CALGARY -- Their Six-Million Dollar D-Man was a wounded warrior and their centre worth four-million dollars was stationed on the fourth line.
The Edmonton Oilers also had, arguably, their third-string goalie between the pipes.
No Chris Pronger, out with a knee bruise, a struggling Michael Peca and a rookie stopper in Mike Morrison.
With all that, the Calgary Flames had to be salivating over the possibility of getting a stranglehold on their season series with the Oilers.
But Morrison was there again, playing Cinderella Man one more time as the Oilers stole a must-win, with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Flames in front of 19,289 fans at the Saddledome.
The rookie stopper has four wins in four starts.
"For the first five seconds after I saved (Chuck) Kobasew that's about as high as I'm going to get," said Morrison, who had beat the Flames twice in the pre-season.
It was also the Oil's third shootout win, the second with Morrison facing opposing shooters following his work Monday against San Jose.
FORGET MINORS FOR NOW
Morrison likely won't see the lights of the minors anytime soon.
"He made a couple of big saves at the end and really held the net well. And that's what you have to do against Calgary because they swarm the net so aggressively," said Craig MacTavish. "You have to be tough to play this game and he was tonight."
The Flames lost to the Oilers for only the second time with Darryl Sutter as head coach and dropped a home-ice decision to their arch-rival for the first time since March 11, 2003.
Edmonton had their five-game winless slide against the Flames come to a sweet end when Fernando Pisani, the Oil's fourth man in the shootout, tucked a backhander through the legs of Miikka Kiprusoff.
Morrison then iced it by getting all of Chuck Kobasew's effort.
"Mike had a great game and kept us even with them and then it was nice to get the two points," said Pisani, who went with his patented breakaway dangle.
"They were playing good coming in and so were we, so it was a good test to see where we were. It was a solid game for us."
"To come in here and get a win ... it's a tough building to win in and getting the two points is all we ask for," said MacT.
NOT A FULL LINEUP
The Oil had hoped to have a full lineup against the Flames for the first time this year after Ryan Smyth missed the first two games against Calgary and Shawn Horcoff was able to go in only one of two games.
But blue line anchor Chris Pronger, who had skipped four optional skates this week, was suddenly absent.
Pronger was thought to be nursing an injured foot, but ultimately couldn't lace up due to a bruised knee.
Pronger had his knee swell up after the Minnesota game during which he fell over a teammate and hit the ice hard.
"It was too weak and I had no range of motion," he said.
"I was worried I might do something that would damage it more."
Pronger expects the rest over the weekend will get him ready for Tuesday's home game against Colorado.