They got away with it in Vancouver on Saturday, so the Edmonton Oilers thought they'd press their luck for the second time in 48 hours when the Calgary Flames came calling at Rexall Place last night.
Playing from behind all night in Vancouver, the Oilers twice overcame two-goal deficits to beat the Canucks for the third-straight time, this season on an overtime goal by Michael Peca in a 5-4 shocker.
They skipped the dramatics of overtime on this night, but the, ahem, game plan was very much the same as the Oilers spotted the Flames a 4-2 margin before Fernando Pisani played the hero by scoring the winner with 45 ticks to play in regulation time in a 5-4 decision.
"It's not our initial plan, but it seems to be working," smiled the red-hot Pisani, who has six goals in his last seven games. "I think we're just more composed this year than in years past.
"We have a confidence where we know we can come back. We just can't get away from the game plan."
Down 4-2 just over six minutes into the second period, the Oilers scored the next three as Shawn Horcoff and Igor Ulanov notched their second goals of the night to set the stage for Pisani.
Pisani banged his own rebound behind Miikka Kiprusoff to pretty up the second- straight ugly start by Mike Morrison and give the Oilers their second consecutive win over the Flames after a pair of losses.
"We felt confident we were going to win the game," said Horcoff, who has three goals in his last two games after going 18 games without one. "We just weren't going to be denied."
Yanked 7:03 into the win in Vancouver after allowing two goals on the first four shots he faced, Morrison didn't have a night to write home about in this one, either.
Kristian Huselius turned Jani Rita's turnover into a 1-0 lead on the Flames' fifth shot, 4:33 in. Ulanov got that one back when he one-timed a Horcoff pass behind Kiprusoff.
Calgary went ahead again thanks to an Ales Hemsky giveaway as Daymond Langkow beat Morrison to the far post, just the seventh shot by Calgary, to make it 2-1.
Horcoff got his first of the night on a pass from Hemsky, sneaking a shot through the five-hole on Kiprusoff.
When Dion Phaneuf's slapshot from the point trickled through Morrison's pads six minutes into the second period to make it 3-2, Craig MacTavish went to the hook again, giving Jussi Markkanen the nod.
"I thought both teams were a little tight and uncharacteristically sloppy early," MacTavish said. "It was a little disjointed from a lot of perspectives, but it was a great last half to the game."
Markkanen gave up the 4-2 goal on the first shot he faced as Steve Reinprecht tipped Robyn Regehr's shot past him before Ulanov cut the lead to one on a power play with this second - the first two-goal game of his career.
Horcoff, who got the Oilers to overtime in Vancouver, made it 4-4 for the second time in 48 hours with 9:23 left. Without a sniff for so long, his shot from deep in the corner bounced into the net off Kiprusoff.
"We just had to stay composed," said Pisani. "We know we're going to get our opportunities at the net."
AROUND THE RINK ... Matt Greene, recalled from Iowa of the AHL yesterday afternoon, arrived in town last night and will accompany the Oilers to Vancouver this afternoon.