Tonight the Edmonton Oliers lost in a shootout from the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3.
Edmonton came out fairly strong, and scored two goals in the first period.
Ethan Moreau’s breakaway chance goal, came off a nice set up from Gilbert Brule. Just before the period would expire, The Oliers would score a powerplay goal. Lubomir Visnovski finished off the period with an amazing blast from the point that beat Mikka Kipprusoff.
The Flames played hard in the second period and it led to chance in front of the net for them.
On a tough play, Jarome Iginla would take out Sheldon Souray’s feet, and land right on top of him. This would take Souray out of the game as he was dazed.
A few shifts later, just after the chance, both team captains attempted to duel. Iginla and Ethan Moreau threw down the gloves and faced off. Moreau slightly slipped as they grabbed jerseys, which the referees would then jump in. Iginla had not punched Moreau while he was down, but threw in a few as the referees entered. Overall a draw in a non-real contested fight.
Late in the period, Mark Giordano would pass it over who Rene Bourque, who would set up Daymond Langkow. Langkow backhanded the puck by Nikolai Khabibulin to cut the lead in half.
The third period would be a tightly contested one, and chances would come in bunches back and forth.
Early in the period Staffan Kronwall’s shot from the point would be deflected in to the net by Nigel Dawes, to knot up the game.
The Oliers would fight back. A Shawn Horcoff shot would find Ales Hemsky for a rebound, who then emptied the puck into the net.
The Bulin wall would make big save after big save but it wasn’t enough, with the Flames' net empty Calgary would score with a second left on the clock to take it to overtime. Rene Bourque’s tip in from the Jay Bouwmeester blast on the side of the net would be his second of the season.
Overtime was still close, though Calgary had no shots on net, the game went to a shootout.
It was tie with goals from Calgary’s Nigel Dawes and Edmonton’s Patrick O’Sullivan. Olli Jokinen would then take his opportunity, deking back and forth, he would slide by Khabibulin, but in the last second from the side of the net put it off Bulin’s pad and in the net. From my view it would look as if he put it in from almost behind the net, which in my opinion should not be a goal. (it’s as if he went backward, which is not allowed).
Another tight game in the battle of Alberta, and another tough loss, at least this time the Oliers came up with at least one point.
BRIGHT STARS: Moreau, Grebeshkov, O’Sullivan
DARK STARS: Penner (another weak outing)
BLUE COLLAR: Khabibulin, Moreau