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Brodie scores winner as Flames beat Oilers 1-0 in pre-season split-squad action @NHLdotcom

CALGARY - TJ Brodie scored the only goal as the Calgary Flames opened up the pre-season Sunday night with a 1-0 split-squad victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The goal came 2:06 into the second period on a power play. Set up nicely on a cross-ice pass from Max Reinhart, the Flames 24-year-old defenceman leaned into a slapshot and fired a laser into the top corner over Viktor Fasth's blocker.

It was the 16th shot on Fasth, who at that point in the game had been the far busier of the two goalies.

Free agent signing Jonas Hiller got the start for Calgary and spent a majority of his time watching the action take place 180 feet away. Hiller was only tested twice in the first 35 minutes of the game before turning aside six shots in the final five minutes of the second period.

He was replaced to start the third by Brad Thiessen, who was perfect on eight shots to share the shutout.

With 19 stops through 40 minutes, Fasth gave way to former Flames draft pick Laurent Brossoit in the third period. Brossoit stopped all eight shots he faced.

One of the Oilers best chances to tie the game didn't end up in a shot on goal. Nail Yakupov broke in on a two-on-one with Teddy Purcell but had his pass across broken up by veteran blue-liner Sheldon Brookbank, who is at Calgary's camp on a try-out.

Calgary nearly took a 2-0 lead late in the game but Corban Knight's shot, after video review, was ruled to have gone off the crossbar.

Only down one, Edmonton pulled the goalie for an extra attacker but could not pull even.

The game was one of two split-squad games on the night with two teams meeting in Edmonton also. In Calgary, the Flames deployed a more star-laden line-up led by its top defence pairing of Mark Giordano and Brodie, although they had different partners on this night.

Up front, sophomore Sean Monahan centred Calgary's No. 1 line with Jiri Hudler, Calgary's leading scorer last season, and newcomer Mason Raymond.

Monahan led both teams in shots with five and had another dangerous shot from close-in just roll off his stick.

The game also marked the long-awaited home-ice debut of 2013-14 Hobey Baker Award winner Johnny Gaudreau. The talented 5-foot-9 Flames left winger played on a line with Joe Colborne and Devin Setoguchi.

The trio generated a few chances but Gaudreau, 21, did not dominate with the puck the way he was able to last weekend at the Flames rookie tournament.

The Flames are next in action Wednesday night when they play the Arizona Coyotes in the Kraft Hockeyville game in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Edmonton's next game is also Wednesday when they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.

Notes: Running the benches were each team's AHL coach - Ryan Huska for the Flames and Todd Nelson for the Oilers... The Flames have 62 players left in camp (35 forwards, 21 defencemen and 6 goaltenders)... Calgary's other line combinations were Brandon Bollig-Reinhart-Josh Jooris and Morgan Klimchuk-Corban Knight-Garnet Hathaway... The Oilers lines were: Yakupov-Marco Arcobello-Purcell, Jesse Joensuu-Boyd Gordon-Matt Hendricks, Mitch Moroz-Jujhar Khaira-Chris Baltisberger and Iiro Pakarinen-Anton Lander-Steven Pinizzotto.

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