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RECAP: Flames 5, Oilers 3

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

CALGARY, AB – The Oilers had a fast start with two first-period goals by Benoit Pouliot but four goals in the second period by the Calgary Flames, including two by Johnny Gaudreau, resulted in a 5-3 setback on Sunday night at the Saddledome.

Edmonton took that 2-0 lead into the second period, but it didn’t take long for Calgary to get back in it. 3:10 into the middle frame, T.J. Brodie spotted Johnny Gaudreau in the slot and he quickly wristed it glove side past Oilers starting goaltender Anders Nilsson to make it 2-1.

Two minutes later, the Flames looked to have tied the game after Gaudreau fed the puck to Brodie all alone in front, but Nilsson made an unbelievable save coming across to glove that one out of the air.

The first power play of the game went to Calgary 8:09 into the second after Justin Schultz held up Sam Bennett in the Edmonton zone.

The Flames didn’t score on that man advantage but right after the penalty expired, Hall sprung Teddy Purcell on a breakaway. He skated in all alone and fired the puck low glove side on Ramo to move Edmonton back in front by two goals once again at 3-1.

“To have the start that we had then extend it to a two-goal lead again, I thought we were in a good position but obviously we weren’t,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on it. They got their belief back in them, their D were very active, got a lot of pucks in from the blueline and they made us pay.”

Calgary's first penalty of the game came when Joe Colborne snaged Iiro Pakarinen's stick in the corner of the Flames zone with 7:58 to play in period two but it was the Flames that capitalized during the two-minute minor.

50 seconds into the penalty, the Flames struck to make it a 3-2 game. Mikael Backlund and Matt Stajan stormed the net, with Stajan eventually grabbing a loose puck in the crease and putting it over the line to draw Calgary back within one.

“The shorthanded goal is a real disappointing one,” McLellan said. “Not only the chance but the way we defended it in our zone. We had some fly-bys going on. Nobody stopped to defend. We only had offence on our mind. That hurts.”

With Matt Hendricks in the penalty box and four minutes to go in the period, Mark Giordano teed up a one-timer blast from the right point that beat Nilsson high blocker side knotting the game up at 3-3.

The game looked like it would be tied going into the intermission but Gaudreau's wrist shot from the left circle beat Nilsson low, giving Calgary their first lead of the game with only 31 seconds to go in the second.

“That one really stings as well," McLellan remarked. "If we can calm things down, 3-3 at the break then maybe we’re okay.”

After 40 minutes, shots on goal were 30-20 for Calgary

In the third period, Cam Talbot replaced Nilsson in goal but that wasn't enough to spark Edmonton to a win. While the Oilers did outshoot Calgary 11-7 in the third, the lone goal was a power play marker by Mark Giordano with two minutes to play.

Giordano's shot from the left side boards beat a screened Talbot for Calgary's second power play marker on the night.

With shifts back-and-forth in momentum, the first period was scoreless until there was 3:39 to play in the first. At that time, Eberle backhanded the puck from the blueline on net. It was deflected along the way by Benoit Pouliot, sneaking in along the ice inside the far post to put Edmonton on the board.

Less than two minutes later, Edmonton extended its lead on Pouliot's second of the game. It was a quick bang-bang play set up by Nugent-Hopkins to Pouliot in front of the net. Number 67 quickly redirected it by Ramo for the goal.

Shots on goal after one period were 10-8 for Calgary.
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