Deslauriers glory, eh?

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

Shinny hockey teams usually have more players.

Last night the Calgary Flames had only enough warm bodies to send out three forward lines against the Oilers at Rexall Place.

The Oilers were able to take advantage of their opponent's shortcomings and skated to a 5-1 victory in their last home game of the season.

"It was a good way to end our home schedule," said defenceman Sheldon Souray.

"We talked about it before the game, there is always something to play for, there is a certain amount of pride in here.

"With two games left we wanted have a good effort, manufacture a good positive environment and finish off with a little bit of pride."

It was a shallow win, considering time had already run out on the Oilers playoff chances. They went into the contest having already been mathematically eliminated from post-season contention.

Regardless, they came out looking to take the game to the visitors, who because of salary cap restrictions, were not able to call up reinforcements from the minors to take up some of the spots left open by injuries.

Among those wounded included Dion Phaneuf, Cory Sarich, Curtis Glencross, Rene Bourque, Robyn Regehr, Wayne Primeau and Adrian Aucoin.

"We talked about having a good, effort, having good professionalism and being prepared to play these two games," Souray said.

"Calgary came in a little shorthanded and probably played a different game then they would normally play. But we played hard, our goalie played well.

"For him to come in after having a few months off and playing that well was really something.

"Before the game we talked about how he sat there all season, stayed late after practice and was early before practice taking thousands of shots.

"He was a real asset for us, so it was good to see him get the credit he was due tonight."

Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers was making his first start for the Oilers since Nov. 30, giving Dwayne Roloson a much-deserved night off after going 36 in a row.

He finished with 31 saves on the night, earning his fourth win of the season and second against Calgary.

The only Flame to beat him was Michael Cammalleri who converted a feed from Olli Jokinen from in tight in the third period.

By that time the Oilers had the game in hand as Ales Kotalik, Steve MacIntyre and Shawn Horcoff had given them a 3-0 lead.

Kotalik netted his 20th of the season and seventh since coming over to the Oilers at the trade deadline, one-timing a cross-ice feed from Ales Hemsky past Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

MacIntyre then added his second, beating Kiprusoff from a tight angle after Kyle Brodziak did a nice job of slipping past Flames defenceman Jim Vandermeer behind the net.

The goal was MacIntyre's second career marker and stood up as the game winner.

"Brodziak made a great play behind the net to get the puck out to me," MacIntyre said. "I'd like to say I picked my spot but I just tried to get it off my stick as quickly as I could and it happened to go in.

"It was nice to get the goal, but disappointing that we're not going to the playoffs."

The Flames went into the game trying to keep pace with the Vancouver Canucks for top spot in the Northwest Division. The loss leaves them two points behind Vancouver with each team having one game left to play.

Calgary hosts Edmonton tonight in the season finale for both clubs.

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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