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Flames fight back

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

CALGARY -- After Calgary took a few runs at Mathieu Garon last week, the Oilers hinted they'd be making life uncomfortable for Miikka Kiprusoff in the rematch.

As it turned out, the only uncomfortable aspect of Kiprusoff's night was the long stretches of extreme boredom.

You have to get within 30 feet of a goalie to cause him any grief and Edmonton barely threatened Calgary's blue-line, much less their crease.

STRONG START

"A few nights ago it was an embarrassing game against them in Edmonton," said Kiprusoff, who faced nine whole shots through the first 42 minutes and 15 in total. "I knew we were going to be ready. It was a big game for us and we were strong from the start."

Owen Nolan led the way for Calgary, scoring a pair of goals in a personal act of revenge against Ladislav Smid, who sent him head first into the boards in the first period.

"I don't know how he doesn't get a penalty on a hit from behind," said Nolan. "I was facing the boards, my chest was the first thing to hit the boards, that's clearly a hit from behind."

Nolan was tempted to go looking for Smid last night, but the score was too close to take a dumb penalty.

"You can't run around and look for stupid stuff," he said. "The most important thing is to win the game. There's a time and place for everything ... and if the time comes where I get a chance to get a big hit on him, I'll go for it."

Edmonton native Dion Phaneuf had a big night on the big stage, picking up a Gordie Howe hat-trick in the first 40 minutes. He and Ethan Moreau dropped the mitts 75 second into the game, a continuation of their scrap last week, in which Phaneuf said he wasn't ready.

This time they squared off. Phaneuf still lost, but he showed up.

WAKE-UP CALL

"We both talked and decided it was something that had to be done," said Phaneuf. "It's Saturday night, Battle of Alberta, Hockey Night in Canada, that's what it's all about. It's part of the game."

The Flames, who haven't shown this much jump in a while, credit the Oilers for waking them up.

"We're a gritty team, for some reason we don't always play like that," said Nolan. "For some reason in the last few games we've been really sitting back and letting the teams take the play to us.

"We realized we were making that mistake and this time we came out more focused and worked harder and limited their shots because of that."


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