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Strange play a turning point in game

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:28 AM ET

It was the strangest of plays.

It also proved to be one of the turning points of the contest.

Early in the third period, with the Oilers trailing 3-1, referee Dave Jackson put his arm in the air indicating a delayed penalty.

The Oilers had possession of the puck in the Calgary Flames' zone and worked it around the net and back to the point.

THAT WENT IN!

Then with Ryan Smyth creating all sorts of havoc in front of the net, Steve Staios fired a point shot which found its way into the net.

However the goal was waved off and Raffi Torres was sent to the penalty box for a high-stick infraction on Flames defenceman Brian Marchment.

"I think it was pretty obvious what happened," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We had the initial penalty, we had the puck, when that happens, normally you assume the opposition has the penalty. That's something you take for granted.

"I jumped to that conclusion immediately. When you have the puck for 10 seconds you feel they've got the penalty and when we put the puck in the net, they rectified the earlier mistake."

Adding salt to the wound, the Flames scored on the ensuing power play, extending their lead to 4-1.

"It was like the were saying 'Torres had the high-sticking penalty, I just let you guys think you were going to get the goal,' " MacTavish said. "That was extremely disappointing for the team and we can't get the kill after that. So effectively it's a two-goal transition."

For the Flames the play was just as strange.

NO WHISTLE

After watching Marchment get caught with a high stick, they still had to defend the play even though the Oilers were going to get the penalty.

"When the whistle didn't blow, we were wondering for a split second what was going on," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "But it's a quick game out there and I think it just took a minute for them to realize it."

The disallowed goal was hard to take, and even harder to understand.

"It was just a mistake," said Oilers forward Ethan Moreau. "They had their hand up to make the call, and we watched our guy skate around the net, watched our guy throw the puck back to the point, watched the puck tipped in, and they call it no goal because it was a penalty. It's just ludicrous. I don't know how you can make a mistake like that. I've never seen it go on like that. The guy was staring right at it. It's just a big error."

After the game officials would not comment on the play.

"We were wondering why he wasn't blowing the whistle," said Flames head coach Darryl Sutter. "He had his arm up. We didn't know why he didn't blow the whistle."


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