Flames nip Oilers

Calgary Flames Olli Jokinen, left, battles with Edmonton Oilers Ryan Whitney during second period....

Calgary Flames Olli Jokinen, left, battles with Edmonton Oilers Ryan Whitney during second period. (REUTERS/Jack Cusano)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:07 AM ET

EDMONTON - CALGARY Apparently the Calgary Flames do have some heart.

It took some time for it to beat, but eventually the Flames found their skating legs and overran the Edmonton Oilers in the third period on their way to a 5-3 victory Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Down 3-2 heading into the third period, the Flames battled back with a pair of goals to take control of the hockey game and avenge a season-opening defeat to the Oilers.

Jarome Iginla scored the eventual winner in the third period, converting a cross-crease feed from Alex Tanguay. Niklas Hagman had tied the game earlier in the period.

Tanguay and Brendan Morrison had scored the others for the Flames, while Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner and Magnus Paajarvi scored for the Oilers.

In the first period the Oilers got on the board through Ales Hemsky.

The Oilers winger got to a puck off the end boards before Flames defenceman Ian White, then beat goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to the front of the net.

Kiprusoff had come out to play the puck, then got tangled up with White and could not get back into his net in time to stop Hemsky.

The Flames tied the game at Tanguay slipped in behind the Oilers defence and was spotted with a pass from Matt Stajan.

Tanguay went in and fired a shot through the pads of Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

In the second, Dustin Penner restored the Oilers lead banking a shot in off Whites face.

The Flames defenceman skated off the ice leaving a blood trail, having been cut just above his right eye.

A few stitches later, however, White was back on the blue line.

Later in the period, Kurtis Foster came within a goal post of putting the Oilers up by a pair of goal with a seeing-eye shot from the point.

However, it was the Flames who would score next as Brendan Morrison fired a shot through the Oilers goaltender.

Just 1:19 after Morrison's goal, Paajarvi collected the first of his career.

Subbing for Steve MacIntyre during a fourth-line shift, Paajarvi parked himself at the side of the net as Colin Fraser fired the puck out from the corner towards the net.

Kiprusoff misplayed the shot, then lost it in his equipment. The puck bounced down on the goal line and rested on the post in front of Paajarvi. In his haste to get to the puck, the Oilers rookie whacked the goal post. Yet he was able to get enough of the puck to see it crawl over the goal line, which a video review confirmed.

In the third, the Flame tied the game as Hagman got a couple of cracks at the puck in front, the second getting through Khabibulin.

Just over three minutes later, Iginla netted the winner on a four-on-three advantage, converting Tanguays feed. Tanguay added another into the empty net just as time expired.

The Oilers were out-shot 18-10 in the frame.

With the loss the Oilers fall to 2-2 on the season. Theyll host the Minnesota Wild Thursday at Rexall Place.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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