Game Blog: Flames vs. Oilers
The Flames open the regular season with the Battle of Alberta
First Period Action: 1-0 Oilers
Flames starting lineup: Miikka Kiprusoff, Robyn Regehr, Ian White, Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla
The Battle of Alberta was on early as newcomer Stefan Meyer dropped the gloves with Oilers tough guy Ryan Jones. Meyer got the best of Jones, landing several hard punches, before the two fell to the ice.
The Flames had a close call after Dustin Penner was able to get a step on White in the defensive zone and drove hard to the net. It appeared Penner had opened the scoring for the home team but White had fallen into the net and took it off it's moorings. The ref's ruled it no-goal.
Adam Pardy took the game's first minor at 6:55 when he tripped up Taylor Hall along the half-wall.
The penalty troubles continued when Jay Bouwmeester was called for a delay of game after sending the puck over the glass at 8:46. The Oilers had a 5-on-3 for 9 seconds.
The Oilers were able to capitalize with the man advantage at 9:04 when Gilbert Brule snapped a shot high over Kiprusoff's glove.
The newest Flame, Brendan Morrison, took a hooking call at 10:30, handing the Oilers their third straight power play.
After Pardy was checked hard into the glass and Morrison took exception. He got into a shoving match with Colin Fraser and soon a scrum ensued. The Flames were dealt another penalty after the two teams were pulled apart and Pardy ended up with a delay of game minor.
Tanguay nearly potted a shortie when he and Curtis Glencross skated into the offensive zone with determination. Glencross sent a quick pass over the Tanguay who tried to tip the shot. The puck beat Khabibulan but couldn't beat the post.
The Flames finally got their first power play of the contest when Hall took a slashing call at 18:48.
Second Period Action: 1-0 Oilers
The Flames came out to a much better start than the first frame. After only putting 9 shots on net in the last period, they put 5 on Khabibulan in the first 5:00.
Regehr laid one of his patented hits on his usual target, Ales Hemsky, and plastered him against the glass.
Shortly after, Tim Jackman got into a scrap with Theo Peckham and the two heavyweights both got some good hits in before crashing to the ice.
Brett Sutter kept the intensity up after the first tussle of the period when he took on Fraser. Sutter earned the definitive win in the fight, dropping Fraser to the ice quickly. Before the two dropped the mitts, Jones was called for holding at 14:09.
Kiprusoff made two excellent saves in the dying minutes of the stanza. The first came off of Tom Gilbert, who tried to backhand the puck past a sprawled Kiprusoff but the netminder was able to get his pads over just in time. The rebound went right to Gagner but Kiprusoff got ahold of it before it could be thrown over him.
Bouwmeester took a slashing call when he was trying to stop Gilbert. The official time of the call was 17:40.
The Flames drew their own penalty while on the kill. Magnus Paajarvi was called for hooking late in the frame. His minor at 19:25 will give the Flames a 1:35 power play to start the final frame.
Third Period Action: 4-0 Oilers
Eberle quickly made it 2-0 for the Oilers when he was able to go in on a 2-on-1 while Edmonton was short-handed. He outwaiting Kiprusoff and backhanded the puck top shelf.
Hemsky scored his first of the season shortly after when he wired a hard shot from the hash marks. The rocket flew over Kiprusoff's glove to make it 3-0.
Niklas Hagman was sent to the sin bin at 4:57 and the Oilers made the Flames pay for it. Eberle added his second of the night when he snapped a wrist shot through traffic.
Kurtis Foster took a boarding call after he slammed Hagman into the glass. Time of the penalty was 14:58.
Raitis Ivanans went for a rematch with Steve MacIntyre but it didn't go as he planned. The two traded punches before MacIntyre landed a devestating blow that rendered Ivanans limp. The heavyweight had to be helped off the ice and appeared to be dazed the entire way off.
That was it for the Flames. They couldn't muster any more scoring opportunities in the last minutes and they dropped their first contest 4-0.
The Flames open the 2010-11 regular season tonight against their chief rivals from the north: the Edmonton Oilers. It's the third installment of the Battle of Alberta as the two clubs battled in their final preseason matches last week. The Flames took both contests, outscoring the Oilers 6-1 and are looking to close out the trio of games with a victory.
Calgary are opting to sit out two veteran blueliners in Cory Sarich and Steve Staios in Edmonton. Taking their place will be Adam Pardy and rookie T.J. Brodie. The 20 year-old had an exceptional training camp, surprising everyone with his development.
Brett Sutter will also lace up for the contest. He was put on waivers earlier this week, cleared and then was recalled as Ales Kotalik was placed on the long-term injured reserve.
"Yeah, that’s kind of the business of the game," said Sutter of being waived and then recalled. "You know, coming to training camp, that that sort of thing can happen. And it all happened so quick that it didn’t even really settle in. So I’m excited to be here, excited to be playing tonight.
"I’m looking forward to it. I’m glad this is the way it turned out."Flames projected lines:
Tanguay - Jokinen - Iginla
Hagman - Morrison - Bourque
Glencross - Backlund - Jackman
Ivanans - Sutter - Meyers
Flames projected defence pairings:
Regehr - White
Giordano - Bouwmeester
Pardy - Brodie
Kiprusoff will start in net.
Oilers projected lines:
Penner - Gagner - Hemsky
Hall - Horcoff - Eberle
Paajarvi - Cogliano - Brule
Jones - Fraser - MacIntyre
Oilers projected defence pairings:
Smid - Gilbert
Whitney - Foster
Peckham - Vandermeer
Khabibulan will start in net.