Inside The Game: Flames vs. Oilers
OILERS DOWN FLAMES 8-2
CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames scored early. The Edmonton Oilers scored often.
Matt Stajan staked the Flames to an early 2-0 lead, but Edmonton scored eight unanswered goals to take the second-half of a home-and-home in the Battle of Alberta, dropping Calgary 8-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.
After watching the Oilers score on their first two shots in a 4-1 win over the Flames on Monday, Stajan did the same to Edmonton starter Devan Dubnyk.
Picking up an errant pass from Dennis Wideman in the slot, Stajan beat Dubnyk just 2:35 into the game to give Calgary a 1-0 lead. Stajan extended that lead to two, burying a Curtis Glencross rebound into a virtually empty net for a 2-0 lead at 5:18.
After Sam Gagner and Ryan Whitney evened the game before the end of the first period, Edmonton's power play quickly put the game out of reach.
Edmonton's past three first overall picks, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall all scored with the man-advantage in the middle frame.
The Oilers piled on another three in the third period, with fellow first round pick Jordan Eberle adding a pair before Yakupov iced the game with his second of the contest with just 1:03 remaining.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Stajan's opening marker 2:35 into the game after an errant feed from Wideman ended up on his stick before quickly finding the back of the net behind Dubnyk.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Walking out into the slot on the power play, Eberle hums a wrist shot from below the hash marks that MacDonald handles without giving up a rebound to temporarily preserve a 2-2 tie a minute into the second period.
HIT OF THE GAME
Brian McGrattan may have had his two-game goal scoring streak snapped, but managed to lay a good lick on Justin Schultz, crunching the rookie blueliner along the boards at center ice just five minutes into the contest.
Yakupov's power play marker -- the first of three in the second period -- broke the tie by putting the Oilers up 3-2, never looking back.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
"You put it behind you as fast as you can. You expect better from each other. Whatever you did today, you've got to do the complete opposite for the next game because we've got to play a lot better than we did today to compete in this league. We can't make excuses. That's unacceptable."
STAT OF THE GAME
Both Glencross and Lee Stempniak were +1 against the Oilers on Wednesday.
The Flames hit the road for a three-game road swing that will pit them against the San Jose Sharks on Friday (8:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W) and Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (8 p.m. MT, CBC) before wrapping up against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).