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CALGARY - TJ Brodie scored the only goal as the Calgary Flames opened up the pre-seas
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CALGARY - TJ Brodie scored the only goal as the Calgary Flames opened up the pre-season Sunday night with a 1-0 split-squad victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Frank Vatrano Jersey . The goal came 2:06 into the second period on a power play. Set up nicely on a cross-ice pass from Max Reinhart, the Flames 24-year-old defenceman leaned into a slapshot and fired a laser into the top corner over Viktor Fasths blocker. It was the 16th shot on Fasth, who at that point in the game had been the far busier of the two goalies. Free agent signing Jonas Hiller got the start for Calgary and spent a majority of his time watching the action take place 180 feet away. Hiller was only tested twice in the first 35 minutes of the game before turning aside six shots in the final five minutes of the second period. He was replaced to start the third by Brad Thiessen, who was perfect on eight shots to share the shutout. With 19 stops through 40 minutes, Fasth gave way to former Flames draft pick Laurent Brossoit in the third period. Brossoit stopped all eight shots he faced. -- EDMONTON - Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers started off the pre-season schedule with a 3-1 split-squad victory at home over the rival Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Marco Roy and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, while Curtis Glencross responded for Calgary. The rest of the rosters for both teams played a game in Calgary at the same time. Edmontons third overall 2014 NHL draft pick Leon Draisaitl made an immediate impact in the game. Just 1:28 into the first period Draisaitl made a nice cross-ice feed to a hard-charging Roy who sent the puck past Flames goalie Joni Ortio. The Flames tied the game up five minutes into the first on a power play as a Kris Russell point shot was deflected in the slot by Glencross, catching Edmonton starter Ben Scrivens off guard. 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Kesler added that the rumours are "completely false" that he asked to be traded - recently or ever.BOSTON -- After one of the best programs of a career that already includes three national titles, Jeremy Abbott nearly did a pratfall. He would have been entitled following a spotless performance highlighted by three picture-perfect jumps, smooth spins and almost celebratory footwork in a short program victory Friday night at the U.S. Championships. Coming out of his final move, his excitement overtook him and Abbott lost his balance. And when he saw his U.S. record points total, 99.86, a look of amazement dominated the 28-year-old veterans face. "I went through all my history here," Abbott said. "I tried to live all of it but stay in the moment and just enjoy what I was doing, each crossover, each step. I really did that. This is a night Im never going to forget." Abbott has built a reputation as a strong domestic skater, winning nationals in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Yes, he was the top dog from the United States heading into the Vancouver Games, where countryman Evan Lysacek won gold while Abbott finished ninth. That was one of many disappointments on the international stage for Abbott, including an eighth and two 11th-place showings at worlds. He failed to make the U.S. team for worlds last year. With another routine like his short program here, though, hell be Americas No. 1 contender at the Sochi Olympics. "I have a toe maybe over the threshold of the jetway," Abbott said. Hes competing at his final national championships. "I wanted to take in all the energy and all the excitement and just really live in it, because its never happening again," Abbott said. Abbott held the previous U.S. mark for a short program, 90.23 at the 2012 nationals. He shattered that, building a lead of 7.82 points over Richard Dornbush. Jason Brown was third heading into Sundays free skate. Dornbush, 22, has struggled since coming in second at 2011 nationals and didnt even compete in the Grand Prix series this season. But he was spectacular from the get-go Friday night, landing a perfect quad and triple axel that had the fans entranced. By the time his 2 1/2-minute program was done, the crowd was on its feet, Dornbush was on his knees throwing an imaginary punch through the air and celebrating a career best. "Im not sure any thoughts went through my head," he said. "I was pretty excited, pretty pumped." And he was only tthe second skater of the night. Zdeno Chara Jersey. "I always seem to be early, so maybe I was in my comfort zone," he said. So was Brown in a smokin skate to Princes "The Question of U" -- he even wore a black and purple costume embellished with rhinestones around his neck, and down his back and side, plus Princes "love symbol" on the back. He nailed a triple axel and a triple flip-triple toe loop with gorgeous flow to open the program. He added a lutz with both hands above his head, footwork that meshed with every element and with every nuance of the music, and speedy spins that had the crowd roaring. "Everyone has such a good chance to make the team," said Brown, who just turned 19. "It really pushes all of us to work as hard as you can." Defending champion Max Aaron was fourth, one of five skaters to land a clean quad. "Im looking forward to everyone skating well," Aaron said of the free skate, which he won in 2013. "I want to send the best men, and thats what Im here for." Earlier, Meryl Davis and Charlie White danced within range of their sixth straight U.S. title by romping in the short dance. Indeed, the current world champions and 2010 Olympic silver medallists could have danced all night and never been caught. Skating to selections from "My Fair Lady," Davis and White broke their own record with 80.69 points to build more than a seven-point lead on Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were third; three teams will go to Sochi. "This is the first time we felt comfortable enough to let things happen naturally," Davis said. "This is the fifth time were competing the program. With this program, its all about being comfortable enough to let things happen naturally, and when you reach a point where it can be just fun, thats what we really enjoy about skating." Coach Marina Zoueva had wanted them to skate to this music for several years. "As we have grown with the program, we fell in love with the program and what it means ... that exuberant joy," Davis said. Chock and Bates posted a career-high 73.41. Chock fell in practice Wednesday, crashing hard into the boards, but said she was fine other than a little soreness in her shoulders. She even joked that the boards took the biggest hit. The free dance is Saturday. 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