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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Flames

by Wendy Mach / Edmonton Oilers
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It's the Battle of Alberta at Rexall Place as Calgary makes their first trip to Edmonton this season. It's the second of four meetings between the two teams and the start of a home-and-home series. The Flames won the first game 4-3 on Jan. 26 but the Oilers are hoping to build on their three-game winning streak.

The lineup remains the same from their last game against Vancouver. Healthy scratches are Mark Fistric and Theo Peckham.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Paajarvi - Gagner - Hemsky
Jones - Horcoff - Yakupov
Petrell - Smyth - Brown

Smid - Petry
N. Schultz - J. Schutlz
Whitney - Potter



20:00: GAME ON!! Puck has dropped and the first period is now underway.

16:08: Taylor Hall passes to Justin Schultz who is all alone in front and puts it past Mikka Kiprusoff. | EDM 1, CGY 0

     "Hall and Eberle with assists on Schultz goal. Since 'Kid Line' put together vs St. Louis in 3 games and a bit they have 20 points."

Devan Dubnyk with a glove save to preserve the Oilers' lead.

Shot by Roman Cervenka but stopped and smothered by Dubynk.

10:05: A turnover in the Flames end where Schultz passes to Taylor Hall who finds the back of the net. | EDM 2, CGY 0

Glove save by Kiprusoff on Ales Hemsky.

3:23: Ryan Jones driving to the net beats Kiprusoff short side. | EDM 3, CGY 0

     "Career-best 3-point game for Justin Schultz, matching his point total for the previous 14."

GOALIE CHANGE!!! Kiprusoff has been replaced by Joey MacDonald after letting in three goals on six shots.

0:00: Shots after 20 minutes are 10-6 for the Flames but the Oilers hold a 3-0 lead.

FIRST PERIOD NOTES: The Oilers had two goals on two shots. Schultz with his first goal in 16 games.

     "Oilers had scored 29 1st period goals in first 33 games. Have 7 in last 2, chasing Schneider vs Canucks & Kiprusoff vs Flames with 3-0 lead"


20:00: Puck has dropped and we're underway in the second.

16:12: Dubnyk with a huge save on a Curtis Glencross re-direct.

11:30: Ladislav Smid and Blake Comeau gets into a pushing fight and both get two minutes minors. Smid for roughing and Comeau for cross checking.

8:01: Dubnyk with the pad save to keep the game 3-0.

4:59: Scramble in front of MacDonald but the puck stays out.

3:17: Dubnynk with a huge save on Comeau who tried to cut across in front.

2:39: Bad turnover by the Flames in their own end and the puck ends up on the stick of Eberle but was MacDonald makes a pad save.

1:19: Roman Cervenka all alone in front after a pass from Comeau but was stopped by Dubynk.

0:00: Shots after 40 minutes are even at 17. Oilers still hold the 3-0 lead.


20:00: We're underway in the third and final period.

19:18: Dubynk tested early with a shot by Alex Tanguay but was unable to find the back of the net.

     "Taylor Hall started night tied with Ovechkin, Semin, Kessel at 34 points. Hall with 2 points. Sits at 36 and has 5 game pt streak"

12:50: Magnus Paajarvi heads to the box for two minutes for tripping.

10:07: MacDonald with a save on Sam Gagner's one timer.

9:30: Nail Yakupov's shot trickles in past MacDonal and the Oilers are up 4-0. | EDM 4, CGY 0

1:32: Brian McGrattan's shot beats Dubnyk to break the shutout. | EDM 4, CGY 1

1:03: Ryan Smyth, Mike Brown McGrattan and Tim Jackman are recieve two minute penalties for roughing.


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