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Flames 4, Oilers 3

Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 1:03 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 4, Oilers 3
Edmonton Oilers 3, Calgary Flames 4
Three Stars of the Game
Jay Bouwmeester
1st
Jay Bouwmeester
D
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 24:01
Lee Stempniak
2nd
Lee Stempniak
RW
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:43
Jordan Eberle
3rd
Jordan Eberle
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 21:18

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Lee Stempniak is off to a fast start - and he hopes to keep it going throughout the season.

Stempniak scored his third goal and added two assists Saturday night to lead the Calgary Flames to their first win of the season, a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

"I've been trying to be more consistent," said Stempniak, who scored 14 goals last season, his first with the Flames. "Unfortunately, I've sort of been a streaky scorer in the past. I'm trying to take the same approach and be consistent and hopefully the scoring will become more consistent as we go along."

Stempniak had a career-high 28 goals three years ago, 14 of which came in 18 games after he was acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes. The next year, he had 19.

"You take it while you can and today I got a great pass from (Jay) Bouwmeester and it was pretty easy to put that one in," Stempniak said.

His power-play goal at 14:57 of the second period, restoring a two-goal cushion for the Flames at 4-2, would turn out to be the winning goal as the Oilers got a goal from Sam Gagner with 2 seconds left in the game.

"We knew Calgary was going to bring their `A' game today," Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. "They truly did play hard and strong through the game and didn't give us much, but at the same time, we're not pleased with some of the execution."

Mikael Backlund and Curtis Glencross, with his third goal, also scored for Calgary, which lost back-to-back games at home last weekend to open the season.

Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle also scored for Edmonton, which was outshot 35-20.

On the decisive goal, Bouwmeester pinched in from the blue-line, made a slick move to fool Ladislav Smid, then zipped a hard pass across the top of the crease that was neatly deflected in by Stempniak.

"Bouwmeester was flying tonight," said new Flames coach Bob Hartley, celebrating his first win. "We saw the real Jay Bouwmeester, a guy that took charge, wanted the puck, made a great play on Lee Stempniak's goal. He was a quarterback out there."

Often the object of fan criticism since signing a lucrative free agent contract with the Flames three years ago, Bouwmeester appeared energized all night, constantly jumping up into the rush. After scoring 12, 15 and 15 goals his final three seasons with Florida, he has scored 12 goals combined in three seasons with the Flames.

"That's the kind of hockey that Jay Bouwmeeester can bring to us and he has the green light," Hartley said. "He has the speed to create offense and if he doesn't, he has the speed to come back. We're telling him that we want him to create a good second wave for us, to make sure he's always in the play, always active and that's hard to defend."

New Czech acquisitions Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka both played well for the Flames in their debut. Hudler got in on the scoring with an assist.

"With those two guys, it's puck control, hockey sense and vision," Hartley said. "In the second period, there was that one shift that there were tic-tac-toes all over the ice and I thought the fans really appreciated this and we even had a few fans on the bench."

The Oilers entered the night not having led yet in a game and that trend continued as goals by Backlund and Bouwmeester gave Calgary a 2-0 first period lead. They cut the gap to one when Schultz scored just 5 seconds into a power play.

However, Calgary restored its two-goal lead four minutes into the second when Jarome Iginla's centering pass was tapped in by Glencross.

"We got off to bad start in all three periods and that's something we can work on," Schultz said.

NOTES: Calgary has won 10 of the last 12 games between the two teams. ... Since Taylor Hall was born 21 years ago, Calgary and Edmonton have made the playoffs in the same season only once - in 2005-06. ... With the debut of Hudler and Cervenka, the Flames had two Czechs in their lineup for the first time since Jan. 29, 2003, when they had Petr Buzek and Roman Turek. ... The teams don't meet again until April 1. They'll meet three times in the season's final month. ... After this four-day layoff, Calgary's has no more than two days off between games the rest of the season.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:16
CGY
Mikael Backlund (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Cammalleri (2), Lee Stempniak (1)
1 - 0 CGY
14:25
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Giordano (1), Lee Stempniak (2)
2 - 0 CGY
19:19
EDM
PPG - Justin Schultz (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (3), Taylor Hall (3)
2 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
03:59
CGY
Curtis Glencross (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (3), Alex Tanguay (2)
3 - 1 CGY
08:47
EDM
PPG - Jordan Eberle (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Schultz (3), Shawn Horcoff (1)
3 - 2 CGY
14:57
CGY
PPG - Lee Stempniak (3) Deflected shot - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (2), Jiri Hudler (1)
4 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
19:58
EDM
Sam Gagner (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Taylor Hall (4), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3)
4 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
05:58
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Holding against  Curtis Glencross
12:22
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk  Cross checking against  Dennis Wideman
19:14
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Interference on goalkeeper against  Devan Dubnyk
2nd Period
05:07
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Tripping against  Jiri Hudler
07:46
CGY
Mark Giordano  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
09:38
CGY
Blair Jones  Slashing against  Eric Belanger
09:38
EDM
Eric Belanger  Slashing against  Blair Jones
13:01
EDM
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins  Interference against  Alex Tanguay
15:36
CGY
Blake Comeau  Slashing against  Nail Yakupov
16:14
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Interference against  Mark Giordano
3rd Period
07:40
EDM
Eric Belanger  Holding against  Lee Stempniak
09:05
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hooking against  Jordan Eberle
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
2-2-0
SA: 35TOI: 58:10
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 20TOI: 59:39
Saves: 17EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0