Flames burn Oilers with three-goal third period

Ryan Dittrick  - | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

The Calgary Flames scored three goals in the third period, including an empty-netter by Olli Jokinen to burn the Oilers 5-3 Saturday night at Rexall Place.

Lennart Petrell, Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers, while Nikolai Khabibuiln stopped 27 shots in the loss.


Nationwide on Hockey Night in Canada, the Oilers started the game with a strong push to gain a decided territorial advantage early on. At 2:19, the orange and blue's fourth line dominated, cashing with a goal at 2:19 to go up 1-0. Darcy Hordichuk wound up and unleashed a bullet from the goal line; the puck pinballed in, as Lennart Petrell's midsection was used as a redirection point to beat the Flames netminder.

The Oilers' lead increased to a pair 41 seconds later when Sam Gagner collected a loose puck in the slot, snapping a long-range shot to beat a surprised Miikka Kiprusoff up high. With the marker, No. 89 snapped a 19-game goalless drought.

With Andy Sutton in the box serving a roughing minor, Calgary sliced the home side's lead. On the Flames' fourth shot, Olli Jokinen pounced on a loose puck near Nikolai Khabibulin, sliding his sixth goal of the season past the veteran 'tender to make it a 2-1 game at 3:49, 49 seconds later.

Just as quickly as the Oilers had established a 2-0 lead, the Flames squared the score. Rene Bourque collected a rebound in the low slot, diving and sliding the puck across the line behind Khabibulin at 6:45.

As the period's 10-minute mark passed, the Flames were in possession of a 10-4 lead on the shot clock; but within moments, the home side gained another excellent chance to score. Ryan Jones sprung Ryan Smyth on a breakaway, but No. 94's along-the-ice backhand attempt was routinely turned aside by the goalie.

Calgary's Lee Stempniak was charged with hooking at 14:50, putting the Oilers' 21.6-percent power-play to work. The home side was unable to generate a shot, much less a goal; but they got another chance moments later when Olli Jokinen was assessed a late-period hooking penalty.

That chance, too, passed without a shot as the 2-2 tie continued into the intermission. With 20 minutes in the books, the Flames held a 14-8 lead on the shot clock.


In continuing a trend that began in the opening period, Khabibulin had to come up big in the period's early moments. No save was bigger than his cross-crease denial of Jarome Iginla, who stepped into a wide-side one-timer that the 38-year-old blocked on the goal line with his right pad.

Waiver-wire pickup Blake Comeau was caught for closing his hand on the puck at 5:23, and a separate PP chance arose when Scott Hannan was charged with delay of game at 7:42, but neither opportunity could gain any traction as the 2-2 score carried into the period's back half.

Squandered power-plays continued to dominate the proceedings for the home side, as the league's best (home) man-advantage wasted another opportunity when Rene Bourque was assessed a hooking minor at 12:38. The Oilers were, however, able to climb closer on the shot clock as the Flames' lead was cut to a 20-16 edge.

As such, the power-play tables turned near the period's end when Sutton returned to the box to serve a high-sticking minor. Goaltending reigned supreme, as Khabibulin came up with a huge pad save to preserve the 2-2 score when he denied a one-timer.

With 40 minutes expired, the teams were still locked in a 2-2 tie; Calgary, meanwhile, had extended to a 27-18 lead on the shot clock.


At 5:27, the Oilers took the lead once more. On the rush, Jordan Eberle put a shot on goal where Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could pounce and collect the rebound. No. 93 made no mistake, depositing the puck past Kiprusoff and bringing the sold-out Rexall Place crowd into a craze.

Moments later, however, the Flames responded. Derek Smith walked into the Oilers' zone and sniped home his second of the season to pull the visitors even, 3-3.

With 11:23 on the clock, Ryan Smyth picked up a questionable roughing minor when he tapped the Flames netminder, causing him to crumble to the ice. Improving to 2-for-4 with the man-advantage, Iginla passed to Mikael Backlund in the slot; the sophomore redirected the puck through Khabibulin's wickets to put Calgary up 4-3 at 10:25.

With 3:46 to play, hard work by the home side helped draw a last-gasp power-play chance when Olli Jokinen was charged with slashing Sam Gagner. That opportunity passed without incident, but the Oilers went up a man once more with over a minute to play when Khabibulin was pulled for an extra-attacker.

Following an ill-advised neutral zone turnover by Ales Hemsky, Olli Jokinen cashed into the gaping cage to a seal a 5-3 win for the Flames.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:19EDM Lennart Petrell (2) ASST: Darcy Hordichuk (1), Ryan O'Marra (1) 1 - 0 EDM
03:00EDM Sam Gagner (1) ASST: Ales Hemsky (8), Shawn Horcoff (13) 2 - 0 EDM
03:49CGY PPG - Olli Jokinen (6) ASST: Jarome Iginla (6), Rene Bourque (2) 2 - 1 EDM
06:45CGY Rene Bourque (8) ASST: Roman Horak (6), Blake Comeau (2) 2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
3rd Period
05:27EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (12) ASST: Jordan Eberle (18), Ladislav Smid (2) 3 - 2 EDM
06:11CGY Derek Smith (2) ASST: Jarome Iginla (7) 3 - 3 Tie
10:25CGY PPG - Mikael Backlund (1) ASST: Jarome Iginla (8), Derek Smith (2) 4 - 3 CGY
19:28CGY EN - Olli Jokinen (7) ASST: NONE 5 - 3 CGY
Three Stars of the Game
Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:26
Sam Gagner
Sam Gagner
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:01
Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:44
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:32EDM Andy Sutton  Roughing against  Lee Stempniak
14:50CGY Lee Stempniak  Hooking against  Ladislav Smid
17:29CGY Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
2nd Period
05:23CGY Blake Comeau  Closing hand on puck
07:42CGY Scott Hannan  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:38CGY Rene Bourque  Hooking against  Jeff Petry
15:57EDM Andy Sutton  Hi-sticking against  Curtis Glencross
3rd Period
08:37EDM Ryan Smyth  Roughing against  Miikka Kiprusoff
16:14CGY Olli Jokinen  Slashing against  Sam Gagner
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/30/6
Faceoff Wins3529
Blocked Shots1512
Penalty Minutes126
4J. BouwmeesterD0010029:50
7T. BrodieD00-11013:54
10B. ComeauL0111215:18
11M. BacklundC1002012:18
12J. IginlaR0312019:26
13O. JokinenC2017420:09
15T. JackmanR00-2206:29
16T. KostopoulosR00-10011:21
17R. BourqueR1124217:44
18M. StajanC00-2208:37
20C. GlencrossL00-11018:41
22L. StempniakR0004214:29
23S. HannanD0010225:16
27D. SmithD1102014:36
40A. TanguayL0001017:04
43J. PiskulaD00-2009:23
44C. ButlerD0012023:47
51R. HorakC011109:38
34M. Kiprusoff2629.89760:00
5L. SmidD0112018:10
6R. WhitneyD00-20021:54
10S. HorcoffC0101023:22
14J. EberleR0114019:05
16D. HordichukL010105:18
20E. BelangerC00-11014:54
24T. PeckhamD0001012:32
25A. SuttonD0000413:26
28R. JonesL00-10014:08
37L. PetrellL100107:08
42R. O'MarraC010107:37
58J. PetryD0001018:23
77T. GilbertD0010024:40
83A. HemskyR0103020:12
89S. GagnerC1015023:01
91M. PaajarviL00-1209:52
94R. SmythL0004221:40
35N. Khabibulin2731.87158:20