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Kristian Huselius scored two successive goals for the Calgary Flames in this year’s final episode of the Battle of Alberta and Miikka Kiprusoff never gave the Edmonton Oilers a chance to come back as Calgary defeated Edmonton 4-1.
The first period was a fast paced, hard hitting twenty minutes with big hits coming from both teams. The Flames capitalized on one of the few mistakes that Edmonton made when Jarome Iginla stole the puck and broke in with Daymond Langkow. Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson had no choice but to cover Iginla, and when he had committed, Iginla slid the puck over to Langkow for an easy goal.
In the second period, Kristian Huselius scored two goals 3 minutes apart to give the Flames a 3-0 lead. Calgary’s momentum continued, then faltered a bit when a flying puck bounced off Shawn Horcoff‘s shoulder past Kiprusoff for the Oilers first goal. It was the Oilers only goal of the game as they could not put the puck past Kiprusoff after that. The Oilers goal was followed by a Chris Simon-George Laraque fight at centre ice which got the fans back in the game.
The third period started with a bit of confusion when the referees made a mistake and didn’t blow the whistle for an Edmonton penalty after the Oilers touched the puck. Edmonton shot and scored, but the goal was called off due to the delayed penalty. Raffi Torres was called for a high stick and on the ensuing powerplay, Andrew Ference scored on a wrist shot from the point to give the Flames a 4-1 lead.
The Oilers pressed in the third period but they never seemed to get any momentum together. Calgary successfully killed off a double-minor penalty to Dion Phaneuf, and stifled Edmonton’s offense for the rest of the period.
The win gives Calgary a 4-point lead over Colorado with only 8 games left in the regular season. The Flames seem to have a lot of momentum going their way which is a good thing at this point of the season.
CGY: Langkow (23) A: Iginla
CGY: Huselius (17) A: Langkow
CGY: Huselius (18) A: Regehr, Ference
EDM: Horcoff (21) A: Hemsky, Smyth
CGY: Ference (4) unassisted