EDMONTON – Ethan Moreau and Fernando Pisani each recorded a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers won their fourth in a row to start the season, coming back with three second period goals to defeat the Calgary Flames 3-2 for the second times in as many nights on Saturday.
Andrew Cogliano also scored for Edmonton, off to its best start since going 5-0 in 1985-86.
Todd Bertuzzi and Daymond Langkow had the goals for Calgary, which continues to struggle, now sitting a disappointing 1-3-1 on the year.
The Flames were able to take the early lead just past the four minute mark of the first period on the power play as Langkow fed a pass from behind the net to Bertuzzi and he put a one-timer past Edmonton starter Mathieu Garon for his fifth of the season.
Calgary made it 2-0 on another man advantage with eight minutes remaining with a bit of help from the Oilers. Langkow snuck a shot through Garon’s pads and Edmonton defenceman Jason Strudwick inadvertently banked the puck off his goalie and in while trying to prevent it from trickling into the net.
The Flames badly outshot Edmonton 17-3 in the first period.
A punishing hit by Oilers newcomer Steve MacIntyre on Dustin Boyd and subsequent fight with Brandon Prust seemed to wake Edmonton up as they scored eight minutes into the second frame when Moreau circled back near the right face-off dot and wired a shot past Calgary starter Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Oilers third line got the job done again just two minutes later to tie the game up as Marc Pouliot sent a backhand pass from behind the net to Pisani and he swatted it past Kiprusoff for his first of the season.
And the Oilers weren’t done yet as they scored their third goal in less than four minutes to take the 3-2 lead as Cogliano undressed Calgary defender Mark Giordano and made a nice shot across his body that handcuffed the Flames goalie.
Edmonton bounced back in the shots department with a 14-6 period advantage. There was no scoring in the third period.
The Flames return home to face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday while Edmonton starts a three-game road trip in Chicago on Wednesday.
Notes: The Oilers had two players on the limp following Friday’s game in Calgary. Defenceman Sheldon Souray didn’t suit up for the do-over with a bruised muscle in his knee after a collision with Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi. Ladislav Smid took his place on Saturday. Forward Sam Gagner also missed the contest after he took a hard hit in the third period of Friday’s game. Zack Stortini drew back into the lineup. Calgary was healthy heading into the match Saturday’s game was the second of six games between the rival clubs this season. Last year, the Alberta teams split the season series 4-4 Flames goaltender Miikka Kiproff started his fifth consecutive game for Calgary on Saturday. He struggled in his first four outings this season, allowing 19 goals for a 4.69 GAA and a save percentage of .843 Edmonton has 10 of its next 11 games on the road.