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The Calgary Flames started their 7-game road trip by getting one point in an overtime loss to Edmonton. It wasn’t what they were hoping for at the start of their longest roadtrip of the season.
Three minutes into overtime, Edmonton’s Sergei Samsonov skated around the Calgary Flames defence before setting up Shawn Horcoff in the slot. Horcoff slid the puck between Miikka Kiprusoff‘s pads for the winner.
And after outplaying the Oilers for most of the game, it was a tough loss to swallow for the Flames. Both Calgary and Edmonton came out hitting, but the play for the first 2 periods was mainly in Edmonton’s end. But the Flames could not get any more pucks past Edmonton’s new goaltender, Dwayne Roloson. Calgary was 0-for-7 on the powerplay and only managed 4 shots on net in the 3rd period, and none in overtime.
With the outcome of tonight’s game, Calgary remains in first place in the Northwest Division, but the playoff race is the Western Conference is tightening. After tonight’s action there are 6 teams within 8 points of each other in the west. The key for Calgary is maintaining the top spot in the Northwest. By losing a few games on this roadtrip, the Flames could drop back into the mess of teams scrambling for position.
The high points of tonight’s game were Mike Leclerc‘s first goal as a Flame and the return of defenceman Roman Hamrlik to the blueline for Calgary. After being out since December with a broken hand, and being out for most of the beginning of the season with a knee injury his return was a bit slow. After about 25 minutes Hamrlik seemed to regain some of his confidence and his game got back on track. Now all he needs to focus on is keeping healthy for the rest of the season.
EDM: Spacek (10) A: Hemsky, Smyth
CGY: Lombardi (5) A: Simon, Kobasew
CGY: Leclerc (10) A: Donovan
EDM: Stoll (18) A: Spacek
EDM: Horcoff (20) A: Samsonov