The Five Takeaways: Flames vs Oilers

Five key points from the Flames-Oilers tilt

Saturday, 26.03.2011 / 9:49 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs Oilers

TAKEAWAY ONE: Looking skyward

Olli Jokinen had not one but two excellent scoring opportunities in the first period but thanks to Devan Dubnyk and some excellent shot-blocking, the Finn was held off the scoresheet.

Dubnyk best save of the night came after Rene Bourque sent a beautiful pass through a crowd to Jokinen, who was parked at the other side of the net. He took the pass cleanly but waited just a half second too long before wristing towards the open net. Dubnyk had just enough time to leap across the blue paint and make the clutch save.

Jokinen's second chance came when he went to send a slap shot on net through a crowd but a selfless block sent the puck high into the net instead of at a screened Dubnyk.

TAKEAWAY TWO: Great eight

Flames captain Jarome Iginla got his club on the scoreboard at 8:22 of the second frame when he sniped a power play marker with a blast from the point.

The winger now has eight 35+ goal seasons in his career. He added his second goal of the night in the third period when he scored another power play marker. Iginla is now just five points away from hitting 1,000.

TAKEAWAY THREE: Up by a man, down by a goal

Late in the middle stanza, Jeff Petry was called for closing his hand on the puck and handed the Flames a golden opportunity to score the equalizer. However, it was the Oilers who capitalized offensively.

Youngster Mikael Backlund turned the puck over in the neutral zone to Colin Fraser, the Oilers forward went steaming into the Flames zone with Ryan Jones. The two-on-one situation ended in Fraser scoring five hole on Miikka Kiprusoff and giving the Oilers a 3-1 lead.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: Steve the saviour

After falling behind by a score of 4-1, the Flames came out flying in the third period. Iginla scored his second goal of the night, Glencross added Calgary's third goal and the tying marker came from an unlikely source: former Oiler and stay-at-home defender Steve Staios.

He had jumped up into the play for the majority of his shift and that press allowed him to be in the perfect position to accept a backhand pass from Bourque and rifle it past Dubnyk for his third goal of the season.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: Shootout sniper

Alex Tanguay has been incredible for the Flames all season but he's been particularly good in shootouts.

Head coach Brent Sutter gave the veteran the nod on Saturday and once again, he didn't disappoint. He scored the lone goal in the shootout and kept his team's playoff hopes alive.

With the win, the Flames now have 87 points on the season.