It only took a minute and 15 seconds for this Battle of Alberta to explode. Ethan Moreau and Dion Phaneuf dropped the gloves in a round two bout after the pair fought in Edmonton on Monday.
Moreau had a decisive advantage on Phaneuf, landing most of the shots and then knocking the Flames defenceman into the Calgary net with his final blow.
A minute later, Robyn Regehr took Hemsky heavily into the end boards which resulted in another exchange of unpleasantries between the two teams. Several Oilers converged on Regehr while Ladislav Smid and Matthew Lombardi dropped the gloves.
Regehr's actions put Edmonton on the power play for the first time. Late on the man advantage, Hemsky drove to the net and tried to backhand it past Kiprusoff on the rush. The puck snuck through the Flames goaltender but Calgary defenceman David Hale swept the puck off the goal line.
The game's third fight occurred six minutes into the opening period. Matt Greene and Eric Godard dropped the gloves in the Edmonton zone. The Calgary enforcer got the better of Greene in the fight.
Midway through the period, Alex Tanguay broke free from the Edmonton defence and broke in alone on Garon. His shot was kicked away by the Oilers netminder.
Calgary ended up scoring the game's first goal with 3:46 remaining in the first. Dion Phaneuf's shot was deflected off the stick of Hemsky on its way to the net and then was batted down by Owen Nolan in front of the crease. Nolan's redirection managed to make its way past Garon for the goal.
Shots after one period were 11-3 for Calgary.
Calgary went on the power play early in the second and capitalized to take a 2-0 lead. DIon Phaneuf teed up a shot from the left point that beat Garon high for the goal.
Edmonton started to pick up the pace after Calgary's second goal. Andrew Cogliano skated it on a two-on-one with Robert Nilsson. He elected to shoot and his wrister from the right circle bounced off the far post.
Owen Nolan scored his second of the night about 13 minutes into the middle frame. His blast from the right circle beat Garon, giving Calgary a 3-0 lead.
Mathieu Garon made an unbelievable save late in the second to keep the Oilers within striking distance. Jarome Iginla took a pass and quickly fired it on net but Garon got his blocker across to deny the Flames captain.
Shots on goal after two were 21-6 in favour of the Flames.
Both teams traded power play opportunities in the early part of the third period but neither side was able to generate much in the way of scoring chances.
11:55 into the third, Hemsky had the puck to himself at the left circle. He teed up a blast and Kiprusoff stopped the shot. On the same play, Penner ran into the Flames goaltender and was sent off for interference.
Regehr took exception to the play and squared off with the Oilers forward. The Flames defenceman got the majority of punches in on the fight.
The Oilers finally got one back as Robert Nilsson took a feed from Sam Gagner and was sent in on a breakaway. He deked out Kiprusoff for the goal, closing the gap to 3-1.
Jarome Iginla added an empty netter for Calgary to give the Flames a three-goal lead once again.
|Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon makes a huge blocker save on Flames captain Jarome Iginla late in the second period. (photo: Dylan Lynch/Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)|