CALGARY - Former Oiler Curtis Glencross scored 2:22 into overtime Friday night as the Calgary Flames won 4-3 over Edmonton in an entertaining battle between the two provincial rivals.
Glencross picked up a loose puck at centre and raced in on goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslaurier, beating the rookie with a nifty deke to his backhand. Calgary had tied the game 3-3 at 5:58 of the third on Jarome Iginla's second goal of the night.
Also scoring for Calgary (5-2) was Jamie Lundmark. Kyle Brodziak, Andrew Cogliano, and Marc-Andre Pouliot scored for Edmonton (1-2-3).
Drouin-Deslauriers played the full game in net and was outstanding finishing the night with 43 saves.
For a pre-season game - the last one for Calgary and second-last for Edmonton before the regular season begins - there was certainly no shortage of intrigue or emotion.
The game before a boisterous crowd sell-out crowd of 19,289 featured a missed penalty shot, Calgary's Todd Bertuzzi hobbled off the ice with an injury of unknown severity to his right ankle, and the ejection of Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish highlighted a feisty second period that featured four fights and a barrage of penalties.
Of everything that happened on a bizarre night, the biggest cause for concern for the Flames would be the condition of Bertuzzi's right ankle. A controversial off-season free agent signing, Bertuzzi had turned in an impressive training camp and was in line for a spot on one of the Flames top two lines.
However, during a 5-on-3 in the second, Bertuzzi was screening in front of the net when Marc Giordano's slapshot caught him squarely on the right foot and Bertuzzi immediately limped off the ice and straight to the Flames dressing room, putting no weight on that foot. Edmonton had taken a 3-1 lead by the early stages of the second period taking advantage of some sloppy defensive play by the Flames.
Edmonton broke a 1-1 tie at 18:07 of the first when relentless pressure by the Edmonton line of Brodziak, Pouliot, and Zach Stortini eventually resulted in Brodziak's goal as he banked a shot off Kiprusoff's skate from behind the net.
The rough stuff started in the second period ignited by Pouliot's goal at 1:30 that put the Oilers up 3-1.
Immediately after the goal in which Pouliot whacked in a second rebound from a scramble in front of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames defenceman Jim Vandermeer immediately went after Pouliot throwing punches at the Oilers forward, an unlikely combatant who had not been in a fight before in 54 regular season NHL games.
In the fight, Vandermeer cut Pouliot above the eye leaving a pool of blood on the ice and forcing Pouliot from the game for most of the second period.
The emotions on the Oilers bench continued to get hotter after that with MacTavish eventually being ejected from the game at 3:45 for unsportsmanlike conduct, a penalty assessed at the same time as a pair of Oiler minor penalties that gave the Flames a two-man advantage.
Edmonton did kill off that initial flurry of penalties but took two more minor penalties shortly after that lead to Lundmark's goal.
When the two teams finally returned to even strength late in the period, that's when the fireworks picked back up with three fights in the span of 36 seconds, the last two coming right off a face-off as Dustin Penner squared off with Brandon Prust and new Flames pugilist Andre Roy tangled with Oilers captain Ethan Moreau.
The first two goals of the game came on nearly identical plays in the first period at opposite ends of the ice, goals in which neither Kiprusoff or Drouin-Deslauriers would have been happy to surrender.
Iginla scored first at 8:29 on a harmless-looking snap shot from a sharp angle. Cogliano then tied it with a snapshot from the same distance that Kiprusoff mishandled.
Notes: Among the Flames regulars not in the line-up were C Daymond Langkow, C Matthew Lombardi, and D Dion Phaneuf. ... Notable scratches for the Oilers included C Shawn Horcoff, LW Erik Cole, D Sheldon Souray, and D Lubomir Visnovsky. ... Edmonton wraps up its pre-season in Dallas on Sunday. ... Calgary rookie C Mikael Backlund, 19, who entered training camp as a legitimate candidate to crack the Flames line-up, did not play and is expected to be returned to Sweden for the season. ... The Flames finish the pre-season having killed off 37 of 39 penalties.