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EDMONTON 1, CALGARY 1 (OT)

3/10/2004

CALGARY (AP) -- Jussi Markkanen justified the Edmonton Oilers'
trade of Tommy Salo.

Markkanen made 30 saves and Shawn Horcoff scored at 9:53 of the
third period to offset a goal by Ville Nieminen to lift the Oilers
into a 1-1 tie with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.<

"Jussi was great for us tonight and that's the type of effort
we're going to need down the stretch," Horcoff said.

Horcoff deflected a slap shot by Cory Cross that Flames goalie
Miikka Kiprusoff was able to stop. But Horcoff put in the rebound
for his 14th goal of the season.

"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
Colorado Avalanche.

"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."

Nieminen was the first of three players coach and general
manager Darryl Sutter added prior to Tuesday's trade deadline. The
others were Chris Simon and Marcus Nilson.

Game notes
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.