RECAP: Flames two at Oilers four

EDMONTON, AB – Although it had been a rocky start to the pre-season, the Oilers welcomed the initial Fight of Alberta activity at Rogers Spot, capping from the night that has a 4-2 gain above the Calgary Flames. YOUR GAME-DAY ESSENTIALSRECAPS & POST-GAME UPDATESRECAP: Oilers four, Flames 2RECAP: Oilers two at Flames 1Inside The Oilers BlogAT EDMONTON@ EDM Match Working day LINKSPhoto GalleryBox ScoreLook back at the In-Game Blog@ EDM POST-GAME VIDEOWatch HighlightsOILERS TODAY | Tom Gazzola wraps up the recreation from Rogers PlacePOST-GAME https://www.styleoilers.com/edmonton-oilers-jersey/benoit-pouliot-jersey RAW | VersteegPOST-GAME RAW | PitlickPOST-GAME RAW | Mitch MorozPOST-GAME RAW | Todd McLellanAT CALGARY@ CGY Recreation Working day LINKSPhoto GalleryBox ScoreLook back at the In-Game Blog@ CGY POST-GAME VIDEOSWatch HighlightsPOST-GAME STORY | Interviews from CalgaryPOST-GAME RAW | Gustav sonPOST-GAME RAW | LetestuPOST-GAME RAW | SlepyshevPOST-GAME RAW | Oilers Coach Jay WoodcroftWHAT’S NEXTEdmonton visits Vancouver on Wednesday. Activity time is 8:00 PM MDT and it can be seen on Sportsnet One.Two minutes into the initial period, Flames forward Freddie Hamilton received two minutes for delay of activity after the puck flipped around the boards. Le s than a minute later, Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira received a two-minute penalty for too many men on the ice.The teams were able to finally find momentum with play continuing to cycle consistently throughout the 1st half of the period, following the two penalties. As the Oilers advanced into the Flames defensive zone, forward Iiro Pakarinen crashed the net to produce the 1st goal of the video game and 1st Oilers goal at Rogers Place.But the celebrations were short-lived when Flames defenceman Kenney Morrison responded quickly to net the equalizer. Two minutes later, a bad bounce of the puck shot by Hamilton trickled by the pad of Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot as Calgary took a 2-1 lead.With le s than three minutes remaining in the second, Beck made an advance on the Oilers net but lost his footing when Flames defenceman Rasmus Anderson pulled up alongside him.After 40 minutes of play, a lone goal from Pakarinen midway through the opening frame was all that remained as the Oilers trailed 2-1. But the third period produced a much different outcome as the play grew more intense and the Oilers continued to advance.At 16:36, Lar son dropped a pa s to Oilers defenceman Matthew Benning who rocketed a shot from below the blueline that Jean-Francois Jacques Jersey was tipped in by forward Ryan Vesce to even the score 2-2.Two minutes later, Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom advanced into the Flames defensive zone, producing the puck and dishing it out in front of the Flames net. Oilers forward Tyler Pitlick followed up, tapping past Calgary goaltender Jon Gillies for the 3-2 lead.”I thought Klef got much better as the video game went on,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “You could tell that he hadn’t played for a little while, but he kind of got aggre sive halfway through the activity, made plays, jumped in, got a shot through, broke out cleaner.”Originally, Pitlick wasn’t slotted in either lineup for tonight’s split-squad sport. It had been a last minute substitute that saw him step in for Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot, who was removed from the lineup due to illne s.”I thought there was a group of players that had to have good games tonight and they had good games tonight,” said McLellan. “You look at Pitlick, he would be one of them. He played.”Sometimes that happens, you aren’t scheduled to play and someone gets sick and you go in and you have a hell of a game. And he did that. In this case, he penalty killed, he did a great job along the boards, he set up plays around the net, managed the activity well, I was quite impre sed with his play. I thought that whole line of guys, had an impact in the match every time they were out on the ice.”With le s than four minutes remaining in the match, Pitlick backhanded the puck to Oilers forward Kris Versteeg, who cruised out in front of the net, flipping the puck around Gillies blocker for an insurance goal and the Oilers 4-2 get.”It was a starting point,” admitted Versteeg. “First exhibition sport, a little bit of rust, I think as you go on throughout the game you begin to find your game a little bit more and more. For myself, you’ve got to get in there and try and make an impre sion without going and doing too much, so today was just about getting out the rust and getting ready for a video game again.”[Pitlick] had a heck of a night. He wasn’t supposed to go and then he gets in the lineup – that’s how you make teams – and he really proved tonight that he wants to be here. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jersey He had a heck of a night time, I was proud of him, he’s a good kid and he made a heck of a play on that goal.”Edmonton continues the pre-season on Wednesday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

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