Although the Oilers got the 3-2 win Saturday night with
Nashville's 4-2 victory over Colorado eliminated the Avalanche on Saturday night, giving Calgary the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't," said Iginla when asked if he was keeping an eye on the out-of-town scoreboard during the game. "I was curious but honestly, we were prepared before the game, expecting Colorado to win as they had been winning all their games. I saw it once and (Colorado) was up. Then I heard the crowd get pretty excited and you look up and to see that was a little surprising."
Iginla liked how the Flames played in the first 30 minutes when a playoff spot was still on the line.
"We had a real strong first half of the game and unfortunately we didn't finish it," Iginla said.
Then, Calgary will face the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the playoffs.
"We've had some good games with them, they're a very skilled team, big on puck control, and we had a good series with them a few years ago," Iginla said.
Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid also scored for Edmonton, which finished its worst season since 1995-96 on a winning note, snapping a stretch of six straight losses and a team record-tying nine straight defeats on the road.
"I know what it's like when you make the playoffs, it's a tremendous relief and the game wasn't all that important for them after that, I'm sure," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "Nevertheless, we played a good game."
In its final 20 games, Edmonton was 2-17-1 and outscored 70-24.
"It's nice to get a win in our last game, especially the way we've been struggling lately. We came out and we played a great, enthusiastic game and that's one of the reasons why we won," Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson said.
Edmonton began its comeback at 14:56 of the second period when Hemsky snapped the Oilers' team-record scoreless streak on the power play. Edmonton had gone 207 minutes and 44 seconds without a goal since
The Oilers' next goal took less than five minutes with Smid tying it at 2-2 with 10 seconds left in the second. Thoresen's game-winner at 11:16 of the third came on a give-and-go with fellow rookie Danny Syvret.
Nilson gave the Flames a 1-0 lead 36 seconds into the second period. The same line of Nilson, Amonte, and Stephane Yelle struck again eight minutes later with Amonte scoring his first goal in 20 games.
- Calgary D Robyn Regehr (leg) was unable to play after getting hurt in the first period of Thursday night's loss in San Jose. Inserted in his spot after being a healthy scratch the previous seven games was rookie Mark Giordano. Also unable to play for Calgary was RW Jeff Friesen (torso)
- Edmonton's power play finished the season 4-for-67 over the final 20 games
- Calgary finished 30-9-2 at home, tied for its second-best home record in franchise history. The top mark of 32-4-4 came in 1988-89, the year Calgary won its only Stanley Cup
- 2001-02 is the only season that both Calgary and Edmonton have missed the playoffs.