So that's what life would be like without Miikka Kiprusoff's heroics?

Having finally cracked the top eight and appearing ready to stay there with perhaps the easiest game left this season on their docket, the Calgary Flames goofed.

The Flames zigged when everybody figured they'd zag.

Taking the crowd out of the game early with a shockingly slow start that had the frenzied young Edmonton Oilers outskating and outworking the hosts, the visitors snapped a nine-game all-Alberta losing skid with a 6-1 spanking that will leave a mark every bit as nasty as the one sported by Oilers stalwart Taylor Hall.