NHL: Calgary Flames snatch overtime win over Edmonton Oilers thanks to Jiri Hudler
Last Updated: 08/12/13 10:11am
Jiri Hudler: Eighth goal of the season
Jiri Hudler fired an overtime winner to earn Calgary a tense 2-1 victory over Edmonton at Rexall Place on Saturday.
The Oilers had forced the extra period when they equalised with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation, but Hudler struck three minutes into overtime.
Lee Stempniak opened the scoring for the Flames, and rookie goalie Reto Berra looked on course to record his first career shutout until David Perron's perfect pass was scooped in by Taylor Hall.
Saturday's NHL results:
Stars 5 Flyers 1
Bruins 3 Penguins 2
Red Wings 1 Panthers 2
Oilers 1 Flames 2 (OT)
Kings 3 Islanders 0
Canadiens 3 Sabres 2
Rangers 3 Devils 4 (OT)
Senators 3 Maple Leafs 4 (SO)
Blues 2 Ducks 5
Lightning 1 Jets 2 (OT)
Capitals 5 Predators 2
But the Flames clinched their third victory in four games in overtime when a shot deflected off the stick of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into the path of Hudler, who netted his eighth goal of the season.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Boston scored twice in the final 90 seconds to snatch a thrilling 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
David Krejci levelled the match before Zdeno Chara slammed home the winner with just 13 seconds remaining to end the Penguins' five-game winning streak.
But the game was marred by an ungly incident in the first period, when Pittsburgh's Brad Orpik was left unconscious after a fight with Shawn Thornton.
Orpik was punched twice with his head already on the ice and required lengthy treatment before being stretchered off.
Meanwhile, Tomas Plekanec and Brandon Prust each had a goal and an assist as Montreal clinched a 3-2 win over Buffalo.