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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames



TAKEAWAY ONE: BMO PLAYS HIS FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR

Veteran Brendan Morrison returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a knee injury on Mar. 2 in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. He was cleared for contact in early October but the coaching staff had held him out of the lineup until he was back in game shape.

Morrison had an immediate impact, providing his team with energy and more then a few quality scoring opportunities. He clicked immediately with his linemates, Rene Bourque and Niklas Hagman, and didn't look like he missed any time. Overall, he played 17:00, had one shot on net, one blocked shot and won 68 percent of his draws.

With Morrison in the lineup, rookie Roman Horak was a healthy scratch.

TAKEAWAY TWO: LATE COMEBACK

It looked like all hope was lost late in the third period. The Flames weren't able to get many quality chances and Devan Dubnyk had been solid all evening. Then, Jay Bouwmeester found a hole in the slot, skated in and slapped home his first of the season thanks to a great pass from Olli Jokinen.

That kicked the team into high gear and just 1:29 later, Alex Tanguay was able to whack the puck into a wide open net. Dubnyk was sprawled on the ice after making a save on Cory Sarich and the rebound went towards Tanguay.

The Oilers pressed hard in the dying minute but the Flames held their ground, earning their second victory of the year.

TAKEAWAY THREE: OILERS STRIKE FIRST

After a whistle, Tim Jackman was handed a minor penalty for high-sticking after he took a whack at Cam Barker and the Oilers made the Flames pay for the infraction.

Just 27 seconds into the power play, defenceman Tom Gilbert took a slap shot from just outside the faceoff circle and it whizzed past Miikka Kiprusoff's glove. The netminder was screened on the shot, making it nearly impossible to make the save.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: POWER FAILURE

The Flames performance with the man advantage was ... underwhelming, to say the least.

They didn't muster a single shot on net until their third power play when Olli Jokinen nearly beat Dubnyk but the puck trickled through the blue paint. Their passes never seemed to connect, they were out of position and instead of moving around the zone, they stood stationary in search of a pass.

Their penalty kill was solid throughout the evening and they even managed a few short-handed chances thanks to heads up plays at the blueline.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: PL3 MAKES HIS FLAMES DEBUT

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond was inserted into the lineup for the first time during the regular season, replacing Tom Kostopoulos on the fourth line.

Letourneau-Leblond immediately made his presence known in his debut. Ten seconds into his first shift as a Flame, he got into a tussle with Oilers tough guy Ben Eager and both men were handed a 10:00 misconduct for their battle beside the Edmonton bench.

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