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Flames get late goal to beat Oilers 4-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Flames get late goal to beat Oilers 4-3
Calgary Flames 4, Edmonton Oilers 3

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

scoring summary
1st Period
01:52
CGY
Curtis Glencross (1) ASST: Dustin Boyd (1), Craig Conroy (2)
1 - 0 CGY
06:14
EDM
Dustin Penner (1) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (1), Mike Comrie (1)
1 - 1 Tie
12:09
CGY
PPG - David Moss (1) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (1), Olli Jokinen (1)
2 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
13:21
CGY
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (2) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (2), Daymond Langkow (1)
3 - 1 CGY
17:57
EDM
Gilbert Brule (1) ASST: Dustin Penner (1), Lubomir Visnovsky (1)
3 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
13:01
EDM
Sam Gagner (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
19:11
CGY
David Moss (2) ASST: Rene Bourque (2)
4 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
04:03
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Steve Staios
04:03
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Steve Staios
04:03
EDM
Steve Staios  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
08:12
CGY
Eric Nystrom  Roughing against  Jean-Francois Jacques
11:07
EDM
Zack Stortini  Hi-sticking against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
02:38
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
02:38
CGY
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
05:11
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Tripping against  Ladislav Smid
12:49
EDM
Steve Staios  Holding against  Jarome Iginla
13:23
CGY
Craig Conroy  Fighting (maj) against  Sam Gagner
13:23
EDM
Sam Gagner  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Conroy
14:10
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Hi-sticking against  Adam Pardy
19:12
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Ryan Stone
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .912SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 21TOI: 59:34
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0