Flames top Oilers 2-1 in OT

  • Associated Press
  • December 8, 2013 - 12:30 AM

EDMONTON, Alberta — Jiri Hudler scored 3:14 into overtime and the Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Saturday.

Edmonton tied the game with 10.1 seconds left to spoil rookie goalie Reto Berra's bid at his first career shutout.

With their goalie pulled, Oilers forward David Perron was able to send the puck behind the Calgary goalie from the side of the goal to Taylor Hall, who shoveled it into a wide-open net.

The Flames got the win in extra time as a shot from the point ticked off the stick of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and past defender Justin Schultz to Hudler on the doorstep, who scored his eighth of the season.

Lee Stempniak scored in regulation for the Flames, who have won three of their past four games.

The Oilers continue to have trouble gaining traction at home, slipping to 4-9-1 at Rexall Place.

Edmonton turned the puck over at the Flames blue line and Oilers defender Andrew Ference got pinched against the boards to allow a two-on-one break, with Stempniak opting to shoot it to beat goalie Devan Dubnyk with a high shot glove-side 16 minutes into the first period. It was Stempniak's sixth goal of the season.

The Oilers came close to tying it with just six seconds left in the first, but a power play shot by Perron hit the post behind Berra.

Much of the first-period play favored Edmonton, as the Oilers outshot Calgary 12-6.

The Flames had a three-on-one break five minutes into the second period, but Dubnyk was able to come across in time to make a pad save on Lance Buoma.

Berra had to be sharp to keep it scoreless in the second as the Oilers were buzzing late in the period and Ales Hemsky redirected a Ference shot while on his knees in the slot that the Flames goalie was quick to get across and stop.

The shots closed to 23-16 for Edmonton after 40 minutes.

Both teams are off until Tuesday when the Oilers will play the fourth game of a five-game homestand against Carolina. The Flames return home to face Jarome Iginla and the Boston Bruins.

Notes: It was the second of five games between the provincial rivals this season. Edmonton won the first matchup 4-2 on Nov. 16, after trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes. ... Defenseman Jeff Petry made his return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch during the Oilers' 8-2 win over Colorado on Thursday. Petry left the game early in the second period and did not return after being hammered into the post between the boards and the bench by David Jones. ... Former Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid made his first return to Edmonton since a rare trade between the two teams that sent him to the Flames earlier this season. The Oilers picked up prospects Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit. Smid played seven seasons in Edmonton. ... The injury-riddled Flames had some good news when center Joe Colborne returned to the lineup after missing Friday's loss to the Avalanche with the flu. Winger Brian McGratton also came back from a lower body injury. ... The Flames remained without forwards Curtis Glencross (knee) and TJ Galiardi (back spasms), center Sean Hudle (fractured foot) and defenseman Dennis Wideman (fractured hand). ... Edmonton was still without faceoff specialist Boyd Gordon (shoulder), goalies Ilya Bryzgalov (concussion/whiplash symptoms) and Richard Bachman (lower body) and forward Tyler Pitlick (knee).

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