CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Jamie McLennan credited his Calgary teammates for making his shutout an easy one.
“Shutouts are a luxury and a product of the whole team, they really are,” McLennan said. “Tonight wasn’t a situation where I stopped 50 and we won 1-0, it was a situation where there were 19 shots and a couple good chances but we limited the chances and played really solid as a team.”
McLennan stopped all nine shots he faced in 37 minutes after relieving Turek on Saturday and picked up right where he left off. The shutout was his first since March 21, 2001, when he blanked Nashville while with Minnesota.
The Oilers managed just 10 shots through the first 40 minutes but they increased the pressure on McLennan in the third period.
“The last five minutes, you’re just trying to hang on because you know if they get one, bottom line, it’s a different game,” McLennan said.
After a sharp pad stop early in the period off a hard one-timer from Ethan Moreau, McLennan held his ground at the near post to keep the puck out as Oilers winger Georges Laraque skated in front and tried to jam the puck in.
Betts scored at 10:06 with one second left on a Flames power play.
Edmonton was shut out for the second straight game, the first time that’s happened since losses to Montreal and Winnipeg on Nov. 18 and Nov. 23, 1991. The Oilers were shut out only four times last season.
“It’s a concern, obviously,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “It’s pretty plain that you have to score goals to win games and it’s disappointing that out of the last six periods, offensively we’ve had maybe one decent period.”
Chris Clark and Iginla each hit the goalpost in the first period.
: McLennan’s two previous shutouts were both scoreless ties. His last shutout victory was Jan. 29, 2000, while he and Turek were St. Louis’ goalie tandem. McLennan made 21 saves to blank Colorado. … Brent Krahn, Calgary’s first round pick in the 2000 draft, was McLennan’s backup Tuesday. … The game marked the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Saddledome. The Oilers were also theopposition in the first game on Oct. 15, 1983.