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RECAP: Flames 4, Oilers 3 (OT)

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers


CALGARY, AB – Josh Jooris scored 1:08 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers couldn't hold on to a two-goal lead in a 4-3 OT defeat at the hands of the Calgary Flames to close out the 2014 calendar year on Wednesday night.

The Jooris goal came moments after a three-on-three situation ended after Jeff Petry was sent off for embellishment and Jooris for tripping the Edmonton defenceman.

“It’s somewhat frustrating but I think we can take something out of tonight’s game,” Nelson began. “I thought we worked really hard. We competed hard. I was happy with the effort from the guys. It was a game that was going back and forth. An entertaining hockey game.

“I’m proud of our guys’ efforts. On the tail end of a back-to-back, it was a solid effort, especially in this building here.”

Nelson added that he thought the team showed a lot of emotion and energy despite a draining contest against the defending Cup champs the night before.

“I thought they competed extremely hard. For the emotional game that we had last night, coming here on a tail end of a back-to-back, we got three out of four points the last couple nights. The guys worked hard. I was happy with their effort. If we get that kind of effort every night and clean up some mistakes, we’ll be just fine.”

Some aggressive forechecking and good puck possession by Derek Roy in the first period caused him to be upended deep in the Calgary zone with 5:41 to play in the opening frame. Matt Stajan sat for two minutes, giving the Oilers their first man advantage of the night.

With 13 seconds left in the Stajan penalty, Matt Fraser scored from behind the net by banking it off the back of Flames netminder Jonas Hiller. It was Fraser's first goal as an Oiler in only his second game.

"It was nice to contribute. I talked about being an impact player and whether it's being physical or scoring a goal, whatever it may be, I'd like to do something to elevate my game and bring it to the next level."

Fraser added that he felt a lot more comfortable in game two.

"You get a little more confidence with your playing time," Fraser said. "I felt a little better tonight than I did yesterday. This is my job and wherever you're playing you have to prepare yourself like it could be your last game playing (in the NHL). Being a young guy on this team and in the league, you've got to bring something every night."

In the final minute of period one, Keith Aulie levelled Matt Stajan with an open-ice hit. A skirmish resulted afterwards and the result was a five-minute penalty to Aulie for a shot to the head and a game misconduct.

“I haven’t had a real good look at it," Nelson said following the game. "There was more things going on in my mind between periods, trying to get the team going, so I haven’t really looked at it a whole lot.”

After one, shots on goal were 7-6 for the Flames.

The Flames came out of the gate on the attack to start period two, taking full advantage of a power play to open the frame with six straight shots on goal. A point shot trickled through the legs of Ben Scrivens but the Oilers goaltender was able to recover and smother the puck before it went across the goal line.

Seven minutes into the period, Joe Colborne received two minutes for hooking, sending the Oilers on their second man advantage of the evening but they were unable to score.

A few minutes after the power play ended, Jordan Eberle accepted a great feed from Leon Draisaitl. Eberle corraled the puck in the slot and wired a wrist shot past Hiller to double the Oilers lead to 2-0.

With 4:36 to play in the second, Tyler Pitlick lunged at the puck during a scramble in front of the net. He got a stick on it, but the puck weakly slid off the post behind Hiller.

90 seconds later, Pitlick did get on the scoresheet but it was an elbowing penalty and the Flames converted.

Calgary scored their first goal of the night with 1:59 to go in the period. With Scrivens down and out, Colborne lifted the puck over the fallen Oilers goaltender to make it a 2-1 game.

10 seconds after the goal, Johnny Gaudreau rang a shot off the post.

Shots on goal after 40 minutes are 18-14 for the Flames.

Calgary knotted the game up at 2-2 4:28 into the third period after Lance Bouma swooped in to backhand a rebound past Scrivens.

Shots on goal near the midway point of the third was 5-0 Flames, but the Oilers finally got on the attack and they made it count. Andrew Ference ripped a shot from the point past Hiller to put the visitors back in front 3-2.

Just over two minutes later, Calgary got back on even terms once again when Joe Colborne netted his second of the game, slipping the puck through the legs of Scrivens from the top of the crease.

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