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Iginla gets 1st goal as Flames overtake Oilers 5-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Iginla gets 1st goal as Flames overtake Oilers 5-3
Edmonton Oilers 3, Calgary Flames 5

Relax, Flames fans: Jarome Iginla has found the net.

Iginla got his first goal of the new season by slamming home Alex Tanguay's pass 7:49 into the third period to break a tie and lead the Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Calgary's captain hadn't had a point in the team's first three games, two of which were shutout losses -- including a 4-0 loss at Edmonton on opening night. Dating back to last season, Iginla had no goals and 4 assists in his past 14 games.

He remedied that by firing home a perfect cross-crease pass from Alex Tanguay to put the Flames ahead to stay.

"It was a great pass by Tangs," said Iginla, who also had an assist. "Anyone could have put that one in."

Tanguay added an empty-netter for his second of the night.

"It feels like our most complete game of the year," Iginla said. "It's something we can build on."

The five goals were two more than the Flames produced in their first three games.

"Our tip two lines produced, and we needed that," said coach Brent Sutter, who changed around his pairings, putting Iginla and Tanguay with Matt Stajan.

Sutter was especially pleased that his team was able to get to the net and pressure Khabibulin all night after mounting little pressure for most of its first three games.

"To score goals at this level, you have to do it," he said. "Tonight there was a commitment to doing it."

The Oilers took the lead three times, but each time the Flames pulled even. The third time came 4:29 into the third period when Niclas Hagman fought off Shawn Horcoff, collected his own rebound and beat Nikolai Khabibulin, who stopped 46 shots.

That goal game about two minutes after Miikka Kiprusoff made the best of his 27 saves, stopping No. 1 draft pick Taylor Hall from 10 feet.

Edmonton lost both games on a two-game trip after starting its season with two home wins. The Oilers are 2-22-2 in their last 26 road games dating back to December.

"I think we can play with anybody," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "We have to manage the puck very well, and we have to manage it in a mature way. We have to make sure we understand the value of getting to the blue paint ourselves, with or without the puck. We've got to get pucks to the net, and there's a price to be paid beyond that.

"We've got to embrace that and learn that real quick if we're going to stay with the group."

After Ales Hemsky and Tanguay scored in the first period, Calgary outshot Edmonton 18-15 in a wide open, back-and-forth second period.

The Oilers went ahead 2-1 just 22 seconds into the second on a lucky bounce for Dustin Penner, whose attempted one-timer of a bouncing centering pass from Sam Gagner was fluttering high and wide of the Flames net when it hit defenseman Ian White in the face and caromed into the net behind a stunned Kiprusoff.

White missed much of the period before returning with stitches above his right eye.

The Flames tied it 2-2 at 2:57 when Brendan Morrison beat Khabibulin, but Edmonton restored its advantage under two minutes later on rookie Magnus Paajarvi's first NHL goal. It was not ruled a goal originally, but video review confirmed the puck just crept over the line before being pulled out by Kiprusoff.

"I thought we deserved to win the game tonight," Morrison said. "I thought we outplayed them for most of the night. But it's a funny game -- they get a couple of bounces and get a couple of goals and they were in the lead. We battled through it, and I thought we did a good job tonight."

Material from team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
05:21
EDM
Ales Hemsky (2) ASST: Ryan Whitney (3), Magnus Paajarvi (1)
1 - 0 EDM
09:02
CGY
Alex Tanguay (1) ASST: Matt Stajan (1), Robyn Regehr (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:22
EDM
Dustin Penner (3) ASST: Sam Gagner (4)
2 - 1 EDM
02:57
CGY
Brendan Morrison (1) ASST: Matt Stajan (2), Cory Sarich (1)
2 - 2 Tie
04:16
EDM
Magnus Paajarvi (1) ASST: Colin Fraser (1), Ryan Jones (1)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
04:29
CGY
Niklas Hagman (2) ASST: Brendan Morrison (3), Olli Jokinen (1)
3 - 3 Tie
07:49
CGY
PPG - Jarome Iginla (1) ASST: Alex Tanguay (1), Mark Giordano (1)
4 - 3 CGY
19:59
CGY
EN - Alex Tanguay (2) ASST: Jarome Iginla (1), Matt Stajan (3)
5 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
10:34
CGY
Tim Jackman  Elbowing against  Ladislav Smid
12:58
CGY
Steve Staios  Tripping against  Andrew Cogliano
14:50
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Slashing against  Curtis Glencross
16:23
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Tripping against  Steve Staios
2nd Period
00:35
CGY
Brendan Morrison  Boarding against  Ladislav Smid
16:49
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
3rd Period
05:52
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Matt Stajan
05:52
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Cross checking against  Tom Gilbert
07:14
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Holding against  Olli Jokinen
12:41
CGY
Ian White  Hooking against  Taylor Hall
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 45TOI: 59:10
Saves: 41EV: 31 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .911SH: 1 - 1
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1