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Slump Continues: Oilers drop 4-1 decision to Flames

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Slump Continues: Oilers drop 4-1 decision to Flames
Calgary Flames 4, Edmonton Oilers 1

Despite nabbing the game's first goal and breaking 30 shots before the end of the second period, the Oilers couldn't fight their way out of a losing streak Monday night. Rene Bourque scored on three of Calgary's 23 shots, including the game-winner in the second and a shortie in the third period, to get the hat trick and propel his club to a 4-1 win.

The opening goal by Ryan Potulny and four fights involving Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid, Steve Staios and Ryan Stone were the highlights for Oilers fans in this Battle of Alberta.

FIRST PERIOD

The Oilers pounced on their provincial foes only two minutes in. Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made a pair of big saves, but when Jason Strudwick cut in and slapped back a rebound, Potulny deflected the puck into the net to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.

Fans were able to stretch their applause on the following center-ice face-off. Moments after taking the draw, Cogliano and Dustin Boyd dropped their gloves to participate in a quick scrap. The fight was Cogliano's first in three NHL seasons and more than doubled his penalty minutes this year.

Edmonton benefited from the game's first powerplay 18 seconds after the fight when Fredrik Sjostrom took a holding minor. The Oilers used the advantage to assume an 8-2 shot lead but were unable to beat Kiprusoff on the man-advantage. Shortly thereafter, a second powerplay increased that lead to 13-2, but Kiprusoff stood strong.

The tables turned in the frame's final four minutes when Cogliano took a tripping minor, and a tipped slapshot flew over Jeff Deslauriers and into the net. The celebration was short, however, because video replay proved that Curtis Glencross nudged it with a high stick and the goal was disallowed.

But the Flames got that one back before the period was out. At 18:58, Bourque backhanded the puck past Deslauriers to relight the lamp and tie the game at one heading into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

With a commanding 16-5 shot lead to start the second, the Oilers gave up four early shots but then added two of their own when Boyd served his second minor penalty of the night.

Edmonton's Sam Gagner had a pair of excellent scoring chances after the return of five-on-five, but Calgary's Bourque would be the next to score. Near the game's midway point, the Flame capitalized on a crowded crease to beat Deslauriers for the second time and give the visitors their first lead of the game.

The Oilers maintained their shot lead, posting 31 vs. the Flames' 14 after 40 minutes, but the extra attempts failed to net an extra goal and the 2-1 game persisted.

THIRD PERIOD

Five minutes into the third, Edmonton got a good chance to tie things up when Olli Jokinen served Calgary's fifth penalty but Bourque ensured it didn't happen. With help from Daymond Langkow, #20 capped a shorthanded two-on-one with his third goal of the night and tenth point in four games vs. the Oil this season.

Buoyed by his teammate's hat trick, Mark Giordano joined Bourque on the scoresheet 1:29 later by firing past Deslauriers to make it 4-1 Flames.

Edmonton's frustrations came to a head with five minutes left in regulation. Behind Deslauriers' net, Ladislav Smid and Jarome Iginla dropped their gloves for an extended duel that netted fighting majors to both players.

18 seconds after that, Steve Staios and Robyn Regehr participated in a similar scrap at the opposite end of the ice. With 50 seconds left on the clock, a final fight involving Ryan Stone and Aaron Johnson concluded the brawling and closed out the 4-1 game, Edmonton's seventh consecutive loss.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:02
EDM
Ryan Potulny (8) ASST: Jason Strudwick (4), Patrick O'Sullivan (12)
1 - 0 EDM
18:58
CGY
Rene Bourque (11) ASST: Nigel Dawes (10), Olli Jokinen (19)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
09:22
CGY
PPG - Rene Bourque (12) ASST: Olli Jokinen (20), Dustin Boyd (8)
2 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
05:37
CGY
SHG - Rene Bourque (13) ASST: Daymond Langkow (13)
3 - 1 CGY
07:06
CGY
Mark Giordano (4) ASST: Craig Conroy (9)
4 - 1 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
02:03
CGY
Dustin Boyd  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Cogliano
02:03
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Fighting (maj) against  Dustin Boyd
02:21
CGY
Fredrik Sjostrom  Holding against  Sheldon Souray
08:15
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Ethan Moreau
16:45
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Tripping against  Fredrik Sjostrom
2nd Period
02:56
CGY
Dustin Boyd  Tripping against  Andrew Cogliano
08:54
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Boarding against  Nigel Dawes
15:18
EDM
Ryan Stone  Roughing against  Rene Bourque
3rd Period
04:56
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
09:42
CGY
Mark Giordano  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
14:55
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Fighting (maj) against  Jarome Iginla
14:55
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Fighting (maj) against  Ladislav Smid
15:13
EDM
Steve Staios  Fighting (maj) against  Robyn Regehr
15:13
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Staios
15:53
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Roughing against  Craig Conroy
18:05
EDM
Patrick O'Sullivan  Cross checking against  Dion Phaneuf
19:09
EDM
Ryan Stone  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Johnson
19:09
CGY
Aaron Johnson  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Stone
19:09
EDM
Ryan Stone  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
19-10-5
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .971SH: 3 - 3
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .826SH: 3 - 4