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Flames 4, Oilers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:15 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 4, Oilers 3
Calgary Flames 4, Edmonton Oilers 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Nikolai Khabibulin did little to endear himself to Edmonton Oilers fans in his first official start for the team.

The 36-year-old free agent acquisition gave up a gift goal to David Moss with 48.7 seconds left as the Calgary Flames spoiled Edmonton's home opener, defeating the Oilers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Khabibulin went out to corral a puck in the final minute but lost control of it, allowing Moss to score his second of the game.

"I was just trying to put some pressure on him to try and force a turnover," Moss said. "He fanned on it and I was lucky to get a stick on it. I've never scored a goal like that. Most of my goals are not highlight reel worthy."

Khabibulin was dismayed to commit the gaffe after Edmonton had fought back to tie up 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."

Oilers head coach Pat Quinn could hardly believe what happened either.

"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," said veteran Calgary forward Craig Conroy. "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."

Dustin Penner, Gilbert Brule and Sam Gagner replied for the Oilers (0-1-0) who were making their 2009-2010 debut.

Calgary struck quickly, scoring on the first shot of the game. Dustin Boyd made a nice no-look backhand feed from behind the net to Glencross, who roofed a shot over Khabibulin.

Edmonton tied the game six minutes into the opening period as Penner picked up a rebound on a hard Patrick O'Sullivan shot and hammered it past Calgary starter Miikka Kiprusoff.

The Flames regained the advantage on the power play as Moss redirected a shot that was going wide through Khabibulin's legs.

Edmonton outshot Calgary 14-6 in the first period.

Calgary took a two-goal lead on another power play with seven minutes to play in the second as Dawes hammered a point shot glove side for a 3-1 lead.

The Oilers crawled back to within one with two minutes left in the second period. Brule got everything behind a slapshot from the top of the circle to beat Kiprusoff stick-side.

Edmonton dictated the bulk of the play for most of the third and finally were rewarded for it with seven minutes to play. A Calgary clearing attempt took a bad hop of the boards and came straight out to Gagner in front of the net, who scored the tying goal.

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
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 21TOI: 59:34
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0