Calgary Flames (2) - Edmonton Oilers (6)
As preseason showcases go, this isn’t one that Jon Gillies will put in the ole scrapbook. The Flames goaltender had another tough showing as the Flames fell 6-2 to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Flames staked themselves to a 2-1 lead in the first period on goals by Sam Bennett and Ryan Lomberg. And that’s where the fun ended. Edmonton would go on to score five unanswered goals and send the Flames home losers for the second time this preseason.
David Rittich started in net for the Flames and was his usual self: solid. He stopped seven of the eight shots he faced, including one while the Flames were shorthanded and he exited the game in the second period. Jon Gillies would come in with a 2-1 lead and that would evaporate quickly. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Joakim Nygard would beat Gillies in the second frame and give the Oilers a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish. The final period was not pleasant for the Flames netminder as Edmonton would take 14 shots and find the back on the net on three occasions. Zack Kassian, Leon Draisaitl and Sam Gagner would round out the scoring for the Oilers to complete another miserable preseason performance for Jon Gillies.
On the brightside for the Flames they won 57% of their face-off’s, out hit the Oilers 31-15 and they only took one penalty. So if you discount Edmonton outshooting Calgary (29-20), killing all four Flames PP opportunities, scoring a PPG, scoring a SHG and leading at the end of the night on the scoreboard.....it wasn’t that bad of a night for the Flames.
The loss dropped the Flames to 2-1-1 on the preseason and they will be in action again on Sunday when they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.