It was the worst road team in the NHL visiting a non-playoff team that's been playing like it just had its heart ripped out.
If there was ever a game that both teams could lose, this one was it.
But in the end, it was a pretty entertaining and competitive tilt, that the Calgary Flames broke open with a pair of third-period goals to win 4-2 at Rexall Place.
"I thought we had some good jump, we were skating well and we were physical," said Fernando Pisani, who had both of Edmonton's goals. "Those are the staples of our game. We just have to make sure we're doing that on a consistent basis."
Edmonton has three goals in the last four games and Pisani has all of them.
"I've been getting some good opportunities," he said. "It was important for us to get our legs going and get skating and doing the things that we do well as a team."
The Flames, with seven wins in 30 road games coming in, made it eight in 31.
It was their first road win since Jan. 20 when they posted a 4-0 win over, you guessed it, the Oilers.
But at least Edmonton, lifeless, scoreless and horrid in the first two games after Ryan Smyth was traded, showed a little more spark in this one.
"It's a lot more fun to play like that," said Joffrey Lupul, who was plus-2 on the night.
"You always want to win, but that was a lot more enjoyable than the last two, when it seemed like there was no energy in the dressing room and it seemed like the bench was dead and the crowd was dead.
"This was more upbeat. We played pretty good, but they were more opportunistic and Kiprusoff was really good. It seems like we're saying that every game.
"But I think we're heading back in the right direction."
It wasn't enough to match the Flames.
Mind you, the Flames have a lot more to play for right now.
They're in a desperate struggle for the division lead and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
If they don't get it, given their woeful road record, they won't make it to the second round. I felt we played pretty hard," said Petr Sykora.
"A lot of guys played very well.
"When we were down 3-2 we had two or three huge chances to tie it up and couldn't, but the effort was there and there was lots to build on."
Calgary took a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes on goals by David Moss and Stephane Yelle.
But the Oilers did enjoy a moment of elation at 9:27 of the first period when Pisani scored Edmonton's first goal since the Smyth trade,a stretch of futility that was 142 minutes and 26 seconds long.
Pisani made it 2-2 midway through the second period when he took a feed from Marc Pouliot and ripped a bullet under Miikka Kiprusoff's crossbar.
But two Calgary goals early in the third period - from Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla - put the Flames ahead 4-2.
LATE HITS: Ales Hemsky left the game after just four shifts and didn't return. The Oilers are calling it an "upper body" injury.