RECAP: Oilers 3, Flames 2

Chris Wescott  - edmontonoilers.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

CALGARY - A 2-0 Oilers lead turned into a tied game late in the third period but a Martin Marincin goal with under five minutes to play sealed a 3-2 victory for Edmonton, stifling a Flames comeback, on the road in Calgary.

The Oilers took the lead at 3:41 of the opening period, on the power play, when Ryan Jones deflected a Jeff Petry point shot in past Joey MacDonald. Defenceman Taylor Fedun was credited with the second assist.

“We did a little entry, put it back to (Fedun) cross-ice and he went to (Petry),” said Jones. “Petry was just walking across the line and I was just trying to do my best to stay in the goalie’s eyes and when (Petry) shot, it was just a matter of trying to put my stick on the puck and I deflected it down a little bit and it just went in.

“When you hang around the front of the net, good things happen.”

Two of the bigger names on the ice for the Oilers, Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner, nearly connected on a goal in the second period.

Eberle and Gagner had a two-on-one rush on goaltender Joni Ortio with just under eight minutes remaining in the second. Gagner found an open Eberle but the All Star forward shot the puck wide.

“He made a great play,” said Eberle of Gagner’s pass. “Actually, we had one before that too. We just couldn’t handle it. But, a lot of chances… That’s positive when you get into a game like this, your first one, you’ve got to get your legs under you and try to get as many opportunities as you can. That’s what happened.”

Edmonton traded former first round pick, Magnus Paajarvi, to the St. Louis Blues for forward David Perron in the offseason and he showed a reason why with his score in the middle frame.

Perron was checked in the corner and fell to the ice. He battled to get back on his feet and darted to the faceoff dot where Fedun found the forward with a perfect pass. Perron fired a shot past the Flames netminder to give Edmonton the 2-0 lead.

Boyd Gordon was awarded the second assist on the score.

The Flames scored their first at 2:43 of the third period. A shot deflected off the skate of a turned Philip Larsen and right to the Flames 22nd overall pick in 2013, Emile Poirier. The winger fired the puck past Richard Bachman and the Flames drew within one.

Mike Cammalleri tied the game at 6:31 when Matt Stajan pounced on a misplayed puck by Bachman. Stajan spun around quickly and centered the puck to a streaking Cammalleri who buried it.

The Oilers took the lead again when Eberle took the puck end to end and fired a steep angle shot on net. Ryan Hamilton swiped at the rebound and centered it out in front to Marincin who went hard to the net and finished the play, giving Edmonton the 3-2 lead with less than five minutes to go in the game.

Marincin’s goal proved to be the game winner as the Oilers survive a rally by the Flames to take the exhibition game, 3-2. The Oilers return to pre-season action on Tuesday in Winnipeg, against the Jets.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:41EDM PPG - Ryan Jones (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Jeff Petry (1), Taylor Fedun (1) 1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
13:13EDM David Perron (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Taylor Fedun (2), Boyd Gordon (1) 2 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
02:43CGY Emile Poirier (1) Snap shot - ASST: Shane O'Brien (1), Ryan Culkin (1) 2 - 1 EDM
06:31CGY Michael Cammalleri (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (1), TJ Brodie (1) 2 - 2 Tie
15:08EDM Martin Marincin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Hamilton (1), Jordan Eberle (1) 3 - 2 EDM
Three Stars of the Game
David Perron
David Perron
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:52
Emile Poirier
Emile Poirier
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:06
Mark Giordano
Mark Giordano
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:00
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:10EDM Ryan Jones  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mikael Backlund
02:29CGY Ryan Culkin  Interference  - 2 min against  Will Acton
08:08EDM Ryan Jones  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Emile Poirier
12:59CGY Patrick Sieloff  Hooking  - 2 min against  Ryan Hamilton
19:58EDM Jeff Petry  Boarding  - 2 min against  Curtis Glencross
2nd Period
09:02EDM Travis Ewanyk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Blair Jones
09:02CGY Blair Jones  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Travis Ewanyk
11:08CGY John Ramage  Holding  - 2 min against  Ryan Jones
3rd Period
02:43EDM Ty Bilcke  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Shane O'Brien
02:43CGY Shane O'Brien  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Ty Bilcke
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/3
Faceoff Wins3023
Blocked Shots1610
Penalty Minutes1313
2J. PetryD0110224:17
5L. SmidD0000021:18
14J. EberleR0104016:40
15N. SchultzD0000019:36
27B. GordonC0112017:58
28R. JonesL1002415:05
36P. LarsenD00-10017:15
41W. ActonC0003016:10
46D. NesbittR000000:00
47T. BilckeR00-1127:45
48R. HamiltonL0103018:59
55B. EagerL0003013:05
57D. PerronL1011017:52
67T. EwanykC00-1056:37
80M. MarincinD10-11018:03
81T. FedunD0211019:42
89S. GagnerC0000017:59
96G. ChaseC0000011:03
1J. LaBarbera12121.00031:08
30R. Bachman810.80028:52
5M. GiordanoD00-12023:00
7T. BrodieD0110021:10
10C. KnightC001108:38
11M. BacklundC0002016:49
13M. CammalleriL1001013:26
18M. StajanC0101019:14
19B. JonesC0001513:00
20C. GlencrossL0001018:24
22L. StempniakR0002015:46
23S. MonahanC00-11016:43
48G. NemiszR000008:56
49J. RamageD00-21218:14
50P. SieloffD0010216:05
54D. JonesR0003014:14
55S. O'BrienD0100221:44
57E. PoirierL1013013:06
67R. CulkinD0103220:19
79M. FerlandL0000015:09
35J. MacDonald1011.90931:08
37J. Ortio810.80027:43