Ales Hemsky dekes out Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to score Edmonton's second goal.
- photo by Andy Devlin Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club
Garon came up with a pair of big saves early in the first period. First, he stopped Dion Phaneuf on a shot from the left circle and then moments later extended his right leg to kick away the rebound by Daymond Langkow.
Going back the other way on the same shift, Sam Gagner backhanded a shot at the top of the crease that Kiprusoff denied.
Eight minutes into the period, Ales Hemsky dipsy doodled around a Flames defender but lost the puck as he was held up by Anders Eriksson, giving Edmonton their first power play of the game.
14 seconds into the man advantage, the Oilers connected to take a 1-0 lead. Jarret Stoll fired a shot from the left point that rang off the boards behind the Flames net. The puck came straight to Horcoff who put it into the open side.
Stoll almost doubled the Oilers' lead with three minutes to go in the first. Kiprusoff challenged the Oilers centre by charging out of his crease and blocking the backhander.
Late in the period, the Oilers received two minutes for having too many men on the ice giving Calgary a chance to tie the game up but Edmonton's penalty killers stepped up for the second time in the opening frame and killed it off.
Shots on goal after one period were 11-8 for the Oilers.
It only took Edmonton 35 seconds to make it 2-0 at the start of period two. Ales Hemsky made a move around Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr before undressing Kiprusoff with a deke move in-close.
Both goaltenders made big saves midway through the second. Kiprusoff got a glove on a shot from Dustin Penner and then going back the other way Garon made a huge stop on Alex Tanguay about a minute later.
Garon extended his legs out to deny Tanguay on the redirection as Calgary was pressing to score their first of the game.
Calgary's Kristian Huselius was hooked from behind while driving to the Edmonton net with 35.3 seconds left in the second period. Steve Staios was sent to the box as a result.
In the dying seconds of the period, Garon had the puck behind the net and tried to clear it out of the zone but it was knocked down by Iginla. He dished it to Langkow in the slot but Garon got back in time to make the pad save.
After two periods, shots were 19-17 for the Oilers.
Edmonton almost made it 3-0 early in the third period. Ales Hemsky made a move in the high slot and dished the puck over to Andrew Cogliano at the left post. Cogliano had the whole side of the net to shoot at but rang it off the outside of the post.
Several minutes later, Calgary struck to close the gap to 2-1. Jarome Iginla's shot from the slot was kicked out by Garon but Daymond Langkow pounced on the rebound and roofed it past Garon.
Cogliano had another chance nine minutes into the period this time at the right side of the net after picking up a Fernando Pisani rebound but Kiprusoff got a pad on it.
Garon had to be sharp with 2:24 left as he kicked out a quick shot from the left hash marks by Craig Conroy to keep it a 2-1 game.
Edmonton had a great opportunity to take a two-goal lead with just over a minute left in the third. Kiprusoff came out to challenge Hemsky on a wrist shot but it put him out of position for the rebound. The puck went to Penner who had the Flames goaltender at his mercy but his shot was stopped by Dion Phaneuf, who played goaltender while Kiprusoff was scrambling back.
In the final minute, Ethan Moreau made a great individual effort to get the puck out of the Oilers zone and into Calgary territory to eliminate any chance of a Flames comeback.
NOTES: The Oilers won four straight games for the first time since winning five in a row from November 13-24, 2006... The Shawn Horcoff power play goal extended the team's season-high streak to six straight games with a power play goal. Last time the Oilers had a power play goal in six straight games was December 15-26, 2005... Shawn Horcoff now has at least two points in each of his last four games... Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll are also on four-game scoring streaks.
Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff denies Edmonton's Sam Gagner in front of the Calgary net.
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