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Oilers defeat Flames in Saddledome opener

Sunday, 09.15.2013 / 12:18 AM

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Oilers defeat Flames in Saddledome opener
Edmonton Oilers 3, Calgary Flames 2
Three Stars of the Game
David Perron
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:52
Emile Poirier
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:06
Mark Giordano
3rd
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:00

The Calgary Flames recorded a victory Saturday just by playing in Scotiabank Saddledome. But the Edmonton Oilers won the preseason opener at the repaired arena, 3-2, in a split-squad game.

Defenseman Martin Marincin scored the game-winner with 4:52 left in the third period.

The Saddledome in late June sustained significant damage caused by record-setting floods throughout southern Alberta that forced more than 100,000 evacuations.

"It's just unbelievable to put this great rink back on its feet in so few weeks," Flames coach Bob Hartley told the team's website before the game. "It's just unbelievable. It allows us to be back in the saddle tonight and have fun."

Oilers goalie Jason LaBarbera played 31 minutes and stopped all 12 shots he faced.

"I live here during the summer so I got to see a lot of it," LaBarbera told the Oilers website. "Obviously, everyone saw the pictures of what it was like down here. They did a great job. It was pretty impressive for them to be able to turn it over as fast as they did. I know there was a lot of skepticism as far as if it was going to be ready in time for this game tonight."

Ryan Jones scored 3:47 into the first period, and David Perron, acquired from the St. Louis Blues this offseason, had a goal at 13:34 of the second to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead against Flames starter Joey MacDonald.

Calgary tied it 2-2 early in the third period on goals by Emilie Poirier at 2:43 and Mike Cammalleri at 6:31 against Richard Bachman. Poirier hit the post minutes prior to the goal by Marincin, scored on Joni Ortio.

The Flames' home opener is Oct. 6 against the Vancouver Canucks.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:41
EDM
PPG - Ryan Jones (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Jeff Petry (1), Taylor Fedun (1)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
13:13
EDM
David Perron (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Taylor Fedun (2), Boyd Gordon (1)
2 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
02:43
CGY
Emile Poirier (1) Snap shot - ASST: Shane O'Brien (1), Ryan Culkin (1)
2 - 1 EDM
06:31
CGY
Mike Cammalleri (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (1), TJ Brodie (1)
2 - 2 Tie
15:08
EDM
Martin Marincin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Hamilton (1), Jordan Eberle (1)
3 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
01:10
EDM
Ryan Jones  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mikael Backlund
02:29
CGY
Ryan Culkin  Interference  - 2 min against  Will Acton
08:08
EDM
Ryan Jones  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Emile Poirier
12:59
CGY
Patrick Sieloff  Hooking  - 2 min against  Ryan Hamilton
19:58
EDM
Jeff Petry  Boarding  - 2 min against  Curtis Glencross
2nd Period
09:02
EDM
Travis Ewanyk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Blair Jones
09:02
CGY
Blair Jones  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Travis Ewanyk
11:08
CGY
John Ramage  Holding  - 2 min against  Ryan Jones
3rd Period
02:43
EDM
Ty Bilcke  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Shane O'Brien
02:43
CGY
Shane O'Brien  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Ty Bilcke
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 12TOI: 31:08
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Richard Bachman
SA: 10TOI: 28:52
GA: 2SV%: .800
Joey MacDonald
SA: 11TOI: 31:08
GA: 1SV%: .909
Joni Ortio
SA: 10TOI: 27:43
GA: 2SV%: .800