Ladislav Smid caught a high stick from Olli Jokinen in the second period. Photo Courtesy TheScore.com

Flames Still Too Hot To Handle

Why can’t the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Calgary Flames?

Because the Flames are scoring more than the Oilers. Simple, right?

Like the week prior, Edmonton plays Calgary on the latter half of a back to back.  The Flames score a pair of goals in the second period, and Jarome Iginla scores his second goal of the night into a gaping net to put the finishing touches on a 3-0 game.

A game review follows the jump.  Come sail away.

IT’S NOT HAPPENING

In three games between the Oilers and Flames, Calgary has outscored Edmonton by combined score of ten to four.  Granted, playing Calgary (or anyone for that matter) on the tail end of back-to-back days is always no fun, but the success has eluded Edmonton on every occasion the two teams have met so far this year.

So what went wrong last night?

  • The whole ‘ no goals’ thing is a good way to not win a game.
  • With Andy Sutton sitting eight games for his hit on Carolina’s Alex Ponikarovsky, the team is already down one starter.  When Ladislav Smid catches a Louisville Slugger from Olli Jokinen, things begin to have that way-too-familiar feeling to them.  While Smid was off getting patched up, the Oilers weren’t able to capitalize on a four minute powerplay.  Or, any other powerplay for that matter.
  • If you’re down a pair of goals with five minutes remaining in the third period, please try to not take a too many men penalty.  I can’t even count how many times the Oilers have taken a TMM penalty this year, but I’d be willing to bet it’s something like ten.
  • WE’RE GOING TO NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE: Oilers had 12 shots through two periods, finishing with 21 total.  Kiprusoff was seen with a nice umbrella drink through the first two periods.
  • On the flip side, Devan Dubnyk turned in a solid game stopping 31 of 33 Calgary shots.   Dubnyk was pulled with just over two minutes in the game, Iginla was able to sink the ship with less than 30 seconds remaining.

As high-energy the game versus the Avalanche was on Friday, the Oilers came back to earth last night.  Time for a gut check?  Ten of Edmonton’s next twelve games are on the road.  The Oilers are off until Thursday, when the play the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale.

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