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Edmonton 2, Calgary 1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, February 19, 2021
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Marc Joannette, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Kiel Murchison, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: N/A

Jesse Puljujarvi and Gaetan Haas provided the offense and goaltender Mike Smith made 20 saves as the visiting Edmonton Oilers claimed a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

The Oilers, who managed to win despite stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl being kept off the scoresheet, will look to sweep a brief two-game set when the clubs meet Saturday night in Edmonton.

Edmonton, which has won eight of its last 10 games, received an early boost when Puljujarvi opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games.

Tyson Barrie carried the puck down to the corner from his point position and fed a pass to Puljujarvi alone in the slot, and he quickly slung a shot into the net for his fifth in seven outings at the 5:41 mark. The goal came before the Flames mustered a single shot on goal.

Then Haas scored his first goal of the season to double the Edmonton lead late in the second period. James Neal's pass to the front of the net was blocked, but the puck was sitting in the blue paint. Haas got his stick on it and chipped it over the outstretched leg of goalie David Rittich with 2:05 remaining.

Rasmus Andersson put the Flames on the board 45 seconds later to give them a much-needed jolt before the second intermission. Johnny Gaudreau stole the puck from Barrie in the corner before sending a pass to Rasmus Andersson in the slot, and he buried a high shot for his third goal of the season.

Gaudreau's assist was the 302nd of his career, which ties him with Joe Nieuwendyk for ninth spot on the franchise's all-time list.

The Flames, who were without center Sean Monahan due to a lower-body injury that has him out on a day-to-day basis, have dropped two straight games. They managed just five shots on goal in the third period while looking for an equalizing goal.

Rittich, who started just his third game of the season, made 23 saves -- among them a diving stop on Draisaitl four minutes into the third period to keep it a one-goal game.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Edmonton   Calgary
Gaetan Haas 1 Points Rasmus Andersson 1
Gaetan Haas 1 Goals Rasmus Andersson 1
Tyson Barrie 1 Assists Johnny Gaudreau 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mike Smith .952 Save Percentage David Rittich .920
Mike Smith 20 Saves David Rittich 23
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Edmonton 25 2 0-2 3-3 6 17
Calgary 21 1 0-3 2-2 4 20
Upcoming Games
  • Calgary will play their next game on the road against Edmonton. The Flames have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Edmonton will play their next game at home against Calgary. The Oilers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .750 after a loss.