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Oilers battle back to down Flames 8-2

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle celebrate Hall's second-period goal, part of a five-point effort for...

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle celebrate Hall's second-period goal, part of a five-point effort for the team's points leader, during Wednesday's game against the Calgary Flames. (Darren Makowichuk, QMI Agency)

Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:21 AM ET

It was men against boys. Or, rather, boys against Flames.

Same thing.

Just hours after GM Steve Tambellini stood pat on trade deadline day, giving his young team a chance to finish what it started, the Oilers responded with a show of force that shook the Calgary Saddledome and everybody in it.

Edmonton scored eight straight times to erase an early 2-0 deficit, win their fifth in a row and move into sole possession of eighth place.

Yes, it came against Flames, but, still, it was stunning to watch.

With all of Edmonton’s child stars leading the slaughter, the scoring summary must have felt like a knife twisting in the side of Calgary’s fans. Taylor Hall had five points, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had four, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov had two goals each. Sam Gagner had two points.

And the UFA everyone thought was gone? Ryan Whitney had a goal, an assist and a fight.

And the Oilers are eighth. After six years and more growing pains than any of them


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