Edmonton
Oilers
25-45-12
Calgary
Flames
41-29-12

30 SOG
46 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
EDM
CGY
game recap

Flames 5, Oilers 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:38 PM

Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Fifteen games and nearly six months since his last goal, Jarome Iginla snapped out of his scoring drought in dramatic fashion Saturday night.

Iginla's power-play goal at 7:49 of the third period was the winner as the Flames scored three times in the third to rally past the Edmonton Oilers, 5-3.

After being stopped twice in a row by Nikolai Khabibulin on hard one-timers from the top of the faceoff circle, Calgary kept pressing on the 4 on 3 and eventually Alex Tanguay's clever pass set up Iginla at the side of the net for an easy tap-in.

"I think Tangs got sick of me missing those one-timers, so he decided to give me a 1-footer and I'll take it," Iginla said. "As it came right across the crease, my eyes got pretty big. I was pretty excited to see that one go in. Obviously, it's been a tough start as a team and definitely for me personally."

Dating to last season, Iginla had no goals and four assists in his past 14 games before the two-point effort.

Tanguay scored twice for Calgary (2-2), which entered the night with just three goals for its first three games, having been shutout twice, including 4-0 in the opener in Edmonton.

The Flames' top line of Iginla, Tanguay and Olli Jokinen had been the subject of much scrutiny lately with all of them pointless through the first three games.

On Saturday, Flames coach Brent Sutter made a change moving Matt Stajan to center on the top line with Iginla and Tanguay and dropping Olli Jokinen to the second line with Brendan Morrison and Nicklas Hagman.

The moves paid off with the top trio combining for eight points, while Hagman and Morrison also scored.

"Each line, in this game, took turns contributing at big times," Iginla said. "We had huge PKs ... that game definitely feels like our most complete game of the year and something we can learn from and build on."

Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner and Magnus Paajarvi scored for Edmonton (2-2-0). The Oilers have lost both of their road games this season and are 2-22-2 in their last 26 away from home dating to December.

"We just have to get pucks to the net and there's a price to pay beyond that," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "We have to learn that and embrace it real quick if we're going to stay with the group."

Penner said the Oilers didn't work hard enough on the power play or the penalty kill.

"We can't kill ourselves by going to the box, expelling energy on the PK," Penner said. "We have to make their PK guys work. Too often, it was one shot and out and that's not good enough."

NOTES: After being a healthy scratch the first three games, Calgary D Cory Sarich played as rookie T.J. Brodie sat out. It was game No. 750 in Sarich's NHL career. ... It was the 1,500th game for linesman Mike Cvik, who was honored before the game. The 6-foot-9 Calgary native began his NHL officiating career in 1987.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:21
EDM
Ales Hemsky (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Whitney (3), Magnus Paajarvi (1)
1 - 0 EDM
09:02
CGY
Alex Tanguay (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (1), Robyn Regehr (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:22
EDM
Dustin Penner (3) Snap shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (4)
2 - 1 EDM
02:57
CGY
Brendan Morrison (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (2), Cory Sarich (1)
2 - 2 Tie
04:16
EDM
Magnus Paajarvi (1) Slapshot - ASST: Colin Fraser (1), Ryan Jones (1)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
04:29
CGY
Niklas Hagman (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Morrison (3), Olli Jokinen (1)
3 - 3 Tie
07:49
CGY
PPG - Jarome Iginla (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (1), Mark Giordano (1)
4 - 3 CGY
19:59
CGY
EN - Alex Tanguay (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (1), Matt Stajan (3)
5 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
10:34
CGY
Tim Jackman  Elbowing against  Ladislav Smid
12:58
CGY
Steve Staios  Tripping against  Andrew Cogliano
14:50
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Slashing against  Curtis Glencross
16:23
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Tripping against  Steve Staios
2nd Period
00:35
CGY
Brendan Morrison  Boarding against  Ladislav Smid
16:49
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
3rd Period
05:52
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Matt Stajan
05:52
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Cross checking against  Tom Gilbert
07:14
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Holding against  Olli Jokinen
12:41
CGY
Ian White  Hooking against  Taylor Hall
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
2-2-0
SA: 45TOI: 59:10
Saves: 41EV: 31 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .911SH: 1 - 1
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1