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game recap

Oilers douse Flames 4-0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers douse Flames 4-0
Calgary Flames 0, Edmonton Oilers 4

It couldn't have gone any better: With a tough season behind them and their arch enemies, the Flames, before them, the Oilers combined top-notch goaltending with skilled offensive attacks to start the season with a 4-0 win.

Gilbert Brule got scoring started in the first, followed by Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky, and Shawn Horcoff, who sealed the deal early in the third. Eberle and defenceman Ryan Whitney led the game with two points each, while Nikolai Khabibulin marked his first game since November 2009 with a perfect 37 saves.

Under the Scope

FIRST PERIOD

Following dramatic opening festivities, the first regular-season Battle of Alberta got underway at Rexall Place. The Oilers and Flames tallied four and two shots respectively before Ryan Jones and Stefan Meyer stole the spotlight with a fast and furious fight at the six-minute mark.

With both players serving fighting majors, the Oilers took control and descended in on Miikka Kiprusoff. Dustin Penner led the rush, forced the puck across the line, and the net off it's moorings, but officials waved off the red light due to goaltender interference.

After the scoring chance, Edmonton went on the power-play when Calgary's Adam Pardy and Jay Bouwmeester were called for tripping and delay of game. Although the Oil couldn't capitalize during Pardy's penalty, including a brief five-on-three, steady pressure eventually got the job done.

With help from Whitney, Brule deflected a shot off a defender's shoulder and past Kiprusoff to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead on the power-play.

Two more Flames infractions helped the Oilers attain a commanding 19-9 shot lead, highlighted by some impressive offensive plays courtesy of Penner, Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky, as well as rookies Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Magnus Paajarvi.

A late slashing minor to Hall ensured the Oilers would start the middle frame up a goal and down a man.

SECOND PERIOD

The Flames caught fire on puck drop, tallying eight shots on Nikolai Khabibulin before the Oilers could register one. With the teams nearly even in attempts, the battle escalated into fisticuffs for the second time. With eight minutes left in the frame, Theo Peckham and Tim Jackman went toe-to-toe along the boards, thrilling fans with flailing limbs and flying fists.

Peckham soon got some company in the Oilers penalty box: on a delayed penalty to Ryan Jones, Colin Fraser and Brett Sutter initiated a duel of their own. The Flames used the power-play to take their first shot lead of the game, but Khabibulin and his penalty killers stood strong to maintain their lead.

An extra penalty to each side kept things interesting as the period wound down, but the 1-0 game held out until the buzzer.

THIRD PERIOD

Edmonton was on the penalty kill to start the third but that had little effect on their performance. With two seconds remaining in Paajarvi's hooking minor, Eberle skated up the right wing, skirted a sliding Mark Giordano, deked Kiprusoff, and backhanded the puck top shelf to score a standing-ovation-worthy shorthanded goal.

1:19 later, another right winger made it 3-0. With help from Gagner and Ladislav Smid, Hemsky got the puck and slapped it on net. Although Kiprusoff caught a piece with his right shoulder, it wasn't enough to deflect wide and the Oil found themselves with a three-goal cushion.

Even though Calgary continued to hold the shot lead, Edmonton continued to make theirs count. Seven seconds after Niklas Hagman sat down in the penalty box for slashing, Shawn Horcoff added his name to the scoresheet by deflecting Eberle's snapshot into the net. With helpers on the play, Eberle and Whitney entered the two-point club.

Khabibulin made some stellar and steady saves as minutes expired, and the Flames were increasingly frustrated by the goalie.

With 2:20 left in regulation, Steve MacIntyre and Raitis Ivanans decided to drop their gloves on the blue line, and although the fight started evenly, it ended unbalanced. After a few punches were thrown, MacIntyre landed two powerful jabs, instantly dropping Ivanans. The Flame didn't get up for some time and required medical attention and assistance from two teammates to leave the ice.

The fight capped a spirited and skillful season-opening game for the Oilers in which they walked away with a 4-0 victory over their arch rivals.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:04
EDM
PPG - Gilbert Brule (1) ASST: Ryan Whitney (1)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:24
EDM
SHG - Jordan Eberle (1) ASST: Jim Vandermeer (1)
2 - 0 EDM
02:43
EDM
Ales Hemsky (1) ASST: Sam Gagner (1), Ladislav Smid (1)
3 - 0 EDM
05:04
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (1) ASST: Jordan Eberle (1), Ryan Whitney (2)
4 - 0 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
05:53
EDM
Ryan Jones  Fighting (maj) against  Stefan Meyer
05:53
CGY
Stefan Meyer  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Jones
06:55
CGY
Adam Pardy  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
08:46
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:30
CGY
Brendan Morrison  Hooking against  Shawn Horcoff
15:34
CGY
Adam Pardy  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:48
EDM
Taylor Hall  Slashing against  Brendan Morrison
2nd Period
11:52
EDM
Theo Peckham  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Jackman
11:52
CGY
Tim Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Theo Peckham
14:09
CGY
Brett Sutter  Fighting (maj) against  Colin Fraser
14:09
EDM
Colin Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Brett Sutter
14:09
EDM
Ryan Jones  Holding against  Stefan Meyer
17:40
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester  Slashing against  Tom Gilbert
19:25
EDM
Magnus Paajarvi  Hooking against  Stefan Meyer
3rd Period
04:57
CGY
Niklas Hagman  Hooking against  Steve MacIntyre
14:58
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Boarding against  Niklas Hagman
17:40
EDM
Steve MacIntyre  Fighting (maj) against  Raitis Ivanans
17:40
CGY
Raitis Ivanans  Fighting (maj) against  Steve MacIntyre
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 33TOI: 59:47
Saves: 29EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2