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Edmonton Oilers outscored in season’s first Battle of Alberta

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen, right, stops Calgary Flames' Elias Lindholm during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The Calgary Flames rebounded from a rough first period to down the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 Saturday night.

“We were playing a simple, direct game in the first period,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “And the second period we decided we were going to turn a lot of pucks over and ended up playing in our own zone too much — and ended up in the back of the net — and we chased it for the rest of the game.”

LISTEN BELOW: Dave Tippett

The Oilers have their three-game winning streak come to an end as their record drops to 6-7.

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The Flames scored on their first shot of the game just 56 seconds in when Elias Lindholm beat Mikko Koskinen with a mid-range wrist shot. The Oilers owned the rest of the first, outshooting Calgary 17-3. Jujhar Khaira tallied his first of the year when he tipped William Lagesson’s point shot. It was Lagesson’s first career point. Connor McDavid ripped home a power play marker late in the first to put the Oilers up 2-1.

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The Flames went back in front with goals 1:54 apart in the second period by Milan Lucic and Mikael Backlund.

Jesse Puljujarvi streaked in and beat Jacob Markstrom to even it up 1:18 in the third. However, Dillon Dube scored on the power play 1:38 later. Not long after, Johnny Gaudreau beat Mikko Koskinen over the glove to make it 5-3 Calgary. Darnell Nurse got one back for the Oilers with just over eleven minutes left, but Sam Bennett restored the Flames two-goal cushion two minutes later.

Markstrom made 28 saves for the win. Koskinen finished with 22 stops.

“They have a really good goaltender,” said Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson. “It takes a lot of volume shooting to score on that guy. He had a solid night. We felt good (in the) first period. I thought we played really good structured hockey and just couldn’t close it.”

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LISTEN BELOW: Adam Larsson

It was the first of ten meetings this season between the Oilers and Flames.

The Oilers will play in Ottawa Monday and Tuesday.

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