EDMONTON -- The Flames forgot something back in Calgary.
After a 3-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks Monday at the Saddledome that had the aura of a regular-season game, the Flames came out flat against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place last night en route to a 4-0 loss.
Or maybe it was flat-footed.
Rookie Dion Phaneuf took a holding penalty just 40 seconds into the game and the trend continued, allowing the Oilers to rack up a 28-8 lead in shots and a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard by the end of the second period thanks in part to eight powerplays.
Flames netminder Brent Krahn, who earned a 3-0 shutout against the Oilers last Friday night at the Saddledome, was tested early and often and was the team's lone bright spot.
The goaltender stoned new Oiler Michael Peca by smothering a loose puck with his right leg in the opening minute and was called upon for big saves time after time.
But with a little more than six minutes remaining in the first period, the Oilers broke the goose egg on the powerplay when Chris Pronger snapped the puck high from the point for his first marker of the pre-season.
Krahn had no chance to make another highlight-reel save because of all the traffic in front.
Early in the second period, the Oilers struck again.
Centre Jarret Stoll won the draw cleanly against Steve Reinprecht. The puck went right to Ethan Moreau, who made no mistake with his quick shot past a surprised Krahn on the glove side.
Krahn made amends later with Jason Wiemer and Chuck Kobasew serving minor penalties 38 seconds apart. As Wiemer exited the sin bin, Krahn robbed young London Knights star Robbie Schremp, who was alone at the side of the net when a loose puck found him. But Krahn dove across the crease with his glove to snap up what looked like a sure goal. Schremp threw his hands over his face in disbelief at the side of the net.
Marc-Andre Bergeron scored his first and sniper Ales Hemsky added the Oilers fourth goal seconds apart in the final period during a 5-on-3 advantage.
Krahn finished with 35 saves.
Oilers goaltender Mike Morrison made 21 saves for the shutout.
Unlike Monday's hard-hitting performance, real bone-crunchers were noticeably absent.
In an attempt to liven up the relatively listless first period, Oilers winger Raffi Torres and Flames prospect Brandon Prust dropped the gloves with 4:35 remaining. The youngsters put on a good show, each throwing about
15 punches and landing a handful of good ones.
But, whether it was the absence of Jarome Iginla and the top line, or simple fatigue setting in after a hectic pre-season schedule, the Flames just wouldn't ignite.
ICE CHIPS: Flames forward Byron Ritchie, who was knocked out by a Jarkko Ruutu check Monday night at the Saddledome, is expected to skate with the team today ... Goaltender Curtis McElhinney was assigned to the AHL Omaha Knights yesterday, leaving three goaltenders with the Flames: Miikka Kiprusoff, Philippe Sauve and Brent Krahn ... In the post-game shootout, Dion Phaneuf scored on the first Calgary effort and Chuck Kobasew potted a beauty on the third with a great backhand deke. The Flames won it 2-0.