Edmonton Oilers slip past Calgary Flames 2-1 – Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers overcame a strong goaltending effort from Calgary’s Dan Vladar to defeat the Flames 2-1 in pre-season action Friday night at Rogers Place.

The Oilers opened the score by killing a penalty in the first period.

Kailer Yamamoto held the puck low before putting it ahead of Leon Draisaitl, who threw the puck past Flames goalkeeper Dan Vladar. Dillon Dube even pulled the flames about minutes later.

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Late in the second, Connor McDavid collided with teammate Evander Kane in the neutral zone. McDavid was spun around and fell to the ice, laying there for a few seconds before slowly skating to the bench. He returned to the game without missing a shift.

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“I tried to get out of the way, but those things happen,” Kane said. “I knew he was okay – he’s a big, strong guy.

“Every time you don’t see it coming, you’re probably more surprised than anything.”

The Oilers dominated the second, beating the Flames 16-4, but were unable to resolve Vladar.

“Tip your hat to their goalkeeper, he played a great game,” Woodcroft said after the game.

The Oilers had their first preseason fight in the third period, when Darnell Nurse had a brief feud with Mitch McLain.

Brett Kulak gave the Oilers the lead with 11:05 to go, a pass from Luke Esposito and a long shot past Vladar.

Nurse and McLain got into another fight late in the game.

“I would never want to pull Darnell back into that situation because I thought he was trying for the right reasons – he was standing up for a teammate,” Woodcroft said.

“It’s part of what makes him one of the most feared defenders in the league.”

“He’s clearly a leader in this team and to see him come up and get those physical things for me is appreciated,” said Evander Kane.

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Jack Campbell made his first appearance in the Oilers goal, stopping seven of eight shots in just over 31 minutes of work.

“It was nice to get into the new jersey and hear the new fans and the guys buzzing,” said Campbell.

“He didn’t get a lot of work but I thought he was clean with the puck and looked confident and big in the net,” Woodcroft said after the game.

Calvin Pickard went the rest of the way turning 14 pucks away. Vladar closed with 37 saves.

The Oilers play in Winnipeg on Saturday. It’s at 630 CHED with the Face off Show at 5:30 p.m. The game starts at 6 p.m.

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