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Oilers lose at home for the second time against provincial rival Flames

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EDMONTON - Olli Jokinen scored the shootout winner Thursday and the Calgary Flames earned their second dramatic comeback victory in Edmonton this season with a 4-3 win over the rival Oilers.

With Edmonton holding a 3-2 lead, Calgary pulled goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and managed to score with just 1.5 seconds left on the clock when Jay Bouwmeester's point shot was tipped in by Rene Bourque.

Daymond Langkow and Nigel Dawes also scored in regulation for the Flames, who improved to 4-0.

Ethan Moreau, Lubomir Visnovsky and Ales Hemsky replied for the Oilers (1-1-1), who lost star defenceman Sheldon Souray to a concussion in the second period.

Edmonton opened the scoring with three and a half minutes left in the first period. Gilbert Brule sprung Moreau with a long pass as he came out of the penalty box , and the Oilers captain buried the breakaway through Kiprusoff's pads.

Edmonton made it 2-0 as Visnovsky eluded Craig Conroy at the point and skated in before beating Kiprusoff with a blast with just 13.8 seconds to play in the opening period.

Calgary outshot Edmonton 10-9 in the first, but Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was strong in the early running.

The buzz went out of the building just 18 seconds into the second period for Edmonton, however, as Souray was helped off the ice after going hard into the boards on a trip by Calgary captain Jarome Iginla. Souray did not return to the game and the early diagnosis was a mild concussion.

Moreau challenged Iginla to a fight in a clash between the captains a few minutes later.

Calgary had a tremendous opportunity to cut into Edmonton's lead midway through the second with a two-man advantage for 1:32, but the Oilers did a great job on the kill, including a great pad save by Khabibulin on Nigel Dawes.

The Flames made it a one-goal game with just 29 seconds left in the second as Langkow sent a backhand towards the net that bounced off of Oiler Jason Strudwick and deflected into the net.

Calgary knotted the game 2-2 four minutes into the third as Dawes tipped a Staffan Kronwall shot past Khabibulin from the side of the net.

Edmonton regained the lead with six minutes left as Shawn Horcoff's shot from the slot was stopped by Kiprusoff but came out in front to Hemsky, who had all the time in the world to pivot around the Calgary goalie and stuff it into the net for the brief 3-2 lead.

The Flames return home to face Dallas on Friday night. The Oilers conclude a season-opening four-game homestand on Saturday against Montreal.

Notes: Moreau returned to the Edmonton lineup after missing one game with an infected ankle. Another veteran was unable to suit up for the Oilers, however, as defenceman Steve Staios was absent after getting his bell rung in Edmonton's shootout win against Dallas on Tuesday. Staios was replaced by Jason Strudwick. ... Nigel Dawes and David Moss did not skate on Wednesday but were back for Thursday's game. Defenceman Cory Sarich remained out with a foot injury. ... All 18 of the skaters Calgary dressed in the match had already recorded at least one point in their first three games. ... The Calgary power play came into the game with an incredible 71.4 efficiency rating after going 5-7 with the man advantage. However, the Flames were 0-4 on the power play on Thursday. ... The Flames and Oilers will meet for the third time this month in Calgary on Oct. 24.

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