NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Edmonton
(Tuesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, Calgary 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Petr Sykora scored his second goal of the game in the third period to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the rival Calgary Flames at Rexall Place.
Ales Hemsky assisted on both goals for Edmonton, which won its fourth consecutive game and will continue a seven-game homestand on Friday against Chicago.
Dwayne Roloson made 23 saves in the victory.
Kristian Huselius scored his seventh goal of the season for the Flames, who had won six straight games overall entering this contest but suffered a hard- fought, one-goal loss against their cross-province Northwest Division rivals.
Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff allowed two goals on 25 shots.
With the contest knotted at 1-1 in the final period, the Oilers were pressing in their offensive zone but could not solve Kiprusoff. Following a Calgary dump-in and a subsequent line change, Edmonton blueliner Daniel Tjarnqvist corralled the puck and fired an outlet pass through the neutral zone for Hemsky, who carried the disc over the blue line and fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Kiprusoff made the save, but the rebound sat beneath the right circle before Sykora swooped in and lifted home a backhander with 6:03 remaining in regulation.
"I just got a couple of chances and the puck went in for me," said Sykora. "They were two pretty big goals for this club."
The Flames had several scoring chances in the final minutes, including a slap shot by Jamie Lundmark in the low slot that missed the net by mere inches. Kiprusoff was pulled with 30 seconds to play in favor of the extra attacker, but Roloson kept the door shut and the Oilers held on for the win.
This marked Sykora's fourth game-winning goal of the season.
The Flames opened the scoring near the midway point of the first period when Huselius scored his fourth goal in as many games. A routine dump-in by Calgary was stopped behind the net by Roloson and Edmonton blueliner Tjarnqvist attempted to clear the puck along the boards. But Chuck Kobasew's stick got tangled with Thoresen's and the disc squirted out to the top of the crease where Huselius, while falling down, easily deposited his seventh goal into an open net at the 9:46 mark.
In the final minute of the first, the Oilers tied the score. Skating on the power play, the Oilers used a crisp, well-executed tic-tac-toe passing play to beat Kiprusoff.
Marc-Andre Bergeron held control beneath the right point and passed down to Hemsky along the outer rim of the left circle. Hemsky then quickly fed a cross-ice pass to the top of the right circle for a blazing one-timer by Sykora that flew into the back of the cage with 31 seconds to play.
"We worked hard to get the first goal and then they took it to us," said Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr. "The rest of the game we didn't do a good enough job to win a very big game."
It was Sykora's third two-goal game of 2006-07...Edmonton now leads the Battle of Alberta season series, 3-2...Edmonton finished 1-for-3 on the power play while the Flames were scoreless on six chances with the extra skater...Edmonton committed two delay of game penalties for lifting the puck over the glass...Sykora has 11 goals...Attendance was 16,839.
11/22 01:55:50 ET