The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers

Friday, 16.03.2012 / 2:05 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers

IRVING GETS THE CALL

Miikka Kiprusoff had a well-deserved night off on Friday and Leland Irving took over the netminding duties in Edmonton.

Irving faced 25 shots in the loss, making 22 saves.

The rookie has earned points in four of the seven games he has played this season.

HUGE HIT EARLY

In recent years, the Battle of Alberta has lacked the physicality it had in the past but Friday's game saw a massive hit thrown in the opening minutes.

Cory Sarich went in to lay a hit on Taylor Hall but the Oilers forward started to fall as the blueliner was coming towards him.

When the two collided, Hall looked like he smacked his head on the ice and was dazed as the Edmonton trainer came to his aid.

He immediately went to the dressing room and did not return to the game.

Sarich ended the game with six hits to his name - a team high.

SLOW START

The Flames did not come out flying like they did on Thursday against Phoenix and found themselves down by two goals after one period of play.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle beat Irving - shots he had little to no chance of stopping - to give the home team the lead.

Shots on net after twenty minutes of play were 9-9 but the Oilers had the lions share of scoring chances.

THIRD PERIOD LULL

After cutting the Oilers lead in half with a Mark Giordano goal in the second period, the Flames entered the final stanza with ... not a ton of jump. They took five minor penalties in the frame, only sent two shots on net and allowed Nugent-Hopkins to score his second of night after a scramble in front of Irving.

WHAT THE WEST LOOKS LIKE

The Flames are now in 11th place after Friday's loss with 80 points on the year. They are tied San Jose but the Sharks have two games in hand on the Flames. The Kings won on Friday, pushing them into 10th. They also have 80 points.

Colorado remains in the final playoff spot with 81 points while Phoenix sits in 7th with 81 points as well.