Flames' Jooris scores OT goal in win over Oilers
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) When overtime started, Calgary's Josh Jooris was sitting in the penalty box. When it ended, he was being mobbed by his Flames teammates.
Jooris scored 1:08 into overtime to lead the Flames to a wild 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.
Jooris, who missed the previous three games because of an upper-body injury, took a pass from Jiri Hudler and put a shot into the top corner behind goalie Ben Scrivens.
''I was fortunate to come out of the box at the right time and (Hudler and Dennis Wideman) just made a great play, and I was able to put it in,'' said Jooris, who took a tripping penalty at 19:01 of the third period. ''I was just hoping that we keep it in their zone and have possession of the puck when I came out of the box.''
Jooris took care of the rest.
''We needed that two points, and the fact that it came against a big rival in Edmonton, it's sweeter,'' Jooris said. ''I haven't been a part of this rivalry for too long, but you feel it out there. You want to beat them every time.''
Joe Colborne scored his second and third goals of the season - all against the Oilers - for the Flames (21-15-3).
''I knew sooner or later they were going to start to go in, and it's nice to start getting some bounces,'' said Colborne, who scored his first goal of the season during a win over the Oilers four days earlier. ''It's especially nice getting them against them, but I wouldn't mind having this success against some other teams, too.''
Lance Bouma also scored, and Sean Monahan and Curtis Glencross chipped in with two assists each. Making his sixth consecutive start, Jonas Hiller made 17 saves to improve to 13-10-2.
Matt Fraser, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ference scored for the Oilers (8-22-8). Ben Scrivens stopped 24 shots in the loss.
''Right now I love our starts,'' said Eberle, who ended a nine-game goal-less drought. ''I love the way we're competing for 40 minutes. It seems like the last two games, we've almost let them come at us and weather the storm and that's not how you win hockey games in this league.''
Hiller had to be sharp early as he made a chest save to turn aside Eberle's shot following an odd-man rush by the Oilers that resulted from a turnover by T.J. Brodie.
The Flames didn't register their first shot until Brandon Bollig tipped the puck 6:37 into the first period. Calgary built a 5-1 advantage in shots, but couldn't get any pucks past Scrivens, who made 39 saves on Tuesday in the Oilers' 3-2 shootout win at home over Los Angeles.
Edmonton opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Fraser, claimed off waivers from Boston on Tuesday, at 16:06 of the first. Hiller stopped the initial shot by David Perron before Fraser picked up the puck behind the net and banked it in off the goalie.
''I think this team is pretty fragile right now,'' Fraser said. ''I heard it a long time ago that losing can be contagious, and part of that, being a new guy in here coming from an organization like Boston, is you've got to bring that element of your game when you're not content with losing.
''I've got to bring something every night so they can see that I want to be a guy that is a difference maker.''
The Flames had a great chance to get even after Edmonton defenseman Keith Aulie was given a major penalty and was ejected for a hit to Matt Stajan's head with 54.2 seconds left in the first period.
Scrivens stopped a slap shot by Mark Giordano and then the rebound attempt by Glencross as time expired in the first.
Eberle gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 10:28 of the second when he took a feed from Leon Draisaitl in the slot and lifted a shot over Hiller's blocker and into the Calgary net.
Colborne pulled the Flames within a goal with a power-play tally at 18:01 of the second when he converted a feed from Monahan.
Bouma tied it at 4:28 of the third when he backhanded a shot from the slot past Scrivens.
Ference then regained the lead for the Oilers when he took a pass from Draisaitl and blasted a low shot from the point past Hiller.
Colborne then drove to the net and shoveled a shot through Scrivens' legs at 11:55.
NOTES: Calgary is 17-8-3 on New Year's Eve. ... The Flames improved to 8-11-1 when trailing after two periods. ... Mason Raymond was a healthy scratch after failing to record a point in his past 13 games with the Flames.