Calgary 5, Edmonton 3

Saturday, December 3, 2011 10:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Calgary 11-12-1-1 5-5-1-1 6-7-0-0 W1
Edmonton 13-11-0-3 8-4-0-2 5-7-0-1 L1


Mikael Backlund's game winner midway through the third period lifted the Calgary Flames past the host Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Saturday night in the latest chapter of the Battle of Alberta.

Edmonton had several chances to take control of the game, but managed just one shot on six man-advantage opportunities as it fell to Calgary for the second time this season.

With the game tied 2-2 after a tightly-played 40 minutes, rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put Edmonton in front 5:27 into the third period. The 18-year-old converted a rebound of a Jordan Eberle shot for his team-high 29th point of the season.

Calgary's Derek Smith responded less than a minute later, beating Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin up high with a wrist shot for his second career NHL goal.

The Flames surged in front at 10:25, with Backlund beating Khabibulin between the pads after Edmonton defenseman Jeff Petry fell down with Calgary on a power play.

The Oilers pressed for the equalizer in the final 90 seconds but Kiprusoff made several good saves and Olli Jokinen added an empty-netter to preserve Calgary's third win in four games.

Lennart Petrell and Sam Gagner posted Edmonton to a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game, but Jokinen and Rene Bourque countered for the Flames to even things up by the 6:45 mark.

Top Game Performances

Calgary   Edmonton
Jarome Iginla 3 Points Sam Gagner 1
Olli Jokinen 2 Goals Sam Gagner 1
Jarome Iginla 3 Assists Jordan Eberle 1
Olli Jokinen 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Miikka Kiprusoff .897 Save Percentage Nikolai Khabibulin .871
Miikka Kiprusoff 26 Saves Nikolai Khabibulin 27

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Calgary 32 5 2-3 6-6 12 35
Edmonton 29 3 0-6 1-3 6 29

Upcoming Games

  • Edmonton will play its next game at home against Carolina. The Oilers have a W/L % of .462 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Calgary will play its next game on the road against Vancouver. The Flames have a W/L % of .182 after a win and .643 after a loss.
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