Flames-Oilers Game Blog: 6-1 Flames
Despite seeing the discouraging scores in the Blackhawks and Ducks games during the intermission, the Flames came out flying for the final 20 minutes.
Tanguay took a beautiful pass from Backlund (15) to score his first of the night. Iginla (43) also assisted on the goal at 0:59.
The Oilers finally got themselves on the scoreboard when Magnus Paajarvi whacked the puck past Kiprusoff after a frantic scramble in front of the net. Time of the goal was 3:47.
Curtis Glencross (24) gave the Flames their fifth of the night at 6:24. Greg Nemisz assisted, getting his first NHL point, as did Babchuk (24).
Iginla potted the hat trick 6:47 and the Iggy chants started as the hats flew to the ice. Tim Jackman got on the scoresheet with his 13th assist and Tanguay added assist #46.
Shots: 47-23 in favour of the Flames
2ND PERIOD RECAP: 3-0 FLAMES
The Oilers took their second too many men minor 3:06 of the frame and this time, the Flames made them pay. Bourque was able to slide the puck under the pads of Khabibulan on a wraparound, earning his 27th of the season. Jokinen (37) and Jay Bouwmeester (20) assisted.
The domination continued when Jarome Iginla sent his patented wrister on net and notched his 40th of the year at 13:18. He now has 40+ goals in four seasons of his career. Mikael Backlund (13) and Anton Babchuk (23) assisted.
Iginla added his 41st of the year with an absolute howitzer from the left faceoff circle. Tanguay (45) and Backlund (14) earned the helpers on the power play goal.
Shots: 34-11 in favour of the Flames
1ST PERIOD RECAP: 0-0
After an even-keeled first couple of minutes, the Flames picked up their play and began to take advantage of the Oilers lax defensive coverage. One of the Flames best scoring opportunities came when Alex Tanguay went in on a partial break, shot high glove side and beat Nikolai Khabibulan but not the iron.
Late in the first period, the Flames were awarded the first power play of the game but couldn't capitalize despite numerous chances. As the penalty (bench minor - too many men) expired, the Flames were given a penalty shot when one of the players shoved a broken stick at Tim Jackman. Tanguay took the shot but was stopped by Khabibulan.
Shots: 20-3 in favour of the Flames
Flames scratches: D Brendan Mikkelson, D Steve Staios, F Niklas Hagman
Flames starting lineup: G Miikka Kiprusoff, D Mark Giordano, D Brett Carson, F Rene Bourque, F Olli Jokinen, F Tim Jackman