NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Edmonton|
(Friday, March 16th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Calgary 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted a pair of goals,
leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at Rexall
Place on Friday in the sixth and final edition of the Battle of Alberta this
Jordan Eberle scored and added two assists for the Oilers, who have won two
straight against their Provincial rivals and two straight overall. Devan
Dubnyk made 18 saves in the victory.
"It was a great win," Eberle said. "We came out hard and got the two goals
quick. We had a little bit of a lull in the second, but finished it off in the
It wasn't all good news for the Oilers, though, as they lost standout second-
year forward Taylor Hall early in the game after he was crushed in open ice by
Flames defenseman Cory Sarich.
Mark Giordano scored the lone goal for the Flames, who had a five-game winning
streak snapped. Leland Irving was touched for all three tallies on 25 shots.
The Flames remained in 10th place in the Western Conference with 80 points,
but are just one point behind Colorado for the eighth and final playoff
Edmonton struck first at 10:12 of the opening frame after Eberle collected the
loose puck along the left wing wall and drove to the net on his backhand. He
then slid the disc over to Nugent-Hopkins and the talented rookie fired it
past Irving from the slot.
The Oilers extended their lead to 2-0 with 4:42 showing on the first period
clock. Eberle took a drop-pass from Teemu Hartikainen along the left wing
wall, circled around to the left dot and beat Irving with a rising wrist shot
to the glove side.
Giordano pulled the Flames within one at 12:24 of the second period after he
threw one on net from the left point that fooled Dubnyk and found its way into
Nugent-Hopkins collected his second goal of the game at 9:25 of the third
period after he pounced on a rebound off the stick of Ryan Jones to the right
of the net to seal the outcome for the Oilers.
"Losses this time of the year all sting, it doesn't matter who you're playing
against," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said. "We need to be better than we
were tonight if we want to get to where we want to get to."
Calgary fell to 14-5-0 against Northwest division opponents this season...It
was Eberle's fourth three-plus point game this season...The Oilers failed to
score on six power-play chances, while the Flames went 0-for-1...The Oilers
will host the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday, while the Flames will battle the
Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
03/17 01:15:47 ET