Edmonton at Calgary

Tanguay gets shootout winner for streaking Flames


CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames didn't look like a team that has won five of six, but they were just good enough to knock off the rival Edmonton Oilers.

Brendan Morrison scored two goals, Alex Tanguay netted the shootout winner, and the Flames escaped with a 5-4 victory against the resilient Oilers on Tuesday night in a game Calgary led by three goals.

"We didn't play a smart third, but we won and it's a big two points," Morrison said.

The Flames looked in control when they led 4-1 late in the second period, but that cushion was erased by the Oilers' furious comeback that began with Jordan Eberle's goal with 17 seconds remaining in the frame.

Magnus Paajarvi and Tom Gilbert scored in the third to send the game to overtime.

Miikka Kiprusoff, who turned 34 on Tuesday, sealed the victory by sticking out a pad to thwart Dustin Penner on the Oilers' final chance. That came after stops against Ales Hemsky and Eberle.

"It hasn't been the strongest part of my game," Kiprusoff said of past shootout struggles. "That's one thing we talked about after last year. We need every point we can get. I've tried to be better on that and tried to practice it a little more than I had been doing."

Tanguay sent the sellout crowd home happy, firing a shot under the crossbar on the Flames' second shot after Niklas Hagman was stopped on Calgary's first try.

"You saw how deep he was in the net. When the goalie is that deep, usually there's going to be a little bit more to shoot at," Tanguay said.

Jay Bouwmeester and Curtis Glencross also scored for Calgary (6-3).

"I didn't think Miikka had one of his stronger games here, but he's not going to be perfect every night, either," Flames coach Brent Sutter said of his goalie, who came into the game with shutouts in two of his previous three starts. "You have to find ways to overcome that when your goaltender is not as sharp as you need him to be. But in the shootout he was rock solid."

Kurtis Foster had the other goal for Edmonton (2-4-1), winless in five straight. Defenseman Ryan Whitney had two assists to extend his point streak to four games, totaling six assists in that span.

It doesn't get any easier for the Oilers, who will play seven of the next nine on the road. The Oilers are 2-22-3 in their past 27 away games, dating to mid-December of last season.

"The second period was not our best. We were all over the ice, and teams are going to expose us and that's exactly what they did," Gilbert said. "We were fortunate that we were only down 4-2. That goal at the end of the second period was huge for us."

Looking like a completely different team, the young Oilers outshot Calgary 17-10 in the third period.

Edmonton cut the deficit to 4-3 at 6:52. Paajarvi, another of the Oilers rookies, took a pass from Andrew Cogliano and bowled his way to the net with the puck deflecting in off the arm of Kiprusoff.

"You have to play a full 60 minutes, but the way we ended it, that's the kind of heart we want out of our guys in this locker room," Gilbert said. "We gave it all we had, but unfortunately some early goals really cost us in the end."

Morrison opened the scoring during a power play at 5:52, ripping a slap shot past Nikolai Khabibulin from the blue line.

The Flames led 2-1 after the first period and increased their lead on goals by Glencross at 2:02 and Morrison at 9:48. Morrison's goal was Calgary's NHL-leading third short-handed tally.

After being stopped on a short-handed breakaway from his blue line earlier in the period, Morrison got an identical opportunity. This time he beat Khabibulin high on the blocker side.

Edmonton entered 9 for 18 on the penalty kill over its previous four games, and the percentage got worse when the Oilers allowed goals both times they were short-handed in the first.

"We just can't seem to put it together," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "But it's not a matter of throwing your arms up in the air and asking what's going on, it's a matter of sticking with it."


  • Foster left the game in the second period because of a groin injury and didn't return. No update on his condition was provided.
  • The Alberta rivals won't meet again until Jan. 1.
  • It was Morrison's first two-goal game since Dec. 23, 2008, when he scored twice for Anaheim in a 4-3 loss at Calgary.
  • Flames D Steve Staios returned to the lineup after sitting out two games.
  • Calgary C Olli Jokinen played in his 900th NHL game.
  • Khabibulin joined Dallas' Kari Lehtonen and Montreal's Carey Price as the only goalies to play every minute of his team's games this season.
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Alex Tanguay beats Nikolai Khabibulin to help Calgary win for the fifth time in six games. (AP)
Alex Tanguay beats Nikolai Khabibulin to help Calgary win for the fifth time in six games. (AP)
Edmonton (2-4-1)11200 (0)4
Calgary  (6-3-0) «22001 (1)5
Three Stars
B. Morrison

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
C. Glencross

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Paajarvi

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
05:52Power Play - Brendan Morrison (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Giordano, Bourque
08:38Power Play - Kurtis Foster (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Paajarvi, Whitney
19:40Power Play - Jay Bouwmeester (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tanguay, White
02:02 - Curtis Glencross (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Backlund
09:48Short - Brendan Morrison (3), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
19:43 - Jordan Eberle (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Peckham
06:52 - Magnus Paajarvi (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Cogliano, Whitney
09:19 - Tom Gilbert (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Penner, Hemsky
  - Alex Tanguay (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
05:28Brule, 2 min, Hooking
08:08Iginla, 2 min, Tripping
19:28Paajarvi, 2 min, Holding the Stick
19:45Gagner, 5 min, Fighting
19:45Jokinen, 5 min, Fighting
03:34Bourque, 2 min, Holding
09:40Staios, 2 min, Interference
12:12Fraser, 5 min, Fighting
12:12Fraser, 2 min, Instigator
12:12Fraser, 10 min, Misconduct
12:12Giordano, 5 min, Fighting
16:37Jackman, 5 min, Fighting
16:37Strudwick, 5 min, Fighting
17:16Peckham, 2 min, High-Sticking
10:16Glencross, 2 min, Roughing
10:16Brule, 2 min, Roughing
16:44Peckham, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
Nikolai Khabibulin 64:5835421
Miikka Kiprusoff 64:1628430
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Dave Jackson, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Mark Wheler
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