EDMONTON, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla likes playing the Edmonton Oilers.
The new Calgary captain had a goal and two assists to lead the Calgary Flames past the Oilers 4-2 Saturday night.
"It was a tough game," Iginla said of the matchup that produced 98 minutes in penalties. "There was a lot of skating.
"They're fun to play and they're always good battles."
Craig Conroy and Steven Reinprecht had a goal and assist each for the Flames, while Krzysztof Oliwa notched his first goal of the year.
Iginla deflected a shot by Andrew Ference behind Tommy Salo with 2:35 left in the second period to tie the game at 2.
Early in the third, Iginla took a hard check into the boards as he delivered a pass to Conroy, who sent a centering pass to Reinprecht for the winner 2:25 into the third.
Backup goaltender Jamie McLennan started again in place of the injured Roman Turek and stopped 16 shots to improve his record to 4-1-0.
Alexei Semenov and Ryan Smyth scored for Edmonton.
Both teams were testy. There were five fights and 70 penalty minutes in the first period alone.
"Typical Battle of Alberta right off the bat," Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish said. "We answered the bell, got in a few scraps. They were hungry for the game, we were hungry for the game."
Said McLennan: "It was a real emotional game right from the start. Every time these two teams meet, it's a hard fought battle.
Calgary took a 1-0 lead with 8:20 left in the first when Conroy, left alone at the side of net, one-timed a cross-ice pass from Reinprecht on the Flames' first power play.
Edmonton could not capitalize on three consecutive power-play opportunities in the opening 10 minutes before Conroy's goal.
The Oilers' special teams did look good at the start of the second period with power-play goals by Semenov and Smyth coming 1:21 apart.
Semenov blasted a slapshot past McLennan 24 seconds into the period to tie the game 1-all, and Smyth put the Oilers up 2-1 when he got his stick on a bouncing puck at 1:45.
"That was a huge boost for them to be able to come out at the beginning of the second and be able to get (two goals) bang-bang," Iginla said. "It was great to see the way we rebounded. We were able to get our feet back under us, start pushing again and get some power plays of our own."
Notes: The Flames and Oilers had already played four times in the preseason and met in the regular season on Oct. 14, a 1-0 win by Calgary at the Saddledome. ... The Oilers had just nine shots in the first 40 minutes. ... Oiler forward Brad Isbister took a seat in the press box after an unproductive start to the season. The Edmonton native was pointless in seven games.
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