What better way to finish off an exhibition schedule than to beat the Edmonton Oilers at home in the Saddledome?
The Flames reached a franchise best tonight by going 7-0 in pre-season action. The last two were supposed to be the toughest and the most questionable being against the Edmonton Oilers who at that point were a perfect 4-0.
The Flames lost David Moss and Ales Kotalik to injury on Friday night in Edmonton yet still found a way to score five goals and walk away with a 5-1 victory.
Tonight, the intensity seemed to drop off.
Early into the game, Adam Pardy was rubbed into the glass and looks as though an elbow founds its way into his eye area. He left the game immediately and did not return to the game.
Tanguay's power play goal 5:36 into the first period would result in being the game winner in tonight's tilt which earned him the second star of the night.
Miikka Kiprusoff earned himself the first star of the night with a few remarkable saves tonight. He stopped all 27 shots thrown at him for the shutout.
The Flames will head back to Edmonton for their first regular season game against the Oilers which goes Thursday night at 8:00 pm at Rexall Place. That game is broadcast on CBC.
Flames home opener is set for next Sunday, October 10th at 6:00 pm and will be shown on Sportsnet West.
Third Period Action:
Just over the three minute mark of the final period, Jordan Eberle had arguably the Oilers best chance of the night. Kiprusoff was wide awake as he came out with an amazing highlight reel toe-save to rob Eberle and keep the Oilers off the board. He made the first save that knocked him on his back and as the rebound was heading into the open net, threw his leg up and wacked the puck out of the air with his toe.
Shawn Belle took the period's first penalty as he was sent to the sin-bin for hooking. The Flames swarmed the net looking for a cushion goal but Jeff Deslauriers was able to shut the door and make a few critical saves for the Oilers.
Minutes after Belle's penalty, Rene Bourque found himself with the puck and wide open ice. He raced down on a break-away and shot right into the crest of Deslauriers. The score remained 1-0.
As time started to wind down on the Oilers, they began to play desperate hockey. With just 14 seconds to play, Jeff Deslauriers head to the bench for the extra attacker. Kiprusoff had to be huge in net as the Oilers peppered him with shots in the dying seconds. He managed to cover the puck for a whistle with nine seconds left.
Flames held on to beat the Oilers 1-0 for the second straight game. They now head into the regular season with a perfect 7-0 exhibition schedule.
Second Period Action:
Not a lot of high speed action to speak of in the first half of the second period. Gilbert Brule took a slashing minor at 8:51 putting the Flames on another power play but they could not find a way to put the puck in the net.
Then the Oilers had a chance at the man advantage three minutes later with Raitis Ivanans getting caught for holding. The Oilers had a few good chances but they too could not get things going on the power play.
Jeff Deslauries replaced Deven Dubnyk at the midway mark of the second period.
In the dying minutes of the second frame, Mark Giordano connected for a huge hit on Ben Ondrus into the end boards. Ondrus head immediately to the dressing room for repairs as he was cut open on the play.
Flames hold the 1-0 lead after two periods of play. Shots tied 18-18.
First Period Action:
Flames starting line-up: Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen
Robyn Regehr, Ian White
Oilers starting line-up: Andrew Cogliano, Gilbert Brule, Dustin Penner
Ladislav Smid, Tom Gilbert
Things started off tame on either end with both teams picking up a couple shots each on net. Jason Strudwick got the first penalty of the night as he got caught for interference.
Just 32 seconds into the game, Adam Pardy on his first shift, took a big hit into the glass resulting in him leaving the game. It appears that he may have had an elbow up into the eye area. We'll wait for updates later in the game.
The Flames first power play unit smelled the blood. Giordano started the play off, finding Iginla down low. Iginla battled with the puck behind the net and passed it in front to Alex Tanguay. Tanguay fired the puck past Devan Dubnyk to give the Flames the 1-0 lead.
The Oilers found the penalty box again at 9:54 with Steve MacIntyre in the box for roughing. Flames got their second power play opportunity of the period but failed to convert.
Alex Tanguay instead head to the box for tripping with six minutes to play in the opening frame to give the Oilers a chance on the power play. The Oilers only managed to get a pair of shots on net and neither found the scoreboard.
1-0 Flames after twenty minutes. Shots were 13-7 for Calgary.