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Flames 5, Oilers 3 - Looking For The Power Play

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There’s a saying going around that the two goal lead is the most dangerous lead to have in the NHL.

It certainly looked that way last night.

Edmonton has leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before a couple of questionable coaching decisions and some elbow grease allowed Calgary to skate out of Rexall with a two big points.

The game recap follows the jump.

You’ve got to like your odds when the Oilers score two goals in the first three minutes of the game.  You’ve especially got to love if Lennart Petrell and Sam Gagner are the owners of those two goals.  You’ve also especially got to love your chances if Darcy Hordichuk is somehow involved in one of those goals.

All cylinders firing after three minutes.   This team is going to score forty goals at this pace.

Didn’t so much work out that way.

Calgary tightened up pretty well for the next two and a half periods.  The Oilers did regain the lead 3-2 at one point, but it didn’t matter much soon after.  Edmonton’s fourth line was out to counter a hungry first line from the Flames.  Calgary quickly scored, and Edmonton didn’t for the remainder of the game.

Now that we’ve really livened the place up, here’s what you can take from this one:

    • Lennart Petrell scores a goal?  Darcy Hordichuk has an assist?  Dogs and cats, living together in perfect harmony?  You bet.  Wasn’t the prettiest shot by Hordichuk, but if Petrell can bat shots off of Hordichuk’s stick, he might be in line for some PP time.  Hordichuk takes a *sharp* angle shot, Petrell gets his stick on it, and you’re making magic.
    • Sam Gagner picked up his first goal of the season on a pretty little snapper from behind the faceoff circles.  Flames netminder Mikka Kiprusoff saw none of it, and the Oilers had the fans up twice in three minutes.

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      • Flames tie it up 2-2.  Fast forward to when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scores off a fat rebound that makes it 3-2.  What happens next is something I can’t explain.  The fourth line rolls out to counter Calgary’s line one.  Now if this had been a game where Edmonton was beating the trousers off of the Flames, I’d be way more forgiving.  Edmonton was able to get a goal from Nugent-Hopkins on his only shot up until that point, the Oilers were lucky to have the lead.  Jarome Iginla fed a pass to an open Derek Smith, and Edmonton’s lead was short lived.
      • A pretty bad line change on the PK followed by somewhat of a miscue by Jeff Petry, and the Oilers found themselves behind on the scoreboard for the first time all night.  That’s not really good, but it pales in comparison to Edmonton’s 0-6 effort on the powerplay for the night.

      The Flames worked hard for these two points.  Feel pretty confident in saying that if the Oilers powerplay could’ve mustered one goal, things likely would have been different.  That, and the whole ‘fourth line meets first line’ business should’ve been avoided.

      Oilers have a few days to prepare for the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, a game I’d **really** like to see the Oilers take with conviction.

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