Series (Game 1 of 5)

Calgary leads 3-2

Game 1: Thursday, November 21st
Game 2: Monday, January 20th
Game 3: Friday, February 7th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 11th
Game 5: Saturday, April 5th

Oilers 3

(8-8-1, 20 pts)

Flames 1

(5-9-3, 16 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 21, 2002

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
EDM 0 1 23
CGY 0 1 01

T. Marchant (Oilers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

M. Johansson (Flames - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

T. Salo (Oilers - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .963

Marchant puts out Flames with two goals, assist

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Todd Marchant helped the Edmonton Oilers become the latest team to take advantage of the slumping Calgary Flames.

Todd Marchant

Marchant scored a short-handed goal to open the scoring, set up the go-ahead tally, and then rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal as the Oilers earned a 3-1 victory and sent the Flames to their seventh straight loss Thursday night.

Calgary has just three goals during the streak and was shut out four times.

"We can't just sit here and cry about losing games, because that's not going to make it any better,'' Flames captain Craig Conroy said. "Whose going to do it for us? Nobody is going to do it, except for ourselves. We have to come out and keep playing the same way and eventually we're going to get the breaks.''

Petr Buzek scored the only goal for Calgary (5-9-3-3). It was his first of the season and just his second in 52 career games with the Flames.

Edmonton has won four of five.

Shawn Horcoff snapped a 1-1 tie when he scored 3:24 into the third period.

Horcoff was pleased that he and Marchant chipped in, taking some of the scoring pressure of the Oilers' top line of Ryan Smyth, Anson Carter, and Mike Comrie.

"With Smitty, Anson, and Mike, we've got one of the top first lines in the league but we don't want to have to count on them every night,'' Horcoff said.

Entering the game, the Oilers top line had combined for 24 goals while the other 11 forwards had just 16 -- five by Ethan Moreau.

"We've been able to get by on most nights but lately, Marty Reasoner's line, and Mike York's line, and my line have been chipping in here and there and that's what you have to do to be successful,'' Marchant said. "It comes down to confidence.''

Tommy Salo turned in another strong start making 26 saves for the Oilers and improving to 6-6-3. He's given up just seven goals in his last five starts.

"They played hard tonight and it was a good game but Tommy made some unbelievable saves for us in the first period and throughout the game,'' Marchant said.

One of Salo's finest stops came with the Flames down 2-1 and pressing in the final minute. Salo sprawled to make an acrobatic toe save off Jordan Leopold's deflection and then managed to keep the rebound out as a crowd of Flames players whacked at the puck.

"I went through a 10-game losing streak while I was playing with the Islanders and it's not fun,'' Flames coach Greg Gilbert said. "You start to question yourself and hesitate, you're really tense and you're more focused on bad things happening than just going out and playing and taking control of the fate.''

After a spirited first period that was scoreless, the teams exchanged goals 39 seconds apart early in the second.

Edmonton opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 4:45 on a perfectly executed two-on-one rush.

"Any time you get a short-handed goal, especially the first goal of the game, it's a difficult goal for any team to overcome,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.

As he broke in off the right wing, Edmonton's Anson Carter drew both Chris Drury and Jamie McLennan toward him before sliding a neat pass across to Marchant who was left with an empty net to fire the puck into.

During the same power play, Calgary answered.

Buzek moved in from the blue line, took a pass from Martin Gelinas, and fired a rising wrist shot that deflected off Salo and into the top corner.

The goal ended an 0-for-33 skid with the man advantage that had stretched nine games and dropped the Flames' power play to last in the NHL. It also broke a scoreless streak of 186 minutes, 39 seconds -- just six minutes shy of the team record set just 10 days ago.

McLennan made his 10th straight start for Calgary while Roman Turek dressed as the backup for the second straight game after returning from a broken finger.

Game notes

Calgary has been shut out six times this season. ... This is the Flames' longest losing streak since dropping eight in a row from Dec. 21, 1998-Jan. 5, 1999. ... Calgary has allowed five short-handed goals, tied for the league high. ... Calgary RW Jarome Iginla has one goal in his last 10 games, and C Rob Niedermayer has no goals in 18 games. ... It was the first meeting since the teams met four times in a row to close the preseason.

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