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Under the Scope: Oilers at Flames

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers got goals from Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner, as well as two assists from Taylor Hall, but the Calgary Flames did them one better in a 4-3 decision during the first Battle of Alberta of the season on Saturday night at the Saddledome. Lee Stempniak led the way for the Flames with a goal and two assists, while Devan Dubnyk posted a 31-save performance between the Edmonton pipes.

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

With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the penalty box for interference, Calgary's Lee Stempniak completes a slick passing play to put the Flames up 4-2 late in the second period. Stempniak deflects a pass from Jay Bouwmeester past Devan Dubnyk for the PPG.

5 Total points on the season for Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, giving them each a share of the team lead.
4 Oilers shots on goal during the middle frame.
4 Blocked shots by defenceman Mark Fistric to lead the team, matching his total from Thursday's game against Los Angeles, which was his debut with the Oilers.
8 Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff's rank on the all-time franchise scoring list. Horcoff is now tied with Esa Tikkanen after his assist on JordanEberle's goal against the Flames

Jay Bouwmeester
G A PTS +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 2

Lee Stempniak
G A PTS +/- Shots
1 2 3 +2 5

Jordan Eberle
  G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 E 3

Miikka Kiprusoff
20 17 3 60:00 .850

Devan Dubnyk
35 31 4 58:10 .886

Dennis Wideman - D

26:13 - 0 PTS, E rating

Justin Schultz - D

24:46 - 2 PTS, +1 rating

There aren't many Jordan Eberle goals that don't end up in serious consideration for the top play of the game. Eberle tallied the second Oilers goal on Saturday, dangling his way into the slot and beating Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff with a high wrist shot.

Flames defenceman and Edmonton native Jay Bouwmeester was a workhorse against his hometown team, scoring Calgary's second goal of the game, setting up Lee Stempniak's insurance marker and posting a +2 rating.

Despite the loss, rookie blueliner Justin Schultz continued his consistent offensive production with a goal and an assist to give him five points on the year. He's tied for the team lead in scoring with Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.

The Oilers experienced great difficulty getting the puck to the net in the second half of the game, registering just one shot in the final 11:13 of the second period and the first 17:36 of the third period combined.

""We need to take a look at how Calgary played the whole game and take a lesson from them."

-- Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk

Monday, January 28 vs. Colorado
  7:30pm MST (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers only have one day in between games as they return to Edmonton to host another Northwest Division rival, the Colorado Avalanche. Both teams have won two games and lost two games so far this season. Game time is 7:30pm at Rexall Place with 630 CHED and Sportsnet West broadcasting the action.

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