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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers

Saturday, 21.01.2012 / 10:07 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers




BMO BACK IN THE LINEUP

Brendan Morrison was sidelined for six games with an upper body injury but was cleared to return on Saturday night. He put in 15:19 of ice time and attempted two shots. He had an even rating in the victory.

With Morrison in, Roman Horak was relegated to the press box.

SECONDARY SCORING

Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and now-injured Curtis Glencross have been carrying the offensive load for the Flames this season but in the first period, the secondary scoring lifted them to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Mikael Backlund, Blake Comeau and Lee Stempniak all beat Nikolai Khabibulin in the opening frame.

SECOND PERIOD PUSHBACK HALTED

The Oilers picked up their play after their lackluster first period but Miikka Kiprusoff was able to cover some sloppy play in the defensive zone. He stopped all nine shots Edmonton threw his way and looked incredibly poised whenever the Oilers cranked up the pressure in his end.

Stempniak added his second of the night late in the frame, giving the visitors a four-goal lead after 40:00.

SHAKY GOALTENDING FOR THE OILERS

After an absolutely incredible performance against the St. Louis Blues, Khabibulin was expected to be on top of his game but that was not the case.

Both of Stempniak's markers and Comeau's tally could be described as questionable. The Oilers went to caddy Devan Dubnyk in the third period, who allowed one goal.

OWNING THE OILERS

The Flames have absolutely dominated the Oilers over the past few seasons, winning 18 of 21 games. They have won four straight this season and nine in row.

In their last two meetings, the Flames have outscored their provincial rivals 9-2.