Flames represent next challenge for Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers will try to solve the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, less than 24 hours after snapping a seven-game losing streak.

The Edmonton Oilers will try to solve the Calgary Flames on Thursday night, less than 24 hours after snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Edmonton (16-20-4) defeated Toronto 3-1 on Wednesday, paced by Patrick O'Sullivan's two goals and 27 saves from Jeff Deslauriers.

Coach Pat Quinn said the club's first win since Dec. 11 was welcome, but his young team still has to learn persistence when immediate results don't come.

"Early on, we had some jump [and] we were forechecking well, we were in good position, we weren't turning the puck over and then later on in the first period we started to turn it over and then you started to see us sag a little bit," Quinn said.

Fortunately for the Oilers, that was just about the time Gilbert Brule scored an ugly goal on Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala, sending the club into the dressing room with a first-intermission lead.

Now Edmonton moves on to the Flames at the Saddledome in Calgary, a team that's beaten them in all four previous meetings this season.

Calgary has outscored Edmonton 16-7 in those games, with the Oilers having just a single point to show, from a shootout on Oct. 8.

The teams met on Monday, with Rene Bourque notching a natural hat trick in a 4-1 win for Calgary. Mark Giordano of the Flames and Edmonton's Ryan Potulny were the other scorers.

Edmonton poured 35 shots on Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, but could not connect on five power-play chances.

Bourque and Kiprusoff continued to lead the way as Calgary carved out a 2-1 home win on Wednesday at the Saddledome against Los Angeles.

Bourque opened the scoring and assisted on Craig Conroy's game-winning goal, while Kiprusoff denied Dustin Brown on a penalty shot.

None of Calgary's top three defencemen were selected to the Canadian Olympic team on Wednesday, and they had different experiences just hours later against the Kings.

Dion Phaneuf was tossed early in the game after boarding Anze Kopitar, with Jay Bouwmeester lugging a team-high 27 minutes and notching an assist. Robyn Regehr also helped Calgary shut down the Kings, playing over 22 minutes.

At the other end of the ice, the Flames (22-12-4) went without a power-play goal for the third time in four games.

Both teams begin 2010 on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. The Flames will host Toronto in a 5 p.m. MT start, with Edmonton in San Jose at 8 p.m. MT.


  • It was originally reported that Edmonton plays its next game at home. In fact, the Oilers play at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday.
    Oct 22, 2013 11:57 PM ET