Benoit Pouliot lifts Oilers over Flames 3-1 in split-squad game in Calgary

CALGARY — Benoit Pouliot scored the game-winning goal at 17:08 of the third period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night in a split-squad pre-season game.

Mark Letestu and Justin Schultz, into an empty net, also scored for the Oilers, while goalie Anders Nilsson stopped all 17 shots he faced — including a penalty shot by Calgary forward Michael Frolik in the second period — to record the win. Ben Scrivens played the first half of the game in net for the Oilers and allowed one goal on 13 shots.

Frolik scored the lone goal of the game for the Flames. Jonas Hiller started in net for Calgary and allowed one goal on 16 shots, while Joni Ortio stopped 12 of 13 shots he faced in the second half of the game.

The two Alberta clubs had another split-squad game happening in Edmonton at the same time, with the Oilers beating the Flames 4-2.

Shortly after Edmonton forward Greg Chase took a boarding penalty at 1:58 of the first period, the Flames appeared to open the scoring on the power play.

Parked at the right side of the net, Jiri Hudler sent a pass into the slot to Mark Giordano, who was driving hard to the net from the point. Giordano tried to kick the pass up to his stick, but it went into the net behind Scrivens instead prompting the referee to immediately disallow the goal.

On a man advantage of their own, the Oilers had a good chance to get on the board, but Hiller stuck out his left pad to make a toe save on a shot by Jordan Eberle. A short time later, Hiller made back-to-back saves to turn aside scoring attempts by Anton Slepyshev and Greg Chase.

The Flames finally opened up the scoring with a power-play goal at 6:07 of the second period when Frolik drove to the net and took a pass in stride from Johnny Gaudreau before snapping a quick shot to the top corner, glove side behind Scrivens. Hiller helped set up the odd-man rush with a nice up-ice pass to Gaudreau.

The lead didn’t last long as Letestu jammed in a loose puck in the crease behind Hiller to tie the game up at 1-1 just 48 seconds later.

Pouliot then completed the comeback for the Oilers when he took a pass from Jordan Eberle and roofed a shot past Ortio late in the third period before Schultz secured the win with an empty netter.

Laurence Heinen, The Canadian Press

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