Flames top Oilers 2-1 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 1:11 am •  Published: December 8, 2013
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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jiri Hudler didn't go with the Calgary Flames team when they flew into Edmonton on Friday night.

But they were certainly glad he caught up with them by game time on Saturday.

Hudler scored 3:14 into overtime and the Flames defeated the Oilers 2-1.

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 won it 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.

The Flames' center wasn't originally going to play in the game.

"I didn't travel with the team last night because I felt a little sick and they didn't want me on the plane because it's going around, so we didn't want to get many guys exposed," Hudler said. "I got up this morning and I talked to the trainers and we booked a flight after lunch. We weren't sure, but if I'm travelling I want to play."

Flames coach Bob Hartley said it was fitting Hudler got them over the final hurdle.

"Jiri deserves lots of credit, he was sick, he left the game last night and went home sick," he said. "He was sick all night and flew in this afternoon and it was a gutsy effort."

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

"I was very, very impressed with our team," Hartley said. "We battled for 60-plus minutes. Even when they got the tying goal, I could feel the disappointment on the bench, but I told them, we played so good, just keep going."

Berra earned his fourth career win with a 30-save performance.

"I'm really happy that we had the win," he said. "It was really close and right after the goal you're frustrated, especially as the goalie.

"But you have no time to think about that or to be frustrated, the next shot is the most important. I'm happy because I think I did well, they had two or three good chances in OT. I felt I was good on the puck and square and it was a good feeling for the whole team that we won this one.

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

"It was not the best effort from us," Hall said. "It was nice to score that goal late. It was a huge rush and a boost for the team to send it into overtime.

"They got a bounce in overtime and put it in. They played their system well and it seemed like they were just waiting for us to turn over pucks and unfortunately we kept doing that."

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said the turnovers his team made were the difference between a 2-1 loss on Saturday and an 8-2 win over Colorado on Thursday.



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