If I had stopped watching this game, which most probably did after two periods, we would’ve had a summary that including blasting overpaid hockey players for failing to show up to work.

The Calgary Flames are fighting for their playoff lives. The Edmonton Oilers are a team of minor leaguers, young talent, and veteran hacks.

Calgary actually had most of the chances in the first half of the first period, and most from Jokinen. He was robbed on an open net chance, and then fanned on a glorious chance in the slot.

1-0 at the end of one period; Calgary looked out of sink, slow, old and confused.

Iginla tied it up on the PP, but the problems then continued for the Flames. They are literally fighting for their bleak playoff lives, but there was no push back to the eager Edmonton rush. The Backlund experiment backfired, and the top defensive lines continued to struggle. Backlund -3, defensive pairings switch at the end of the second.

Edmonton went on a run scoring late in the second shorthanded, and then early in the third to give them a commanding 4-1 lead.

That’s all she wrote. The Flames looked like they had folded the tent.

Cue the comeback. Started off by a weak boarding call, Calgary went on the offensive lead by a rejuvenated Jarome Iginla who scored his second goal of the game on the PP again. (Tanguay and Iggy go hand and hand, Glencross can stay with Jokinen.)

Glencross picked up a Vandermeer mishandle and snapped home a beauty to make it 4-3. (Does anybody think Glencross will EVER score 25 goals again? Doubt it, unless it’s contract year.)

Calgary pulled to within one and then the final push came from none other than the only player to be traded between the Flames and Oilers–Steve Staios. Everyone loves to hate Staios but he has the ability to turn up at the opportune moments. TOnight he played rover with two minutes left and was int he right place at the right time to slam home the tying goal.

Overtime solved nothing so off to a shootout.

Tanguay deftly potted his attempt and Kipper stopped three shots he faced. Two points FLames in the most unusual fashion (come from behind) but in a shootout (so let’s hope we don’t tie with Dallas the season’s end or we’ll fallshort due to fewer regulation wins.)

Calgary is off until Wednesday when most teams will make up all their games in hand. Anaheim continues their improbable run continuously winnin games late and from behind. That means the 8th spot will be held by the reigning Stanley Cup champs the Chicago Blackhawks. Dallas also stands in the way with two additional games in hand.

There’s hope, but not much.