Edmonton Oilers claim 3-2 win over Calgary Flames – Edmonton
The second episode of the Battle of Alberta had a much different ending than two weeks ago.
The Edmonton Oilers rallied in third for a narrow 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
With the win, the Oilers swept away a three-game road trip and are now four-game winners in a row.
« We only see Calgary three times, they’ve had one, so it was good to have one, » Zach Hyman said.
The first period was scoreless as the Oilers failed to capitalize on two power-play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli had a shorthanded breakaway for the Flames but was denied by Stuart Skinner.
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Mikael Backlund had two shorthanded breakaways on the same penalty kill early in the second. He scored on his first chance but was disallowed on his second try. The Oilers took the puck the other way with Hyman scoring when his pass touched Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin. Brett Ritchie scored on a pass from Milan Lucic to put Calgary back in front. The Flames outshot the Oilers 21-12 in the second.
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Midway through the third, Connor McDavid picked up a loose puck that had been circled around the boards in the Flames game. His quick shot caught Jacob Markstrom off guard and tied the game 2-2. Dylan Holloway got an assist for his first career point.
« I’m just doing my part, » said the smiling Oilers captain, who now has nine goals and 18 points in nine games this season. “It’s teamwork here. We’ve had a lot of different guys and I’m one of them.
The Oilers took the lead with 7:36 to go. McDavid sent a pass past Hyman, who knocked the puck off his skate.
Skinner finished with 40 saves as the Oilers were outshot 42-26. The 23-year-old knew there wasn’t much room for error.
“Win 3-2? That’s how you want to win,” Skinner said. “The guys did a good job keeping the shots on the outside for most of the game.
The Oilers head coach praised his young goaltender, who is now 1-1-0 with a .955 save percentage this year.
« I thought he was exactly what I expected of him: confident, » Jay Woodcroft said. “I felt good about his ability to come in and help us win the game tonight. He is part of a very good tandem of goalkeepers.
The Oilers, 6-3, host Nashville on Tuesday (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m., game at 7 p.m.).
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