The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers

Five key elements from another edition of the Battle of Alberta

Saturday, 03.12.2011 / 10:03 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers




SUTTER'S TIMELY TIMEOUT

It looked like it was going to be an ugly night for the visitors as the Oilers beat Miikka Kiprusoff twice in the opening three minutes.

Lennart Petrell and Sam Gagner tallied for the Oilers, with the latter potting his first of the season, and the Flames bench boss quickly called a timeout to stem the tide. Whatever was said to the troops in those 30 seconds kicked them into high gear and they managed to tie the game before the seven minute mark of the first frame.

Olli Jokinen got things started for the Flames when he was able slide the puck through Nikolai Khabibulan's pads for his sixth of the year.

Rene Bourque followed that up with an excellent individual effort in front of the net. He swatted away at a rebound and managed to bat the puck past Khabibulan while he was falling to the ice.

HEATING UP IN DECEMBER

Bourque scored just one goal in the month of November but the winger is on fire this month, netting two goals in two games.

The Lac La Biche native ended the evening with four shots on net, two points and two hits in his 17:44 of ice time.

POWER PLAY ON THE ROAD KEEPS ON ROLLING

The Flames power play has had its fair share of struggles within the confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome but Calgary has had success with the man advantage on the road. They came into the game with eight goals on 35 chances, good for fourth in the League in terms of road power play success, and came out with two more markers.

Jokinen and Mikael Backlund scored on the power play, pushing the Flames to a 26.3 percent connection rate while on the road.

PENALTY KILLING PERFECTION

The Flames took five straight penalties at one point during the game but superb defence against the Oilers, who boast the NHL's best power play record at home, held them to just one shot through those ten minutes with the man advantage.

Jokinen took a slashing call late in the game, giving the Oilers a golden opportunity to tie the game, but once again, the penalty killers came up big and didn't allow a single shot on net.

DOMINATING THE BATTLE OF ALBERTA

Calgary has owned Edmonton in the Battle of Alberta over the past few seasons. They have now won 16 of the last 18 contests and Kiprusoff has won 12 of his last 13 starts against the Oilers.