Oil's well for Flames in win

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

The scoreboard read it was a one-sided affair.

And it could have been even more of a Battle of Alberta blowout.

Even if it came against an Edmonton team that seems destined to struggle all season, the Calgary Flames came up with their most complete performance of the year in last night's 4-1 thumping of their provincial rivals.

"I thought that was the most consistent game we've played," said head coach Mike Keenan. "We had super goaltending when we needed, for example the breakaway when their guy came out of the box.

"On the other hand, for the most part, I thought we played really well defensively, which is what we were looking for."

The Flames pretty much did everything they expected before the sellout crowd of 19,289.

Well, other than really light up Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who was sensational with 30 saves, and not many gimmes, in the one-sided affair and kept his team within a shot of drawing even until there was less than five minutes remaining.

That's when Dion Phaneuf and Adrian Aucoin scored on the powerplay to salt away the game that was far more tilted than the score indicated.

"From the start of the game, I thought we were really going," said Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who scored once in a three-point outing. "They were able to hang in there, Roli made some big saves and they got back in it, but we stuck with it.

"We kept pushing them and, in the end, we were able to get some big powerplay goals."

Kristian Huselius also scored for the Flames, who have won four of five to improve their record to 4-2-2. Phaneuf had a three-point game as well.

The game plan was to play smart defence, and the fact Edmonton mustered only 18 shots on goal proved that out.

"We didn't really create a lot of chances in the third, we just played smart and let them come to us and waited it out," said Huselius, whose tally 61 second into the clash set the tone. "When we capitalized on the powerplays, the game was over."

Sam Gagner's first NHL goal was Edmonton's only offence.

Unfortunately for the Flames, the win came with a price -- injuries to two forwards. Wayne Primeau suffered a high ankle sprain after crashing into the boards feet first and right winger David Moss suffered a concussion from a blind-side hit from Raffi Torres when he didn't have the puck.

"I'm sure the league will review the hit," Keenan said. "David didn't know he was coming. He blindsided him.

"Apparently, Torres has some history with doing that. I don't know that myself personally, I'm not aware of that, but at least that was the feedback I had from our coaches."

The Flames continue their homestand tomorrow night when the San Jose Sharks visit.


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