NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Edmonton
(Saturday, January 20th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, Edmonton 0
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 31 shots en route to his sixth shutout of the season, as the Calgary Flames blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 4-0, in a Northwest Division showdown at Rexall Place.
Kiprusoff's shutout was also his 20th wearing the Calgary sweater, tying him with Dan Bouchard for most career shutouts by a Flames goaltender. Bouchard played with the Flames from 1972-1981.
Dion Phaneuf and Matthew Lombardi each had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which has won two straight and seven of nine. Dustin Boyd and Alex Tanguay also tallied for the Flames and Roman Hamrlik picked up a pair of helpers.
Dwayne Roloson surrendered four goals on just 16 shots for Edmonton before being replaced by Jussi Markkanen in the third period. Markkanen made seven saves the rest of the way, as the Oilers had their brief two-game winning streak halted.
Calgary drew first blood on the power play, as Roloson stopped an initial shot by Hamrlik before Lombardi corralled the rebound and deked around the Edmonton netminder, stuffing the puck past him with 4:51 remaining in the first period.
Despite the score, the Oilers headed into the first break with momentum, as they outshot the Flames 10-6 at the start.
The Flames then opened a 2-0 margin in the second stanza, as Boyd's wrister from the right circle went through the five-hole of Roloson before slowly trickling across the goal line at 13:09.
Then, with just 1:27 remaining in the second, the Flames scored again to hold a 3-0 edge. On an odd-man rush, Kristian Huselius deposited the puck through the legs of Edmonton's Jason Smith, and Tanguay was on the receiving end of the pass. The left winger then moved in and sent a snapshot into the wide open cage.
Calgary added another marker in the third, following a pair of huge saves by Kiprusoff at the other end. The Flames netminder denied chances by Ryan Smyth and Marc-Andre Bergeron, with Kiprusoff making the sprawling stop on Smyth's wrister.
The Flames went back the other way, with Lombardi leading the rush. Phaneuf then pinched in on the play, took a feed from Tony Amonte, and sent a wrist shot past Roloson, ending the netminder's evening with 3:39 played as the Oilers faced a 4-0 deficit.
Things started to get ugly down the stretch, as Edmonton's Zach Stortini leveled Robyn Regehr along the end boards, then had a heated exchange with Calgary enforcer Eric Godard.
On the very next shift, Stortini and Phaneuf started jawing back and forth before a melee ensued. Every player on the ice got involved in the pushing and shoving, which was followed by Marcus Nilson dropping the gloves and going toe-to-toe with Marty Reasoner. Reasoner received a game misconduct, while Stortini received a ten-minute misconduct.
Not more than a minute later, Jason Smith challenged Regehr, and those two players also engaged in fisticuffs. Beyond the fighting majors, Smith also received two minutes for slashing as the officials tried to restore order.
That was about the only fight Edmonton had left in them, as the Flames cruised to the final horn.
The Flames improved to 20-0-0 when leading after two periods...Calgary leads the season series, 4-2...It was the first time in six games the visiting team picked up the win...These teams meet two more times before the season ends...Kristian Huselius has a seven game point streak, totaling five goals and five assists in that span...Phaneuf has a five-game point streak with three goals and four assists in that stretch...Edmonton went 0-for-6 on the power play, while Calgary finished 1-for-5.
01/21 01:05:23 ET