A pair of third-period powerplay goals made the difference in a 3-2 comeback win over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night, Calgary's third win in four outings -- with all victories coming on home ice.
A month ago, the Oilers appeared all but done but have 12 wins in 17 outings to keep their playoff hopes alive. They were beaten 5-4 in a shootout last night against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Battle of Alberta has been split down the middle so far this season, with each team winning three of the six meetings. Calgary has won two of the three at home, including the most recent meeting -- a 4-1 game at the 'Dome.
FLAMES -- RW Jarome Iginla has six points (4-2-6) in four games, while D Dion Phaneuf has five points (2-3-5) in that span.
OILERS -- Rookie Sam Gagner has four goals and four assists in seven contests.
FLAMES -- RW Owen Nolan's goal-scoring drought has now reached 19 games.
OILERS -- Ales Hemsky is playing through a wrist injury and has only one goal in 21 games.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 16.6% (56-337, T-20th); Edmonton 16.3% (54-332, T-22nd).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 81.3% (20th); Edmonton 84.6% (5th).
FLAMES -- D Rhett Warrener (ankle), C/LW Mark Smith (head) are out.
OILERS -- C Shawn Horcoff (shoulder), LW Raffi Torres (knee), LW Ethan Moreau (broken leg), D Sheldon Souray (shoulder) are all out. RW Geoff Sanderson (back), G Mathieu Garon (ankle) are day-to-day.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla needs one more tally to reach the 50-goal mark for the second time in his career.