Series (Game 4 of 5)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, October 3rd
Game 2: Wednesday, December 26th
Game 3: Monday, December 31st
Game 4: Saturday, March 23rd
Game 5: Friday, April 12th

Flames 1

(27-31-3, 68 pts)

Oilers 3

(32-26-3, 78 pts)

10:00 PM ET, March 23, 2002

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
CGY 1 0 01
EDM 3 0 03

J. Niinimaa (Oilers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

T. Salo (Oilers - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .971

R. Niedermayer (Flames - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

York scores his first goal for Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- It didn't take Mike York long to get a feel for the Battle of Alberta.


The recently acquired York scored the first of Edmonton's three first-period goals Saturday night as the Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 in the latest penalty-filled matchup of Alberta's NHL clubs.

"It was pretty intense," York said of the game. "Obviously for both teams it's a playoff-like atmosphere. Every game's like a playoff game."

York's goal, his first with Edmonton since he was picked up from the New York Rangers last Tuesday, came 1:35 into the game on a hard shot that bounced off Calgary goaltender Roman Turek and into the net while the Oilers were on a power play.

"It's good to break the ice, get that first one out of the way," York said. "It's a big win."

The Oilers made it 2-0 on a short-handed goal by Mike Grier later in the period. Edmonton appeared to go up 3-0 when Brian Swanson beat Turek on another power play. When play stopped, however, the officials checked with the video booth to see if a shot by Rob Niedermayer had beaten Edmonton's Tommy Salo moments before Swanson scored.

It did, and Calgary was awarded the goal to make it 2-1.

Edmonton defenseman Eric Brewer restored the two-goal lead less than two minutes later when he scored his seventh goal of the season.

Turek was then pulled for veteran backup Mike Vernon after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Edmonton's Salo appears to have returned to form. After a dismal spell immediately following the Olympics, he has allowed just one goal in four consecutive starts. He faced 16 shots in the first period alone and 35 on the night, stopping 34 for his 26th win.

"Tommy's in the zone right now," Oilers' head coach Craig MacTavish said. "I think he's playing the best hockey he's played since I've been here, right now. And it couldn't come at a better time."

The Flames had numerous opportunities in the first period, including five power plays, which they were unable to convert.

Early in the period, Calgary captain Bob Boughner went after Edmonton captain Jason Smith for taking a swipe at Turek following the whistle. The ensuing melee resulted in three Oilers going to the penalty box and a two-man Calgary advantage for two minutes. The Flames were 0-for-9 on the power play.

"Emotions were high so there were a lot of penalties on both sides," Calgary's Jarome Iginla said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't get a goal on the power play.

"Any time you get a two-man advantage, it's a big boost for the team that either scores or the team that kills it off. It happened to be them tonight."

Iginla, the NHL's scoring leader, was held without a goal for the sixth straight game. He missed an open net on Calgary's two-minute, two-man advantage in the first period.

Edmonton has won four consecutive games and sits ninth in the Western Conference with 78 points, two behind the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Oilers play the 10th-place Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

"It's really going to come down to the head-to-head games, starting tomorrow night against Vancouver," Edmonton's Mike Comrie said of the playoff drive.

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