NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Calgary
(Tuesday, March 9th)
Final Score: Edmonton 1, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Shawn Horcoff scored with 10:07 left in the third period to enable the Edmonton Oilers to earn a 1-1 tie with the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.
Ville Nieminen scored the lone goal for the Flames, who are 3-2-1 in their last six contests. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 27 shots between the pipes for Calgary, which failed to pick up a win against its provincial rival for the just the second time in the last seven meetings (5-0-1-1).
"Kiprusoff's a good goalie," Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish said. "He's played that way all year apparently. We had a lot of good quality chances."
Jussi Markkanen made 30 saves for the Oilers, who extended their unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2).
Both goalies were strong in the first two periods. Markkanen stopped 19 shots, just two more than Kiprusoff, whose best effort came on a robbery of Mike York in the first period. York was standing in the slot as he looked to put home a rebound, but Kiprusoff reached across at the last second to keep the puck out.
Nieminen broke the scoreless tie with just his third marker of the season 2:33 into the third frame. Shean Donovan did the dirty work, retrieving his own rebound below the goal line after his initial shot went off the side of the net. The puck fluttered off his stick to Nieminen at the doorstep and he tucked it in for the one-goal margin.
The Oilers evened it just prior to the midway point of the stanza on Horcoff's second effort. Cory Cross flicked a wrist shot that Horcoff deflected downward. Kiprusoff made the save but could do nothing more than kick it right back out to Horcoff, who slammed home the rebound for his 14th tally of the campaign.
Calgary's Jarome Iginla had a scoring chance in the final 10 seconds as he poked the puck behind an Edmonton defender off a neutral zone draw. Iginla raced ahead to retrieve it and fired a slap shot into the left pad of Markkanen.
"It was a really well-played game," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said. "What you've got to remember is that the team used everybody."
Edmonton was given a power play in extra time after Matthew Lombardi was called for holding at 1:28, but Kiprusoff turned aside three shots to keep the game going.
In all, Kiprusoff made four saves in overtime, compared to a pair of stops for Markkanen.
Edmonton was scoreless in five power-play chances, while the Flames were 0- for-3 with the extra skater...Seven of the Oilers' last nine games have gone into overtime...Calgary is 4-2-2 in its last eight home games...Edmonton traded goaltender Tommy Salo to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in exchange for defenseman Tom Gilbert. Colorado also received the Oilers' pick in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
03/10 01:54:24 ET