Fernando Pisani scores the game's opening goal 6:24 into the first period.
(photo by Andy Devlin Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
Curtis Joseph got the start in goal for Calgary while Mathieu Garon started for Edmonton.
Curtis Glencross made his presence felt early in the first period with three solid hits in the opening five minutes to help set the tempo for Edmonton.
6:24 into the game, Andrew Cogliano and Fernando Pisani worked a nice give-and-go to open the scoring for Edmonton. Pisani dished it to Cogliano in the corner of the Flames zone.
He fed it back to Pisani who skated in front and fired two shots on Joseph. The second snuck through the Flames netminder's legs and just inside the right post.
With Calgary on the power play and less than eight minutes to play in the opening period, Jarome Iginla took a cross-ice feed from Craig Conroy and one timed it on goal. Garon slid across and glove the puck down to keep his team in the lead.
Shortly after the penalty to Zack Stortini expired, Gagner tried to carry the puck across the Calgary blueline but was upended by Cory Sarich. The result was Edmonton's first power play of the night.
With 2:55 to go in the period, Ethan Moreau and Dion Phaneuf dropped the gloves for a quick fight. Moreau got most of the punches in before losing balance and falling backwards.
The fight began when Moreau took exception to a hit Phaneuf made on Cogliano. Moreau also got two for elbowing, giving Calgary their second power play.
Just as the penalty expired, the Oilers rushed back up ice to create a scoring chance of their own. Sanderson came out of the box and joined the rush. He got the puck to Penner in the slot and his wrister beat Joseph to send Edmonton into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Shots on goal after one were 8 to 7 for the Oilers.
An early Edmonton power play led to another goal, moving them in front of their provincial rivals by a score of 3-0.
Jarret Stoll fired a point shot that was stopped but the rebound went out to Sam Gagner. His shot was tipped on its way to the net by Hemsky and past Joseph for the power play marker.
Several minutes later, Zack Stortini and Cory Sarich dropped the gloves in a bout that lasted well over a minute but neither combatant had the edge over the other.
Edmonton had another power play past the midway point of the period but it was shortlived. Matthew Lombardi had a great shorthanded chance for the Flames, breaking into the offensive zone on a partial breakaway. As he drove towards the net he was held up by Pitkanen, sending the Oilers defenceman to the box and ending the man advantage.
Shots on goal after two periods were still in Edmonton's favour - 20 to 15 over the Flames.
It only took one second for the fists to start flying in the third period. Off the faceoff, Zack Stortini and Robyn Regehr dropped the gloves. Regehr probably got the edge early in the fight but Stortini recovered nicely to get some punches in on the Flames defenceman.
Seven minutes into the third period, a line brawl erupted in front of the Edmonton net after Eric Godard bowled over Mathieu Garon. Curtis Glencross and Cory Sarich also dropped the gloves and went toe-to-toe. Flames goaltender Curtis Joseph skated the length of the ice and challenged Garon but the officials got in the way of the goaltenders going at it.
The result of all the mayhem was a lengthy Oilers seven minute power play as Joseph received two for leaving the crease and Godard received two for goaltender interference plus five for trying to fight Garon. Garon received two for roughing.
Four-and-a-half minutes into the power play, Steve Staios teed up a blast from the right point that beat Joseph and moved Edmonton in front by a score of 4-0.
A minute and 15 seconds later with the Oilers still on the power play, Sam Gagner wristed a bullet from the left circle past Joseph to increase Edmonton's lead to five goals.
NOTES: Stoll's assist on Hemsky's goal was the 100th of his career... Sanderson's assist on Penner's goal was the 698th point of his career (354 goals, 344 assists) and his second point in as many games.
Tom Gilbert watches as Dustin Penner's shot beat Calgary goaltender Curtis Joseph late in the first.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com