"Jussi was great for us tonight and that's the type of effort
we're going to need down the stretch," Horcoff said.
"A big goal and a big point and it still keeps us very much
alive and in the hunt," said Horcoff.
Nieminen scored 2:33 into the third for Calgary. Kiprusoff made
27 saves for the Flames.
Markkanen was making his second start since being acquired from
the New York Rangers last week. He was in goal for Edmonton in a
1-1 tie with St. Louis on Thursday.
Markkanen made a game-saving glove save off a shot by Jarome
Iginla with 7 seconds remaining in regulation, stopping Iginla's
slap shot from the top of the face-off circle.
Markkanen and Ty Conklin will share Edmonton's goaltending
duties after Salo was traded Tuesday to the Colorado Avalanche.
Calgary moved within four points of Dallas for fifth place in
the Western Conference. The Stars lost 4-0 to Pittsburgh.
The tie left Edmonton, unbeaten in its last four (2-0-2), five
points out of the final playoff position in the Western Conference.
The Oilers begin a five-game homestand Wednesday night against the
"We've talked about how good we need to be at home down the
stretch and this is going to be a good test for us," Horcoff said.
Nieminen opened the scoring 2:33 into the third with his first
goal in 33 games dating back to Dec. 21. Calgary acquired Nieminen
on Feb. 24 from the Chicago Blackhawks.
"We played really hard tonight. We were a desperate team, just
like they were and we broke even," Nieminen said. "It was a
little disappointing, especially for our part that we didn't get
two points but there's nothing we can do about it now."
Nilson made his debut for Calgary playing on a line with
center Dean McAmmond and right-winger Shean Donovan. Nilson
replaced Martin Gelinas, who missed his second game due to a sore
neck. ... After missing 11 games with a broken hand, Conklin
dressed as Markkanen's backup.