Flames 'Coff it up

Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow falls over Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson...

Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow falls over Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson yesterday at Rexall Place. (Edmonton Sun/Darryl Dyck)

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

EDMONTON -- All the elements of a post-season game were in play.

And there were plenty of playoff implications.

In the end, the Edmonton Oilers came away with the important Northwest Division victory, scoring in the third and overtime for a hard-fought 3-2 decision over the Calgary Flames to spoil the visitors' hopes of kicking off a seven-game road trip on a winning note.

Shawn Horcoff took advantage of a broken play at 3:04 of the extra frame to the delight of a noisy, sell-out crowd, which was treated to a physical and tension-filled display at Rexall Place.

Newcomer Sergei Samsonov, acquired by the Oil at the trade deadline, made a few nifty moves and carried the puck into the Flames zone to set up the winning goal.

The hosts caught a break when defenceman Roman Hamrlik tripped over Chris Pronger's shattered stick just inside the blueline, springing Horcoff loose to receive Samsonov's pass.

In alone on Miikka Kiprusoff, Horcoff made no mistake. He slid the puck between the goaltender's pads to grab the extra point -- which brought the Oilers to within four points of the division-leading Flames.

"I didn't have any speed to go backwards," said Kiprusoff of the sudden final play. "He made a nice move, five-hole."

Flames defenceman Andrew Ference wasn't about to blame the loss on one unlucky event after his team took a 2-1 lead into the third period.

"It's tough luck but that's hockey. That's the way it goes -- funny bounces, funny plays," said Ference of the stick slip.

"It wouldn't have been in overtime anyways if we do the right job in the third. You can't look and feel sorry for yourself about a weird goal. They played in our end for the majority of that third period and did a better job than we did."

Jarret Stoll tied the game 7:12 into the third with a strong individual effort. He drove wide on Matthew Lombardi, fighting off the Flames centre before spinning around and tucking a bad-angle shot past a sprawling Kiprusoff on the far side.

Mike Leclerc technically gave his team a 3-1 advantage in the middle frame but a quick whistle before the puck crossed the line during a goal-mouth scramble prevented his second of the night from becoming official.

Leclerc, a healthy scratch against the Avalanche at the Saddledome Monday, gave the Flames their first lead, tucking home his own rebound at 9:59 of the second.

Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter said the outcome might have been different had Leclerc's second marker counted.

"It's such a fine line. The disallowed goal and then the broken play to score the winning goal. It's tough," said Sutter.

"In a playoff game, which every game is now, there's a big difference between 2-1 and 3-1."

Jaroslav Spacek opened the scoring on the powerplay 9:16 into the game, taking a perfect pass from Ales Hemsky and ripping a one-timer past Kiprusoff while Ryan Smyth provided his traditional screen.

Lombardi knotted the game a few minutes later with his fifth of the season.

Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson, recently acquired at the deadline from Minnesota, stopped 18 shots in the win.


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