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Under the Scope: Flames vs. Oilers

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

The Battle of Alberta season series will end in a 2-2 draw this year as the Calgary Flames posted a 4-1 win over the Oilers on Saturday night at Rexall Place. Joey MacDonald made 29 saves between the Calgary pipes while Tim Jackman, T.J. Brodie and Sven Baertschi each tallied two points. Lennart Petrell scored Edmonton's lone goal on his 29th birthday.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

After the Flames and Oilers exchanged goals in the opening two minutes of the game, the home side appeared to take a 2-1 lead when Sam Gagner set up Nail Yakupov for a goal. However, after a review, officials deemed Yakupov kicked the puck in the net, the goal was disallowed and the Flames went on to score three unanswered goals for the win.

5 Consecutive defeats for the Oilers
29 Years of birth celebrated by Lennart Petrell on Saturday
9 Shots on goal by Taylor Hall, three more than any player on either team
10 Blocked shots combined by Oilers defencemen Ryan Whitney and Corey Potter
82 Percentage of faceoffs won by Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff as he went 9-for-11 in the dot
1 Career NHL goals scored by Flames forward Max Reinhart thanks to his third period tally

TJ Brodie
0 2 2 0 0

Maxwell Reinhart
1 0 1 2 +1

Joey MacDonald
28 29 1 59:49 0.966

Joey MacDonald
28 29 1 59:49 0.966


Nikolai Khabibulin
34 38 4 60:00 0.895

TJ Brodie - D

22:22 - 2 PTS, E rating

Jeff Petry - D

22:16 - 0 PTS, -2 rating

Max Reinhart cruised across the Oilers zone and rifled a wrist shot top shelf on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to record his first career NHL goal with 9:41 remaining in regulation to make it 4-1 Flames. Younger brother and Edmonton Oil Kings captain Griffin was in attendance to witness the milestone goal.

Flames defenceman T.J. Brodie assisted on two of his teams four goals and also logged the most ice time of all skaters on Saturday at 22:22. The 22-year-old sophomore rearguard is up to 11 points on the season and has three assists in his last two games.

Lennart Petrell was debatably the Oilers top forward on Saturday, scoring their lone goal on his 29h birthday and making three hits. The Finn is now up to three goals and nine points on the season, matching his point total from last year in almost twice as many games.

In their last 10 games, the Oilers started with five straight wins by a combined score of 25-7, followed by five consecutive defeats by a combined score of 17-4.

"It's up to us to turn things around. It won't just happen. For us to come out and play like that is embarrassing."

– Oilers forward Sam Gagner

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Minnesota 
7:30pm MT
(SNET - W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers play their second straight game against a Northwest Division rival on Tuesday as they host the Minnesota Wild at 7:30pm at Rexall Place. It's the first of two meetings between the squads in the final two weeks of the season, as they square off again in St. Paul on April 26. The Oilers play another division rival, the Colorado Avalanche, on the road next Friday.

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