Calgary getting the better of this Battle for Alberta

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Chuck Kobasew found the perfect way to
make amends to his teammates after taking a bad penalty.

Kobasew scored two goals, including the winner, to lead the
Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on
Thursday night.

"That's being part of being on a team," said Kobasew, who took
a double minor for high-sticking early in the second period with
the Flames trailing 1-0. "Guys bail you out when you need it."

After Steve Reinprecht scored a power-play goal to tie it at
17:12 of the second period, Kobasew put the Flames up 2-1 just 71
seconds later when he swatted a bouncing rebound past goalie Jussi

"It was just sitting on the ice in front of his pads so I just
tried to chip it up over him," Kobasew said.

Ethan Moreau scored the only goal for the Oilers.

Kobasew also made up for a hooking penalty he took early in the
third period by scoring again with 4:05 left. Moreau thought he
stopped the puck from going into the net behind Markkanen, but
video review showed that the puck crossed the line.

Kobasew praised his teammates for killing off all six Edmonton
power plays to give the Flames an opportunity to win.

"The penalty kill's been getting better every day and they
showed it tonight," he said.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves to record his second victory in
six days over the Oilers. Edmonton has dropped five straight after
starting the season with a three-game winning streak.

"We played good enough again to win, but didn't get the win,"
Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "But we're back playing the
type of hockey we were through the first couple games and that's
the encouraging part for us. If we continue to play that well,
we're going to turn it around."

Calgary jumped past the idle Colorado Avalanche and into a tie
with the Oilers in the Northwest Division. Both teams are 3-4-1.

Edmonton took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Moreau's first
goal of the season. On the play, Moreau's initial shot went off the
side of the net. The Oilers winger quickly corralled the puck and
skated around the other side of the net where he backhanded a shot
past a sprawling Kiprusoff.

"We came out really hard and generated a lot of offense, but it
wasn't enough," Moreau said. "We needed to get that second goal
and we never got it."

The Flames were outshot 12-4 in the opening frame, but Kiprusoff
made some great saves, including a quick glove grab off Marc-Andre
Bergeron's point shot and a toe save off a redirected shot by
Fernando Pisani in the slot.

"He certainly bought us some time through the first half of the
game and gave us a chance to win," Calgary assistant coach Jim
Playfair said of Kiprusoff.

In the second period, the Oilers again controlled the majority
of the play, largely thanks to Kobasew's double minor for
high-sticking. On the man advantage, Kiprusoff turned aside a hard
slap shot from the point by Bergeron.

On the ensuing rush, Shean Donovan took a close-in shot, which
Markkanen turned aside easily.

"When a goalie makes a huge save, usually something happens at
the other end right away after that, that seems to be how it
works," said Kiprusoff, who credited his defense for clearing the
front of the net. "They let me see the puck, they cleared the

A short time later, Radek Dvorak had a short-handed chance, but
Kiprusoff denied the speedy winger's breakaway attempt to keep the
Flames within a goal.

"The game's likely over right there if we bury that chance, but
they made a big save off it, then got the power-play goal, and then
got the break on the second goal and the disputed goal," MacTavish
said. "The games have both been very close in this building, yet
we've been outscored 6-1."

Game notes
After being scratched for three games, Byron Ritchie
returned to the Calgary lineup -- replacing forward Matthew
Lombardi, who's out four-to-six weeks with a high ankle sprain. ...
Bryan Marchment's assist on Kobasew's first goal was his first
point in four games since being signed by Calgary on Oct. 11. ...
The Flames have earned at least one point in nine straight
regular-season games against the Oilers, dating to March 3, 2003,
when Calgary lost 5-2 at home.