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Flames crash net and get rewarded

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

It was their morning mantra: Go to the net.

Struggling to score goals in bunches as some other NHL teams have done this season, the Calgary Flames vowed to create some more traffic in front of the opposing netminder.

Last night, the Flames followed through on their promise and were rewarded with a 3-1 comeback victory over their provincial rival Edmonton Oilers last night at the Saddledome.

Steve Reinprecht and Chuck Kobasew scored second-period goals for the Flames by wheeling toward Oilers goaltender Jussi Markkanen and tucking home loose pucks.

Kobasew earned his second of the night with less than four minutes remaining when Markkanen banked the winger's shot off an Oilers skate in the crease. Ethan Moreau failed to stop the puck before it eeked across the goal-line.

Kobasew's first came when a rebound dropped in front of Markkanen, allowing Kobasew to flip a backhand over the goalie.

"I just tried to chip it up over him. I knew he was down on the play," Kobasew said. "We knew we had to go to the net as forwards. As a team, we hadn't generated enough shots and we wanted to get pucks to the net and get there for rebounds."

Reinprecht, who joined Jarome Iginla and Tony Amonte on the top line, scored a powerplay goal to even the score at one by jumping on a loose puck at the top of the crease.

The centre was happy their efforts paid off, even though he admitted earlier in the day he wasn't a "crash-and-bang" forward.

"That really says it all. When you're having offensive problems you have to put the puck on the net and you've got to go and bang them out," said Reinprecht. "I think all of our goals were (like) that, within 10 ft. of the crease. It's where you want to fight the battles, right in front of the goalie, because you never know what can happen. As you saw tonight, good things happen."


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