With the Oilers on a current eight-game losing streak, the team came into Saturday's Battle of Alberta hoping to come away with their first win since Mar. 5. With the Flames battling for a playoff spot, Edmonton was also hoping to play spoiler and deny their provincial rivals of a valuable two points.
The first period saw a lot of odd bounces and passes for both teams, but the Oilers were able to end the period with a 1-0 lead after a goal by Magnus Paajarvi
. In the second, the Flames scored on their second powerplay of the night to tie the game 1-1, but Teemy Hartikainen restored the Oilers' lead just x:xx later with his first NHL goal. Colin Fraser
added another goal, this time shorthanded, late in the middle frame, making it 3-1 heading into the second intermission.
The Oilers scored again when Ryan Jones
potted a goal just 3:31 into the start of the third period. But after that, the Flames answered with three unanswered goals to tie the game and force overtime. Little happened with the extra time, and the two teams went to a shootout.
Oilers rookie Jordan Eberle
shot first, but was stymied by Miikka Kiprusoff. Alex Tanguay was the Flames' first shooter, and was able to get the puck past Devan Dubnyk
. Ryan Jones
attempt missed the net, but Dubnyk answered back by stopping Rene Bourque. With Teemu Hartikainen
failing to score in the Oilers' final attempt, the Flames were able to pull off the comeback win, by a score of 5-4.Devan Dubnyk
was between the pipes tonight, and stopped 27 of the 31 shots he faced through 65:00 minutes of play. In the shootout, he stopped one of two shooters.
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