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Horcoff nets two as Oilers win "Battle of Alberta"

Nov 11, 2007 - 7:25 AM
CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Shawn Horcoff certainly can be a pest in front of the net. He'll receive no argument from Miikka Kiprusoff.

Horcoff scored two third-period goals to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday in the latest installment of the "Battle of Alberta."

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Oilers, while the loss extended the Flames' skid to five games. Calgary has been outscored, 19-7, during the stretch.

"That was a big win for us," Horcoff said. "Let's be honest - the situation that we were in, we needed a big win. Nothing better than against Calgary."

"Everybody talks about rock bottom. Well, we are close," Flames center Craig Conroy said. "That's the way we have to look at it. It's not going to get any easier."

Horcoff created havoc in front of the net for both of his goals.

With Edmonton leading, 2-1, less than eight minutes into the third period, the assistant captain gathered the rebound of defenseman Dick Tarnstrom's blast from just inside the blue line. Horcoff then wheeled around Calgary blue-liner Anders Eriksson and beat a screened Kiprusoff during a power play to give the Oilers a two-goal advantage.

Calgary halved the deficit on a 5-on-3 power play just over three minutes later.

After Owen Nolan won a faceoff in the offensive zone, defenseman Robyn Regehr blasted a rocket from just above the left faceoff circle that beat screened goaltender Mathieu Garon with 8:58 remaining.

Horcoff responded 2 1/2 minutes later with his seventh tally of the season.

Tarnstrom ripped a shot from just inside the blue line, and Horcoff was able to redirect it with his stick past Kiprusoff to give the Oilers a 4-2 lead.

Rookie Sam Gagner gave the Oilers a 1-0 edge just two minutes into the game, but Alex Tanguay leveled the contest and earned his 500th career point with 2:07 remaining in the first period.

After gaining the offensive zone, Flames captain Jarome Iginla fed Conroy in the high slot. Conroy stickhandled his way toward the goal before dumping the puck to Tanguay at the side of the net.

Tanguay simply tapped the puck in for his fifth goal of the campaign. He would have preferred a victory, however.

"When you're in a slump, it seems like every little time there's a little turnover, there's a breakdown and the puck ends up in your net. It's five in a row, and that's frustrating."

Robert Nilsson answered with six seconds remaining in the session, blasting a shot from the right circle that beat Kiprusoff just inside the right goalpost to give the Oilers a 2-1 edge.

"I was kind of lucky," Nilsson said. "There wasn't too much time left. I got a pretty decent opportunity to shoot."

Kiprusoff finished with 31 saves, while Garon stopped 37 shots.

"It's always good sometimes to get a few shots at the beginning of the game," said Garon, who made 11 saves in the opening period. "They got a lot of shots, but some of them were not all really hard to stop."

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish was pleased with his team's performance.

"It was a good team effort from everybody," he said. "Anytime you get a win in today's game, you feel good about it. (But) the shelf life of the satisfaction is about an hour."

Counterpart Mike Keenan found fault with Kiprusoff's ability to control rebounds, especially in penalty-killing situations.

"It's pretty difficult to criticize the people on the penalty kill when your goaltender is not part of the solution," said Keenan, whose club yielded two power-play goals on six chances. "On the second (man-advantage tally by Horcoff), our defensemen were looking for pucks (rather) than looking for men. I would say that has been a contributing factor to our lack of success on penalty-killing."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 2 0 2 4
    CALGARY 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - SAM GAGNER 2 (ANDREW COGLIANO, MARTY REASONER) 2:09
    CGY - ALEX TANGUAY 5 (CRAIG CONROY, JAROME IGINLA) 17:53
    EDM - (PP) ROBERT NILSSON 1 (ANDREW COGLIANO, TOM GILBERT)
    19:54
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: EDM - (PP) SH

    Nov 11 12:39 AM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 4
    CALGARY 2
    3RD PRD: EDM - SHAWN HORCOFF 7 (DICK TARNSTROM, MARTY REASONER) 13:37

    Oilers vs. FlamesNov 11 12:28 AM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 3
    CALGARY 2
    3RD PRD: CGY - (PP) ROBYN REGEHR 2 (MATTHEW LOMBARDI) 11:08 (TWO-MAN
    ADVANTAGE)

    Oilers vs. FlamesNov 11 12:21 AM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 3
    CALGARY 1
    3RD PRD: EDM - (PP) SHAWN HORCOFF 6 (DICK TARNSTROM, JARRET STOLL)
    7:48

    Oilers vs. FlamesNov 11 12:15 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 2 0 2
    CALGARY 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - SAM GAGNER 2 (ANDREW COGLIANO, MARTY REASONER) 2:09
    CGY - ALEX TANGUAY 5 (CRAIG CONROY, JAROME IGINLA) 17:53
    EDM - (PP) ROBERT NILSSON 1 (ANDREW COGLIANO, TOM GILBERT)
    19:54
    2ND PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON

    Nov 10 11:43 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 2 2
    CALGARY 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - SAM GAGNER 2 (ANDREW COGLIANO, MARTY REASONER) 2:09
    CGY - ALEX TANGUAY 5 (CRAIG CONROY, JAROME IGINLA) 17:53
    EDM - (PP) ROBERT NILSSON 1 (ANDREW COGLIANO, TOM GILBERT)
    19:54
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1

    Nov 10 10:54 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 2
    CALGARY 1
    1ST PRD: EDM - (PP) ROBERT NILSSON 1 (ANDREW COGLIANO, TOM GILBERT)
    19:54

    Oilers vs. FlamesNov 10 10:52 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 1
    CALGARY 1
    1ST PRD: CGY - ALEX TANGUAY 5 (CRAIG CONROY, JAROME IGINLA) 17:53

    Oilers vs. FlamesNov 10 10:48 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 1
    CALGARY 0
    1ST PRD: EDM - SAM GAGNER 2 (ANDREW COGLIANO, MARTY REASONER) 2:09

    Oilers vs. FlamesNov 10 10:20 PM
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