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Raymond’s hat trick lifts Flames over Oilers 5-2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mason Raymond scored three goals and the Calgary Flames spoiled the season opener for their provincial rivals, beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Thursday night.

Jiri Hudler and T.J. Brodie also scored for the Flames, who lost 4-2 at home to Vancouver in their first game Wednesday night.

Teddy Purcell and Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers.

Calgary silenced the home crowd early with a goal 3 minutes into the game when Joe Colborne made a nice feed to Mark Giordano in the slot. Giordano’s shot was tipped by Raymond past Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens. It was Raymond’s 100th career NHL goal.

Exactly a minute later, the Flames went up 2-0 when Sean Monahan got the puck on a defensive miscue behind the Edmonton net and passed in front to Hudler, who scored on Calgary’s third shot.

Edmonton got back into the game with 7 minutes left in the first period with a power-play goal. David Perron made a long pass to Purcell at the opposite faceoff dot and he fired a shot past Flames goalie Karri Ramo.

The Oilers outshot Calgary 14-7 through the first 20 minutes.

Edmonton tied it with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the second period as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins crisscrossed with Hall on a two-man advantage and Hall unleashed a shot into the top corner to make it 2-all.

The shots favored Edmonton 25-11 at the end of the second period.

Calgary regained the lead 4 1/2 minutes into the third as Lance Bouma made a nice chip pass to send Raymond away on a partial breakaway. Raymond beat Scrivens high to the glove side for his second of the game.

The Flames put it away with 5 to go when Hudler saw Raymond charging hard to the net and sent the puck in front for a tip-in that gave Raymond his third career hat trick.

Brodie made it 5-2 on a scramble in front of the Edmonton net in the final minute on a Calgary power play.

NOTES: Both teams return to action Saturday as the Oilers begin a three-game trip in Vancouver, while the Flames play the second of a six-game road swing in St. Louis. … The Oilers played in front of Edmonton’s 1984 Stanley Cup-winning squad, in town to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first of five NHL titles in a seven-year span. Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Lee Fogolin dropped the puck before the game and will be featured in a special gala celebration on Friday at Rexall Place. … The Flames announced that 2014 fourth overall pick Sam Bennett will undergo shoulder surgery next week and is expected to miss four to six months after getting injured in the preseason. … The third overall pick from this year, Leon Draisaitl, made his debut for the Oilers. … Calgary made a pair of significant lineup changes after its loss Wednesday. Raphael Diaz replaced Dennis Wideman on defense, and David Jones played up front in place of Brian McGrattan. … Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry started the game after missing the entire preseason.

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