The Calgary Flames headed north to Edmonton with their most NHL-ready roster yet of the preseason, and likewise faced off against Edmonton’s best. In this iteration of the Battle of Alberta, it was a tale of two teams as the Flames surged forward first only to be overcome by the Oilers by game’s end.
The first period got off to a good start for the Flames, they even scored a goal that was taken back due to an offside ruling. Midway through the frame however, Matthew Tkachuk got the Flames up ahead with no doubt thanks to a nifty goal right in front of the net, beating Mikko Koskinen. With the momentum being heavily in the Flames’ favour for the second half of the period, Johnny Gaudreau capped it off with a snipe with just over a minute remaining.
In the second period, the Flames extended their lead to 3–0 courtesy of an Elias Lindholm goal coming off a nifty play by Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane. However, the Oilers returned with two goals in quick succession from Brendan Perlini and Jesse Puljujarvi. The two teams headed into the second intermission deadlocked with corsi attempts and the Flames holding the narrow lead.
In the third period, the Flames found themselves in two penalty kills the turned the tides against them. Milan Lucic was in the box serving a holding minor, and the Oilers scored a goal where Connor McDavid was tripped on the play and got the last touch on the puck as he was down in the crease, but he also took out Jacob Markstrom in the process. The Flames were unsuccessful in their own challenge and had to serve a minor for delay of game—the Oilers were successful in capitalising on their second straight power play to go from down 2–3 to being up a goal.
That’d be the last goal of the game as the Flames were deflated for a stretch before a fruitless push at the end of the game. The Oilers win by a score of 4–3.
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