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Pisani scores deciding goal in Oilers' shootout with Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Mike Morrison has come a long way from
the ECHL to an NHL shootout.

Fernando Pisani scored the deciding goal in the tiebreaker, and
Morrison made 27 saves as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary
Flames 2-1 Friday night.

After each team's first three shooters failed to score, Pisani
beat Miikka Kiprusoff through the legs on a deke.

"I got out there and I just had one move in my mind and I
thought if I do it and it works, that's great," Pisani said.

Morrison was glad to see another goaltender burned by the play.

"He's done that to me about 300 times in practice so I'm glad
it worked when we needed it," Morrison said.

Calgary's Chuck Kobasew was the final Flames shooter but he was
turned aside by Morrison, giving the Oilers their fifth win in six
games.

"When they were going down on Kipper and then coming down on me
it was so, so loud," Morrison said. "You don't realize it until
after the shot and it kind of dulls down and your ears are ringing.
It was exciting. You cant beat that."

Radek Dvorak scored for Edmonton, which moved within two points
of second-place Calgary in the Northwest Division.

Marcus Nilson scored for the Flames, who lost for only the
second time in their last 12 (10-1-1).

"We had some good scoring chances in the third period, but the
other goalie, he played a good game and he was just a little bit
better," said Kiprusoff, who finished with 33 saves.

Both teams had great chances to score in overtime but both
goalies stayed strong.

Edmonton had an opportunity to win late when Ethan Moreau burst
through and forced defenseman Roman Hamrlik to take a hooking
penalty with 12 seconds left in regulation.

However, despite applying steady pressure through the subsequent
4-on-3 advantage, the Oilers couldn't get the puck past Kiprusoff.

Morrison stymied the Flames for over 51 minutes before Nilson
scored at 11:34 to tie it 1-1. Steven Reinprecht slid a pass
through the slot that slipped between the skates of Oilers
defenseman Steve Staios and was jammed in the open side by Nilson.

Making his third start in a row, Morrison improved to 4-0.

His run took a while to get started. After being recalled from
Greenville of the ECHL on Oct. 24th when Ty Conklin was sent to
Hamilton (AHL) on a conditioning stint, Morrison sat on the bench
and backed up Jussi Markkanen for his first 10 games with the
Oilers.

After winning his first NHL start in Colorado on Nov. 14th,
Morrison has started four of Edmonton's last six games. He has a
1.48 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in that span.

"We threw him to the wolves in Colorado and that's always a
tough building to win in as well," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish
said. "We weren't in a great situation when he went in there, and
if you can handle the pressure in your first start in that
building, you can handle the start in Game 4 here in Calgary. He's
shown a lot of composure."

Meanwhile, Conklin has been on the sideline since returning from
his conditioning stint, having missed the last eight games with a
groin injury.

Edmonton took the lead at 14:42 of the first period.

Jarret Stoll spotted Dvorak open on the far side of the net and
zipped a pass across that Dvorak one-timed in the open side.

Kiprusoff would not be beaten the rest of the way until the
shootout. He made several great saves, including a diving stop with
the paddle of his stick denying Stoll of what looked to be a sure
goal in the final seconds of the first period.

"He's a great goalie," Morrison said. "I can remember
watching him in the playoffs last year while I was on a cruise in
the Caribbean and here I am playing against him."

Kiprusoff also started the second period with a similar stop,
thwarting Marty Reasoner at the side of the net.

Game notes
Edmonton D Chris Pronger (bruised knee) missed his first
game of the season. ... The Oilers improved to 11-2 when scoring
first. ... Calgary had its 24th consecutive regular-season sellout,
dating to the final 10 home games of the 2003-04 season. ...
Slumping Edmonton C Mike Peca played on the fourth line between LW
Todd Harvey and RW Georges Laraque. Harvey had been a healthy
scratch four of the previous five games. Laraque hasn't scored in
32 games, dating to March 16, 2004.