Game Recap 2.0: Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames - Oilers Nation
|Oilers Nation 17 Oct 2021 at 04:56|
As expected, the energy in the building was electric before we even got to the opening faceoff and I was hoping that the boys would be able to feed off the crowd and get something going early. Seeing as the Flames hadn’t played a game yet, I wanted to see an early goal to set the tone but what we actually got was an Oilers team that looked sloppy and tentative for the first 10 minutes or so. I’d even say that Edmonton was lucky to make it out of the first half of that frame unscathed, and the fact that they wrapped up the frame with a lead was almost a gift. The good news, however, was that the boys did eventually settle in a little bit and once they did, they were able to build themselves a sizeable lead with a few layers of breathing room. And as it turns out, being up by a field goal ended up being incredibly important as the Flames poured the pressure on over the final 40 minutes in an attempt to claw their way back on the scoreboard.
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With two straight goals on the board and momentum seemingly on their side, the Flames gave the Oilers all they could handle in an attempt to tie things up but they would not get any closer than being down by one. Led by Mike Smith’s stellar play between the pipes, the Oilers were able to bend without breaking and managed to close out a big win in a game that was anything but perfect. Gord knows they don’t all have to be pretty as long as you get two points in the bank.