'Tender bender

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

EDMONTON -- It started with a hard shot from Danny Syvret.

Worse was when a pair of his own teammates plowed into him, leaving the netminder flattened and dazed in the trapezoid behind his cage.

To top it all off, he was given a delay-of-game penalty for slapping his glove over the puck lying along the line of the no-play zone.

It was a memorable if not uncomfortable night for Calgary Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan, who earned the victory in his first full game of the pre-season as the Flames downed the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 at Rexall Place.

Syvret's blast in the first period hit McLennan hard and high and the netminder's reaction looked pained.

"It hit me right in the shoulder, right in the collarbone. Better than pulling it out of the net (though)," said McLennan, whose shutout bid was spoiled when Joffrey Lupul whacked in his own rebound with 47 seconds left to play.

Shaking off the sting, the 34-year-old had to be sharp to keep things scoreless as his teammates took up residence in the penalty box.

He made a handful of good stops down low, including a great chance for Lupul, who had a hand in knocking the Flames out of the playoffs in the first round a few months back as a Anaheim Mighty Duck.

"Jamie played great. He made some great saves, especially early," said Flames winger Tony Amonte, who assisted on both powerplay goals. "I think it was a stretch of eight or 10 minutes in the first period we were on the kill the whole time.

"It kind of set the tempo the whole game."

Things didn't get easier for McLennan in the second.

He extended himself along the ice to turn away Raffi Torres on a breakaway and again when Ethan Moreau got a similar opportunity minutes later.

But as Roman Hamrlik and Mark Giordano closed in on Moreau at the last second, both Flames defenders would up crashing into McLennan, leaving the goalie sprawled on the ice after instinctually smothering the loose puck -- penalty or not.

"That hurt. My head, my neck. I'll have to watch it on the replay, I didn't see what happened," said McLennan, joking his defenders must have been mad at him and the ref should have given him a break on the call. "It just kind of shook me up. But nothing too crazy, I'm fine.

"I needed a second to gather myself."

The minor penalty, served by Jamie Lundmark, was a little insult to injury but the Flames killed that one off, too, before grabbing a 2-0 lead.

Alex Tanguay, who labelled his debut Thursday at the Saddledome a disappointment, had his first goal and assist in the victory.

But Tanguay isn't satisfied just yet.

"It takes a little pressure off the shoulders," said Tanguay. "I wanted to do well the first game I played in Calgary and it went totally the opposite so (tonight) took away a little pressure."

Amonte said it was just a matter of time before the dangerous winger acquired on draft day made an impact on the scoresheet.

"You put the puck in Tanguay's hand or Lombardi's hand, they can make something happen," said Amonte, whose hard shot was stopped by Calgarian Devan Dubnyk before Tanguay pounced on the rebound and roofed it into the open net from an awkward angle.

"I probably should have scored the first one myself but Tangs picked up the rebound."

Tanguay, though, was more impressed by McLennan's conditioning.

"He's in great shape. He was bragging before camp that he showed up in great shape and I think it showed tonight," said a smiling Tanguay, who was ribbing his netminder minutes earlier.

"He played a very solid game. It's good for him, it's good for confidence and for us -- we know the goaltender is not going to be an issue for this team for sure."


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