannen then entered, but his first clearing attempt was intercepted by Robyn Regehr, who promptly shot the puck which was re-directed by Reinprecht and into the net for a 4-2 lead.
However, Jason Wiemer would be whistled off for holding later on and Edmonton took advantage. Ulanov one-timed Moreau's set-up try to cut the deficit to one with 4:31 left until the second intermission.
The Oilers would draw even just past the midway point of the third, when Horcroff corralled Steve Staios' wide shot and sent it under Kiprusoff's skate from a bad angle.
Huselius gave Calgary an early 1-0 lead with a steal and breakaway 4:33 into the contest. Just over three minutes later, Ulanov's first goal of the night knotted the score.
Langkow took in a 2-on-1 pass from Jarome Iginla following an Edmonton turnover to put the Flames back in front, but Horcroff tied it at 2-2 with a snap shot from an Ales Hemsky behind-the-net feed before the opening frame would come to a close.
Edmonton has rallied from two-goal deficits each time during their current three-game win streak...Ulanov, a 14-year NHL veteran, registered his first- ever two-goal game...Horcroff now has three tallies over his last two games after going 14 in a row without a goal...Moreau had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games....Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold was named to the U.S. Olympic Team Monday for the upcoming games in Italy.
12/20 02:02:13 ET