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Flames hold off Oilers for first win of season

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

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Flames hold off Oilers for first win of season
Edmonton Oilers 3, Calgary Flames 4
Three Stars of the Game
Jay Bouwmeester
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 24:01
Lee Stempniak
2nd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:43
Jordan Eberle
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 21:18

CALGARY -- A visit from their biggest rival was just what the Calgary Flames needed to get their first win of the new season.

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had a goal, an assist and was on ice for all four of his team's goals as the Flames continued their mastery of the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.

Beating the Oilers means a little extra to Bouwmeester, an Edmonton native.

"It's fun playing them," Bouwmeester said. "It's almost [more fun] playing them there because you have all your friends and your family there and all that, but I grew up there, I know what the rivalry is like. I was never a big Oiler fan growing up but I have a lot of friends that are. My brother-in-law is probably the biggest one, so it's nice when we can beat them."

The Flames' first win in four games this season was also their 12th in the Oilers' last 13 visits to Calgary.

"We couldn't seem to get anything going and games are going to be like that sometimes," goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. "This is a tough building to play in and they're a good hockey team – especially at home. We always have tough games here so we need to understand that it might have to be a greasy one."

Though the Oilers are 2-2-0 this season, they have yet to lead at any point in a game, covering a span of 248 minutes and one second. Edmonton's two wins have come in a shootout at Vancouver and in overtime against Los Angeles -- and they had to come from behind in both games.

"Getting behind all the time - especially on the road - you're going to have trouble consistently taking points out of that so we need to rectify that and work on that quickly," coach Ralph Krueger said.

The Flames wasted little time getting the jump on Krueger's Oilers in the latest renewal of the Battle of Alberta.

After breaking through the slot, Michael Cammalleri took a weak backhander that didn't make it to Dubnyk. But with the puck loose in the crease, Mikael Backland was able to poke the rebound under the sprawled goaltender and into the net to make it 1-0 just 5:16 into the game.

Bouwmeester made it 2-0 at 14:25, three seconds after a cross-checking penalty to Darcy Hordichuk expired, when his shot squeaked through the legs of Dubnyk and trickled over the goal line.

The Oilers got one goal back just five seconds after Curtis Glencross was called for goaltender interference. Justin Schultz let go a wrister from the point that snuck through Miikka Kiprusoff with 40.6 seconds left in the period to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.

Calgary regained its two-goal lead 3:59 into the second period on a play set up by Jarome Iginla. Calgary's captain came in on an odd-man rush and fed a pass through the skates of teammate Alex Tanguay onto the stick of Glencross, who atoned for his earlier penalty by tapping the puck across the goal line for his third of the season.

The Oilers got their second power-play goal of the night at 8:47 to make it a one-goal game again. With Mark Giordano in the box for tripping, Jordan Eberle danced through Calgary's Cory Sarich and Matt Stajan while cutting through the slot, then wired a wrister past Kiprusoff to make it 3-2.

With an assist on the play, Shawn Horcoff tied Esa Tikkanen for eighth on the Oilers' all-time scoring list with 436 points.

The Flames answered with a power-play goal of them own. Bouwmeester faked a pass, walked about a stretched-out Ladislav Smid and found Lee Stempniak parked on the doorstep for a tap-in at 14:57. Jiri Hudler, signed as a free agent last summer, earned the second assist for his first point as a member of the Flames.

"[Stempniak] was wide open in front of the net," Bouwmeester said. "I couldn't get it to him right away so I had to go around."

The Flames protected the lead by allowing just one shot through the first 13 minutes of the third period. Dubnyk kept the Oilers in the game in the 14th minute when rookie Roman Cervenka took a pass from Hudler in the slot only to see Dubnyk make the stop with his blocker. Less than a minute later, Dubnyk flashed his right pad to deny a streaking Glencross on a 2-on-1 break.

Sam Gagner, who scored the overtime winner against Los Angeles, scored with 1.4 seconds left in the game, but the Oilers had no time to get the equalizer.

The win marked the first for coach Bob Hartley, who joined the Flames organization in the offseason.

"The players gave me the game puck and I would like to share that with the fans, because I know we went three months without hockey… this win is for us, but also for our great fans," he said.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:16
CGY
Mikael Backlund (2) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (2), Lee Stempniak (1)
1 - 0 CGY
14:25
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester (1) ASST: Mark Giordano (1), Lee Stempniak (2)
2 - 0 CGY
19:19
EDM
PPG - Justin Schultz (2) ASST: Jordan Eberle (3), Taylor Hall (3)
2 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
03:59
CGY
Curtis Glencross (3) ASST: Jarome Iginla (3), Alex Tanguay (2)
3 - 1 CGY
08:47
EDM
PPG - Jordan Eberle (2) ASST: Justin Schultz (3), Shawn Horcoff (1)
3 - 2 CGY
14:57
CGY
PPG - Lee Stempniak (3) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (2), Jiri Hudler (1)
4 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
19:58
EDM
Sam Gagner (2) ASST: Taylor Hall (4), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3)
4 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
05:58
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Holding against  Curtis Glencross
12:22
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk  Cross checking against  Dennis Wideman
19:14
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Interference on goalkeeper against  Devan Dubnyk
2nd Period
05:07
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Tripping against  Jiri Hudler
07:46
CGY
Mark Giordano  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
09:38
CGY
Blair Jones  Slashing against  Eric Belanger
09:38
EDM
Eric Belanger  Slashing against  Blair Jones
13:01
EDM
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins  Interference against  Alex Tanguay
15:36
CGY
Blake Comeau  Slashing against  Nail Yakupov
16:14
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Interference against  Mark Giordano
3rd Period
07:40
EDM
Eric Belanger  Holding against  Lee Stempniak
09:05
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hooking against  Jordan Eberle
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 35TOI: 58:10
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 20TOI: 59:39
Saves: 17EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0