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Principally Petr

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Who knew?

When the Edmonton Oilers signed Petr Sykora, they had no idea they'd purchased a Flame extinguisher.

When they signed Sykora they had no clue he was a Miikka Kiprusoff killer.

For the second time this season, Sykora scored two goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a win against the Calgary Flames.

In a season series in which the losing team has scored one goal in all three games, it's handy to have a guy who scores two.

It was two in his first game as an Oiler to open the season against the Flames at Rexall Place that Sykora said his how-do-you-do.

The Oilers had no idea he specialized in this sort of thing.

GREAT PERCENTAGE

In 20 career games against the Flames, the Czech has now scored 13 goals. It's his best goals vs. games played percentage against any team in the league.

Again, who knew.

Not Sykora.

"I don't know that stat,'' said the centre who also has an assist against Calgary for five of his 22 points so far this season.

What other player has four goals and an assist against goalie Kiprusoff?

"Everybody has a team or two like that. It's weird that way,'' said Ryan Smyth who has 14 goals this season to Sykora's 11.

THE RIGHT TEAM

"With me it's Colorado and Columbus. But if you're playing here and you want to pick the right team, it would be Calgary.''

Sykora called these two goals special. They were.

They resulted in snapping a six game Calgary winning streak.

They ended a Flames run of 20 periods without giving up a goal five-on-five.

They ran the Oilers own win streak to four, and they gave Edmonton a five-point lead over Calgary in the standings.

They also snapped him out of a drought.

"I haven't scored in the last six,'' he said.

"I had more chances in the games I didn't score than I had tonight, and I had two.

"It really feels good to beat Calgary when they come here with a six-game winning streak. They are such a tough team to create against. To beat a team like that in a game like this is very special.''

Sykora also covered up a crime with his two goals.

The game featured an amazing malfunction at the junction, which gave Calgary a 1-0 lead when Dwayne Roloson and Daniel Tjarnqvist combined on a slapstick silent-movie-fire-drill scene midway into the first period.

First it starred Roloson, who twice fell on his butt before he made it to the net in warm-up.

When the netminder went to freeze a puck his body language suggested he was having second thoughts.

That's when Tjarnqvist picked the puck from his glove then shot it off the net through the crease and onto the stick of Kristian Huselius.

"That would have been a tough goal to have hang there too long,'' said coach Craig MacTavish.

AN OPPORTUNIST

Sykora got it back before the end of the period on a 5-on-3.

"Petr is an opportunist to say the least. He certainly exhibited that on the 5 on 3. He made no mistake there,'' added MacTavish.

The winner came on a backhand, on a uncharacteristic rebound, on an equally uncharacteristic shot by Ales Hemsky with six minutes to go.

SHUTTING THE DOOR

Roloson shutting the door after the ghastly goal he allowed made him the co-star of this production.

"A goal like that can be severely debilitating for the confidence of a goalie,'' said MacTavish.

"I'm not sure we would have had the resiliency to stay in that game at this time last year.''

But that's only the half of it - the goaltending half.

Obviously, to win a Battle of Alberta game this year, you not only have to restrict the opposition to one, but score two. Between the two, Sykora and Roloson have that covered.


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