NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Calgary
(Tuesday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Calgary 2, Edmonton 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves to lift the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the Saddledome.
Oleg Saprykin and Rhett Warrener each scored for the red-hot Flames, who have won four straight and are unbeaten in their last six (5-0-1). Calgary also has notched a point in 16 of its last 17 contests, sporting a 12-1-2-2 mark.
Mike York netted the lone goal for the Oilers, now winless in four games (0-1-3). Tommy Salo turned aside 19-of-21 shots in the loss. Edmonton also has just one win in its last eight (1-4-3).
Saprykin put the Flames up 1-0 midway through the first period on the power play. With Salo on his back, players from both teams were scrambling for a loose puck in the crease. Saprykin was the one who found it as he darted in to slam the puck by everyone for his fifth of the season,
Warrener made it 2-0 with his first goal of the year 4:46 into the middle stanza. He skated in from the right point to put home a rebound. Matthew Lombardi had skated in near the goal line and stick-handled in front for a scoring chance and Salo could not control the carom.
Radek Dvorak had a great chance to get Edmonton on the board with 14:00 left in the third period, but he was stoned by Kiprusoff on a breakaway.
York's eighth of the year finally dented the scoreboard for the Oilers with 3:16 left in the final period. York, standing at the left side of the goal mouth, easily slid the puck past Kiprusoff after Dvorak's backhand from the right circle got away.
York could have tied it in the closing seconds from the left circle as Kiprusoff was caught out of the net making a save, but his shot couldn't get through the traffic in front.
Lombardi and Jarome Iginla each posted two assists for the Flames...Calgary's Shean Donovan had his five-game point streak snapped...The Flames are unbeaten in their last seven home games (5-0-2), and have won six of the last eight matchups with Edmonton...Calgary finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Oilers were held scoreless in four opportunities with the man advantage.
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