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Big Mac attack wakes Oil

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Twenty four hours after riding fast legs and a deadly power-play to a 4-3 decision at the Saddledome Friday, the Edmonton Oilers were riding slow legs and shoddy penalty killing straight toward an ugly, ugly loss.

Their engines stalled during the national anthem, and it was nothing but cough and sputter for the first 35 minutes.

Then a 265-lb. sparkplug changed everything.

With the Oilers down 2-0, newly-acquired super-heavyweight Steve MacIntyre plastered Calgary's Dustin Boyd into the end boards, essentially turning him into a rinkboard advertisement, then got the better of the guy who came to his rescue, Brandon Prust, sparking a three-goal rally that buried the Flames in a sea of Oilers energy.

"That was a momentum turner for us," said Andrew Cogliano, who had one more gear than just about everyone else on the ice in Edmonton's 3-2 win.

"We were joking on the bench that we hadn't seen a hit like that in a long time. The guy that took the hit, we feel bad for him. And then Mac fights the guy right after that and wins.

"That's a big boost for the team, and we didn't have that last year."

MacIntyre, who walked right through Jim Vandermeer in the pre-season, has now officially taken up residence inside Calgary's kitchen.

The Flames have come to the same disturbing realization Edmonton came to in all those games against Derek Boogaard and the Minnesota Wild: MacIntyre is going to do whatever he pleases out there, and there's nothing they can do but take it.

"It was a huge hit, a huge play for us," said Fernando Pisani, who finished plus-two with a goal and an assist.

"It's a huge lift on our bench. Guys get excited.

"There was nothing going on in the first period. It took a big hit and fight to get us going.

"It got the guys on the bench all fired up and we built momentum from that."


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