The Calgary Flames took a quick trip North 300 km’s in the second of back to back games to face their divisional and provincial rivals the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton is in the midst of a six game losing streak, Calgary licking their wounds from a spanking vs. the Canucks.
Missing from Calgary’s game lately has been–well–everything. After Vancouver fans were displayed to a full game where all facets were misfiring, tonight they had a chance to turn the ship against the junky Oilers.
The Oilers got off to the early start dominating play and scoring the first goal. 30 shots after two periods and 34 total. Calgary managed only 17 shots the entire game, but four of those found the back of the net.
Calgary found a bit of life in the second period which started the comeback. EV, PP, and SH: The ways Rene Bourque scored tonight.
Problems? Top line, which is wherever Iginla plays. The only thing Iginla did was take a few punches to the forehead. Dawes wasn’t doing anything on the second which did all the scoring (less the SH). Jokinen and Bourque with Iginla again? Something needs to be done to get both of them going.
Some final notes: the only thing the OIlers seem to be good at these days is playing REALLY chippy hockey. If Vancouver chirps, then Edmonton hacks. I’ve rarely seen so many slashes and two handed cross checks behind the play as I’ve seen from Souray and the Oilers. No wonder they blow so bad, they’re a bunch of hack job goons.
The Oilers even tried to ‘send a message’ for the rematch in three days by starting three fights at the end of the game, not sure what it proved other than the OIlers suck really bad and can’t really fight either. Four fights tonight including a wicked Dustin Boyd fight in the first period….yes Dustin Boyd with the TKO.