Flames topped 4-2 in Battle of Alberta
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames were bested in the first installment of the 2013-14 Battle of Alberta.
The Edmonton Oilers used three goals in a 6:42 span in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and beat the Flames 4-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.
Trailing 2-0 after being outshot and out-chanced after 40 minutes, the Oilers went to work.
Jordan Eberle took a feed from Taylor Hall in the slot and ripped his fifth of the season by Flames’ starter Reto Berra at 3:41. Just over four minutes later, Ales Hemsky batted Sam Gagner’s centering pass behind Berra to pull the Oilers even with Calgary. Then, David Perron capped Edmonton’s comeback, banking a shot below the goal line of Berra’s back and into the net to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 10:23.
Despite a pair of chances from TJ Galiardi and another from Kris Russell, the Flames couldn’t beat Devan Dubnyk to pull even.
Boyd Gordon gave Edmonton some extra room, finding the back of an empty net with just 47.5 seconds remaining.
After some sluggish starts, the Flames came out firing on the Oilers.
Calgary managed shots on back-to-back shifts to start the game. Lee Stempniak’s shot grazed off both Dubnyk and the post moments after puck drop and Mike Cammalleri followed up a rush by splitting Edmonton’s defence and burying a shot into Dubnyk.
Sean Monahan put the Flames on the board, connecting at 12:23 to open the scoring.
Picking up a turnover off the stick of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at the Calgary blue line, Monahan hauled the puck into the Oilers’ zone and worked a give-and-go with Jiri Hudler before blowing a shot by Dubnyk to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
Dennis Wideman put Calgary up two just 2:52 into the second period, stepping into a Matt Stajan centering pass and hammering a shot by Dubnyk’s glove to make it 2-0.
The Flames took the lead into the third before the Oilers’ rally.
GOAL OF THE GAME
After pucking up the puck at the Flames’ blue line courtesy a turnover by Nugent-Hopkins, Monahan hauled the puck up ice and worked a give-and-go with Hudler before snapping the puck by Dubnyk at 12:23 of the first period.
SAVE OF THE GAME
With the Oilers on a power play, Berra made stops on Hemsky’s initial shot from the point before flashing an outstretched pad to deny Gagner’s rebound attempt with just over five minutes remaining in the second period.
Eberle’s goal just 3:41 into the first period ignited the Oilers comeback, who scored three times in a 6:42 span to quickly erase a two-goal deficit and take the lead.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“We gave them two goals out of three. After 40 minutes, I felt that we gave them nothing. We were playing our style. Then, their first goal and third goal, there's only one word for those two goals — awful.”
STAT OF THE GAME
The Flames were the rougher of the two Alberta teams, out-hitting Edmonton 33-21.
Shane O’Brien, Tim Jackman and Christopher Breen (conditioning stint) were scratched against Edmonton. Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain) and Mark Giordano (broken ankle) both missed the game due to injury.
The Flames hit the road for a single set against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday (6 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before returning to Scotiabank Saddledome for another three-game home stand.