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Owning the Battle of Alberta

The Flames continue to dominate the Oilers, posting a 5-3 victory over their rivals

Saturday, 03.12.2011 / 9:52 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
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Owning the Battle of Alberta




2011-12 Game No. 25; Road Game No. 13
Flames Record: 11-12-2

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - SMITH'S BEAUTY
FULL HIGHLIGHTS ›BACKLUND'S GAME WINNER › GAME GALLERY ›THE FIVE TAKEAWAYS ›


CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 STARS
1st STAR
JAROME IGINLA

RIGHT WING - CGY
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 3 | SHOTS: 2 | +/-: +1
TOI: 19:26 | PIM: 0

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2nd STAR
RENE BOURQUE

RIGHT WING - CGY
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | SHOTS: 4 | +/-: +2
TOI: 17:44 | PIM: 2:00

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3rd STAR
OLLI JOKINEN

CENTER - CGY

GOALS: 2 | ASST: 0 | SHOTS: 7 | +/-: +1
TOI: 20:09 | PIM: 4:00

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EDMONTON, AB -- Superb penalty killing and Mikael Backlund's timely first goal of the season pushed the Flames to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

The Flames held the Oilers to a single shot on net through six power plays and were able to score two goals while they had the man advantage.

Calgary now has points in their last four games.

The Oilers showed off their impressive offensive flair when they scored twice in the opening three minutes.

Lennart Petrell opened the scoring at 2:19 when a Darcy Hordichuk shot from the boards deflected off of him.

Then, 31 seconds later, Sam Gagner netted his first of the season. Flames head coach Brent Sutter called a time-out immediately after the goal and whatever he said to his troops, it worked.

With Andy Sutton in the penalty box for roughing, Jokinen slid the puck past Khabibulan for his sixth of the year.

Just under three minutes later, Rene Bourque scored his second goal in as many games after he powered his way through the goal mouth and whacked in a rebound while falling to the ice.

The second period saw the Flames run into penalty woes, taking three straight calls, but excellent defence against the League's best home power play keep the game even through forty minutes.

In similar fashion to the first period, the two teams swapped goals early on in the third stanza. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sent a Jordan Eberle rebound over Kiprusoff's pads at 5:27, giving the Oilers their second lead of the night.

A fantastic set-up by Iginla just over a minute later gave Derek Smith his second goal of the season. The captain hesitated slightly as he went through the Oilers zone, allowing Smith to get some time and space in front of him. He dished the puck up to the defenceman and Smith sent a shot over Khabibulan's glove.

Backlund netted the game-winner at 10:25 with the Flames second power play goal of the evening. He went five-hole on Khabibulan. Iginla earned his third helper of the game on the tally. Smith also assisted.

Jokinen notched his second of the night when an empty-netter at 19:28, icing the game for his club.

PHOTO OF THE GAME
BY THE NUMBERS
STAT OF THE NIGHT
The Flames have absolutely owned the Oilers over the past few seasons, winning 16 of their last 18 games against their divisional foes. They have beaten Edmonton in both games played this season.

FLAMES LEADERS
Icetime -- Bouwmeester (29:05)
Shots -- Jokinen (7)
Hits -- Jackman (5)
Blocks -- Hannan (3)
Takeaways -- Iginla (2)
Faceoff Wins -- Stajan (5, 71%)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@NHLFlames when did Bobby Orr change his number to 17? What a goal.


FLAMES LINEUP VS. EDMONTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay Roman Horak Rene Bourque
Blake Comeau Mikael Backlund Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos Matt Stajan Tim Jackman
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Scott Hannan TJ Brodie
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
Derek Smith Joe Piskula
Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff, Henrik Karlsson
Starting Lineup: Kiprusoff, Bouwmeester, Butler, Glencross, Jokinen, Iginla
POWERPLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Rene Bourque Jarome Iginla Lee Stempniak
Alex Tanguay Olli Jokinen Blake Comeau
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Lee Stempniak TJ Brodie
PENALTY KILL UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Alex Tanguay Curtis Glencross
Blake Comeau Lee Stempniak
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Scott Hannan Derek Smith
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler