'Even' Flames give it up at bad time

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

The Calgary Flames had gone 19 periods without conceding an even-strength goal.

They picked a bad time to snap the streak.

"When you're out there, you don't think about that too much," said Flames forward Kristian Huselius, who scored Calgary's lone goal in the 2-1 loss to the Oilers last night.

"If they score, it doesn't matter how it happens.

"They got the late goal in the third period. It was our fault and we have to be better for sure."

St. Louis was the last team to score on the Flames even strength when Bill Guerin beat Miikka Kiprusoff in the first period on Nov. 4th.

Since then, the Flames had conceded just four power-play markers on their way to a six-game winning streak.

"We didn't do a very good job to win a very big game," said Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr. "They did a better job than we did."

On the Oilers' winner, Sykora scooped up the puck and lifted a backhand past Kiprusoff.

"The shot hit my blocker, and there was a rebound," Kiprusoff said. "The puck stayed there a little too long and the Edmonton player picked it up and scored.

"If the puck hits your blocker, it's tough to keep in. But I don't like giving up those rebounds, but those things happen."

Ales Hemsky, who set up Sykora, found some space after a bad change by the Flames. He was able to work his way in and take a shot from the top of the face-off circle.

"We had a guy that stayed out there maybe a little bit too long," said Regehr. "Then we turned over the puck and they came back. Guys that are skilled thrive on openings like that."

Calgary came into the game 0-15 with the man advantage against the Oilers this season. Last night, they went 0-for-6.

"I think our power-play has to out-work their penalty-kill and we didn't do that tonight," said Flames head coach Jim Playfair.


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