Only 5:36 into tonight's game, the Flames capitalized on their first powerplay chance of the evening. Alex Tanguay tipped in a loose puck that bounced around and found his stick in the slot area to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. The goal was the game's only marker of the night and proved to be all Calgary needed to seal their second straight victory against the Oilers.
After a penalty filled affair between the two teams on Friday night, the Flames and Oilers were relatively tame tonight, as they only recorded a combined 14 penalty minutes.
Both Calgary and Edmonton finished the night going 50% in the faceoff circle; each team won 27.
The Oilers recorded their second loss of the pre-season and second consecutive defeat to the Flames.
Tonight's game featured some sloppy play from both sides, as the two teams accumulated 27 giveaways throughout the game.
In just a few days on October 7th, these two teams meet up again to open the 2010-2011 regular season.
Early in the third period, the Flames' powerplay was pressuring furiously to seal the win for the Flames. Jeff Deslauriers, who came into the game midway through the second, only saw one shot in his first 12-minutes of action. The Flames moved the puck well and passed it cross-crease for Alex Tanguay who was robbed by the left pad of Deslauriers, as he showcased his signature athleticism to make the split-save.
Edmonton's Jeff Deslauriers didn't see a lot of action in his first 15-minutes of action when he came in to finish the night for Devan Dubnyk. In the third period when the Oilers needed him the most, Deslauriers came up big and made several key saves to keep the Oilers in the game. In his 26:49 of action in the latter half of the game, Deslauriers only needed to make 10 stops but all were of excellent quality and could have put the game away much earlier if not for his excellent performance.
On a night where the Oilers were unable to generate much in the way of offence, Gilbert Brule's enthusiasm and tenacity on the forecheck provided incredible energy for his team and manufactured a number of Flames turnovers. Brule was first in on the attack and first to get back to make a play defensively. With the regular season now on the horizon, Brule concluded the pre-season in strong fashion and is clearly ready for the regular season to begin against these very same Flames.
Tonight's unsung hero was also the victim of a Curtis Glencross hit in the neutral zone that gets tonight's honours. After dumping the puck into the offensive zone, Brule was caught flat-footed as he admired the puck following the play. Glencross caught him from behind and made him pay for that mistake, sending Brule violently to the ice. Brule got up slowly but showed no ill effects on his following shift.
Andrew Cogliano had his best night of the pre-season in the faceoff dot tonight. The young centreman went 5-4 for 56% in a game where the Oilers, as a team, went 50%. Off-season arrival Colin Fraser also had a strong night as he went 8-3 for 73%, which was the best faceoff stat-line of the evening.
"We played a lot harder; we were more physical. We did a lot of things better. We were moving our feet, we were getting pucks deep and unfortunately for us we didn't get any goals - and our goaltending was great, but it was a lot better effort tonight."
- Tom Gilbert reflects on the team's loss to Calgary
Thursday, October 7 vs. Calgary 8:00 p.m. MT (CBC / 630 CHED)
The 2010-2011 regular season begins when the Oilers take on the division rival Flames at Rexall Place. Edmonton finished the pre-season with a 4-2 record following two consecutive losses to the Flames, while Calgary finished with a perfect 7-0 record in the exhibition campaign.