Oilers take big lead, hold on for 7-5 win over Flames

Published 1:31 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2017 | Updated 2:35 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2017

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — After taking a big lead early in the third period, Edmonton had to hold off a furious rally by the Calgary Flames.

Patrick Maroon scored to give the Oilers a five-goal advantage in the opening minutes of the final period, and they held on to beat the Flames 7-5 on Saturday night.

Jesse Puljujarvi had two goals in the first period, and Jujhar Khaira, Mark Letestu, Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for Edmonton, which led 6-1 after Maroon’s goal 1:29 into the third.

Sam Bennett scored twice, and Micheal Ferland and Johnny Gaudreau once each to pull the Flames to 6-5 with 7:40 remaining.

“The first five minutes we were on them and got pucks in and got the forecheck and then they got one, they got two, they got three, they got four,” Maroon said. “My heart skipped a beat there for a second on the fifth goal.”

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