FINAL
CHI
4
FLA
0
FINAL
VAN
0
COL
3
FINAL
DET
3
STL
5
FINAL
CAR
2
BOS
7
FINAL OT
MTL
2
BUF
1
FINAL
PHI
5
NJD
2
FINAL SO
PIT
4
NYI
3
FINAL
OTT
2
NYR
5
FINAL
TOR
4
WSH
6
FINAL
TBL
3
ATL
6
FINAL
MIN
1
CBJ
2
FINAL SO
NSH
3
DAL
2
FINAL
CGY
4
EDM
3
FINAL
SJS
4
ANA
1
FINAL
PHX
6
LAK
3
CGY
40-32-10
EDM
27-47-8

21 SOG
34 SOG

Flames get late goal to beat Oilers 4-3

NHL.com | Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:17 AM


Nikolai Khabibulin's debut with the Edmonton Oilers did little to endear him to his new fans.

Khabibulin misplayed a clearing pass and allowed David Moss to score the winning goal with 48.7 seconds left in regulation, giving the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory on Saturday night, spoiling the Oilers' season-opener.

Edmonton rallied from a 3-1 deficit on goals by Gilbert Brule late in the second period and Sam Gagner with 6:59 remaining in regulation. The game appeared to be headed for overtime when Khabibulin came out to the left circle to play a long clearing pass, only to flub the puck and have Moss swat it into the wide-open net.

"It was one of those lucky breaks," said Moss, who also had a first-period power-play goal. "It was a rolling puck and I tried to force him to make a play. He just missed it."

Khabibulin, who signed a four-year deal with Edmonton this summer, was upset with himself for committing the gaffe after Edmonton had fought back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game.

"It doesn't feel very good right now," he said. "It feels like I lost at least a point for my team. I can't get it back right now. I still can't believe what just happened. There's no excuse."

Pat Quinn, making his debut behind the Oilers' bench, could hardly believe what happened.

"That's a hard way to lose a hockey game," he said. "I guess those things happen. I certainly don't like them or the fact that we lost. I didn't like any one of the goals tonight. Did we do some good things out there tonight? Sure. But we lost the hockey game."

Curtis Glencross and Nigel Dawes also scored for the Flames who improved to 2-0-0 on the season. The last time the Flames won two straight to start a season was 2001-02.

"It was a back and forth game," Calgary forward Craig Conroy said. "They got a big break to tie it up in the third and then we got an even bigger one to win it. So I guess that kind of evened out. We did a lot of good things and we made some mistakes too. But I felt we got better as the game went on."

Glencross opened the scoring 1:52 into the first period for the Flames, who came into the game after beating Vancouver 5-3 on Thursday night at home. Dustin Penner's wrist shot past Miikka Kiprusoff at 6:14 tied it at 1-1, but Moss put the Flames ahead with his power-play goal at 12:08.

Nigel Dawes added another power-play goal at 13:21 of the second period for a 3-1 lead. Brule made it a one-goal game again at 17:57, and Gagner capitalized on a bad hop off the boards to score the tying goal.

-- John Kreiser, NHL.com Columnist

Material from wire services and team broadcast media was used in this report
1st2nd3rdT
CGY
EDM
Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:52CGY Curtis Glencross (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Dustin Boyd (1), Craig Conroy (2) 1 - 0 CGY
06:14EDM Dustin Penner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (1), Mike Comrie (1) 1 - 1 Tie
12:09CGY PPG - David Moss (1) Tip-in - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (1), Olli Jokinen (1) 2 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
13:21CGY PPG - Dion Phaneuf (2) Tip-in - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (2), Daymond Langkow (1) 3 - 1 CGY
17:57EDM Gilbert Brule (1) Slapshot - ASST: Dustin Penner (1), Lubomir Visnovsky (1) 3 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
13:01EDM Sam Gagner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 3 - 3 Tie
19:11CGY David Moss (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Rene Bourque (2) 4 - 3 CGY
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:03CGY Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Steve Staios
04:03CGY Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Steve Staios
04:03EDM Steve Staios  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
08:12CGY Eric Nystrom  Roughing against  Jean-Francois Jacques
11:07EDM Zack Stortini  Hi-sticking against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
02:38EDM Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
02:38CGY Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
05:11CGY Curtis Glencross  Tripping against  Ladislav Smid
12:49EDM Steve Staios  Holding against  Jarome Iginla
13:23CGY Craig Conroy  Fighting (maj) against  Sam Gagner
13:23EDM Sam Gagner  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Conroy
14:10EDM Ethan Moreau  Hi-sticking against  Adam Pardy
19:12CGY Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Ryan Stone
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodCGYEDM
1st614
2nd611
3rd99
Total2134
Team Stats
CategoryCGYEDM
Power Plays2/30/4
Hits2223
Faceoff Wins2935
Giveaways1416
Takeaways43
Blocked Shots1714
Penalty Minutes2018
  • CALGARY
  • EDMONTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3D. PhaneufD10-11224:46
4J. BouwmeesterD0212030:02
5M. GiordanoD00-10016:01
7A. PardyD0010015:51
8S. KronwallD000208:02
11F. SjostromL00-10011:47
12J. IginlaR0001415:52
15N. DawesL00-22015:17
16D. BoydC0111012:19
17R. BourqueR01-10017:28
20C. GlencrossL1012214:24
21O. JokinenC0101016:53
22D. LangkowC01-22019:39
23E. NystromL0010212:33
24C. ConroyC0102511:56
25D. MossR2013014:36
28R. RegehrD00-21025:42
33B. PrustL00-1158:52
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
34M. Kiprusoff3134.91260:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5L. SmidD0020013:18
10S. HorcoffC00-11019:16
13A. CoglianoC0011016:24
18E. MoreauL0010211:15
19P. O'SullivanC01-16016:37
22J. JacquesL00-13017:53
24S. StaiosD0002419:57
27D. PennerR1124016:01
32R. StoneC00-10013:55
37D. GrebeshkovD0003022:30
44S. SourayD00-16025:00
46Z. StortiniR001079:16
67G. BruleC1011015:42
71L. VisnovskyD0121017:01
77T. GilbertD00-10022:14
83A. HemskyR0003016:37
89S. GagnerC101259:55
91M. ComrieC0101013:38
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35N. Khabibulin1721.81059:34