EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—The Calgary Flames still have a ways to go to turn around this season. They are starting to show signs they could do it.
“It feels like we have been playing a lot better hockey of late,” he said. “We’re not there yet, and there is a lot of work to do, but it feels good. Everybody is finding ways to contribute. Different nights it is different guys, and that’s what winning teams do.”
Edmonton coach Tom Renney said there weren’t enough players carrying their share of the load.
“Some of it was done by the people that need to,” he said, “but others didn’t make it to the rink. We need these people desperately if we are going to have any kind of success. I’m hoping they understand who they are.
“We just couldn’t conjure up the proper connection to the game— emotionally and physically.”
Calgary controlled the early stages of the game, outshooting Edmonton 11-1 at the midpoint of the first period. The Flames were rewarded with seven minutes left as David Moss(notes) made a nice pass to give Jackman the puck alone in front. Jackman made a deft move to slip it past Khabibulin.
Edmonton was dominated in the shot department as Calgary recorded 19 shots while the Oilers mustered only three. The last one was dangerous, however, as Kiprusoff was forced to stop Taylor Hall(notes) on a breakaway.
The Flames regained the lead five minutes later when a hard shot from the point by Giordano caromed in off Oilers forward Dustin Penner(notes). Calgary held a 26-8 shots advantage through two periods.
The Oilers had a good opportunity with a late power play but still couldn’t get even.
NOTES: It was the fourth meeting of the season between the teams. Edmonton won once, and Calgary posted two victories. Those games were all played in October. … With defensemen Ryan Whitney(notes) and Jim Vandermeer(notes) out of the lineup, the Oilers called up Shawn Belle(notes) for Oklahoma City of the AHL. LW Linus Omark(notes) was sent down. … Edmonton rookie LW Magnus Paajarvi(notes) sat out for the first time this season. … Calgary D Steve Staios(notes) is still out because of cracked ribs. … Kiprusoff was 7-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average in his previous eight games against the Oilers. Khabibulin had a 23-8-4 mark against the Flames with a 2.26 GAA before Saturday.