EDMONTON - Todd Bertuzzi recorded the shootout winner as the Calgary Flames won for the fourth time in their last five outings, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night.
Jarome Iginla and Matthew Lombardi scored in regulation for the Flames who improved to 35-18-6 on the season.
Erik Cole and Ales Hemsky replied for the Oilers (29-25-4) who lost their third in a row but managed to stay in a tie with Anaheim for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with the point.
Edmonton started the scoring with seven and a half minutes to go in the opening period as Shawn Horcoff made a nice backhand pass through traffic to get the puck to Cole with space and he beat Calgary starter Miikka Kiprusoff high to the stick side for his 14th of the season.
The Flames had their fair share of first period opportunities, none better than with just over a minute remaining when Dwayne Roloson came across with a quick kick save to stop Michael Cammalleri at the side of the net.
Calgary drew even with three minutes to play in the second period as defender Cory Sarich faked a shot before dishing the puck to Iginla who swatted his 22nd into a wide open net with Roloson frozen on the play.
Edmonton regained the lead just 1:46 into the third period as Horcoff fed Hemsky on the right hand side and his quick shot seemed to surprise Kiprusoff. It was Hemsky's team-leading 19th goal of the season.
The Flames looked like toast after a massive collision between Flames teammates Dustin Boyd and David Moss with three minutes to play but they were able to even the game up with just 1:05 to play when Lombardi streamed up the ice with Kiprusoff on the bench and blasted a shot past Roloson to send it to overtime.
Roloson was required to make a point blank save with just over a second left on Cammalleri to push the game to the shootout.
Both teams are off until Tuesday when the Oilers will play host to Tampa Bay and the Flames return home to take on Columbus.
Notes: Calgary has had its fair share of injuries of late with Mark Giordano sidelined for the game with an upper body injury and Rene Bourque gone after he sprained his ankle against Minnesota on Wednesday. Bourque is third among Flames scorers with 21 goals. The Flames were already without the services of Andre Roy (concussion), Daymond Langkow (hand), Wayne Primeau (foot) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder). . . . To fill some of their holes the Flames called up Jamie Lundmark and Kyle Greentree from the Quad City Flames of the AHL. . . . Roloson made his 15th consecutive start for the Oilers, every single game since Mathieu Garon was traded to Pittsburgh on Jan. 17.