It was a must-win game for the hometown Calgary Flames. A loss to Edmonton Wednesday night would have eliminated them from post-season contention. With the stakes high and pressure packed to the brim, perpetual energy exuded inside Scotiabank Saddledome as the Flames looked to do their part. Nikolai Khabibulin
stopped 41 shots, but six Flames goals including a Jarome Iginla hat-trick netted a 6-1 loss for the visiting Oilers.
The Flames came out blazing, peppering Khabibulin with 20 opening period shots when the Oilers could only respond with three. Although the Oilers netminder would turn them all aside, he was only delaying the inevitable. Calgary scored three goals in the second and third periods to accumulate the decisive 60-minute advantage.
The Oilers were able to get on the board late in the third when Magnus Paajarvi
recorded his 15th goal of the season. Although Edmonton would bring the shot count closer, Calgary concluded the night with a 47-23 edge.
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